Bernadette Daelmans, MD, is a team coordinator in the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1984 and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Systems Management from the University of London. Bernadette started her career in international public health in 1987 in Botswana where she worked in a district hospital. Since she joined WHO in 1992, she has been engaged with a range of issues related to maternal and child health including infant and young child feeding, integrated management of childhood illness, newborn health and early child development. Bernadette has been affiliated with the Countdown to 2030: Maternal, newborn and child survival since its inception in 2005; she is the co-chair of the global Every Newborn implementation working group; and she is a member of the Steering Team that prepared the Lancet series Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale (2016).
In response to the ambitious health-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, she is currently facilitating WHO’s work to strengthen quality of care in maternal and child health services which includes development of standards, evidence-based implementation interventions, standardization of metrics, and a global learning network. She is a strong advocate for the continuum of care that promotes interventions across the life course as well as a seamless continuity between levels of health care provision.