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Leah McManus

Indonesia Project Lead, Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) Program Leah McManus

Leah McManus is the project lead of USAID’s HRH2030 program in Indonesia, and she also serves as a global technical advisor for the health informatics. Beginning her career in community health systems strengthening, Ms. McManus worked with local partners to implement maternal and child health; immunization; malaria; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and HIV/AIDS interventions that empowered communities to take ownership of their health outcomes. Since then, her work has focused on collaboratively developing governments’ capacity to support health workers to increase the availability and quality of health services. Ms. McManus works with governments to build interoperable health information systems and to use data from these systems to better build, manage and optimize their health workforce. She believes that local voices are critical to driving the development of sustainable processes and solutions. Ms. McManus holds a master’s degree in international development from North Carolina State University and has worked throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

by Leah McManus

Beyond PPE: Protecting the Health Workforce during Crises

It has been more than five months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and it continues to ravage communities, countries, and health systems with no end in sight. Health workers on the front lines are physically exhausted, emotionally drained, completely under resourced, and in desperate need of sustained support. While this pandemic is…