(Wingdie) Didi Bertrand MA, DEA, DESS is a medical anthropologist and community health specialist who has worked in Haiti, France and Rwanda. Born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, Mrs. Bertrand studied social science, community health, and health systems management in Haiti and in France. For the past 15 years, she served as a community organizer, program developer and implementer, activist for women and girls' rights, and researcher. She worked as the Director of the Community Health Program and headed the Biosocial Research and Social Development Programs for Partners In Health (PIH) sister organization Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) in Rwanda from 2005 to 2015, supporting the Rwandan Ministry of Health.
She has been principal investigator on several studies focusing on community health, reproductive health, adolescent health, traditional healing and health system strengthening evaluation in rural Rwanda. She published and contributed to several papers and book chapters, Mrs. Bertrand also Chaired the Haiti-Rwanda Commission, initiated in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated her country Haiti, to promote South-South cooperation and exchanges between these two countries. She currently serves as Senior Adviser on Community Health and Strategist for Gender, Adolescent Youth’s Health and Development for Partners in Health. She also leads The Women and Girls Initiative, an Adolescent Girls’ Social Protection and Empowerment program targeting marginalized adolescent girls and young women operating in Rwanda and Haiti. She is a Research Scholar at the University of Miami and is also the mother of 3 wonderful children.