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Medical Officer, The World Health Organization



As an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist & Public Health professional, with over 25 years of experience, I enjoy strong ability to strengthening country strategic leadership, decision making and implementation processes, for program managers to be able to translate new ideas, guidelines and strategies into effective policies, health programs and work plans, in the context of Universal Health Coverage & Sustainable Development Goals.

On my current job, as maternal health expert in WHO headquarters (Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health & Ageing), I want to point out the following key areas of work:

  • Guidelines and standards development to support policy dialogue, capacity building for implementation, towards reducing maternal and newborn mortality in priority regions & countries.
  • For the last ten years (2011-present), I have been involved in the WHO coordination of the French grant ‘Muskoka’ to support nine priority countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo with the goal of reducing mortality & morbidity for mothers, babies and children. The strategic support at different stages included grant proposal development, policy dialogue, capacity building for country implementation, coordination as well as reporting.
  • Technical leadership provided to support policy development, capacity building & advocacy for implementing the ‘Maternal Death / Perinatal Surveillance & Response’ (MPDSR) in the context of quality of care improvement approaches for maternal and newborn health in priority regions / countries.

My research work has focused on Antenatal care, Prevention of Mother – To – Child Transmission and quality of care improvement for maternal and newborn health for the last two decades. And part of the WHO HQ team providing oversight to the antenatal care implementation research initiative on the WHO ANC 8-contact model in 4 countries (India, Burkina Faso, Rwanda & Zambia).

Currently serving as co-chair of Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality country implementation group (EPMM CIG).

Global Co-chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group which aims at aligning RBM partners on best practices in MIP programming to help priority countries achieve high coverage of high impact malaria interventions globally.