Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso

Nana Amma Y. Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM is a public health and preventive medicine physician and a social entrepreneur with more than 16 years of experience in public health policy, strategy, program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and research at local, national and global levels. She is the Founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that has been improving access to urgent and emergency health care in remote rural areas of Ghana through on-demand transportation since 2015.

Before MAZA, Dr. Twum-Danso was a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she shaped and managed grants to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes at scale in Sub-Saharan Africa and developed strategies for grant making in quality improvement (QI), gender integration and adolescent health. Prior to that, she led Project Fives Alive!, a nationwide QI initiative to reduce child mortality in Ghana which was a partnership between the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the country’s two largest health service delivery agencies. For the past eight years, Dr. Twum-Danso has served on technical committees for global health institutions such as the World Health Organization, the US Institute of Medicine’s Bureau of Global Health, and the Canadian International Development Research Centre.

Dr. Twum-Danso is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate and medical education from Harvard University and her public health and preventive medicine residency training from Emory University.


Watch Dr. Twum-Danso discuss her goals for the Commission by clicking here.