Vouchers: Addressing inequities in access to contraceptive services
Presenters (see bios below):
- Nandita Thatte, WHO/IBP, Facilitator
- Ben Bellows, Population Council
- Elaine Menotti, USAID
- Moazzam Ali, WHO
- Anna Mackay, MSI
Nandita Thatte, WHO/IBP (Moderator)
Nandita leads the WHO/IBP Secretariat based in Geneva. Her current portfolio includes institutionalizing the role of WHO/IBP to support dissemination, implementation, and scale up of WHO guidelines and strengthening the linkages between IBP partners and WHO researchers to inform new areas for implementation research. Prior to joining WHO, Nandita was a Technical Advisor in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID where she supported programs in West Africa, Haiti and Mozambique. She has a DrPH in Prevention and Community Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health.
Ben Bellows, Population Council – Zambia
Ben is an associate with the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program in Lusaka, Zambia. He joined the Council in 2009 to lead a five-country, five-year initiative to measure the impact of reproductive health vouchers on health service uptake, equity, quality of care, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability in East Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Bellows received his MPH in epidemiology/biostatistics and social behavior and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focused on the impact of low-income subsidies for care on population health in East Africa.
Elaine Menotti, USAID
Elaine is a Technical Advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Global Health in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health where she works on the Private Sector team, manages health service delivery programs and supports public/private partnerships and strategic initiatives to implement total market approaches. Previously, she worked in USAID’s Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition Office on community based maternal and child health programming. She has an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education and a Certificate in Reproductive and Women’s Health from the University of Michigan and a BA in Anthropology from Duke University.
Moazzam Ali, WHO
Moazzam Ali is a Medical Officer at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO Headquarters. He is physician by training and has masters and doctorate in public health. His main interest is in clinical trials, strengthening research capacity and health care financing modalities in family planning.
Anna Mackay, Marie Stopes International
Anna Mackay is the SIFPO 2 Director with Marie Stopes International (MSI). Anna has over ten years of public health program management experience, including seven years at MSI supporting SRH programming across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. During this time Anna supported the development and management of MSI’s voucher programs in Madagascar and Uganda. Prior to working with MSI, Anna managed post-conflict health systems strengthening projects in West and Central Africa with Merlin. She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the University of London.