Bangladesh Country Representative
Dr. Halida Akhter is a reproductive health epidemiologist with over 30 years of national and international work experience in reproductive health issues. Halida has made significant contributions to the field of reproductive health through her efforts in scientific research as well as her leadership roles in reproductive health institutions. Her previous experience includes roles as the Founder and Director of the Bangladesh Institute of Research for Promotion of Essential & Reproductive Health Technologies (BIRPERHT); Director General of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB); and Founder (as well as voluntary President) of a grassroots-level organization (Society for Health Promotion Links) that trains women to become community maternity practitioners in rural Bangladesh.
Halida also served as the Global Technical Lead for Reproductive Health and Family Planning at Management Sciences for Health from 2009 to 2011. In this role, she leads and directs development and implementation of MSH’s RH/FP strategies and interventions and strengthens MSH’s reproductive health and family planning results and organizational impact. As Global Technical Lead for reproductive health and family planning at Management Sciences for Health, she led and directed the development and implementation of MSH’s reproductive health and family planning strategies and managed 14 projects across the globe. Halida has served on the Board of Directors of leading global health organizations such as PATH and Family Health International and the Dean’s Alumni Council of the Johns Hopkins University. She has participated in the evaluations of large reproductive health programs of the World Health Organization, UNFPA, USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
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