Speaker Biography - Dr. Ndola Prata, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Ndola Prata, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor and Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning; Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability; University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Ndola Prata is a physician and medical demographer. She began her career practicing medicine in Angola for 10 years and served as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola. Dr Prata’s current research is based in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on family planning, abortion, and maternal and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and mortality. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of reproductive and maternal health interventions that maximize distribution and financing mechanisms to increase access to contraceptives, particularly for the underserved populations. Her projects investigate strategies for harnessing existing resources, including human capacity and health care infrastructure while also gathering evidence for setting priorities on national women’s health agendas. Dr. Prata teaches courses and has published extensively on topics related to family planning, financing and ability to pay for reproductive health programs, safe abortion, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, priorities for maternal health and the use of misoprostol in obstetrics.
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