Mariam Claeson, Former Director of the Global Financing Facility, Joins White Ribbon Alliance Board of Directors

Feb 12, 2020 | Global Secretariat, Press Release

Washington, D.C. February 12, 2020  – White Ribbon Alliance is pleased to announce Mariam Claeson, M.D. M.P.H., has joined its Board of Directors, effective January 2020. Most recently the Director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank (2016-2019), Claeson brings an impressive record of leadership across the global health and development sector.

“As a longtime trusted partner of White Ribbon Alliance, I am thrilled to welcome Mariam Claeson to our Board of Directors,” says Betsy McCallon, Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance. “Her depth of experience with vital partners, both institutions and people, will help foster important dialogue to advance our proven approaches.”

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) is a locally led, globally connected grassroots movement advocating for the health and rights of women, girls and newborns. WRA actively works in partnership with women, men, their families and communities, professionals and practitioners from diverse fields and all sectors of government.

“I wanted to become more involved with White Ribbon Alliance because its vision for women’s and girls’ health, but also its specific focus on associated SDG targets. We must address the socio-economic drivers and inequities, and I appreciate WRA’s recognition of and focus on the broader social environment,” says Claeson. “White Ribbon Alliance also offers an important complement, bringing in the voices of those concerned with the science, and knowing that whatever WRA is trying to achieve is backed up by science, validated by women’s voices.”

Founded at a time when women’s voices were far removed from shaping the health policies and practices that impacted their health and lives, White Ribbon Alliance is a leader in calling for women’s authentic voices and lived experiences to inform healthcare policy, practice and programs so that healthcare can more responsive to actual needs.

Prior to joining the GFF Claeson served as Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in July 2012. She was the Program Coordinator for the multisector response to AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005- 2012), living three years in India. Before that, she was the Lead Public Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network of the World Bank (1998- 2004). Prior to joining the World Bank, Mariam worked for the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases, World Health Organization (1987-1995). She has worked as physician in clinical practice at the rural district level (Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan); in national immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986); and, for the World Bank in health sector development programs with a focus on mothers and children, including in Egypt, Jordan, Uzbekistan, China and the Philippines. Mariam is an honorary doctor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

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