The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) welcomes Juan Pablo Uribe as the new director of the GFF. Dr.Uribe’s appointment comes at a critical time as the GFF is working to help countries protect essential services for women, children and adolescents and strengthen health systems as part of their COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
In his role, Dr. Uribe will lead the implementation of the GFF’s 2021-2025 strategy, including to help support countries delivering on better primary health care and frontline service delivery systems, deepen partnerships and global engagements and champion the GFF’s country leadership agenda to deliver on better health for women and children.
Dr. Uribe is a medical doctor specialized in public health and public administration who until recently, was the CEO of United Healthcare/Banmédica healthcare providers for Chile and Peru. He also served as Minister of Health and Social Protection for Colombia and as a World Bank manager for Health, Nutrition and Population in East Asia and Pacific. Dr. Uribe has contributed significantly to the development of public health, health systems and public policies. His experience across the public and private sectors will continue to deepen engagement with key partners such as multilateral organizations, donors, CSOs and the private sector to strengthen the GFF partnership’s impact in support of country plans.
In addition to the GFF, Dr. Uribe is the World Bank’s Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population. Given the importance and complementary role of the GFF to the World Bank, his dual role will strengthen synergies across sectors such as education, social protection and governance as well as across the World Bank Group, including fostering collaboration with the IFC, to maximize the impact of the GFF-World Bank partnership.