SRHM team

Secretariat

  
Eszter Kismodi – Chief Executive
Eszter is an international human rights lawyer specialising in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender diversity. She has worked in legal and policy development, advocacy and programming in different regions of the world, including Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Eszter has been a senior consultant with United Nations agencies, including UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNDP, and OHCHR, and international organisations, such as the World Association for Sexual Health, and international NGOs, such as CREA, where she served as Advocacy Director.  Between 2002 and 2012, she was the Human Rights Adviser at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization.

Eszter is a regular guest lecturer at various universities and has published extensively in international journals.  She is a Board Member of Durex’s Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, a member of the WHO’s Global Advisory Board on Elimination of Mother and Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis, and a Board Member of GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality). Previously she served as a member of WHO’s Ethics Review Committee and SRHM’s Editorial Advisory Board.  She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health.  Eszter holds a juris doctor from the University of Pécs and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.  A Hungarian national, Eszter is based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

  
Julia Hussein Editor-in-Chief
Julia has 30 years of professional experience as an obstetrician, public health practitioner, development worker, researcher, writer and scientific editor. She has worked with non-government organizations, universities, funding agencies, governments and the United Nations in several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She now prefers to spend her time helping others write, publish and communicate their research and insights on science and public health. Julia is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Specialising in maternal health and quality improvement of maternity care, Julia has designed, implemented, assessed and evaluated maternal mortality reduction programmes. She has authored over 70 publications in international scientific journals and edited a reference textbook on maternal and perinatal health. She has served on the editorial boards of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and SRHM, chaired clinical trial study committees and was on advisory committees for the Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Health at the World Health Organization, PATH, Macro Inc and the Maternal Health Task Force. Julia holds a medical degree from Trinity College Dublin, a Master’s degree in public health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is a retired Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.

Sarah Pugh – Academic Editor
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Sarah has over fourteen years of experience as a researcher, writer, and editor in the areas of development, migration, gender and health. With a PhD in international development and political science, she has worked for UN agencies, universities and donors, as well as local and international non-governmental organizations. Sarah joined the SRHM team in December 2016 and continues to be inspired by the passion and dedication of the global SRHR community.

Pathika MartinMonitoring Editor and Administration Manager
Pathika has been with SRHM (formerly RHM) since 2007, working on most aspects of journal production, distribution and promotion, and coordinating the seven editions of the journal in other languages. Originally a historian, she has worked for non-governmental organisations in the UK and Africa on projects including natural resource management, income generation, oral history and participatory methodologies. Pathika also writes and enjoys bringing her interest in language and usage to bear on finalising papers.

Jessica MacKinnon – Communications Manager
Jessica has several years of experience in communications, social media management and design with an interest in using online communications to affect social change. She has worked for non-governmental organisations and universities across the globe and has an education in political philosophy. Jessica is based in South Africa.

Alexane Bremshey – Communications Officer
Alex is a passionate storyteller with special interests in public health and gender issues. Previously, she worked in communications, community development and fundraising with a number of international humanitarian organizations based in Canada. Most recently, she travelled to Benin in West Africa to work on an initiative to reduce maternal and newborn mortality through a collaboration with local midwives. Alex is based in London.

Liza Caruana-Finkel – Communications Intern
Liza has a background in the sciences and healthcare, as well as in gender and women’s studies. She is passionate about social justice, with a special interest in reproductive rights. Currently, she works and collaborates with various relevant NGOs, and is a founding member of Malta’s first pro-choice coalition, Voice for Choice. Liza was born in Ukraine, grew up in Malta, has lived in Russia, and is currently based in Liverpool, England.

Lance Stewart – Finance Manager
Lance is a qualified Accountant  with over 25 years financial management experience at a Senior Management Level across a wide range of sectors (auditing, commercial, and non profit & charities) and countries, having worked extensively in Africa. Lance is based in London.

