William C. Newbrander
Health Systems Strengthening Specialist
William Newbrander has worked in the international development of health systems in developing and post-conflict countries for 30 years. He is a public health, health care management and health economics specialist who has focused on building the capacity of developing countries in health systems strengthening, health economics, health policy, equity and access for the poor, child survival and health care administration. Working with MSH since 1992, Bill has served as a senior health economist, project director and Director of the Center for Health Reform and Financing. He was Technical Director of USAID’s flagship child survival project, BASICS (Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival) for two years. He has served as MSH field staff in Afghanistan since 2002 in various roles: project director, technical director and Special Advisor to the Minster of Public Health. He was responsible for overseeing MSH’s program of rapid impact assistance to the health sector in Afghanistan, including reduction of maternal, infant and child mortality, capacity building of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), and using performance-based grants to NGOs for extending access to basic health services to the population. He assisted the MOPH in developing the Basic Package of Health Services and the Essential Package of Hospital Services. Prior to joining MSH he served with World Health Organization in Papua New Guinea and Thailand, serving as Acting WHO Representative. Later he was WHO senior health economist in Geneva. Bill has been a hospital administrator in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. He is widely published on fragile states, child health, health financing, hospital economics and equity and access for the poor. He holds master’s degrees in hospital administration and applied economics and a doctorate in health economics and medical care organization from the University of Michigan.