Since September 2008, Dr. Koki Agarwal has been responsible for the overall management and strategic and technical integrity of the MCHIP Program.
Dr. Agarwal is an internationally recognized expert in safe motherhood, reproductive health, and family planning policies and programs, as well as promoting policy dialogue and advocacy for policy reform. Her approach draws on her education in population studies and public health, clinical experience in pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology, and professional background in research methods and demographic analysis. During her tenure at Jhpiego, Dr. Agarwal has led the MCHIP and ACCESS programs, greatly expanding their country activity portfolio. As Deputy of the POLICY Project (with the Futures Group), she oversaw all reproductive and maternal health activities, and served as Chair of the Project’s maternal health activities and Director of the Center for International Health. Dr. Agarwal serves as a board member of the White Ribbon Alliance, a global movement for raising awareness and advocating for safe motherhood. She is also a key member of the Maximizing Access and Quality of Care subcommittees formed under the auspices of USAID and its cooperating agencies.
March 26, 2012 / Koki Agarwal
Four in 10 of the 186 million pregnancies that occur in developing countries each year are unplanned, and many of them occur within a short interval of a previous birth.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
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In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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