Edna Epelu – Operations Manager
Edna has several years of experience in the humanitarian and private sector. She is passionate about, and committed to, projects that bring transformative social and economic change. She has supported project and operational teams in Central Asia, West Africa, and North America. She has also worked for State Street Financial Services in Boston, WFP and FAO in Sierra Leone, and the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan. Edna is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Trustees

Jane Cottingham – Chair, Independent consultant
Jane is an independent consultant and researcher in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. From 1994-2009 she worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva as Technical Officer and then Team Coordinator on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, with a particular brief to bring gender and human rights perspectives into the research, policy and programmatic work of the Department. Prior to that Jane founded and worked with Isis Women’s International Information and Communication service, an NGO based in Geneva, now established in Kampala, Uganda, Manila, the Philippines, and Santiago, Chile. She has been a member of SRHM’s Editorial Advisory Board since the beginning of the Journal. 

Karima KhalilReproductive health researcher
Karima Khalil is a medical doctor and reproductive health researcher from Egypt. She coordinated the Population Council’s Reproductive Health Program for a decade in Cairo and consulted with several other SRH organisations. She is a member of the American University in Beirut-based Choices and Challenges in Changing Childbirth regional research network.  Having served on the board of several Egyptian non-profit organizations, she is experienced with fundraising and management.   Karima currently lives in Delhi and brings perspectives from both the Middle Eastern region and South Asia.

Sofia GruskinDirector, Institute on Inequalities in Global Health; Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Gould School of Law, University of Southern California
Professor Gruskin is internationally recognized for her work in global health, in particular her research to foster the development of effective public health policy and programs at the intersection of health, human rights, gender and sexuality. She is recognized as one of the founders of the field linking human rights to health, and a pioneer in demonstrating conceptually, methodologically and empirically the interplay between human rights and health outcomes. Professor Gruskin is currently a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Gould School of Law, the Director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights, and the Institute for Global Heath. 

Mike MbizvoDirector of the Population Council’s office in Zambia, Senior Associate in the Reproductive Health program
Michael Mbizvo is director of the Population Council’s office in Zambia and a senior associate in the Reproductive Health program. Mbizvo joined the Population Council after serving as director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization (WHO/HQ), where he worked in various capacities for more than 15 years. Mbizvo holds a DPhil in human reproduction and an MPhil in medical sciences from the University of Zimbabwe and an MSc in reproductive sciences from Monash University, Australia. His fields of interest include andrology, male reproductive health, reproductive epidemiology and behaviour, adolescents’ health, gender dynamics, and sexual and reproductive health.

Associate Editors

Laura FergusonAssociate Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights; Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Laura is an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and the associate director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health. With a focus on low-income countries, Laura’s research focuses on the intersection between health and human rights; specifically, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, child and adolescent health; and ranges from grassroots efforts to global policy. She is committed to ensuring the dissemination of diverse voices and empirical studies on sexual and reproductive health and rights from around the world to inform policy, programs and positive change.

Emma Pitchforth – Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care, University of Exeter, UK
Emma is a health services researcher who brings social science perspectives to the understanding of key issues in healthcare delivery and people’s experience of healthcare. Emma has 14 years postdoctoral research experience in academic and non-academic research organisations. Her work, increasingly at the level of health policies and systems, focuses on three areas; maternal and reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance and integrated care. Previously Co-Editor-in-Chief of the open-access online journal Globalization and Health she is passionate about bringing together diverse interdisciplinary perspectives to understand key concerns relevant to Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. Currently at the University of Exeter, Emma has experience in diverse healthcare settings including Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, remote and rural Scotland and the UK more broadly.

Mindy Jane Roseman – Director of International Law Programs and Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, Yale Law, USA
As both a researcher and advocate, Mindy specializes in international health and human rights, particularly as they relate to gender, sexuality, and reproduction. She has fostered the development of health and human rights norms, as well as their implementation, at the international and national level. Prior to joining Yale Law, Mindy was the Academic Director of the Human Rights Program and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School from 2005-2016 where she taught courses on gender and human rights, as well as reproductive health and justice. Mindy was also an instructor in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Before joining Harvard, Mindy was a staff attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, in charge of its East and Central European program.

