Dr. Danel: So I actually started out…I’m an internist in internal medicine, but I’ve always been interested in women’s health. And I actually spent a year becoming an expert in medical complications during pregnancy… so I spent a good part of my career working on maternal health and maternal mortality in particular. And…there’s a couple of things in that field that I’m very proud of … Measurement is a big issue for maternal mortality…so I did spend a lot of time trying to improve measurement. And we worked with WHO and have ultimately, based on a lot of experience, developed a global maternal death surveillance and response system, so we have guidelines for maternal death surveillance and response. And that’s being implemented throughout the world, and I’m very very proud of that…that happened in 2011, so it was based on a lot of experience from all those previous years…I think I also am proud of the fact that we did a lot of work on HIV and maternal health…there wasn’t that much work being done tying the two together… the last thing I did at CDC was working on something called “Saving Mothers, Giving Life” and that was a very successful project, and I played a small role in that, but….I’m just very very happy that I could participate in that…It reduced maternal mortality in one year in Uganda by 30% so, in four districts. I think the other thing that I’m very proud of were some of the work I did at the World Bank because you’re working on health systems. And although at the Bank, there’s a lot of health economists, they, at the time that I was there, they were just starting to get into it was a lot about health services and not so much about public health and public health systems…so I worked on strengthening public health systems in Argentina and Brazil. And by that I mean public health surveillance, information systems. All that stuff that ministries of health need to do policy…So in Brazil, over a period of six years, the…surveillance and laboratory systems were transformed, and I think that has contributed…the bank financed public health laboratories, modernization of the laboratories, modernization of the surveillance information system, and all of that I think contributed to the fact….of identifying Zika and…reporting it fairly early on and the work that we’re doing with Brazil on Zika. So I feel like that was very important. I think I also worked in more in Argentina but also in Brazil about tobacco. Argentina has had the highest, and Uruguay, one of the highest smoking prevalence in…Latin America…I remember in 2001 when I first got there, I went into the Ministry of Health and everyone was smoking in the Ministry of Health….and we happened to have a minister of health at that time who was very interested in public health. And…you can’t always do things if you have the people that are listening, but he absolutely listened and we talked about tobacco, we talked about other issues related to non-communicable diseases which are the problem in Argentina, and he was open and just I think so many things happened to transform and reduce smoking in Argentina…I’m proud that I contributed to sort of the improvements and reductions in smoking in Argentina and in Uruguay, because then Uruguay was looking at what Argentina was doing…And then, actually in Argentina, we also worked on salt in the diet...So those are some of the things I’m proud of.
Dr. Danel: You know, I think the biggest challenge is the work-life balance. That is by far the biggest challenge…and…it’s still a challenge. And I honestly don’t know that I’ve overcome it cause you get drawn into the work. So it’s just this continuing…to try and maintain work-life balance and make sure that I’m paying attention to my family and enjoying life. I enjoy work, I love my work, but making sure that I’m enjoying kind of the rest of non-work life, so. Yeah, in fact they call it a work-life balance, but work is part of life…I think that was my biggest challenge.