William Newbrander Named USAID/BASICS Technical Director

CAMBRIDGE, MA USAID/BASICS has announced the appointment of William Newbrander as Technical Director. In the position, he will supervise the project's technical focus areas, including: pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, malaria, nutrition for children and infants, newborn survival and health, and pediatric HIV & AIDS.

Dr. Newbrander joined Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 1992 after serving with the World Health Organization (WHO) for eight years. He has 25 years experience as a health economist and policy expert and most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health in MSH's REACH Program.

His publications, as author or coauthor, include Extending Access to Health Care through Public-Private Partnerships (MSH), Modelling in Health Care Finance (International Labour Organisation), and Private Health Sector Growth in Asia (John Wiley & Sons). He has published numerous journal articles on health policy and financing. He earned a master's degree in Hospital Administration and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Newbrander succeeds Diana Silimperi, who recently became Vice President of the Center for Health Services at MSH.