URC remembers Dr. Rodrigo Bustamante

URC mourns the passing of Dr. Rodrigo Bustamante Alvarez on Friday, March 6th, 2015. A public health physician from Cali, Colombia with a master's degree in social medicine from the University of London, Dr. Bustamante had a distinguished career. He held a series of executive leadership positions in the public sector in Colombia, including Secretary General and Director of the Social Security Institute.  He first stepped into international work as a consultant with the World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization in the 1980s. He then served as Chief of Party from 1993 to 1996 for the USAID-funded Child Survival Project in Guatemala, implemented by Clapp and Mayne, laying the groundwork for noteworthy reductions in infant and child mortality through improved health planning and management information systems and outreach programs in rural areas.

Dr. Bustamante joined URC in 2002 as the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Quality in Health I Project in Guatemala. He continued on with URC in Guatemala leading the Quality in Health II Project (2002-2008), Guatemala's Health Care Improvement Project (2009-2012), and the Guatemala TRAction Project (2012-2014). In addition to his role as Chief of Party, Dr. Bustamante served as URC Guatemala Country Director during his tenure at URC. Dr. Bustamante retired from URC in 2014.

With URC, Dr. Bustamante promoted the use of quality assurance approaches within the healthcare system to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, improve maternal and child nutrition, and implement a quality management system to ensure quality care throughout Guatemala's healthcare system.  He also contributed concretely to the improvement of financing and sustainability of government-financed health programs in Guatemala.  His results-oriented approach to health systems management led to improvements in key health indicators, including increase in use/supply of contraceptives, a decline in national fertility rates and the reduction of child mortality.

Dr. Bustamante was a public health leader who was loved and respected by his colleagues in Guatemala and URC worldwide. His belief in mentorship, respect for others, personal growth, and dignity for all humanity were evident in the amount of passion and dedication he exhibited in every aspect of his life. He was truly an agent of change in the global public health arena.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends, especially his wife Claudia and his children, Maria Claudia, Raul, Luis Guillermo, and Juan Pablo.

URC mourns the passing of Dr. Rodrigo Bustamante Alvarez on Friday, March 6th, 2015. A public health physician from Cali, Colombia with a master's degree in social medicine from the University of London, Dr. Bustamante had a distinguished career. He held a series of executive leadership positions in the public sector in Colombia, including Secretary General and Director of the Social Security Institute.  He first stepped into international work as a consultant with the World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization in the 1980s. He then served as Chief of Party from 1993 to 1996 for the USAID-funded Child Survival Project in Guatemala, implemented by Clapp and Mayne, laying the groundwork for noteworthy reductions in infant and child mortality through improved health planning and management information systems and outreach programs in rural areas.

Dr. Bustamante joined URC in 2002 as the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Quality in Health I Project in Guatemala. He continued on with URC in Guatemala leading the Quality in Health II Project (2002-2008), Guatemala's Health Care Improvement Project (2009-2012), and the Guatemala TRAction Project (2012-2014). In addition to his role as Chief of Party, Dr. Bustamante served as URC Guatemala Country Director during his tenure at URC. Dr. Bustamante retired from URC in 2014.

With URC, Dr. Bustamante promoted the use of quality assurance approaches within the healthcare system to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, improve maternal and child nutrition, and implement a quality management system to ensure quality care throughout Guatemala's healthcare system.  He also contributed concretely to the improvement of financing and sustainability of government-financed health programs in Guatemala.  His results-oriented approach to health systems management led to improvements in key health indicators, including increase in use/supply of contraceptives, a decline in national fertility rates and the reduction of child mortality.

Dr. Bustamante was a public health leader who was loved and respected by his colleagues in Guatemala and URC worldwide. His belief in mentorship, respect for others, personal growth, and dignity for all humanity were evident in the amount of passion and dedication he exhibited in every aspect of his life. He was truly an agent of change in the global public health arena.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends, especially his wife Claudia and his children, Maria Claudia, Raul, Luis Guillermo, and Juan Pablo.

Date 
March 11, 2015
Authors 
Tisna Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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