Former Director of Health System Strengthening and Sustainability
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Dr. Nancy Fitch is a family medicine specialist and an international health expert with 20 years domestic and 15 years’ experience in Armenia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Swaziland, Lesotho, Liberia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Haiti and Uganda. Her technical expertise is in primary care service delivery, HIV/AIDS, maternal-child health, quality improvement, performance-based financing and health system strengthening.
After receiving her AB from Brown University, her MD from Duke University and completing her family medicine specialty training at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Fitch worked as a family medicine specialist and as Director of Curry Health Center, a comprehensive student health center at the University of Montana from 1985 – 2001. While Director, Curry Health Center achieved its first accreditation under the AAAHC, provided counseling and psychological services, initiated HIV testing and prevention services and student sexual assault prevention and care services.
In 2001, Dr. Fitch served as Primary Health Care Advisor with the USAID-funded Armenia Social Transition Project to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) develop a unified Family Medicine training program. With support from the World Bank, the MOH retrained specialty physicians to deliver higher quality, integrated primary care services.
In 2004, Dr. Fitch served as the Technical Advisor in HIV and Child Health for USAID Rwanda. In partnership with the MOH, she was responsible for the rapidly expanding USAID program under PEPFAR (The President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief) to support the scale-up HIV care and treatment in Rwanda. Dr. Fitch also managed the USAID Rwanda health portfolio, including maternal child health, quality improvement, family medicine, among others.
In 2006, Dr. Fitch became the Rwanda Country Director for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), an international NGO and leading USAID partner to scale-up integrated HIV care and treatment services in the Eastern Region of Rwanda.
From 2008-2011, Dr. Fitch served as the Mozambique Country Director for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where EGPAF supported the scale-up of HIV care and treatment services in 4 provinces. From 2011-13, Dr. Fitch returned to the US and served as the Global Director of Health System Strengthening for EGPAF, providing technical support to programs in 14 countries in Africa.
Since 2013, Dr. Fitch has worked as an independent consultant in health system strengthening in Pakistan, Liberia and Haiti, based in her home in Montana.