Elizabeth Mason was Director of the department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at WHO HQ in Geneva, from 2004 until her retirement at the end of May 2014.Dr. Mason is a specialist in Public Health ­ Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and has more than 30 years’ experience in Clinical care; Policy and Strategy development; Planning, management, implementation and monitoring of maternal, newborn and child health programmes at all levels of the health service. She spent 24 years living and working in the African region. Working in Zimbabwe, at all levels of the health system, before joining WHO, where she worked at country, intercountry and Regional levels.