Caroline Mae O. Ramirez, MD, MBA

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Caroline Mae “Ginger” Ramirez currently works for the Department of Health - Manila, as Medical Officer and Division Chief of the Health Systems Development and Management Support Division (HSDMSD) of the Health Facility Development Bureau.

With a passion for serving the marginalized and disadvantaged, Dr. Ramirez is a public health professional devoted to developing productive and equitable health systems in the Philippines. Her engagement in policy development at the national level is grounded on several years’ experience in one of the rural, underserved areas in the country where she was a Consultant for Health Systems Management. Here, she supported local health system development through health workforce interventions such as elective programs for medical students and the development of a residency training program in family medicine.

Integrating her clinical, public health, and management competencies, she aims to contribute lasting change through development of policies and standards for health facilities. Through this, she hopes that access to services will be improved and catastrophic expenses often attributed to high travel costs and inefficient service delivery systems will be minimized.

Dr. Ramirez received her MD degree and her MBA degree from the School of Medicine and Public Health of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Focus: Policy development for equitable development and distribution of health facilities

Lives in: Manila, Philippines