Biography of Dr Nafo-Traoré,
RBM Executive Director
Dr Nafo-Traoré brings to the RBM Partnership a wealth of expertise in maternal and child health, malaria control and health systems strengthening, as well as significant leadership experience in facilitating global, regional and country-level partnerships.
After distinguishing herself as the Director of an important sector investment program (SIP) and as Health Specialist at the World Bank in Bamako, she served as Minister of Health and also Minister of Social Affairs, Solidarity and the Elderly in Mali from 2000 to 2002. In 2003, Dr. Nafo-Traoré was appointed as the first RBM Executive Secretary and later on as Director of WHO/RBM Department. She subsequently served as a WHO representative to the Congo and Ethiopia.
Over the past fifteen years, Dr Nafo-Traoré has helped strengthen the health sector in a number of countries across Africa. She has served the African health community in different capacities, including as President of the Assembly of ECOWAS Ministers of Health and member of different working groups and regional mechanisms.
In her recent positions, she facilitated efforts to implement the Paris Declaration on AID effectiveness and the UN reform Delivery as One initiative (2006-2012). She also nurtured a policy dialogue among ministries and diverse sectors of the society to anchor health in key national agendas and increase domestic funding for health. She worked with bilateral, multilateral and national actors to develop a health sector plan, which proposed, inter alia, strategies to manage a human resources crisis and improve health information systems.
As Minister of Health in Mali, she oversaw a US$ 350 million partnership initiative to implement a national program for investment in the health sector and ensure that control interventions for major endemic diseases are rolled out in a coordinated and complementary fashion.
In addition to leading strategic efforts at the country level, she has provided strategic and technical guidance to global health initiatives and partnerships, including as Member of the Board of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) and as Member of the UNAIDS/WHO technical working group in 2001-2002.
Dr Nafo-Traoré was twice awarded the national distinction of “Chevalier” and “Officer” de l'Ordre National du Mali, in 1996 and in 2007. She is a member of numerous professional associations and has authored a significant number of technical publications and studies.