Ms. Ietje Reerink has been working as a public health specialist in Madagascar for the past thirteen years (2006-2020). She is currently an independent consultant, and has been working since August 2019 for the Advancing the Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage project funded by USAID and implemented by the HEARD/Break-Through Research consortium. She was previously a senior technical advisor for the Malagasy Ministry of Health based in their Project Coordination Unit providing implementation support for the 20+multi-million-dollar health systems strengthening and malaria Global Fund grants (2017-2020). Previous consulting assignments included coordinating a four-country micronutrient powder social marketing project (PSI/UNICEF); leading a five-year strategic planning exercise (WaterAid/Madagascar); and developing a supply chain manual for public sector delivery of micronutrient powders. During her longstanding year tenure as a Senior Technical Advisor at PSI/Madagascar, Ms. Reerink provided ongoing support to marketing activities implemented under several rounds of a large USAID funded social marketing program. She has a strong track record in fund raising/proposal development, donor relations, strategy development, and program implementation and management including for new health areas such as nutrition and neonatal health.
Ms. Reerink has held various high level management positions at PSI/Madagascar including as the Director of the Reproductive Health Department, which included Family Planning, STI/HIV prevention, behavior change communication activities, and a large social franchise. She has extensive experience in the promotion and distribution of essential health commodities at community level and through health facilities in both Madagascar and Myanmar, where she was a technical advisor with PSI/Myanmar for three years (2003-2006). Before joining PSI in 2002, Ms. Reerink worked for the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam where she provided hands-on technical assistance to a variety of reproductive health programs across Asia and Africa. She also worked for several years with Family Care International in New York City as a Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Reerink holds an MPH from Harvard University in International Public Health, and an MA in Social Psychology from Brandeis University. She is fluent in Dutch (native language), English and French. She has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.