Dr. Layla McCay is the new Director of the Public Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) Secretariat, housed at FHI 360. The USAID-funded WASHPlus Project supports the PPPHW in its efforts to promote handwashing and hygiene improvement.
Layla is an international health and development expert, with specific WHO global handwashing promotion, advocacy, public private partnerships, and secretariat experience. She has published in leading medical journal The Lancet, and was named the UK’s ‘top’ young professional woman for impact on health systems around the world.
Layla has also worked as Clinical Advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva, and to the British Government. She has been Assistant Medical Director for Bupa, and Director for Basic Needs (a leading international mental health NGO). She’s conducted health services research at Glasgow, Osaka, Harvard, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, LSE and LSHTM, teaches global health, and has published in journals including The Lancet and BMJ. Special subjects include WASH, mental heath, healthcare quality and safety, mHealth, and eHealth.