Ms. Miatta Zenabu Gbanya serves as the first Liberian fund manager for the Health Sector Pool Fund at the Ministry of Health in Liberia, a financing mechanism established in March 2008 to support the Ministry of Health’s National Health Policy and Plan. She has been involved in emergency preparedness and the response to cholera, meningitis, and measles outbreaks, and in 2014 served as the Deputy Incident Manager for the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. She is an active member of the Human Resources for Health Technical working group at the Ministry of Health, Liberia.
Ms. Gbanya is a registered nurse and a public health practitioner who has served on various humanitarian missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sudan, and South Sudan over the last 9 years, working with Merlin and the Malaria Consortium. She served as the campaign ambassador for Merlin’s Hands Up for Health Workers campaign, which called for health workers in conflict areas to be protected, trained, equipped, and paid to provide quality health care services.
She holds a master’s degree in public health from the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a bachelor’s degree from the Cuttington University College in Bong County, Liberia. She has a diploma in nursing from the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts in Liberia. She has also attained a postgraduate certificate in international health and community development at Boston University and a certificate in tropical epidemiology from the Prince Leopold School of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. She serves as visiting faculty for health systems management at the James P. Grant School of Public Health and was a Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Fellow in 2016.