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Annette Mwansa Nkowane, RN, RM, Cert. Mgt, BScNurs, MA

Technical Officer
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Is a Technical Officer, World Health Organization, Department for health workforce with focus on nursing and midwifery. Prior to this, worked in other WHO Departments; Mental Health and Substance Dependence (1998-2003) and Gender and Women's Health (2003-2005). The scope of work has involved generation of advocacy and technical documents related to the nursing and midwifery workforce, training, training material development, programme development, monitoring and evaluation and operational research. Before this, served at the International Federation of the Red Cross, Geneva (1993-1995) as Senior Officer, Department of Health and as an independent consultant there after (1996-1998). She has also worked with the World Wide Young Women’s Christian Association, Geneva(1992). She is a registered nurse/ midwife and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing with a major in Community Health Nursing, post graduate training in Management Development and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development. Has worked as registered nurse-midwife in Zambia and as a registered nurse in the USA (Georgia and Illinois). Mwansa Nkowane has authored and co/authored various articles on a broad range of topics, alcohol and other substance use, gender and on contribution of nurses and midwives to global initiatives such as polio a eradication, integrated management of childhood illness and HIV/AIDs.

Shekhar Saxena, MD

  • Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse
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Dr Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, working at World Health Organization since 1998. His responsibilities include evaluating evidence on effective public health measures and providing advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on mental, developmental, neurological and substance abuse issues and establishing partnerships with academic centers and civil society organizations. Dr Saxena is leading WHO’s work to implement the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013.

Alex Ross

Director, Programme on Partnerships and United Nations Reform, Director-General?s Office, World Health Organization
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Ted Karpf

Partnerships Officer, World Health Organization
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Ted is also and a Senior Fellow in the Health Inequalities Program at Duke University Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy and principle editor of Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of AIDS, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan and WHO. He is also a residentiary canon of the Washington National Cathedral (Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul) in Washington, DC, and former Canon to the Ordinary for clergy and congregational development of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
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