• Affiliate Instructor, Global Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
500 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98102
United States

Phone Number: 
206-696-8855
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Biography 

Lee Pyne-Mercier has worked on health and governance issues for over 20 years, with a focus on resource-limited settings. Lee has worked as a program officer and program manager on the TB and MNCH teams at the Gates Foundation since 2010. On the TB team, he focused on partnerships to accelerate development of new drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines, and worked with partners to reduce the price of the GeneXpert diagnostic. Since joining the MNCH team he worked to launch the Every Newborn Action Plan, and leads foundation MNCH programs in Nigeria and DR Congo. Lee worked at the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) based at the University of Washington from 2005-2010. At I-TECH he managed clinical training programs in the Caribbean and Namibia, a home-based care program in Kenya, and a program providing technical assistance to groups developing electronic medical records in developing countries. Lee worked with Family Health International from 1998-2005.

In 2003, he collaborated with CDC to establish an HIV surveillance system in Southern Sudan. He also was responsible for two major regional HIV prevention initiatives with high risk groups along transportation corridors – one from Durban to Lusaka, and the other from Mombasa to the Great Lakes of Central Africa. Lee has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. He holds a BA in international relations from the College of William & Mary, an MA in political science from the University of Cape Town, and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington. His research has included measuring the impact of violence following Kenya’s disputed 2007 election on a cohort of patients at an HIV treatment site in Nairobi.

Education 
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • MA (University of Cape Town (South Africa))
Country Affiliations 
Languages 
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Clinical Mentoring
  • Community Health Workers
  • Family Planning
  • Gender
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Policy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Political Economy of Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • STDs (other than HIV)
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 
Publications 

Nurse-Findlay S, Taylor MM, Savage M, Mello MB, Saliyou S, Lavayen M… Pyne-Mercier L. “Shortages of benzathine penicillin for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis: An evaluation from multi-country surveys and stakeholder interviews.” PLoS Med. 2017

Taylor M, Gliddon H, Nurse-Findlay S, Laverty M, Broutet N, Pyne-Mercier L, Liljestrand J. “Revisiting strategies to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of syphilis.” Lancet Glob Health. 2018

von Dadelszen P, Magee LA, Payne BA, Dunsmuir DT, Drebit S, Dumont GA, … Pyne-Mercier L, Ansermino JM. “Moving beyond silos: How do we provide distributed personalized medicine to pregnant women everywhere at scale? Insights from PRE-EMPT” Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015.


Boulanger, R.F., Seidel, S., Lessem, E., Pyne-Mercier, L., Williams, S.D., Mingote, L.R., Scott, C., Chou, A.Y., Lavery, J.V., “Engaging Communities in Tuberculosis Research.” Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2013.

Pyne-Mercier, L., John-Stewart, G.C., Richardson, B.A., Kagondu, N.J., Thiga, J., Noshy, H., … Chung, M.H. “The
Consequences of Post-Election Violence on HIV Therapy in Kenya.” AIDS Care. 1-7, 2011.