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Ruth  Sincinele Sakhile Bechtel

Vice President, Programs

As Vice President, Programs, Ruth leads VillageReach into deepened partnerships that extend the organization’s reach, expands its innovative programs that bring products to people, and widens pathways to primary health care for the most under-reached. Ruth brings her experience as Mozambique Country Director, but also a valuable last mile perspective with experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring development programs in both Mozambique and Swaziland.

Prior to this, Ruth served as VillageReach’s Mozambique Country Director for eight years. In this role, she was responsible for the programmatic and administrative direction of the organization in Mozambique. Ruth’s leadership has been integral to the growth and development in the country. Ruth’s commitment to building deep relationship and partnerships with the government, private sector partners, and other health organizations led to the successful scaling of high-impact supply chain solutions.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Ruth worked with the Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, as well as with Oxfam Great Britain and Helvetas. In addition, Ruth brings years of experience in linking local community level challenges to national and above national policy debates and advocacy. Ruth has an MSc in Managing Rural Change from the University of London, Imperial College.

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