Constance Bart-Plange

National Malaria Control Program, Ghana Health Service

Dr. Constance Bart-Plange: MB-ChB, MPH, DHS, MGMA, MWACPS, FGCPS, is a Medical Doctor by profession and a Senior Public Health Specialist. Her areas of expertise include Health Systems Management, Research, Malaria Control, Field and Clinical Epidemiology and Community Partnership/Collaboration. She has skills in Community Engagement, Social Mobilization & Advocacy Initiatives that have improved access to primary health care and disease prevention, by raising the effectiveness, efficiency, financial viability and equity of health services at Community level. Moreover, she has rich expertise in collaborating with Civil Society, having forged partnership with many NGOs to control Malaria in Ghana. Together with others, she has published several researches including those with Community Focus. Her past and current academic experience include Part-Time Lecturer in Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation, School of Public Health, University of Ghana (2010); Part-Time Lecturer for Malaria Control and Its Intervention. She is a highly motivated, innovative, proactive, transformational and dedicated team player, having worked at all levels of Ghana’s health care delivery system from the community through district, regional to the national levels (in both clinical and public health spheres). She has very rich experience in malaria program management at both national and international levels. Professionally, she is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians, Member of the Ghana Medical Association and Member West Africa College of Physicians and Surgeons.

She is currently a member of the Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group and the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee on Innovative Vector Control. She has served on W.H.O Technical Committees including Community-Based Malaria Program, Malaria Vaccines Advisory Committee as well as Costing Tools for malaria. She was a member of the Market Dynamics Advisory Group on Affordable Medicine Facility (MDAG); Technical Advisor for a year, for the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC); and member of the RBM External Evaluation Task Force.

Under her leadership, the Ghana malaria control program has been successful in mobilizing massive funds from health partners/donors such as the Global Fund, USAID/PMI, DFID-UK, World Bank, UNICEF.

The program has also received several recognitions and awards, amongst which are: effective collaboration with private sector to implement Indoor Residual Spraying (Anglogold Ashanti), successfully partnering with Private pharmaceutical sector to roll out, nationwide, affordable malaria medicines; the first country to implement integrated distribution of Insecticide-Treated Nets and Large-scale door-to-door distribution and hang-up, the success of which, were underpinned largely by effective community involvement, collaboration and partnership.

She has won several awards in innovation and creativity and together with her team, has impacted positively on health outcomes, through pragmatic and sound interventions put in place to address the malaria burden in the country.