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Carole Presern
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Dr. Carole Presern has worked as Executive Director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) since January 2011. Dr. Presern is a midwife and an anthropologist who also has a doctorate in public health policy and qualifications in health systems management. A citizen of the United Kingdom, she has worked for many years overseas in health and development including in Nepal, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and latterly Geneva.

Dr. Presern comes to The Partnership from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), where she worked as Managing Director, and previously as Director of Change Management and in External Relations. While in Geneva, Dr. Presern also worked as Counsellor at the UK Mission, covering specialized agencies, health and humanitarian affairs. She also worked many years for DFID/UK as senior health/AIDS adviser for Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Previous posts include Director of VSO Nepal, consultancies for multilateral organisations and work as a midwife on the Thai/Cambodian border.

Dr. Presern has been a member of the Boards of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNITAID and most recently on the Board of the International HIV Alliance.

As PMNCH Executive Director, Dr. Presern replaced Dr. Flavia Bustreo who was named Assistant-Director General of the Family and Community Cluster, World Health Organization, in October 2010.

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Keeping Promises to Women and Children: PMNCH 2013 Report on Global Strategy Commitments

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 10:11 AM

As we look towards our December 2015 deadline to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there are reasons to celebrate. The number of children dying each year has fallen by almost 50 percent, from over 12 million deaths in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. The number...

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Too Young to Wed: Working Together to End Child Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 2:43 PM

One of the first deliveries I ever attended as a young midwife in the UK was a 13-year-old girl's.

She was so scared. I was completely shocked. I kept thinking she could be my little sister.

Biologically, she was still a child.

But there she was, when it was all...

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World Prematurity Day: Let's Change the Face of Preterm Birth

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 10:15 AM

During my years as a practicing midwife I witnessed many babies enter the world before they were ready. The most vulnerable time for a child is during birth or within 28 days of birth. And for babies born before 37 weeks, the risks are further heightened by health...

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Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

(5) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 9:10 PM

In three short years we will reach the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The international community has certainly made incredible inroads since these targets were set by world leaders in the year 2000 to significantly slash extreme poverty and disease.

Child mortality rates have fallen in all regions...

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G8 Must Not Waver on Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition

(9) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:15 AM

This piece is part of a series of blogs by leading NGOs to call attention to a range of issues that should be raised at the G8 summit at Camp David in rural Maryland from May 18-19.

In 1981, I was a nurse midwife on the Thai/Cambodian border tending to...

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