Where is TB in maternal & child health? September 7-9, 2016


Anne DetjenAnne Detjen joined UNICEF’s child health team in 2015 to help develop strategy and programming for childhood TB as integrated part of UNICEFs work around strengthening community and primary health systems, and to increase advocacy and awareness for childhood TB in the broader maternal and child health space. Prior to this she was a consultant in child lung health for the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). Trained in pediatrics in Germany she has worked in childhood TB for over ten years. She spent two years at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre in Cape Town, South Africa focusing on TB diagnosis in children. With the Union, she led the development of the childhood TB learning portal and childhood TB online training course (https://childhoodtb.theunion.org/), and worked with The Union and NTP Uganda to decentralize childhood TB capacity and implement routine TB contact screening at the community level.

Rudi ThétardDr. Rudolph Thétard is a physician who also holds a Master of Public Health and a Degree in Tropical Medicine. He brings over 25 years of clinical and health management experience in Africa. Prior to beginning his post as ASH’s Senior Principal Technical Advisor for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Thétard worked as a clinician and managed the delivery of primary health care services from a regional municipality in South Africa. Dr. Thétard has worked for MSH since 1999 and served as the Chief of Party for the USAID Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) project in Malawi. Under his leadership, the BASICS project expanded and improved the quality of integrated child survival activities, including PMTCT, nutrition, and malaria prevention and treatment. When Dr. Thétard served as Chief of Party for the Malawi Reducing Childhood Morbidity and Strengthening Health Care Systems Project, he led his team to broaden coverage and quality of the Essential Health Package through district-level capacity building and systems strengthening.


Jon RohdeJon Rohde a Harvard trained Public Health Specialist and Paediatrician, is an international public health consultant. He is the Harvard School of Public Health Lown Professor and currently teaches at several Schools of Public Health in South Africa, Uganda and Bangladesh where he is the curriculum coordinator for the MPH program and Professor at BRAC University James P Grant School of Public Health and Chairman of the Advisory Board. He recently served (1997-2004) as Director and Senior Health Advisor for the South African EQUITY Project with Management Sciences for Health assisting the Government of South Africa to restructure the health care system. Development of information systems in support of disparity reduction including routine health information, periodic surveys and a national Health Information System, and improved management of TB and HIV were his main technical contributions.

The first Director of the EQUITY Project, he came to South Africa from twelve years in India where he was the Representative of UNICEF (1993-97). As the Global Advisor for health and nutrition to Mr James Grant during his 15 year tenure as Executive Director of UNICEF (1980-1995) he was the designer of the Child Survival Revolution known for its emphasis on GOBI (Growth promotion, Oral rehydration, Breast Feeding and Immunization).

He was Director of Haiti’s Rural Health Development Project for 5 years, Rockefeller Foundation representative in health at Gaja Mada University in Indonesia for 8 years, and started his overseas career as an investigator at the International Center for Health and Population Research, ICDDR,B (ex – Cholera Laboratory) in Dhaka from 1968-71 helping to develop Oral Rehydration Therapy for diarrheal diseases. His work in disaster relief after the 1970 Great Cyclone and the 10 million refugees from the Bangladesh war in 1971 led him to remain living and working in poor countries.

A pediatrician, he has published widely in the area of infectious disease, nutrition, information systems for health, community involvement and various aspects of public health. His books are used in Schools of Public Health world-wide. He has served as a reviewer for a number of health journals and donor agencies including Rockefeller, Gates, GAIN and the Global Fund.

Luis TamLuis Tam has 29 years of global health experience as a medical practitioner, public health specialist, program manager, and business development specialist for both government and international organizations. He has extensive experience in leading primary health care programming in USAID-funded and government-implemented projects.

While studying for his Doctor of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan (graduating in 1992), Tam began consulting with US-based international NGOs on the design and evaluation of USAID-funded child survival projects. In 1991, Plan International appointed him as its US-based headquarters backstop for four USAID-funded child survival projects (1991-93) in Africa and in the Americas. He later became its health advisor for the 21 field offices, located in 5 countries, of Plan International’s South America Regional Office, assisting them in achieving technical excellence and fundraising goals.

Tam has significantly participated in business development endeavors while working with CARE Peru (1998-2003), Plan International USA (2004-2011), and Medical Care Development International (MCDI, 2011-2014). He played leadership, technical and/or management roles in securing more than $160 million of health awards from USAID (Washington and Missions); The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; World Bank; Global Sanitation Fund; and bilateral donors, such as the Department for International Development, Swiss, and French cooperation. Child health and nutrition, newborn care, management of obstetric emergencies, and hygiene promotion and sanitation were some of the topics of the awarded projects, located in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Karen Z. WaltenspergerKaren Z. Waltensperger, MA, MPH, is Senior Advisor, Community & Child Health, at Save the Children. She has 30+ years of experience developing, implementing, managing, evaluating, advising and documenting community-based health programs, including 23 years resident in sub-Saharan Africa. In her current position she supports integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) and newborn care programs in a number of African countries, including USAID-funded initiatives in Malawi, Madagascar, Mali, and Guinea. Ms. Waltensperger has significant experience training, engaging and supporting frontline providers, including community health workers, volunteers, and traditional birth attendants in “new roles.” She is committed to empowering and building the capacity of indigenous and community structures to support iCCM and MNCH.