Dr. Larry Sthreshley has been a recognized leader in global public health for over 30 years, focusing primarily on the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has spent most of his life in the DRC, having grown up as the son of Presbyterian missionaries in the Kasaï Provinces. He currently serves as country director for DRC.
Larry’s technical expertise centers around health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, nutrition, malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), sexual and gender-based violence and livelihood programs. He has made significant contributions to the design and implementation of large-scale health systems strengthening programs in the DRC and also has specialized experience in health care financing and cost recovery, supply chain management and monitoring & evaluation.
Prior to leading the DFID-funded ASSP/ASSR health system strengthening projects, Larry served as the chief of party for the USAID Integrated Health Services Project (Project AXxes), designed to provide integrated development assistance based on the Ministry of Health’s “Appui Global” strategy for 57 health zones in DRC, reaching a population of more than 8 million persons. He has also collaborated on health care policy with the U.S. government and international donors, including the Global Fund, DFID and EU.
He holds a doctorate in international health systems management from Tulane University, a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in public health from the University of North Carolina.