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Technical Director, HRH2030 Rachel Deussom

Rachel Deussom is a global health specialist with 15 years of experience focusing on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and community engagement. She has led teams and provided technical and operational support in 17 countries across Africa, India, and Indonesia for USAID, World Bank, and Gates-funded projects. Ms. Deussom is currently the technical director for HRH2030. She has developed tools and conducted interventions for HRH strengthening in the areas of pre-service education, retention, productivity, supportive supervision, mHealth, supply chain management, gender, and sustainable financing. Ms. Deussom holds a B.A. in French from Georgetown University and an M.S. in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Blog Posts by Rachel Deussom

“Imagine All the People” Living Healthy Lives: Personal Reflections on Themes from HSR2018

Last month was a magnificent culmination of events for us global health dreamers, with the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018) taking place in Liverpool, United Kingdom, the birthplace of the Beatles. Raised on my parents’ Fab Four vinyls, I walked along the River Mersey with John Lennon’s lyrics in my head. The…

International Day of the Midwife: Promoting Diversity to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Health

A recent article highlighted the staggering disparities that persist in maternal and neonatal outcomes in America. The disparities are in part because of societal and racial bias within the health-care system. In New York, black women are four times more likely than white women to die in childbirth. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are life-threatening pregnancy-related conditions that are sixty percent more…

Our 2030 Vision for the Health Workforce

This post originally appeared on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s blog. Teenager Durah stretches under a lamp with a book, absorbing every word and figure. Inspired by her aunt, she wants to become a nurse. She is the future health workforce. She is who the world needs tomorrow. Durah wants flexibility, occupational safety, and career opportunities.…