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France Donnay

Dr. France Donnay

Dr. Donnay is Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine/New Orleans. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Merck for Mothers, as well as member of the Executive Boards of Jacaranda Health and Operation Fistula.

France Donnay, MD, FRCOG, FACOG, MPH is currently an independent consultant, with a focus on women’s health policies, programs and practices. For example, she is currently consulting with UCSF/University of California San Francisco and Ariadne Labs/Harvard School of Public Health on quality care at childbirth in Kenya and India; with WHO on a new partograph; and with Marketing For International Development, based in Finland, on applying user centric design to achieve better outcomes for mothers and newborns. She also works as a coach and connector between institutions as well as individuals, policymakers, practitioners, advocates, engaged in women’s health and other public health issues.  

Dr. Donnay  is Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine/New Orleans. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Merck for Mothers, as well as member of the Executive Boards of Jacaranda Health and Operation Fistula.

From 2008 – 2015, Dr. Donnay was Senior Program Officer, Maternal Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She managed a large portfolio of research addressing the main causes of maternal and neonatal mortality. During her tenure, the Gates Foundation contributed to several large implementation initiatives in many countries including India and Ethiopia. She worked with many organizations active in the MNCH field, represented the Foundation in global and national conferences, and contributed to developing and updating the Foundation’s MNCH strategy.

Dr. Donnay practiced obstetrics and gynecology in public and private hospitals as well as family planning clinics in Brussels from 1975 – 1993. Because of her interest in maternal health in developing countries, during these 15 years she also worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). With Doctors without Borders, she practiced as a MH specialist in places such as Chad and Cambodia. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

In 1994, Dr. Donnay joined UNICEF and worked on safe motherhood policies and programs. She transferred to UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) in 1999, where she was in charge of reproductive health technical support at Headquarters from 1999 to 2005, before leading the UNFPA office in Pakistan from 2005 to 2008. She has visited and worked in many countries in all regions of the world.