Leading Voices: Meet Maura Brown

Leading Voices: Meet Maura Brown

We’re excited to bring you this month’s edition of Leading Voices, a series that features the incredible talent that makes up MSH.

We’re chatting with Maura Brown, a Technical Advisor with the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. Maura spent her early career in Antigua Guatemala, where she was first exposed to pharmaceutical management work. Today, she works on the development of the Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening (PSS) Insight tool, a web-based platform and data management system to measure the impact of PSS. The tool has been piloted in Bangladesh and Namibia, and will be available on March 15 from pssinsight.org.

What are you most proud of in your work?

I’m proud of the cross-cutting nature of my work. I have been able to work with many of the teams within SIAPS and PHT, and gain a working understanding of most of the types of work that we do.

What makes MSH different than other organizations?

SIAPS’ holistic view of the pharmaceutical system has truly shaped our work in pharmaceutical systems strengthening. Many other organizations treat the pharmaceutical supply chain as the end-all-be-all in pharmaceutical systems strengthening. SIAPS understands that there is more to it than just delivering pharmaceuticals in the right quantity and the right time - they need to be safe, effective, and used appropriately by patients.

What do you love about MSH?

I love the way that MSH works to strengthen country capacity. Our goal is not to support the system temporarily but to strengthen sustainably. It has made my work experience so much richer to interact with MSHers all over the world, who live in the health systems where we work and are impacted by our work in a real, tangible way.

Finish this sentence: Health is _______________. 

a fundamental right.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

Sailing and sailboat racing with my husband (Mike) and son (Everett, 7 months), and cooking.