Who we are

Core Values

PLeDGE Health is run by an all-volunteer group of physicians dedicated to improving emergency medical care around the world, through sustainable partnerships, open-source material development and dissemination, and development of the next generation of educational leaders in low-resource areas.


kevin lunney

Kevin Lunney, MD, PhD


Kevin Lunney is a physician scientist with a unique experience set spanning the fields of health systems management, public health, epidemiology, military medicine and emergency medicine. He has over 5 years on the ground experience in countries including Zimbabwe, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Morocco, Guatemala and Nicaragua. He is currently a community physician and US Navy reservist. Dr. Lunney’s military engagement experience covers both humanitarian (Pacific Partnership 2014) and operational (African Lion 2015) missions. He has presented a numerous domestic and international conferences including the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange (Da Nang, Vietnam 2015 & Kuantan, Malaysia 2016), the African Conference on Emergency Medicine (Accra, Ghana 2012) and Travel Medicine in the Tropics (Bangkok, Thailand 2011). Dr. Lunney’s research interests encompass the development of remote and austere medical systems, patient transport and global emergency medical systems development.

Maria Augusta Mutombene Taimo MD

Medical Officer, Mozambique

Maria Augusta Mutombene Taimo, doctor specializing in emergency medicine, attending doctor at Maputo Central Hospital and Director of the Emergency Medicine residency program. In addition, she has been improving her knowledge and specializing in early childhood education, which is one of her passions .

In addition to leading the emergency medicine residency, she has been supporting other departments with emergency-related training.

She worked as director of the Ressano Garcia health center, as chief doctor in the District of Marracuene, as a doctor in the emergency department of the Matola provincial hospital and in the Department of Pediatrics.

She has worked in social services, supporting street children’s literacy training.

Sérgio Pascoal Bento

Operations Director, Mozambique

Sérgio Pascoal Bento was born in Maputo, Mozambique, where he lives until today. He has a bachelors degree from Eduardo Mondlane University in Translation and Interpretation of Eng-Port. In addition, he has a Diploma from College of Humanities, University of Kwazulu Natal, in Community Work Based in Children and Youth. He has been involved in humanitarian/Community development programs since 2008, from being an Activist/Program Advocate to a Co-Founder and Project Leader at Associação Casa Amarela, a French-Moz organization Empowering girls and boys through Arts and Cultural Activities.

He is married to Carolina Macamo and both have two children.


At each stage of our work, we are guided by goals, objectives, and outcomes identified and defined by our in-country partners


- Ministry of Health
- Eduardo Mondlane University School of Medicine
- ISCTEM (Instituto de Çiencas e Tecnologia em Moçambique)
- Hospital leadership at our partner hospitals
- Junior physicians and medical students with an interest in emergency medical skills and practice

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