Susan Pineda-Mercado ’87: Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, UPCM 1987, has brought honor to UPCM and UPMAS through her exceptional leadership in national and global public health. She is the highest ranking Filipino director at the WHO, heading the Division on Non-communicable Diseases with oversight of more than 15 public health programs in 36 countries in the Western Pacific. Dr. Mercado is recognized for her expertise in health promotion and strategic health communication, running regional health campaigns on tobacco control, early essential newborn care and mental health. She served as Undersecretary of the Philippines Department of Health advocating for public health policy. She is a household name in the Philippines because of her work with the NGO Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko Foundation, helping raise funds for medical and surgical needs of more than 2 million poor and marginalized patients.

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