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Leah McManus

Technical program manager, IntraHealth International

Leah McManus is a technical program manager at IntraHealth International, where she works with programs in Liberia, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to strenthen the countries' helath systems and empower local governments to support health workers.For the past five years, Leah has dedicated her life to supporting local teams in health systems strengthening programming both at the national and community levels throughout Africa and the Caribbean.Beginning her career at Curamericas Global, Leah worked with local partners in Liberia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, and Kenya to develop and deploy community health systems strengthening programs with a focus on interventions in the areas of maternal child health care, family planning, HIV, malaria, water and sanitation, and community case management of childhood illness.  In her current role as a program officer at IntraHealth, Leah supports national government-based teams in Liberia, Guinea, and the DRC to implement interventions that will ultimately ensure these governments have the tools necessary to plan for, develop, deploy, manage, and support health workers.Leah works with the governments of Liberia and Guinea to develop and deploy mHero, an integrated digital health platform for health worker communication and coordination, as a cross-cutting component of the national health information system.In the DRC, Leah supports efforts to the roll out and scale up the national human resource information system (iHRIS), and the application of the WHO’s Workload Indicators of Staffing Needs (WISN) assessment.Leah believes that local partners, voices, and solutions are critical to sustainable interventions.She holds a master’s in international development from North Carolina State University.  

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