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. As a microbiologist and laboratory systems specialist, she has been engaged for more than 30 years in management and reform of laboratory systems and services in resource-poor settings. She has worked in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and in Bangladesh, Haiti, the Philippines, Tajikistan and Vietnam on various initiatives, including TB control, HIV/AIDS, blood safety, malaria, and epidemic diarrheal diseases. Before joining MSH, Catherine spent seven years in Malawi where she played a major role in the national reform of district laboratory services. Her work in MSH includes the design and implementation of a 'de novo' Laboratory Performance Improvement Program in leadership and management, to support the HIV and TB programs in Uganda, South Africa, Kenya and the Philippines. She has a particular interest in the role of the laboratory in both HIV and TB control and works to strengthen laboratories at global and country levels. Catherine holds an MPhil degree in TB laboratory management and a PhD in tropical medicine. She is a fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK).