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Maryjane Lacoste

Global technical lead for maternal, newborn, and child health

Maryjane is the global technical lead for maternal, newborn, and child health at IntraHealth International. She has over 25 years of experience developing, leading, and managing evidence-based portfolios and high-performing teams across diverse organizations on three continents.

Her expertise includes health systems strengthening, quality of care, product and innovation introduction and scale, delivering projects for women's and children's health, including maternal and newborn health, family planning, cervical cancer prevention and treatment, HIV prevention, and infection prevention.

Maryjane was the Gates Foundation lead for the global Implant Access Program, where she coordinated government, donor, and manufacturer inputs and investments across 69 countries under FP2020 to expand family planning choice. As a result, the global contraceptive implant procurement doubled over a six-year period and donors and governments saved $500 million in procurement. Since 2018, Maryjane has replicated similar efforts, working with governments in 30+ countries, donors, and manufacturers to introduce and scale up a subcutaneous self-injectable contraceptive, with procurement volumes nearly tripling over two years.

She led Jhpiego’s Tanzania office as country director (2007-2014) and grew the USAID-funded, $4 million annual antenatal care program that had 13 staff to a multi-faceted technical portfolio (including family planning, maternal and newborn health, cervical cancer prevention and treatment, infection prevention, and HIV prevention) with a multi-donor $25+ million annual budget and almost 200 staff. Maryjane has long-term experience in Tanzania, Malawi, and Indonesia, and has provided significant periods of short-term technical assistance to Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and India.