Targeting global health needs
Richard Greene: Director, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development

Monday, November 2, 2009

Best known for: Helping USAID address global health issues in developing countries. Among the concerns: malaria, avian influenza, tropical diseases, and maternal and child health programs.

Government service: Greene began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ivory Coast in 1978. After taking a job with USAID in 1984, he spent 15 years working in Sudan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Bangladesh.

Biggest challenge: Managing an office with more than $400 million in federal funding for international health programs.

Quote: Observing children suffering from preventable diseases such as polio and measles during his Peace Corps stint had a major effect on Greene. "I saw we could save a lot of lives with low-cost tools. This is what got me started and motivated me to work in international public health."

-- From the Partnership for Public Service

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