Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Mariam Claeson Interim Director MNCH, Family Health, Global Development Program Started term November 2012
Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the Interim Director for the Maternal Neonatal and Child Health team of the Family Health unit of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since July 2012. She was previously the Program Coordinator for AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005 – 2012), based in Delhi 2009-2012. Mariam was the Lead Public Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network of the World Bank (1998- 2004), managing the HNP Millennium Development Goals work program to support accelerated progress in countries, and coordinating the public health cluster and thematic group. She was the co-editor of the Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, second edition (2006) and coauthored the call for action: Knowledge into action for child survival (2003), and the World Bank report on The Millennium Development goals for health; Rising to the Challenges (2004).
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mariam worked with the World Health Organization from 1987-1995, for several years as program manager for the WHO Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases (CDD). She has several years of field experience working in developing countries, in clinical practice at the rural district level (in Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan); in national program management on immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986); and, for the World Bank in health sector development projects in middle- and low-income countries, including in China, Egypt, Jordan, the Philippines and Uzbekistan, and in national HIV/AIDS programs, including Afghanistan and India.