• Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Global Health
  • Board Member, Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
Mary Anne Mercer

Seattle, WA
United States

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Mary Anne Mercer, DrPH, MPH, is a public health practitioner specializing in the delivery of maternal and child health services in developing countries, with a special interest in the effect of globalization on health. Dr. Mercer began her international work in rural Nepal, and since then has provided technical support to a number of health programs in Asia and Africa. Between 1989 and 1994 she directed a technical support program at Johns Hopkins University for NGOs implementing programs for HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, and subsequently was deputy director of the Johns Hopkins-based PVO Child Survival Support Program. She directed Health Alliance International programs in Timor-Leste for maternal/newborn health from 1999 to 2011. She is co-editor of a 2004 book Sickness and Wealth: The Corporate Assault on Global Health. Her recent book, Beyond the Next Village, is her memoir of a year in rural Nepal as a nurse practitioner traveling with a mobile team to provide public health and clinical services. She is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Departments of Global Health and Health Services at the University of Washington.

  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University
  • DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Nepali
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Gender
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Political Economy of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Mercer Mary Anne, Susan Thompson and Rui Maria de Araujo. The role of international NGOs in health systems strengthening: The case of Timor-Leste. International Journal of Health Services. 44(2):2014, pp 323-335

Meiksin R, Meekers D, Thompson S, Hagopian A, Mercer MA. Domestic violence, marital control, and maternal, birth, and family planning outcomes in Timor-Leste. Maternal and Child Health Journal, Dec 2014 online doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1638

Juan Nie, Jennifer Anna Unger, Susan Thompson, Marisa Hofstee, Jing Gu, Mary Anne Mercer. Does Mobile Phone Ownership Predict Better Utilization of Maternal and Newborn Health Services? A Cross-Sectional Study in Timor-Leste. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. June 201616(1):183

Beldarrain E and Mercer MA. The Cuban Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Lessons in Solidarity. International Journal of Health Services. 2017, Vol. 47(1) 134–149

Thompson S, Mercer MA, Hofstee M, Stover B, Vasconcelos P, Meyanathan S. Connecting mothers to care: Effectiveness and scale-up of an mHealth program in Timor-Leste. Journal of Global Health, Dec 2019, Vol. 9 (2). doi: 10.7189/jogh.09.020428