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Dr. Angela O. Benson

Dr.  Angela Benson is passionate about Global Health having graduated from the A.M. Dogliotti Medical College, University of Liberia with a degree in doctor of Medicine in 1978 and did a post-graduate training in Child Health at National University of Ireland, Dublin in 1986 followed by an International’s degree in Public Health at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadassah, Israel with specialization in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in 1990 . Dr. Benson has vast experience in the Health sector management and health system strengthening having worked in the Public Health sector, the Private Health sector and the United Nations Organizations of UNICEF and WHO for several years.

Dr. Benson was the Foundation Manager for the Flagship Ministry of Health’s Program (Fixed Amount Reimbursement Allowance-FARA) supported by USAID.  She provided technical, managerial and administrative oversight in 2012. She joined the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS).as Asst. Secretary General in 2013 and later became the Secretary General with the Executive Members provided oversight for the training and service of residents.  She was instrumental in the successful graduation/induction of the first cohort of 13 Medical Specialists trained in Liberia.  She served in WHO and rose from the post of an epidemiologist to become a WHO Representative in Lesotho, Southern Africa and later as WHO Africa’s Regional Adviser on Emergency and Humanitarian Action, where she provided technical advice and guidance on critical Health issues to National Governments in WHO African Region.

She an Examiner of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) with focus on Post-graduate qualifications for Membership and Fellowship in Community Medicine since 2016.

Dr Angela Benson co-founded the Global Health Innovations and Action Foundation (GHIA Foundation), an International Non- Governmental Organization with the Focus of helping to reduce disease burden among women and children with a mission of ensuring that women live healthier and longer lives by providing Technical support to National Governments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She is a member of several National and International Professional and service  Organizations including the AFREHealth Consortium, Public Health Association,  Fellow of the Liberia College of Physicians & Surgeons (FLCPS), Fellow of the West African College of Physician (FWACP)  and Member of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA)  She has co-author and published Medical Articles and Chapters in the Situation Analysis of the Health of Women and Children in Liberia; The Investment Plan of Building  a Resilient Health System in Liberia , Post-Ebola (2015 -2021).  She is a 15+ years member of Rotary  International , a service Organization and has served as President in Lesotho, President at the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Liberia and currently a Technical Cadre of the Rotary Foundation.

She is married to Dr. Jimi O. Benson, a Family Physician and they have three adult children, several fostered children and four grand-children.  Dr. Angela Benson is a born-again Christian who fears the Lord and keeps Him as Lord and Master of her life living an exemplary life in her community of Paynesville, Liberia.

The COO of GHIA Foundation is Dr. Charles Maas

Charles Maas MD, MPH

BIO For GHIA BOARD

Physician with a career spanning clinical medicine and public health leadership positions.

Board Experience

  1. 4 D (For Deus – God). Non-profit Christian organization serving Eastern Europe. Board member, 2013 to present
  2. Love INC (In the Name of Christ). Non-profit organization serving the Sacramento, California, area. Board member, 2005 to 2014.
  3. Iris Foundation for Mental Health, National Advisory Committee member, 2002-2009.

Work Experience

  1. Child/Adolescent mental health physician, 2001 to 2013, full time; 2013 to present, half-time, California
  2. General pediatrics physician 1981 – 2005 in California
  3. Medical Director, Tulare County, California, 1979-1981.
  4. Director/Health Officer Fresno County, California, , 1974-1979.
  5. Medical Director/Health Officer, Trinidad, Colorado, 1973 to 1974.
  6. Pediatrician, US Army, Okinawa, Japan 1970 to 1973.

Leadership Experience

Member/Chair of various regional and state public and private health organizations, 1972-2015

Volunteer Experience

  1. Mental health physician to a Christian residential treatment facility, 2013 to present.
  2. Neighbor Volunteer working with Afghanistan refugees, World Relief Resettlement Agency, 2017 to present.
  3. Short term missionary to Braila, Romania, 2003 to 2007.
  4. Men’s weekly Bible study member/leader, 1985 to present.

Family

  1. Married to Elissa, 1980 to present . Twin daughters.
  2. First marriage, 1963 to 1975. Two daughters.
  3. 13 grandchildren ages 1 year to 23 years

Address:

C/o Dr. Angela Benson
Benson Hospital, Duport Road, Paynesville
Liberia