Authors / Biography

Sema K. Sgaier

Title Program Officer, Global Health
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sema K. Sgaier is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sema leads the Male Circumcision Initiative of the foundation and manages HIV prevention programs across Africa. Previously, Sema managed the  Avahan program (the foundation’s HIV prevention initiative in India) in the states of Karnataka, Manipur, and Nagaland. She has also been working on the immunization and the Monitoring & Evaluation portfolios.

Posts By Sema K. Sgaier

Great News for HIV Prevention in Africa

The research confirms that voluntary medical male circumcision can play a vital role in changing the trajectory of Africa's HIV epidemic.

Avahan's Transition: A Conversation with Sema Sgaier

Like other emerging economies, India faces the prospect of dramatic reductions in foreign aid, a factor that could impact health and development programs originally created with donor funding. Sema Sgaier discusses what it takes to transition programs to country ownership.

Q&A: Women at the Frontlines of HIV Prevention in India

A recent interview in Manipur State, India, with two women who are working with local services to help protect women from HIV and stop using drugs.

Winning the War on India's HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The war on HIV/AIDS in India is surely not over, but the results to date are very encouraging. The number of new HIV infections in India has decreased by more than 50 percent in the last ten years.