Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the program coordinator for AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank since January 2005. She was the lead public health specialist in the Health, Nutrition, and Population, Human Development Network, of the World Bank (1998-2004), managing the Health, Nutrition, and Population Millennium Development Goals work program to support accelerated progress in countries.
Dr. Claeson coauthored the call for action by the Bellagio study group on child survival in 2003, Knowledge into Action for Child Survival, and the World Bank's 2005 report on The Millennium Development Goals for Health: Rising to the Challenges . She was a member of the What Works Working group hosted by the Center for Global Development that resulted in the report, Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health (2005). Dr. Claeson coauthored the health chapter of the Poverty Reduction Strategy source book, promoting a life-cycle approach to maternal and child health and nutrition. As a coordinator of the public health thematic group (1998-2002), she led the development of the strategy note Public Health and World Bank Operations and promoted multisectoral approaches to child health within the World Bank and in Bank-supported country operations, analytical work, and lending.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Claeson worked with the World Health Organization from 1987 until 1995, in later years as program manager for the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases. She has several years of field experience working in developing countries; in clinical practice at the rural district level in Bangladesh , Bhutan , and Tanzania ; in national program management of immunization and diarrheal disease control programs in Ethiopia ; and in health sector development projects in middle- and low-income countries.
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