After working in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Aids prevention, both in Europe and Latin America, Mischa Heeger joined the PMU as senior staff officer in 2002, when the TBCTA coalition had just started. She holds a BA in Gender studies, studied Latin America culture and languages and holds an MSc in Sociology, specialized in Organizations and Management. Her strong emphasis on social mobilization and community participation within TB Control resulted in her involvement in the STOP TB subgroup on ACSM in 2005.
She has supported countries in development with their ACSM strategy and Global Fund application on ACSM. In 2007 she left PMU to live in the Caribbean and worked as a free-lance consultant and interim manager on Aids programmes in Latin America. On her return from the Caribbean in 2012, she re-joined PMU as senior project officer in TB CARE I. Since April 2015 Mischa is the Portfolio Manager for all Core and Regional projects under Challenge TB, combining over 17 years in international development work of which 8 years has been in the management of TB Control programs.