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Dr. Elsie Kwara

Dr. Elsie Akwara, PhD, MPH, is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in monitoring, data analysis, and research within the realm of international development issues. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton, a Master of Public Health from New York Medical College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hunter College. Throughout her

career, Dr. Akwara has focused on high-level bilateral and multilateral engagements, including inter- governmental partnerships, where she has made substantial contributions.

Her expertise primarily revolves around adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH), where she has conducted qualitative content analysis, program and policy analysis, literature and systematic reviews, and technical content dissemination. Her research interests span a wide array of crucial areas such as sexual and reproductive health, gender, HIV/AIDS, HPV coverage, Menstrual Health Management, maternal and child health, and child protection, including child marriage.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Akwara served as the primary data focal person at the Human and Research programme (HRP) section of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) division at WHO HQ, engaging extensively in AYSRH research. She also collaborated with the UNFPA country office in Sierra Leone, assessing the impact of the Ebola disease on ASRHR in the country at both micro and macro levels. Additionally, she has worked with organizations such as Population Council, African Institute for Development Policy, and Save the Children, contributing her expertise to various initiatives.

Dr. Akwara's significant contributions to the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health are evident through her extensive publication record and her active involvement in international conferences. Her commitment to evidence-based policies and interventions has made a tangible impact on improving adolescent health outcomes globally, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where her work has been pivotal in advancing understanding and advocacy for ASRH.