Dignitas International today announces the appointment of Marilyn McHarg as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. McHarg joins the organization with more than 20 years of medical humanitarian experience, most recently as the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières – Canada. (MSF-Canada)
“Marilyn has excellent and highly relevant experience, including leading aid organizations and overseeing program implementation and evaluation, and will bring fresh energy and vision to an organization poised for the next stage in its growth,” said Michael Schull, Dignitas International’s Chair of the Board.
In addition to leading MSF-Canada, McHarg has worked with MSF as a nurse, Medical Coordinator and Head of Mission in numerous developing countries, including Uganda, South Sudan and Liberia. From 2000 to 2006, Marilyn oversaw operations at the headquarter level in as many as 20 countries around the world.
“I have long admired Dignitas’s commitment to developing practical and cost-effective innovations that strengthen health systems,” says McHarg. “I’m excited to join at a time when Dignitas is expanding research activities and generating important evidence and models to improve health care in Malawi and other resource-limited settings.”
McHarg previously worked as a registered nurse at Women’s College Hospital and Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto. She holds a Masters degree in Nursing from McGill University and an Honours Baccalaureate of Science from Queen’s University.
About Dignitas International
Dignitas International is a leading medical humanitarian organization that develops solutions for global health. Committed to innovation, Dignitas works with patients, health workers, researchers and policymakers to tackle barriers to health care in resource-limited communities. Combining frontline expertise and rigorous research, Dignitas saves lives and upholds the health and dignity for the world’s most vulnerable by increasing access to care, strengthening health systems and shaping global health policy.