Pratima Raghunathan, PhD, MPH
Deputy Director of Science, CHAMPS
Dr. Pratima Raghunathan is the Director for Science with the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network at Emory Global Health Institute. CHAMPS is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and aims to describe and disseminate the causes of child mortality to inform public health action over the course of 20 years. As CDC’s lead within the CHAMPS Program Office at Emory, she helps provide scientific direction for the CHAMPS network, which is launching population-based child mortality surveillance in Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Mali, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
Dr. Raghunathan has supported outbreak response, science and public health programs in Africa throughout her 17 years at CDC. She served as the Deputy Director for Program with the Division of Global HIV/AIDS, where she helped to provide strategic oversight to CDC’s HIV programs in 37 countries under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Her field experience includes two tours as the CDC Ebola Response Team Lead in Guinea, five years as CDC Country Director in Rwanda, and three years as the CDC Country Representative in Cameroon. In Rwanda, she led the transition of HIV clinical services from PEPFAR-funded international nongovernmental organizations to the Rwanda Ministry of Health, without compromising service quality for nearly 30,000 patients on antiretroviral treatment. She established the CDC office in Cameroon, created an HIV prevention research team with infant HIV diagnostic laboratory capacity, and successfully advocated for the research team’s transformation to support Cameroon’s national HIV program under PEPFAR.
Before joining CDC, Dr. Raghunathan co-founded and served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, Sustainable Sciences Institute, dedicated to strengthening scientific capacity in developing countries. She holds a BS in biochemistry summa cum laude from Yale College, a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Master’s in Public Health in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.