Languages: English, French, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, Wolof
Expertise: Health, Research/Evaluation
Dr. Emmanuel d’Harcourt, senior health director, provides strategic direction for the IRC’s health and environmental programs, leading a team of 20 health care experts and other professionals, and providing guidance to over 1,000 staff members in 22 countries. His expertise includes community health, children’s health, community nutrition and health care programs in regions recovering from conflict.
Dr. d’Harcourt joined the IRC in 1999 in Rwanda. As manager of the IRC’s Child Survival Program, he initiated a program to improve the health of 120,000 Rwandan children. The program was subsequently expanded nationwide. From 2002-2009, he served as the IRC’s senior child survival technical advisor, developing original models for treatment of childhood diseases and malnutrition. He also introduced zinc treatments for childhood diarrhea, the first such use of zinc in a non-research program.
A graduate of Yale University, Dr. d’Harcourt received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a master’s in public health from Harvard University School of Public Health. He completed a pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been interviewed for stories by Time, CNN and The New York Times.