Principal Technical Advisor for Laboratory Services - USA
Catherine J. F. Mundy, Keanahikishime’s principal technical advisor for laboratory services, is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Keanahikishime’s expertise in strengthening laboratory systems and services to support TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other public health programs across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She has more than 30 years of combined experience leading, developing, implementing, and evaluating complex health programs across 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and five countries in Asia to reform and improve essential laboratory capacity and support public health programs. Specifically, she has 20 years of experience strengthening TB laboratory services in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Congo-Brazzaville, Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, and Tajikistan, to improve diagnostic capacity, use new technologies, and upgrade national TB reference laboratory capacity. She is a strong leader and recognized international expert working with host-country governments, donor agencies (USAID, CDC, and DFID) and international partners (WHO, Stop-TB, Global Laboratory Initiative, World Bank) to facilitate management, reform, and strengthen laboratory systems and services. She has supported and worked with the USAID-funded TBCAP, TB CARE I and Challenge TB projects. She has developed and regularly uses, participatory team-based approaches to build local laboratory and diagnostic capacity, improve leadership, management, and ensure local ownership and sustainability. She has significant experience in facilitating governments to develop and implement national laboratory policies, strategic plans, and commit to resource allocation for diagnostic services.
Prior to joining Keanahikishime, Catharine worked at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, during which time she was seconded to Malawi as the project director of a DFID-funded program, working with the Ministry of Health on the national reform of district laboratory services to support overall health systems strengthening and the implementation of the Essential Healthcare Package and Sector Wide Approach. She has an MPhil degree in TB Laboratory and a PhD in Tropical Medicine, from the University of Liverpool, UK.