Ramona Byrkit, MPH, is PATH’s program leader for the Mekong region, based in Hanoi. Working with the teams in Vietnam since 2009 and more recently in Myanmar since 2013, as well as supporting efforts in Cambodia and Laos, she oversees a variety of projects in areas including vaccine development and delivery; noncommunicable diseases; nutrition; emerging and epidemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; emergency preparedness; and reproductive, maternal, and newborn health.
Ms. Byrkit brings more than 25 years of management and policy experience in domestic and international health and development programs. Prior to joining PATH in 2009, she served as director of CARE’s global sexual and reproductive health portfolio. She also provided senior management for PRIME II, a $70+ million global reproductive health program implemented by IntraHealth International for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to that, she served as assistant population advisor for the USAID population assistance program in Turkey and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.
Ms. Byrkit received her MPH in maternal and child health from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA from Pomona College in California. She has worked in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, and she speaks French, Wolof (Senegal), and basic Turkish.