Mary Anne Mercer

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Senior Lecturer, Health Services
Senior Lecturer, Global Health (primary appt.)


DrPH   Johns Hopkins University, 1987   (Maternal and Child Health)
MPH   Johns Hopkins University, 1981   (International Health)

Contact Info


Health Alliance International
1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 350
Seattle, WA 98105

campus box:   354809
voice:   206-543-8382
fax:   206-685-4184


Mary Anne Mercer also works with the Department of Global Health MPH program. She specializes in maternal and child health in developing countries. Dr. Mercer was on the faculty of the International Health Department at Johns Hopkins University from 1981- 1994 where she directed a technical support program for HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, and later was Deputy Director of the PVO Child Survival NGO Support Program. Dr. Mercer is the Senior MCH Advisor at Health Alliance International, an international health non-profit organization based in Seattle.

Meiksin R, Meekers D, Thompson S, Hagopian A, Mercer MA. Domestic Violence, Marital Control, and Family Planning, Maternal, and Birth Outcomes in Timor-Leste. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Dec 6. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25480470

Gimbel S, Voss J, Mercer MA, Zierler B, Gloyd S, Coutinho Mde J, Floriano F, Cuembelo Mde F, Einberg J, Sherr K. The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV cascade analysis tool: supporting health managers to improve facility-level service delivery. BMC Res Notes. 2014 Oct 21;7:743. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-743.  PMID: 25335783    PMCID: PMC4216351

Mercer MA, Thompson SM, de Araujo RM. The role of international NGOs in health systems strengthening: the case of timor-leste. Int J Health Serv. 2014;44(2):323-35.  PMID: 24919307

Gimbel S, Voss J, Rustagi A, Mercer MA, Zierler B, Gloyd S, Coutinho Mde J, Cuembelo Mde F, Sherr K. What does high and low have to do with it? Performance classification to identify health system factors associated with effective prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV delivery in Mozambique. J Int AIDS Soc. 2014 Mar 24;17(1):18828. doi: 10.7448/IAS.17.1.18828. eCollection 2014.  PMID: 24666594    PMCID: PMC3965711

Fort MP, Grembowski D, Heagerty P, Lim SS, Mercer MA. Evaluation of a demonstration primary health care project in rural Guatemala: the influence of predisposing, enabling and need factors on immunization coverage, equitable use of health care services and application of treatment guidelines. Int Health. 2012 Sep;4(3):220-8. doi: 10.1016/j.inhe.2012.04.001.  PMID: 24029403

Chair, capstone for Jenna Udren
Quality of maternal care in public facilities for women living with HIV: Perceptions from two districts in Uttar Pradesh, India

Chair, capstone for Paula Kett
Perspectives on preferences for care and barriers in access to maternal health services in Mbita, Kenya

Chair, capstone for Erin Larsen-Cooper
Planning for the worst & hoping for the best: Developing transportation plans for pregnant women in Malawi

Health Alliance International 8 (Moz. Health Comm.)
Health Alliance International (HAI)
PI:   Holmes           Dates:    10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016

Health Alliance International 8 (Moz. Health Comm.)
Health Alliance International (HAI)
PI:   Wasserheit           Dates:    10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015

Health Alliance International 8 (Moz. Health Comm.)
Health Alliance International (HAI)
PI:   Holmes           Dates:    1/1/2014 - 9/30/2014

Health Alliance International 8 (Moz. Health Comm.)
Health Alliance International (HAI)
PI:   Holmes           Dates:    10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013

East Timor Village Health Promotion Project

This project aims to improve basic health understanding and skills, including decision-making regarding the use of health services, in the Venilale subdistrict of Baucau District in the new nation of East Timor. Collaborators are the Salesian Sisters of Venilale, who operate a health clinic, and the local health center of the East Timor Ministry of Health. Villlage Health Promoters (VHPs) from rural areas surrounding Venilale have been trained in home care and indications for referral for diarrheal disease and tuberculosis, and in basic issues surrounding safe pregnancy/delivery and immunizations. The VHPs are supervised monthly and receive regular refresher training. If the project is found to provide significant benefits it may be expanded to other areas of East Timor.

Central Mozambique Child Survival and Maternal Care Project

The goal of this project is to bring about reductions in infant, perinatal and maternal mortality and morbidity in the two central provinces of Mozambique. The project interventions are maternal and newborn care, STD/HIV/AIDS prevention, and malaria control. The program design includes two main strategies: mobilizing communities to adopt better health practices and to use improved services, and strengthening the quality of the health-care delivery system so that services will meet newly-raised community expectations.

Maternal Health Care in Dili, East Timor

This project aims to provide basic maternity services (prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care) to women in Dili, East Timor, and to contribute to the ability of the East Timorese people to provide for their own health care needs. The project supported training and supervision of Timorese midwives and the upgrading of training and maternal care facilities at Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili, East Timor. Trained midwives expanded the prenatal care services to include outreach areas in Dili neighborhoods that were otherwise without access to care.