Frederico Guanais, PhD, MSc., is a Principal Health Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is responsible for the design, supervision, and evaluation of loan operations, and for providing policy advice in the health sector in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the IDB, he has led research initiatives to assess the levels of access, quality, and utilization of healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean from the perspective of the users of health services, and to evaluate policy options to strengthen primary care and integrated healthcare networks to address the rising prevalence of chronic disease in the region.
Dr. Guanais has published extensively on primary health care, health system strengthening, integration of health and social services, policy responses to chronic diseases, and healthcare policy in Brazil. He is the recipient of a 2013 Paper of the Year award from the American Journal of Public Health for his work on the combined contribution of primary care and conditional cash transfers to the reduction of infant mortality in Brazil, and he was a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Standing Committee to Support USAID’s Engagement in Health Systems Strengthening in Response to the Economic Transition of Health. Before joining the IDB, he has held high-level managerial positions in the Federal Government of Brazil. A citizen of Brazil and Italy, he holds a PhD in Public Administration from New York University.