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Helga Fogstad      

Executive Director of Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), Health Economist

Helga Fogstad is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), which is the world’s largest alliance for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, combining over 1,000 partner organization from 10 diverse constituencies across 192 countries.

Previously, Fogstad was the Director of the Department of Global Health, Education and Research at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, a post she held since 2014. Prior to that, she was responsible for Norad’s portfolio on Global Health and was responsible for providing technical and strategic advice to Norway’s effort in strengthening and accelerating coordinated action at global, regional, and national levels to promote rapid scale up of proven cost-effective interventions with special focus on the health MDGs with women and children in the center.

Fogstad represents Norway on several international Boards and expert committees, and has been involved with several global initiatives, partnerships and funds related to Global Health. She has 25 years of working experience in health planning and development at facility, district and national levels, as well as at international level within multilateral and bilateral agencies. She has also spent much of her life in Africa. She is a health economist and has co-authored several publications related to public health.


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