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National Alliance Council

The National Alliance Council provides oversight to WRA National Alliances, including around adherence to the affiliation agreement. This peer-led group is a democratic and transparent governing body comprised of representatives from five National Alliances and the Global Secretariat CEO.

National Alliance Council

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance, Betsy McCallon is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and developing plans, a dynamic team and resources to deliver it.  Betsy joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2004 and has contributed to the growth of the Alliance from a loose network to a driver for global attention and commitments to maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy and accountability. She was drawn to the White Ribbon Alliance because of its focus on local solutions to address issues of inequality and the huge potential for change.

Betsy is currently a Board Member and Chair of the NGO Constituency for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). She participates in multiple maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health coalitions, where she passionately advocates for citizen participation to accelerate advancements for maternal and newborn health and rights.

Betsy has lived in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and worked in more than 15 countries. When she’s not working, Betsy spends much of her time outdoors cycling, exploring the city, and watching soccer.

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi-Emmanuel is a Public Health Physician and has worked in both public and private health institutions for over 17 years. Her experience spans a broad spectrum from clinical service delivery, preventive medicine, social mobilization, advocacy to technical leadership, management and international experience. She is familiar with clinical and non-clinical strategies; has strong technical expertise in Reproductive Health, Maternal Newborn & Child Health, and HIV/AIDS fostering linkages, integration and ensuring synergy.  Nana has worked closely with high level policy makers both at state and national levels to advocate and consolidate the rights of every child bearing women in Nigeria.

From her days as a Masters Student in Community Medicine at University of Liverpool Nana has        championed and been a leading voice for maternal newborn and child health issues. In 2009, she   organized a study tour to India as a cross learning platform for the promotion of safe motherhood. Participants included representative of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, parliamentarians, policy makers, community based organizations, regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and Representatives of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Nigeria.

Nana’s wealth of experience ranges from being a house officer at Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, a medical officer at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Quality Improvement Advisor at NURHI and Registrar at Lagos State Teaching Hospital. Her professional affiliations include the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Medical Association, TB and Poverty Subgroup, Association of Public Health Physicians and National Reproductive Health Working Group.

FARHANA AHMAD, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

FARHANA AHMAD, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Farhana Ahmad is a medical school graduate who has been working for improved public health and women’s empowerment for nearly twenty years. She became the National Coordinator of WRA Bangladesh in 2005, previously holding positions with CARE Bangladesh, USAID, and Save the Children. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Ahmad served as the course coordinator for a trainer’s project on hospital hygiene and infection control in the Ob-Gyn unit of a large hospital.

Ibu Giwo Rubainto

National Coordinator, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubainto

National Coordinator, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubainto almost lost her life while giving birth to her third child in 1997. That event set a new course for Giwo, who decided to use her considerable skills as an organizational leader to advocate for maternal and newborn health with White Ribbon Alliance, known in Indonesia as PPI. Giwo currently serves as the President of the National Council of Indonesian Women and previously served as Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission. She is also a member of several other NGOs working to improve the lives and health of women and children.

Rose Mlay

NATIONAL COORDINATOR, WRA TANZANIA

Rose Mlay

NATIONAL COORDINATOR, WRA TANZANIA

As National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania, Rose Mlay leads in organizational strengthening and sustainability as well as building membership to advocate for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania.

Since 2005, her work as National Coordinator has led her to form a coalition of NGOs, associations, institutions, media, UN and parliamentarians. The Alliance began by identifying contributing factors and solutions to help the 30 women and 180 newborns dying in childbirth every day in Tanzania and proved that the way to resolve this daily tragedy is through comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC). On this basis, Rose led the Alliance into advocating for a specific budget line for CEmONC by targeting high profile politicians. WRA Tanzania’s work led – for the first time ever – to the creation of a budget line for CEmONC in 2015.

Through Rose’s leadership of WRA Tanzania’s 2015-2018 campaign for an increased budget for CEmONC countrywide, we saw a 52.7% increase in CEmONC budget in the 2017/2018 health budget when compared to the 2016/2017.

Rose holds a MN, BSCN from Dalhousie University and was a lecturer at MUHAS.  Rose is one of the editors of the Africa Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and is the founder of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ).  Rose is a mother of three and in her private time she enjoys Bible Study and Gospel Music.

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