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Linda Amarkai Vanotoo

Program Director, HSS Accelerator

Linda A. Vanotoo is a medical doctor and public health specialist with over 30 years of experience in health systems management and strengthening. Her work has contributed significantly to innovative ways of addressing public health challenges in Ghana.

At Results for Development (R4D), Dr. Vanotoo oversees the HSS Accelerator program in Ghana. She engages with stakeholders and plays a key role in shaping the strategic direction of the program. She leads the management and implementation of the work plan, serves as liaison between the HSS Accelerator and the USAID/Ghana mission, cultivates and manages relationships with key partners and acts as a mentor to the HSS Accelerator Ghana team.

Dr. Vanotoo has had an outstanding career in health delivery. Prior to joining R4D, Dr. Vanotoo was regional director of health service in Ghana where she supervised planning and implementation of public health activities such as immunization, disease surveillance and control and management of disease outbreaks. She supervised clinical services and led the establishment of a research unit for the region. Dr. Vanotoo also introduced an innovative system for providing maternal and reproductive health care and wrote a book that has been used by health institutions for training in care to pregnant women.

As the senior capacity development advisor for Evaluate for Health/USAID Ghana, Dr. Vanotoo led the effort to establish a knowledge translation platform and communities of practice in maternal and newborn health and non-communicable diseases. She coordinated the planning and implementation of the 2019 National Health Research Dissemination Symposium. She also led capacity building in research for district health management teams.

Dr. Vanotoo is a member of the Ghana Medical Association and serves as the chair for the electoral committee.

Dr. Vanotoo is a medical doctor who holds a master of tropical pediatrics degree from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, an executive masters’ degree in business administration from Ghana Institute of Public Administration and is a PhD (public health) candidate from the University of Ghana. She speaks fluent English and a bit of French.

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