Dr. Bernard Nahlen Joins Management Sciences for Health’s Board of Directors

Medford, Mass—Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit global health organization dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, welcomes Dr. Bernard Nahlen to its Board of Directors. Dr. Nahlen is Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and comes to MSH with decades of experience in research and disease elimination programs around the world.

“We are privileged to be joined by such a highly regarded leader in the field of global health,” said Lawrence Fish, Board Chairman of MSH. "His skills and knowledge will help guide our vision toward a world where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life.”

Prior to his recent appointment as Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, Dr. Nahlen served as Deputy Coordinator of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) from 2007 to 2017. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Nahlen was Senior Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation, at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Dr. Nahlen’s depth of expertise in infectious diseases and his knowledge of our partners and donors are an incredible asset to our organization,” said Marian W. Wentworth, MSH’s President and CEO. “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Nahlen to MSH and look forward to his guidance and insight as we continue our important work of improving health and saving lives in some of the world’s most challenging environments.”

Dr. Nahlen is a family physician with a specialization in preventive medicine. Early in his career, he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer assigned to the Malaria Branch and later served as Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County AIDS Epidemiology Program.

Dr. Nahlen’s work on malaria prevention and control took him to Kenya in 1992 as Director of the CDC field research station in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute. In 2000, he served as Senior Technical Advisor to the WHO Malaria Programme, where he also led the Monitoring and Evaluation team and the Malaria in Pregnancy team.

Through his roles with the World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and PMI, Dr. Nahlen has helped shape global policies, developed new programs, and forged partnerships to end malaria. Dr. Nahlen’s work to scale up proven malaria interventions, build the skills and capacity of Ministries of Health and district health leaders to manage and coordinate control activities, and strengthen health systems have made a positive impact worldwide.

MSH's board of directors works with the leadership of the organization to build and leverage MSH's resources for the purpose of having the greatest global health impact. This diverse team, which is focused on advancing MSH's mission and achieving measurable results, has deep international health roots, and is comprised of leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. More information is available at http://www.msh.org/about-us/board-team.

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