We advocate for the health needs of the world’s poor.
The Task Force team consists of 136 scientists, program experts, and other global health professionals who share a commitment to providing all people with access to the means for good health. Our expertise includes, but is not limited to, global health program management, informatics, training, finance, logistics, communications, IT, operations, human resources, and data management. We also have deep scientific expertise in a range of disciplines including neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informations. Learn more about our program staff:
Following is a small sample of the 136 dedicated employees who work each day to improve the health needs of the world’s poor. These profiles feature staff members at leadership levels; with expertise in program implementation and public health informatics; and across The Task Force’s portfolio of programs.
Vivian Singletary, MBA
Director, Public Health Informatics Institute
Vivian Singletary’s work in the private sector prepared her well for the mission and work of The Task Force for Global Health.
Before joining The Task Force in 2009, Vivian spent more than 15 years in supply chain management for two major U.S. corporations—Home Depot and M&M Mars—where she managed teams and developed systematic approaches to improve business processes. “At The Task Force, I have used these same skills,” she said.
Vivian started at The Task Force as global supply chain manager for the International Trachoma Initiative and managed the distribution of Pfizer’s antibiotic donation for the control and elimination of blinding trachoma. She later joined the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) where she has held successively more responsible roles and now serves as its director.
The Task Force has afforded Vivian opportunities to interact with and learn about people from different countries and cultures. In one notable project, she worked with representatives from several countries to define requirements for emerging national insurance information systems. Vivian has also been actively involved on the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) initiative, which aims to understand and address the causes of childhood deaths and serious illness in developing countries.
“The work is not about me,” she said. “It’s about helping others.”
Yao Sodahlon, MD
Director, Mectizan Donation Program
Yao Sodahlon has witnessed firsthand the pain and suffering caused by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as lymphatic filariasis (LF). A native of Togo, Yao worked for more than ten years in the Togo Ministry of Health. As program manager for the country’s LF elimination program, Yao was in charge of his country’s efforts to eliminate this painful and disfiguring disease caused by parasitic worms.
In 2006, Yao joined The Task Force’s Mectizan Donation Program (MDP), which provides medicines for mass drug administrations (MDAs) to 36 countries to treat and eliminate LF and another NTD called river blindness. He now works with ministries of health, public, and private partners all over the world to help eliminate these diseases.
Three MDP beneficiaries – Malawi, Togo, and Yemen – have been able to stop MDA for LF and many other countries will soon also be rid of this disease. Reflecting on their achievement, Yao said, “It is so rewarding to know that our common effort is having a meaningful impact.”