Francisco Songane is former Minister of Health of Mozambique who served from 2000 to 2004. He is a recognized "champion of maternal and child health" and has been "recognized both nationally and internationally for innovation and leadership" in the field of maternal and child health.
Dr. Songane is medical doctor specialized in obstetrician/gynaecologist and public health. His medical degree is from the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. He trained at St. James University Hospital in Leeds, UK. He holds a Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University and Masters of Science in Financial Economics (MS) from the University of London, UK.
In December 2005, Dr. Songane was named the new Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. This 'partnership' has more than 300 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental members working to ensure the well-being of all women, infants and children. In announcing his naming to the post of Director, the Medical News Today, stated that "[a]s Minister of Health of Mozambique, Dr. Songane is credited for using a partnership approach for averting the outbreak of disease during the floods of 2000 and 2001, as well as for the conclusion and operational launch of the country's health-sector strategy. He worked to introduce innovative interventions into the Mozambican health system, including Hepatitis B vaccine, trials on a potential Malaria and use of a more effective Cholera vaccine, as well as antiretroviral therapy into the public system—an example that has been shared globally." Dr. Songane has been a vocal defender of the human rights of women and children before the UN Human Rights Council and at other leading international meetings.