Director's Letter

Medical Care Development International, a Division of the Private Voluntary Organization of Medical Care Development, has worked to enhance the well-being of peoples and communities in developing nations for over 25 years. MCD International has supported health sector interventions across a broad spectrum of program areas to include maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS/TB, malaria prevention and control, water supply and sanitation, and health sector reform and financing. For each project that we manage, MCD International strives to find innovative and creative ways to implement technically appropriate and results-focused best practices that respond to the evolving health status profiles of the beneficiary populations where we work. MCD International has worked with a diverse array of organizations, from grassroots community groups to multi-lateral donor institutions. The experience and knowledge gained through these collaborative efforts has enabled us to incrementally improve the quality and effectiveness of our project portfolio.

Our staff here at MCDI brings an international background and cultural sensitivity that has been gained from cross-cultural field experience and collaboration with partners around the globe. MCD International believes that our work complements the effort of all organizations seeking to advance global health goals; improved quality of life starts with access to knowledge and services that will empower families to successfully improve and manage their own health.

Christopher Schwabe

Director of the International Division of Medical Care Development

About the Director

The Director of the International Division, Christopher Schwabe, has worked for Medical Care Development International since 1991, and became its Director in February 2016. Dr. Schwabe has a PhD in economics with specialization in health economics and public finance obtained from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has over thirty years of international health-sector-related work experience including six years with UNICEF.

Prior to becoming the MCDI Director, Dr. Schwabe directed and managed the implementation of many of MCDI’s largest and most complex projects and studies. These include from 2004-2016 the Bioko Island Malaria Control Project (BIMCP) and the Equatorial Guinea Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EGMVI) funded by Marathon Oil, Noble Energy, Atlantic Methanol, Sonagas and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, and the Equatorial Guinea Malaria Control Initiative (EGMCI) funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which together will have invested $107 million over 15 years to eliminate malaria from Equatorial Guinea.

Dr. Schwabe has also worked extensively in Lesotho, Gambia, Swaziland, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Chad, Nigeria, Togo, Guinea, Bolivia, Tanzania and Tunisia with MCDI on a variety of projects. His work outside of malaria control programs includes technical assistance in: health care finance, health services demand and supply forecasting, health system and services planning, health sector human resources planning, as well as health system and facility accreditation.

Prior to working for MCDI, Dr. Schwabe, worked for five years for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Juba Sudan, where he was an Assistant Project officer for Health and prior to that served as a United Nations Volunteer.