Our office is located in Bamako, and so is most of our team. Many of them come from the peri-urban communities we serve.
MALI HEALTH DIRECTORS
Tara Hopkins and Mariam Fofana Diallo
COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING DEPARTMENT
Aissata Toure, SHARE Program Assistant
Gaoussou Doumbia, Head of Department
Miriam Sidibe, Program Assistant
Dr. Lamine Sogoba, Head of Department
Dr. N’Diaye Sidi Bathily, Quality Improvement Coach
Dr. N’Faly Keita, Quality Improvement Coach
HEALTH PROMOTION DEPARTMENT
Malick Yalcoue, Community Health Worker Supervisor
Dramane Diarra, Programs Director and Head of Department
Abdou Toure, Interpersonal Communications Manager
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Oumar Coulibaly, Finance Assistant
Christophe Fayama, Director of Administration and Finance
Fatoumata Kouyate, Assistant to the Director (not pictured)
MONITORING AND EVALUATION DEPARTMENT
Alassane Niare, Head of Department
Boubacar Fomba, M&E Assistant
US BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kris Ansin, MPH, MBA
Mr. Ansin has experience in public health and international development, having worked with some of the field’s leading organizations, including USAID, Ashoka, and Technoserve. He has grassroots programming experience working in Southern and West Africa, and South Asia. Mr. Ansin holds an MPH from Tulane University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He served as Mali Health’s Executive Director from 2012-2015 and currently works with Accenture Development Partnerships, providing business and technology consulting services to international development organizations, foundations, and corporate clients to deliver social impact.
Joseph Camardo, MD
Dr. Camardo is an internist who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as head of Clinical Research and Medical Affairs at Wyeth, currently serving as Senior Vice President at Celgene. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and he serves on nonprofit boards in health, education, and music.
Bruce Close, MSJ
Mr. Close holds a Master of Science in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall Law School and undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University. He is currently serving as Senior Director of Compliance at Celgene. Mr. Close has nearly 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working toward the treatment and cure of unmet medical needs across various therapeutic areas.
Mr. Duckles studied Political Science and Engineering at Brown University. He currently works in finance, developing strategies for a quantitative trading firm in New York.
Jason Lee, MBA
Mr. Lee currently works on the Enterprise Strategy and Planning team at Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology and services company that was formerly known as McKesson Technology Solutions. Prior to Change Healthcare / McKesson, he spent several years developing strategic plans and evaluation systems in the global health and international development sectors while working at FSG, IDEO.org, and World Relief. His former clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, Oxfam America, and Medtronic. Mr. Lee holds an MBA from UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business and a BA from Harvard University.
Gregory Mann, PhD
Dr. Mann is a professor of African history at Columbia University. He has been conducting research in West Africa, primarily in Mali, since 1996. His most recent book is From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel: the Road to Nongovernmentality (Cambridge, 2015). Drawing on research conducted primarily in Mali, the book analyzes the rise of novel forms of political rationality among governments and non-governmental organizations in the Sahel from 1946 to the late 1970s.
Mr. Niang is a co-founder and advisory board member of Tambaroua Business Farming. He is an accomplished management professional with over 12 years of experience in the healthcare and medical technologies field. Mr. Niang served in leadership roles in engineering, service operations, and supply chain management functions at General Electric Healthcare Systems. He is currently a healthcare consultant leading and managing multi-million dollar healthcare IT projects and initiatives. Mr. Niang holds an MS in Computer Technology with a focus on information systems from Purdue University.
Lisa Nichols, MPH
Ms. Nichols is a public health professional who has worked in Mali primarily on maternal and child health program implementation for over 15 years – first in the 1980’s with an international NGO and again from 2003-2013 as manager of a bilateral USAID national health program. She has worked in other countries, primarily in Francophone Africa and in Asia on monitoring and evaluation, nutrition, infectious disease and emergency relief programming. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area and works for Abt Associates, International Health Division as a Principal Associate/Portfolio Manager providing support to multiple country programs, malaria research and the Health Finance and Governance project. She holds an MPH in International Health from The George Washington University.
Christine Sow, PhD
Dr. Sow was most recently Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PSI, where she was responsible for overseeing operations in the field, including responsibility for field research, marketing and security. Dr. Sow was previously the President and Executive Director of the Global Health Council, the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. With more than 20 years of global health leadership experience, she has led numerous initiatives to strengthen health systems and increase access to life-saving drugs and services. Dr. Sow has worked for nonprofit, academic, bilateral and multilateral agencies and spent more than 15 years in West Africa with organizations including UNICEF and USAID. She is also actively engaged in numerous global and national policy and partnership forums including the World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition and Population and the Global Work Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from Tulane University and two Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan.
Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, CNM
Nicole is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a Certified Nurse Midwife providing antenatal and well woman gynecologic care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since serving as a PCV in Mali, she has continued to collaborate on programs and research in Mali and other low resource settings. Her clinical expertise is in nursing and midwifery care of childbearing women and her research is focused on building capacity of front-line maternal health providers across setting, improving the clinical care of women affected by female genital cutting (FGC), and Respectful Maternal Care (RMC).
Joel Wierenga, PhD
Mr. Wierenga worked as an entomologist in agricultural research and development, then transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry. He retired from Pfizer as the Clinical Medical Project Management Group Lead in Pfizer’s Essential Health business. He also serves on the Board of Agape Unlimited, a nonprofit focused on medical missions in outlying, underserved regions of Russia. Dr. Wierenga retired from the Army National Guard at the rank of Colonel, and holds advanced degrees from Purdue University, Michigan State University and the US Army War College. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
MALI ADVISORY BOARD
Ben Aboubacar, MD
Dr. Ben Aboubacar is the Director of Health Programs for the Millennium Development Goals Center for West and Central Africa. He coordinates Millennium Villages’ Community Health Worker programs in countries such as Senegal, Ghana, and Mali, and his advice is sought by local and national health authorities as well as by international organizations such as the United Nations and UNICEF.
A member of the local mayor’s office, Mr. Sidiki Coulibaly is one of Mali Health’s chief advisers. He has hosted Mali Health Coordinators in his home in the past, and was one of our first community supporters.
Yaye Danfakha, MD
Dr. Yaye Danfakha is currently working with a UNICEF-partner program to evaluate the effectiveness of an in-home health care program for childhood respiratory infections.
Mr. Abdoul Diallo is the former head of the West African Water Initiative for USAID. He has also taught at the School for International Training in Mali. Mr. Diallo splits his time between Mali and the United States.
Alpha Zancoura Doumbia
The adjunct for health at the Mayor’s Office of Commune 1 (Bamako), Mr. Doumbia is an invaluable liaison between Mali Health and the local government.
As the Sikoro Village Chief, Mr. Mamadou Niare supervises activities in both Sikoro and Sourakabougou. He is also a member of the Bamako committee of traditional chiefs.
Mr. Saloum Soumare has worked with the USAID Program in Shared Governance (PGP) in Bamako for years, and is an expert in creating community/government accountability in Bamako. He has also worked with the Peace Corps as a language teacher.
Mary Magdalene Togo, MD
Dr. Mary Togo is a member of our Board and the Technical Consultant to the Minister of Health. Dr. Togo was the first female chief of medicine of Mali’s premier national hospital (Hôpital Gabriel Touré) and is a figurehead of Malian health care policy. She meets often with project staff to develop appropriate protocols, address potential problems, and spearhead the distribution of our results within the Malian government.
Boubakar Traore, MD
Dr. Boubakar Traore serves as the Chief of Medicine of the Reference Hospital of Commune 1 and supervises all primary health activities in the district.