Dr. Dorothy

Balaba

Country Representative

PSI Ethiopia

Dr. Dorothy Balaba has more than 16 years of experience in public health leadership, designing and managing national-level public programs including adolescent-friendly and sexual reproductive and maternal health. Her experience includes designing and managing national family planning programs, adolescent-friendly reproductive health programs and programs addressing maternal health.

Dr. Balaba is a skilled researcher and has co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at several national and international conferences. She is a recipient of the International AIDS Society (IAS) ANRS award 2006. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University Uganda.

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A DECADE OF LEARNINGS FOR THE NEXT DECADE OF PROGRESS

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4 PRIORITIES TO REACH THE OUAGADOUGOU PARTNERSHIP’S 2030 GOALS

In 2011 – the year the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP) launched—the nine Francophone West Africa (FWA) countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinee, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo) had some of the lowest contraceptive rates in the world.

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THE PRIVATE SECTOR’S CRITICAL ROLE IN LAST MILE MALARIA ELIMINATION

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Universal Health Coverage, but not without Family Planning

Family planning is a fundamental pillar in universal health coverage, and in ensuring the well-being of individuals, families, and communities worldwide.

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