(Portland, OR) October 4, 2023 – Medical Teams International, a global health and humanitarian relief organization, is pleased to announce that it has named Debora Niyeha, an accomplished program director and health and nutrition expert, as Country Director for Tanzania.

Ms. Niyeha has extensive senior level experience in overseeing and providing technical and strategic direction to country programs, managing partnerships, as well as operationalizing strategies into annual plans and budgets. This knowledge has equipped her well in leading and supervising senior management and program teams, including government and consortium partners. She began her experience in the international NGO sector in project and program coordination, rising to management and technically supporting program staff across Tanzania, and extending capacity building support to other East African countries.

She most recently held the role of Chief of Party USAID Advancing Nutrition with Helen Keller International, which included program management, monitoring compliance, and providing technical support to the high level government institutions responsible for oversight and coordination of nutrition programs. Prior to this role, she held a variety of health and nutrition management positions of increasing responsibility and scope.

“Debora’s technical expertise and extensive management experience align perfectly with our ongoing work to provide life-saving medical care to people in crisis,” said Martha Newsome, Medical Teams President & CEO. “As a highly skilled woman in leadership, she brings a valuable perspective that will help to inspire and empower others in our workplace, as well as the women and girls we serve in Tanzania.”

Ms. Niyeha holds a Master of Science in Foods Nutrition and Dietetics from Kenyatta University and an Executive Master of Arts in Development Policy from Geneva Graduate Institute. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition from Sokoine University in Tanzania.

About Medical Teams International

Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Learn more at medicalteams.org and on social media using @medicalteams.