Immediate Postpartum Family Planning: A key component of childbirth care webinar
Presenters (see bios below):
- Michael Mwiti, Jhpiego Kenya
- Saswati Das, Jhpiego India
- Mario Festin, WHO
- Riaz Mobaracaly, Pathfinder International, Mozambique
- Laura Raney, Senior Advisor, FP2020 (Moderator)
Michael Mwiti, Jhpiego Kenya
Michael Mwiti works with Jhpiego Kenya as a Senior Technical Officer in the PostPregnancy Family Planning project. He is responsible for providing technical guidance in the implementation of PPFP choices project in Jhpiego Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in public health. He has over 10 years’ experience in implementing reproductive health programs working with international and local implementing organizations, Ministry of health, private health care service providers and the community. Michael previously worked with the Tupange project, part of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative to strengthen family planning services in Kenya.
Saswati Das, Jhpiego India
In her 25 years of experience in public health, Dr. Saswati Das has provided technical and managerial leadership in maternal and child health, FP, reproductive health, HIV prevention, quality of care, curriculum development, and transfer of learning through responsive participatory training and post-training supportive supervision. She has been working with Jhpiego for 8 years. Prior to Jhpiego, she worked with Population Services International as Director of Medical Services and Training and IntraHealth as Country Clinical Manager, and was involved in major programs on sexual and reproductive health in India.
Mario Festin, WHO
Dr. Mario Philip R. Festin is a medical officer at the Human Reproduction Team of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO. He is an obstetrician- gynaecologist, with additional graduate degrees in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Professions Education. He was previously Executive Director of the National Institutes of Health Philippines, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila, and Assistant Director for Health Operations at the Philippine General Hospital.
Riaz Mobaracaly, Pathfinder International, Mozambique
Riaz is the Country Director for Pathfinder International-Mozambique where he leads a broad portfolio including integrated family planning projects. Dr. Mobaracaly is the co-chair of the National FP Technical Working Group where he helped to develop the national family planning integration guidelines. Prior to joining Pathfinder, Dr. Mobaracaly worked extensively with the Mozambican Ministry of Health at levels including roles as district and provincial health director. Dr. Mobaracaly holds a BS in Medicine from Eduardo Mondlane University and a certificate in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.
Laura Raney, Senior Advisor, FP2020 (Moderator)
Laura is the Senior Advisor, High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) at FP2020. In this position she provides direct support to FP2020 commitment-making countries in the use of evidence-based family planning practices to advance access for girls and women. Laura collaborates closely with USAID staff and WHO-based staff at the Implementing Best Practices initiative (IBP). She has over 20 years of experience in international reproductive health and family planning and has worked with a number of global health organizations and multilateral agencies including the World Bank, and USAID. Laura received her MSocSc in demography and economics from Waikato University, NZ and MA in economics from the University of Maryland.