Dr. Mphu Ramatlapeng joins FCI Board of Directors

December 2013

Global health leader Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng, currently Executive Vice President of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programs for the Clinton Health Access Initiative and previously Lesotho’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare, has joined the Board of Directors of Family Care International.

“I am thrilled that Mphu Ramatlapeng has agreed to join FCI’s Board,” said FCI president Ann Starrs. “Mphu has a deep understanding of the challenges women in developing countries face when they seek access to lifesaving care, including reproductive and maternal health services as well as HIV testing, treatment and care, and she knows firsthand what works to deliver that care effectively. Her guidance will help us ensure that FCI’s programs continue to make a real difference for women, girls, and families in Africa and around the world.”

Born in Lesotho, Dr. Ramatlapeng studied medicine at Kharkov Medical School in Ukraine, and later obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. After completing her education, she returned to Lesotho and worked in a number of roles across the public and private sectors. As Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Kingdom of Lesotho from 2007 to 2012, she introduced an innovative “mother-baby” package that helped reduce the transmission of HIV to children from their parents. In 2011-12, Dr. Ramatlapeng served as Vice Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“As a health minister and as an advocate, I’ve seen the impact of FCI’s unique brand of constructive activism, and have valued FCI as a colleague organization and partner,” said Dr. Ramatlapeng. “In joining the FCI Board, I’m looking forward to being a part of their work and helping to amplify FCI’s powerful voice.”

Dr. Ramatlapeng has been a member of several boards, including those of Roll Back Malaria and the Stop TB Partnership, and currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and of Anglo American PLC, one of the world’s largest mining companies, where she is a member of the Safety and Sustainable Development Committee.

Anne Tinker, Chair of the FCI Board, remarked, “Dr. Ramatlapeng is an innovative global health leader, who will bring a wealth of experience, insight, and wisdom to our Board. From her work in government and in the private sector, she understands the essential part that civil society plays in demanding and facilitating progress at the country level, and I look forward to her partnership in supporting FCI’s important work to build civil society’s capacity to effect real and lasting change.”
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