Pedro Suarez, MD, Global Technical Lead, Tuberculosis, has 28 years of experience developing, managing, implementing, and advising public health programs focused on TB, leprosy, and HIV & AIDS control. He has worked in 22 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. From 1984 to 1990, Dr.
Muluken Melese Aseresa is a medical doctor and a public health professional with over two decades of clinical, project management, and research experience in Ethiopia. From 2007 to 2011 he was the technical director for MSH’s HIV/AIDS Care and Support Project (HCSP). Since 2011, he has served as the chief of party for MSH’s Help Ethiopia Address Low Tuberculosis (HEAL TB) project.
Degu Jerene is a medical doctor and public health expert who brings over 16 years of technical experience and leadership to HEAL TB. Prior to joining the project in January 2014, Degu worked as director for clinical programs with the Johns Hopkins/CDC/PEPFAR HIV program in Ethiopia. There he played a key role in supporting the implementation of a multi-million dollar project in four regions of the country.
Mohammad Khakerah Rashidi has more than 20 years of experience in public health in Afghanistan and is responsible for developing the country's strategic roadmap for MSH. He provides technical leadership and strategic guidance on all TB-related projects, and develops and maintains partnerships at the national level.
Berhanemeskal Assefa brings more than 30 years of clinical and managerial experience in medicine and public health, much of it in TB and TB/HIV. He serves as principal advisor on TB and as project director supervisor for both the Challenge TB project in South Sudan and for the Track TB project in Uganda. In his role as MSH's principal advisor on TB for Africa and Asia, Berhanemeskal has supported USAID TB CARE I projects as well as the USAID bilateral project, Heal TB.
Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira has 19 years of combined experience as a lecturer, researcher, and public health professional. She is currently the senior laboratory advisor for MSH, providing technical support to the national laboratory network of many countries in sub-Saharan Africa to build capacity in implementing tuberculosis and HIV-related services. In this capacity, she has developed broad expertise in all TB lab-related matters, including QA/QC systems, data management and analysis, design of national sample transportation systems, development of training materials and standard operating procedures for new diagnostic techniques.
Principal Technical Advisor for Laboratory Services
Catherine Mundy, MSH's principal technical advisor for laboratory services, is responsible for providing the leadership to develop and implement MSH's expertise for strengthening laboratory systems and services to support HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, commodity management and global health security programs in developing countries.
Raymond Byaruhanga is the project director for the MSH/TRACK TB project in Uganda. A medical doctor with over 15 years of experience in HIV and tuberculosis management, he has both international and in-country experience.