Katie Zoerhoff has more than 14 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adapting (MERLA) experience in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), water, hygiene and sanitation, and maternal and child health. With a focus on strengthening local capacity to monitor, evaluate, learn about, and improve health conditions, she has led initiatives designing MERLA systems, establishing indicators, developing and implementing tools, analyzing data, learning, creating reports, and providing hands-on training in the latest World Health Organization (WHO)–recommended tools.
In her current role, she oversees the development and implementation of the MERLA strategy for U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID's) Act to End NTDs | East program, a global flagship initiative to help endemic countries fight NTDs. Ms. Zoerhoff leads a team of experts who focus on strengthening country capacity to conduct MERLA activities, analyzing data to facilitate data-driven decision-making, and operationalizing learning at country and global levels. She collaborates closely with key stakeholders, including USAID, WHO, other implementing partners, and Ministries of Health, to strengthen global guidelines and tools to enable NTD control and elimination.