Dr Kasonde Mwinga is the Director of Universal Health Coverage, Life Course Cluster (from May 2021). She leads WHO experts to facilitate the improvement of health and well-being of populations of different ages using people-centred health systems to achieve universal health coverage in Africa. Her current work puts women, children, adolescents and older persons at the heart of health service delivery through adequate health policy and planning, robust health financing systems, skilled and motivated health workforce, required medicines, technologies and infrastructure and reliable information to monitor progress.
Dr Mwinga has served in various WHO country and regional office positions. Most recently, she was WHO Country Representative for Rwanda (as of May 2019). She was also the WHO India Team Leader (as of 2016), for promoting health through the life course. Before joining WHO in 2001, Dr Mwinga was a consultant paediatrician in the University Teaching Hospital in Zambia. She also worked as an honorary lecturer and researcher in the University of Zambia.
Dr Mwinga holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA), a Master in Paediatrics from University of Zambia and a Health Management diploma from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.