Executive Director ad interim
Dr Andres de Francisco
On 6 October 2014, following the departure of Dr Carole Presern, Dr Andres de Francisco assumed the function of the PMNCH Executive Director ad interim at the request of PMNCH Board Chair, Mrs Graça Machel. The position of Executive Director is currently under-going a selection process and until a candidate is identified and in place, Dr de Francisco will continue to lead the implementation of the PMNCH workplan, the preparations for the forthcoming December Board retreat, and the initial stages of the PMNCH Strategic Framework development.
Dr de Francisco is a medical doctor, with doctorate and masters degrees in public health and epidemiology from London. A citizen of Colombia, he has worked on planning, implementing and evaluating large scale interventions trials on maternal and child health in West Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. He directed the Matlab MNCH-FP intervention programme of the Centre for Health and Population Research in Bangladesh – ICDDRB for 10 years, and worked with the Government of Bangladesh to scale up interventions country-wide.
Dr de Francisco joined PMNCH in April 2008 and was previously the Head of Research and Policy at the Global Forum for Health Research, an international institution in Switzerland bridging the interface between policy and research (the 10/90 gap in health research financing).
As the director of the UK Medical Research Council field station in Basse, The Gambia, he set up large scale surveillance health projects in West Africa to assess the impact of family planning and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interventions.
Dr de Francisco also directed the District Health Programme and the Hospital in Miraflores, a rural zone in the Amazonas region in Colombia, where he introduced and evaluated public health and development programmes.
He is Member of the National Academy of Medicine in Colombia and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UK London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has more than 80 publications in prestigious journals, and has served in editorial and scientific boards.