NorthSouth Group

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The NorthSouth Group was formed out of a concern for the persistence of poverty and vulnerability. Main areas of focus are adolescent health and development, youth employment, child protection, disability, gender equity and menís participation, and water and sanitation. We come from international agencies, NGOs, academia and government. Our mission is to collaborate with local partners and communities to improve the health and well-being of those at risk.

Board of Directors

Pia Rockhold, MD, PhD, Chair

Pia Rockhold – a Danish national and an epidemiologist and public health specialist with a medical degree. Dr. Rockhold has worked for more than two decades in health services, water and sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, program evaluation, community involvement, and equity, mainly in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia. She has conducted evaluations and reviews for UNICEF, the Onchocerciasis Control Programme and the Global Efforts for enhanced malaria control, and she has been affiliated with the Danish Health Research for Development and the Council for Health Research and Development. She was based in Sub Saharan Africa for many years as senior health and research advisor to Danida. Dr. Rockhold was part of the World Bank’s Disability and Development team in Washington, DC; a censor in International Public Health at Universities in Denmark; and Gender Advisor for the Law and Justice Sector at AusAid in Papua New Guinea. Her current focus in Denmark is on clinical work in psychiatry.


Doris Toolanen, Treasurer
Public Health Analyst
Bethesda, MD

Doris Toolanen - a public health specialist with a health planning and economic development background has worked in international public health for the past two decades in agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Health Organization where her focus was on health policy development. More recently she was at the World Bank's Human Development Network as a consultant on adolescent health and development. She has also carried out research on environmental epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and she served as Associate Expert for the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, focusing on domestic violence, reproductive health, and organization of national health care systems. Ms. Toolanen is currently carrying out research on traditional and alternative medicine.

Holly Michael, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Holly Michael - an Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology researches groundwater flow in coastal environments, including sustainability of water supply and impacts of groundwater flows on coastal marine ecosystems. She is currently working on projects that include assessing the vulnerability of fresh groundwater resources to climate change in coastal Bangladesh and modeling transport of contaminated groundwater to public supply wells in Kolkata City, India. As a post-doctoral fellow at the National Research Council and the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Michael's work involved constructing a large-scale regional groundwater model of the Bengal Delta in Bangladesh and India in order to further understanding of the pattern of groundwater flow in the delta. She has been involved in reconstruction efforts in the tsunami affected areas of Thailand, assessing the extent of seawater contamination of drinking-water supply.


Maj-Lis Voss, Secretary
Executive Director
NorthSouth Group
Moss Beach, CA

Maj-Lis Voss - an economist and public health specialist has worked for almost twenty years on global health issues, focusing on poverty reduction. She has extensive experience in the South Asia region and has taken part in the development of numerous human development projects at the World Bank where she carried out operational and analytical work. She contributed to a range of major strategy and policy papers and sought to bring neglected issues and vulnerable populations into Bank operations. At Stanford University she led a new initiative to address neglected diseases in Asia and Western Pacific. Maj-Lis is affiliated with ECPAT, an international organization working towards eliminating human trafficking. 

The Niblock Charitable Trust is funding our work in Kenya to support orphans and vulnerable children.

ExxonMobil The NorthSouth Group receives a grant for its outreach work from the ExxonMobil Foundation.

NorthSouth Group Advisory Committee member Mariam Khokhar is awarded International Organization for Migration Director General's Award for her contribution to IOM's immediate earthquake response.

International Organization for Migration Award

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NorthSouth Group discusses human trafficking at the International Health Conference at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Human Trafficking

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