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Maya Vandenent

Chief Health
UNICEF Bangladesh
Maya Vandenent is currently Chief of Health in UNICEF Bangladesh, leading UNICEF's Health Program that supports the Government in Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. UNICEF initiated the Special Newborn Care Units (SCANUs) to treat sick and low-birth weight babies that is now a national program with 44 out of 64 districts having a functional SCANU. She led the health response for UNICEF in the Rohingya refugee crisis from August 2017 onwards with programs focusing on newborn care, immunization and primary health care.  Before joining UNICEF Bangladesh, Maya was Senior Immunization Specialist in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, where she guided UNICEF's equity program for immunization and coordinated the Measles and Rubella Program.  Maya worked in several countries in Africa, Central Asia and Brazil. She studied Pharmacy in Groningen University in the Netherlands and holds a Master's in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.