Helen de Pinho, MBBCh, FCCH, MBA is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, and Associate Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) at Columbia University. Her current work involves the integration of a health systems into AMDD's work where she is responsible for the Human Resources for Maternal Survival program, and is overall project manager of the Health Systems Strengthening for Equity: The Power and Potential of the Mid-level provider Project. Prior to joining AMDD, Dr de Pinho was a policy advisor to the UN Millennium Project and was one of the authors of the task force final report: "Who's got the power? Transforming health systems for women and children". In South Africa, she was a senior lecturer in the University of Cape Town, directed the Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme focused on capacity building for senior public health managers, and was a researcher within the Women's Health Research Unit. She has also worked as a health service manager and clinician in both rural and urban areas of South Africa.
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Health Systems Strengthening for Equity: The Power and Potential of Midlevel Providers, Malawi;Mozambique;Tanzania: Health Systems Strengthening for Equity (HSSE): The Power and Potential of Mid-level Providers is a four-year project, launched in 2007. The aim of the project is to support health system strengthening for equity in Africa by building an evidence base on the role of mid-level providers and non-physician clinicians in maternal and newborn health and promoting greater political leadership and critical policy action on their use.