My first extended field experience with R4D was a nearly month-long visit to Guinea to conduct a series of workshops in two regions, Conakry and Kindia. Arriving in Kindia after a bumpy car ride several hours long, I learned that some workshop participants had traveled for days to attend. It was exciting during the first days of each workshop to sense the enthusiasm in the room and to hear from participants how much they wanted to be there and learn about a different technique or approach.”
Meera Suresh is a global health professional with over four years of experience in global health research and data analysis at international organizations, multilateral agencies and research institutions. Her main interests include health system strengthening, sustainable health financing and health equity.
Now at Results for Development as a senior program associate, she focuses on two USAID projects: The Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project and the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). For MCSP, she assists partners (starting with the Ministry of Health and going down to the local level) to implement the Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management, a process in which district health managers identify local priority problems, and mobilize and coordinate local health system resources to generate solutions to these problems. . For her other principal project, HFG, Ms. Suresh contributes technical support for Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance to guide development of their national social protection strategy toward the long-term goal of universal health coverage. She also supports a project on sustaining and accelerating domestic resource mobilization for health spending in low- and middle-income countries.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Suresh worked with the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In graduate school, she worked with UNICEF in New York and with a commission in Kenya to study the human rights-based approach to health. She also has experience working in clinical mental health at the National Institutes of Health.
Ms. Suresh holds an MSc in global health and population from Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in biology and French and Francophone studies from Wesleyan University. She speaks English and French.