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Miriam Schneidman

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Lead Health Specialist, World Bank Africa Region
Miriam Schneidman is a Lead Health Specialist in the Africa Region of the World Bank.  She has more than 30 years of experience working on health and human development issues in Africa and Latin America.   In her capacity she provides operational leadership for a portfolio of health systems and communicable disease operations in the Africa region.
Schneidman has led the design and development of a wide range of health investment operations in Africa (e.g. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, 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, brokering partnerships, and managing several operations, including the Rwanda MAP.  Over the past ten years, Schneidman has spearheaded the use of impact evaluations and performance based contracting in Bank operations.  Most recently she has served as Coordinator of TB control activities in the Africa Region and led the design and development of a unique regional laboratory project in East Africa.  In the past she worked extensively on family planning and reproductive health programs.
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), and performance based financing (Performance Incentives for Global Health, 2009), and served as a member of the Center for Global Development Performance-Based Incentives Working Group.  Currently, she is a member of 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.
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