• 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))
Languages 
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Clinical Mentoring
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-based Primary Health Care
  • Gender
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Political Economy of Health
  • STDs (other than HIV)
Publications 

Boulanger RF, Seidel S, Lessem E, Pyne-Mercier L, Williams SD, Mingote LR, Scott C, Chou AY, Lavery JV; Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens' Stakeholder and Community Engagement Workgroup. Engaging communities in tuberculosis research. Lancet Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;13(6):540-5.

Horsburgh CR Jr, Haxaire-Theeuwes M, Lienhardt C, Wingfield C, McNeeley D, Pyne-Mercier L, Keshavjee S, Varaine F; Research Excellence to Stop TB Resistance (RESIST-TB); Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens' Access and Appropriate Use Workgroup. Compassionate use of and expanded access to new drugs for drug-resistant tuberculosis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013 Feb;17(2):146-52.

Pyne-Mercier LD, John-Stewart GC, Richardson BA, Kagondu NL, Thiga J, Noshy H, Kist N, Chung MH. The consequences of post-election violence on antiretroviral HIV therapy in Kenya. AIDS Care. 2011 May;23(5):562-8.