IV. Health Care
Dr. Kechi Anah
Dr. Kechi Anah serves as an HIV/AIDS Technical Specialist at Africare, bringing 10 years of experience in program coordination, design, implementation and overall management of health programs in developing countries to an organization focused on improving quality of life in Africa.
Prior to joining Africare, She worked with Pathfinder International and with the USAID-funded BASICS II project in various capacities as program associate and program consultant. Since joining the organization, Dr. Anah has devoted herself to the treatment and prevention of the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV (the cause of AIDS) in Africa. She was also the principal designer of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) - funded 5 year Comprehensive HIV/AIDS program in South Africa.
In her role as the Technical Specialist for Africare, she provides technical expertise, leadership and supports the strategic direction and effective implementation of state-of-the-art community based HIV projects, which includes prevention, voluntary counseling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), pediatric AIDS treatment (ARV services and management of TB/HIV); and the provision of care and support to HIV positive people. Her other responsibilities to Africare includes providing technical assistance and support, project preparation, development and design insight for other US Government-funded, public private partnerships and multi-lateral institution Health and HIV/AIDS programs in several countries in Africa. Public-private partnerships include Africare’s partnership with Pfizer to implement a Diflucan program in South Africa; Africare’s partnership with Shell, and the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Roll-Back Malaria program to implement a community-based malaria initiative in Nigeria.
Dr. Anah received her medical degree from the University of Benin in Nigeria followed by a master's degree in public health from Boston University in Massachusetts. Her work has taken her to cities throughout Africa, including South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Tunisia, Eritrea, Nigeria, among others, and has also allowed her to combine her commitment to public health service with an opportunity to further examine the ways of eliminating health disparities throughout the world.
Ms. Elizabeth Lule
Elizabeth Lule, a Ugandan national, is responsible for the overall policy direction and coordination of the Bank’s HIV/AIDS work in Africa and for overseeing the ongoing implementation of its regional HIV/AIDS strategy. She is the manager of ACTafrica, leads the ACTAfrica team’s efforts to facilitate the implementation of the Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program (MAP) for Africa. She leads the development of HIV/AIDS partnerships for the Africa Region and serves as the primary contact on HIV/AIDS with UNAIDS, key cosponsors such as UNICEF and WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, bilateral and multilateral partners, civil society, the private sector, in global and regional fora.
Prior to this, she was the Adviser for Population and Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in the Human Development Presidency working with different regions in policy development and dialogue, conducting analytical work, capacity building and coordinating with global partnerships, UN agencies, donors and civil society.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Lule had gained extensive experience in policy and health reforms, program management, design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation as Africa Regional Vice President for Pathfinder International. She worked with USAID and the Ministry of Health in Nigeria to oversee its Health nutrition and population program and on the Family Health Services. She has taught Statistics and Demography.
She completed her graduate studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics in Medical Demography and Epidemiology.
Carol A. Barnett joined Medtronic, Inc. in 1997 and has worked in finance and marketing positions. Since 2004, she has served as Vice President of Marketing and Customer Education for the gastroenterology and urology business unit, which offers medical devices to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and to treat incontinence, nausea and vomiting, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Medtronic, based in Minneapolis, is the world’s leading medical technology company.
From 1992-1997, Carol worked at Jockey, International, in a variety of finance and planning roles, culminating as Vice President and Treasurer. Jockey is a privately held global apparel firm based in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Carol began her professional career in 1986 as an investment banking financial analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York. During four years at the firm, she served in the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions groups.
Carol graduated with honors from Carleton College, Northfield, MN with a BA in Economics (1986) and from Harvard Business School, Boston, MA with honors (1990).
Carol serves as a trustee for Carleton College and a community volunteer for Free Arts, a weekly creative arts program in St. Paul, Minnesota, for children ages 6-12.
Julian Harris is an MD/MBA Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a health care management major at the Wharton School of Business. Prior to matriculating at Penn, Julian worked as a Junior Professional Associate in the AIDS Program at the World Bank Institute, the human capacity building arm of the World Bank. At the World Bank, he co-organized and facilitated high-level, multi-country AIDS policy sessions in Africa focused on strengthening national AIDS strategies and implementation plans and increasing disbursement of the World Bank’s $1 billion portfolio of grants and loans to fight AIDS in Africa. He also led project evaluation and capacity building field teams that worked to improve monitoring and evaluation, procurement, and financial management capacity among National AIDS commissions and their stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Julian has worked on international health policy for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC, and for Oxfam Great, Britain, in the West African Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal.
A Truman and Rhodes Scholar, Julian graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy & Bioethics. After graduation from Duke, he received his master’s degree in Economic & Social History from Balliol College, Oxford University. His research focused on the politics of AIDS control in Uganda. Julian has studied and worked on international health projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
For more than a century, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) has fulfilled its company purpose of “helping all people live healthy lives” through quality technologies and innovations that impact some of the world’s most fundamental health care needs. One outcome of BD’s commitment to global health issues was the creation of Krista Thompson’s position of Vice President and General Manager, Global Health, BD.
In her role, Ms. Thompson works across all business segments to help increase the effectiveness and impact of BD’s technologies and services on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Equally important, Ms. Thompson is responsible for identifying new technologies to meet the demands of future global health issues.
Ms. Thompson and the BD team spend a great deal of time meeting with key international organizations developing sustainable business models that allows BD to continue to invest in developing countries. Partners include the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, UNICEF, the World Economic Forum, the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the Catholic Medical Mission Board, and Save the Children.
Ms. Thompson began her BD career as a Product Manager in 1996, and over the past ten years has held positions of increasing responsibility. In 1997, she was named the Director of Marketing in Europe, where she managed marketing teams for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 1999, Krista was appointed VP/General Manager of North America Preanalytical Solutions.
Ms. Thompson has a BS from Indiana University, an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business, and she was a Certified Medical Technologist.