Elizabeth Mason

Elizabeth Mason is Director of the WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, leading a team of more than 100 professionals at headquarters, in regional offices and in many countries. A specialist in public health, particularly maternal and child health, Dr. Mason spent 24 years living and working in the African region. In Zimbabwe, she worked with OXFAM and then with the Ministry of Health. She also worked with WHO in Harare as Regional Adviser for child and adolescent health.

Every day in Africa, 2,400 babies are stillborn and another 3,100 newborns die within their first four weeks of life. Half of African women and their babies do not receive skilled care during childbirth and even fewer receive effective post-natal care.