Speakers

Garfee T Williams MD

Medical Director of Phebe Hospital

County Health Officer of Bong County

Health Technical Advisor of Africare, Liberia.

Dr. Garfee Williams is a Liberian who has lived and worked in that country throughout his professional life. As a result of the experience of working for 16 years in a rural health facility in Liberia following that country fourteen years civil war, he has acquired the ability and resilience to work under extremely difficult circumstances. He first obtained an undergraduate degree (BSc) in Chemistry/Zoology before enrolling into the A. M. Dogliotti Medical School, University of Liberia (MD) followed by a Masters in Public Health (Institute of Tropical Medicine, ITM) with emphasis on Health System Strategic Management and planning.

He is a dynamic and highly trained medical and public health professional with extensive program management experience within the context of health systems, organization management and planning. With more than 20 years’ experience working, first in public service and later in the private sector for the past four years, at senior managerial and technical levels within the Liberian health system, Dr. Williams has extensive knowledge of issues and trends in medicine and public health, globally and nationally, with emphasis on health systems management/planning; policy compliance and regulations within the health sector; partnership coordination and capacity strengthening/development.

Dr. Williams also possesses strong organizational, leadership, representational and coordination skills with the ability to adapt easily to new situations within a multinational and multicultural setting. He also brings along excellent writing skills and has participated in several proposals development and donor reporting while serving as Medical Director of Phebe Hospital, County Health Officer of Bong County, and Health Technical Advisor of Africare, Liberia.

He maintains a strong relationship to national and regional networks, including the Liberia Medical and Dental Association; Liberia Public Health Association; West Africa Network for Performance-based Financing (World Bank Group); Movement for Universal Coverage in Health in Africa (MUCH); West Africa College of Physicians and the National Research and Ethics Board (NREB) of Liberia.

Dr. Williams previously served as the DCOP for a USAID HSS project that provided technical support to the MOH for the creation of the first quality management unit (QMU) at the Ministry of Health, with partial objective of strengthening knowledge and understanding of the quality improvement leading methods and the Improvement Collaborative strategy.

In his current role as Technical Advisor of Health System Strengthening, Dr. Williams provides expert technical advice to the Minister of Health to support the management of Ministry of Health programs designed to strengthen human and institutional capacity across a range of programs in the Ministry’s HSS portfolio, which includes leadership and governance, Human Resources for Health (HRH), quality assurance and quality improvement (QA/QI), supply chain management, health financing, and health information systems.