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Maria da Luz Vaz

Maria da Luz Vaz

Senior Technical Advisor, currently working in Mozambique

Dr. Vaz is a medical doctor with 35 years of experience in providing technical leadership and programmatic management of public health programs in RMNCH, with expertise in monitoring and evaluation, health information systems, policy and strategy development, and commodities management. Before joining ThinkWell, as a Technical Director for the RMNCH Investment Case under de GFF Support, Dr. Vaz worked for Jhpiego from 2009 up to 2019, as the Maternal and Child Integrated Program (MCHIP) Technical Director, and later as the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Chief of Party, providing leadership and strategic oversight of the four-year, $44 million comprehensive integrated health program, managing over 200 people.

Prior working with Jhpiego, Dr. Vaz worked with UNFPA as the Assistant Representative assuming the SRH Program and the M&E Leadership, where she played a leadership role in the Health Sector Wide Approach (SWAp), and was instrumental in creating the National RMNCH-Nutrition Technical Working Group. For seven years, she also served at the Ministry of Health’s National Director of the Family Health Division, where she led the MOH’s first integrated program aimed at establishing a national strategy to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of donor-supported programs. Prior, Dr. Vaz served as Rural Hospital Medical Doctor in Inhambane Province from 1984-1999, where she oversaw the provision of essential maternal and child health services for two rural hospitals during the country’s civil war.

From a young age she writes poetry, and when she retires her intention is to write a book about her emotional and technical experience as a medical doctor during the civil war in Mozambique, in one of the hardest hit rural areas.

I joined ThinKWell because I believe in its mission, values and approaches to potentially support Mozambique in its efforts to provide better quality health care to Mozambican women, mothers and children.

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