Announcing the Passing of Dr. Mariana Mansur
It is with unspeakable sadness that the TEPHINET Secretariat shares the news that Dr. Mariana Mansur, a beloved member of our team, passed away from cancer on November 13, 2019.
Many of our partners had the privilege of knowing and working with Mariana over the past three and a half years. As a TEPHINET Project Manager, she was an integral force in managing our Zika- and polio-related work in Latin America and Pakistan, among other projects.
Prior to joining TEPHINET in 2016, she served at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Program Manager for more than 10 years in Cuba and Belize, where she was in charge of implementing complex health programs funded mainly by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She then joined HIVOS in Guatemala as Country Director from 2012-2013, and in 2014, she was relocated to Plan International in the Dominican Republic as Resource Mobilization Coordinator. She held a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Havana, Cuba, and a PhD in biology from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, with a focus on molecular biology and biochemistry.
We will always remember her as a deeply kind, gracious, and committed colleague and friend. Rest in peace, Mariana.
She is survived by her husband, Francisco, and their son, David.
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