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Miriam Schneidman

Lead Health Specialist, World Bank Africa Region

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Miriam Schneidman is a Lead Health Specialist in the Africa Region of the World Bank.  She has more than 35 years of experience working on health and human development issues in Africa and Latin America.   
Schneidman has led the design and development of investment operations in Africa (e.g. Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda) and Latin America (e.g. Bolivia, Colombia, Haiti).  She was extensively involved in the World Bank’s Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program for Africa (MAP), leading the roll-out of AIDS treatment programs, and served as a TB coordinator for the Africa region.  Over the past few years she has managed a regional laboratory project in East Africa to strengthen diagnostic and surveillance systems.  Most recently, she led a South-South Knowledge Exchange to support countries in East and Southern Africa to share lessons and experiences in cancer care and control. In the past she worked extensively on family planning, reproductive health, and demographic issues.
Schneidman has written on the subject of vulnerable youth (Targeting At-Risk Youth, 1996), demographic issues (Mortality and Fertility Trends in Zaire, 1990), co-authored books and articles on women’s health (Women’s Health in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2001), performance based financing (Performance Incentives for Global Health, 2009), and laboratory systems (Laboratory Professionals in Africa: The Backbone of Quality Diagnostics, 2014) and cancer care and control (Cancer Care and Control South-South Knowledge Exchange, 2015).  Schneidman currently represents the World Bank on the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board.  In the past she served as a member of the Center for Global Development Performance-Based Incentives Working Group and the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control. Schneidman holds degrees in Economics from the University of Maryland and in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.  She is fluent in French, Spanish and Romanian.