Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng is Executive Vice President for Implementation at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). In this role, Dr. Ramatlapeng leads CHAI’s HIV/AIDS, TB, and Health Financing strategies and works closely with global partners and government leaders to drive transformational change in these program areas.
Prior to joining CHAI in 2012, Dr. Ramatlapeng served as Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Lesotho from 2007 to mid-2012, leading the overall clinical, technical, and financial management of the Ministry. In this role, she was a champion for some of Lesotho’s significant health achievements, including reducing the transmission of HIV from parents to their children. Under her leadership, in 2010 the Ministry introduced an innovative package to support mothers who cannot return to clinics to receive the basic services they need to stay healthy and give birth to HIV-negative children.
Dr. Ramatlapeng was born in Lesotho, studied medicine at Kharkov Medical School in Ukraine, and later obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. After completing her education she returned to Lesotho and worked in a number of roles across the public and private sectors. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Ramatlapeng served as Country Director for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Lesotho, bringing her extensive experience in pharmaceutical supply and management.
Dr. Ramatlapeng has held a number of Board Member positions over her career. Most recently, she was Vice Chair of the Board for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria from 2011 to 2013. She has also served as a member on boards of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Stop TB Partnership, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics. Throughout her career, Dr. Ramatlapeng has also been a leading advocate for women in business; as a part of these efforts, she served as a founding Board Member of Women in Business in Lesotho.