Chief of Party
- BA, Sociology, University of Santo Tomas
For more than 30 years, Easter Dasmarinas has developed, implemented, and led programs that improve maternal, neonatal, child health, and nutrition (MNCHN); family planning (FP); and reproductive health in the Philippines and internationally.
Ms. Dasmarinas currently leads LuzonHealth, a USAID-funded project that improves family health on the Philippines’ largest island by expanding access to and demand for quality, integrated MNCHN and FP services. Under Ms. Dasmarinas' leadership, LuzonHealth has pioneered many innovative and effective approaches, including strengthening service delivery networks, expanding FP services in hospitals, and ensuring that more pregnant women can access affordable health services.
Previously, Ms. Dasmarinas served as Deputy Chief of Party for HealthGov (Strengthening Local Governance for Health), another USAID-sponsored project in the Philippines. In addition to project management, she developed advocacy tools and approaches, and provided key strategic support to the Wireless Access for Health initiative.
Ms. Dasmarinas also led the USAID-funded TANGO (Technical Assistance for the Conduct of FP/MH Activities by Philippine Nongovernmental Organizations) project. Under her leadership, the project established a network of sustainable midwife-owned health enterprises in key cities across the Philippines. The project was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the American Ambassador and the USAID Mission Director as an innovative and sustainable model for the provision of MNCHN/FP care in the private sector.
Ms. Dasmarinas has also helped develop service delivery models for family planning and maternal health services in 11 other Asian and Pacific countries.