2020 Leadership Journey Project: Developing a gender lens for informing malaria interventions
Mary Warsh is the Deputy Project Director of Impact Malaria, the US President’s Malaria Initiative’s flagship malaria service delivery project, operating in 16 countries in Africa and Asia with a budget of more than $165 million. Mary is responsible for achieving overall project deliverables and leads the operations arm of the project. Prior to this, as Deputy Director of the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department at Population Services International, Mary led the development and execution of the department’s 2018-2020 strategic plan to achieve health impact goals across 50 countries. Mary was also the Deputy Director of the Women’s Health Project, focused on improving access to family planning services and reducing maternal mortality in 15 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Mary is passionate about women’s reproductive health and using social and behavior change and human centered design to bring about positive health outcomes. She specializes in and has spearheaded initiatives in health care provider behavior change to improve access to and the quality of health services drawing from private sector models. Prior to her work in international public health, Mary was a community pharmacist and a sales manager and training specialist for a large pharmaceutical company.