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Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso, MD, MPH

Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso, MD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso is a public health and preventive medicine physician and a social entrepreneur who is zealous about finding systematic solutions to complex problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in public health policy, strategy, program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and research at local, national and global levels.

Nana is the founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that provides timely access to health care in rural Ghana. Before founding MAZA, Nana worked as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she shaped and managed grants to improve maternal and child health outcomes at scale and provided strategic guidance on adolescent health.

Prior to that, she led Project Fives Alive!, a nationwide quality improvement initiative to reduce child mortality in Ghana. Nana received her undergraduate and medical education from Harvard University and her public health and preventive medicine training from Emory University.

Honors and Awards

Echoing Green Global Fellowship Program


Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award for Outstanding Contribution to Profession


William H. & Anne E. Foege Global Health Scholarship


NBI Healthcare Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award


Harvard Committee on African Studies Research Fellowship


Teaching Interests

- Advising master's and doctoral students on their theses and dissertations

Practice Interests

- Improving physical access to health care through transportation
- Improving the quality of health care provided in hospitals and clinics, especially obstetric and neonatal care
- Health education and risk communication in maternal and child health
- Training and coaching in quality improvement methods


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

Residency Training, General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Emory University, School of Medicine, 2001

MD, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1998

AB, Biochemical Sciences, Harvard College, 1994

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