Kirsten Gagnaire

Global Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)

Kirsten Gagnaire

Kirsten Gagnaire is the Global Director of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA). Before joining MAMA, Gagnaire was the Ghana Country Director for the Grameen Foundation and led the initial implementation of MOTECH. She was the Founder of the Social Enterprise Group (SEG) and Sustayne, and has a depth of experience and passion for addressing social and environmental issues through profitable business ventures. Previously, Gagnaire was Administrator of Strategic Planning at Casey Family Programs. Before working at Casey, Gagnaire was a consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick, specializing in management, technology, and organizational development consulting for health and human service agencies. Her fusing of social issues and business expertise began internationally—first as a marketing intern at the Russian-owned world trade center in Moscow and later as a small enterprise development Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. She holds a degree in International Business from Seattle University and lives in Washington, D.C. with her two amazing children.

Blog Posts by Kirsten Gagnaire

New Report: Sharing Knowledge on Mobile Phones for Maternal and Child Health
Mobile health (mHealth) is a solution for women – providing immediate, lifesaving services to address dire maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) challenges. This emerging field - a global movement - is reaching mothers, who need health services the most.
September 25, 2013

100,000 Mothers and Counting
Living on about $120 per month in the slums of Dhaka, Nasima, 27, and her husband, a factory worker, struggled to find additional resources to better care for their newborn child. Their plight is all too common in Dhaka, a city where poverty and illiteracy are prevalent, especially among women and girls. Despite her living conditions and limited resources, Nasima’s story is one of inspiration because she signed up with MAMA in Bangladesh to gain access to timely health information through her mobile phone.
July 19, 2013

MAMA’s Post-Partum Family Planning Messages for Mothers across the World
Mothers shape the lives of children, impact communities, and sustain nations through their nurturing and work, serving as a lifeline for future generations to come. When a mother dies, her absence is felt throughout the world. Her children have a difficult time surviving and her family suffers, leaving a community more vulnerable to health and economic disparities.
May 28, 2013