Nana Amma Twum-Danso, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Maternal and Child Health

Curriculum Vitae



1994  Harvard College  AB, Biochemical Sciences

1998  Harvard Medical School  MD, Medicine

1999  Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program,  Emergency Medicine Intern

2001  Emory School of Medicine  Preventive Medicine Residency

2001  Emory University School of Public Health  MPH, Health Policy and Management

Research activities

Public health, preventive medicine physician with 12+ years of experience in global health policy, strategy development, program design, project management, monitoring and evaluation. * Technical expertise in quality improvement, change management, health systems strengthening, community-based health care delivery, maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH), parasitic disease control, pharmacovigilance, and road traffic safety. * Currently, Senior Program Officer, Family Health Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation developing and managing grants across continuum of care from home to hospital to improve MNCH outcomes at scale. * Was Executive Director African Operations, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Cambridge MA, after 3 1/2 years as Director, Project Fives Alive! in Ghana, a nationwide quality improvement initiative to accelerate achievement of Millennium Development Goals Four and Five. * Leadership work at Task Force for Global Health, Atlanta GA, collaborating with World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Program, pharmaceutical companies, and various international NGOs to reduce public health burden of parasitic infections in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia

Key Publications

Twum-Danso NAY (2012)
A nationwide quality project to accelerate Ghana’s progress towards Millennium Development Goal Four: design and implementation progress..
International Journal for Quality in Health Care: vol.6, p.601-611.

Baker PM, Twum-Danso NAY (2010)
Retrospective evaluation of UNICEF’s ACSD programme..
Lancet: vol.375, p.1521.