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Our sincere thanks go to Paul Spiegel, Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University, who is stepping down as Chair of the R2HC Funding Committee after five years in the role.

Paul has played a pivotal role in the success of R2HC, both as a well-respected Chair of the Funding Committee and as an advocate of the programme within the wider humanitarian sector. His technical and professional expertise has been invaluable in R2HC funding recommendations. Paul will retain a link with Elrha as a member of our newly formed R2HC Advisory Group, so we will continue to benefit from his expertise and guidance.

We are pleased to announce that Therese McGinn, retired Professor of Population and Family Health at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, will be the new Chair of the R2HC Funding Committee. Therese has more than 30 years of experience working in the field of public health and her research has focused on improving the scope and quality of reproductive health services globally, in order for women and men to make choices about their sexual and reproductive lives.

Therese is currently a member of our Funding Committee and will step into the role of Chair in April 2018. In her capacity as Funding Committee Chair she will also serve as a member of our new Advisory Group.


We would like to thank a number of long standing members of our Funding Committee for their invaluable contribution to the programme over the past years. Gilbert Burnham (Johns Hopkins), Ann Canavan (Thinkwell) and Carlos Navarro Colorado (UNICEF) are all standing down this year having completed their terms as members of the Committee. We would like to pay tribute to the immeasurable expertise, experience and commitment they have brought to the programme.

Five other members of the Committee stood down last year: Francesco Checchi (LSHTM), Robin Nandy (UNICEF), Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University), Myriam Henkins (MSF) and Rebecca Grais (Epicentre). R2HC would like to thank them again for their past and ongoing support in helping make the programme a success. They continue to support R2HC through their technical reviews and advocacy for the programme.

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