Joyce Wamoyi – Social and behavioural researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania
Joyce has worked on various health topics for over 17 years and has vast research experience in the following areas: adolescents and young people’s sexual and reproductive health behaviour; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment uptake; gender and sexuality; parenting/ families and child outcomes; stigma and discrimination in adolescent access to SRH services; child maltreatment; malaria in pregnancy; and qualitative and participatory research methods. In her work, she has explored the dynamics of transactional sex in adolescents and young women’s sexual relationships in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently a co-leader for the transactional sex working group of the STRIVE research programme consortium and a co-investigator on several research projects.

Nina Sun  – Human Rights Lawyer and Fellow, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Standford PACS
A specialist in health and human rights, Nina spent several years at UNAIDS, where she worked on the Human Rights and Law portfolio at the global level and in Asia and the Pacific. Her work focused on scaling-up access to justice initiatives, reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination and increasing effective global advocacy. She has also worked most recently at the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Geneva office, where she was responsible for advocacy with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as partnerships with international organisations. She has also worked with the World Health Organisation and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Nambusi Kyegombe  – Assistant Professor, Social and Structural determinants of health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Nambusi is an interdisciplinary social scientist with 16 years of experience working in global health and development. She has a development studies background and a keen interest in the bi-directional relationship between health and poverty (and other social and structural drivers of morbidity) from a global health perspective. Nambusi is a Fellow of the ge2p2 Global Foundation which strives to advance scientific rigour and ethical resilience in research and evidence generation. She is also an Associate Editor for BMC Women and sits on the high risk observational study ethics board of the LSHTM.

Regional Editors

ARABIC
Hala El-Damanhoury – Obstetrics / gynaecology  consultant and researcher in reproductive health and rights, Egypt
Hala Eldamanhoury joined the SRHM Arabic team in 2001 as a coordinator of the SRHM Arabic version; and has been leading the team since 2012. Hala has been working with the civil society in Egypt for 25 years in reproductive health researches training advocacy as well as service provision. Her experience spans across grassroots program implementation, researching women’s health and health care services provision. She is experienced with quality of health care, epidemiology, infection prevention and control and audit of medical services. Hala has also served on the board of several Egyptian non-profit organizations.

CHINESE
Mengchun Jia – Professor at the National Research Institute for Family Planning, China
Dr. Mengchun Jia is a professor at the National Research Institute for Family Planning in China, the former Director of the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. He has been a visiting scholar and visiting professor in the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom for 6 years. Since 1997, he has been involved in the compilation of the Chinese version of Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. He is now responsible for the Chinese version of Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters.

HINDI
Shalini Singh – Advocate, Program Manager, Training and Institute at CREA, India 
Shalini Singh is a feminist activists and lawyer. At CREA, Shalini designs and manages all Hindi training programs and institutes, which includes the annual Basic training on Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Leadership Institute and the Sexuality and Gender Rights Institute in Hindi. She is in charge of developing resource materials in Hindi and has been involved in various aspects of community based programs in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Shalini is a trained counsellor, with a background in social sciences and law.

PORTUGUESE
Ana Paula Portella – Independent consultant and researcher, Brazil
Ana Paula is a PhD Sociologist with extensive experience in consulting and research in the areas of gender, health and sexual and reproductive rights and violence against women. For 17 years she has worked as a researcher at SOS Corpo, a feminist NGO that operates in Brazil and Latin America. Ana Paula is currently an independent consultant in teaching, research and implementation and evaluation of programs and public policies in the areas mentioned above.

RUSSIAN
Lyubov Erofeeva – Director General of the All-Russian Association for Population and Development (RAPD), Russia
Lyubov has more than 20 years of experience in women’s health and rights issues as an experienced clinician. For several years she worked as a program officer at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). Lyubov is a board member of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC), an editorial board member of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care and the chief editor for the Russian edition of Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters.

SPANISH
Ruth Iguiñiz-Romero – Assistant Professor, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
With a focus on gender and women´s rights, Ruth’s research focuses on the health systems and policies from a social science perspective to understand key issues in affecting access to services, governance and citizenship at grassroots and global level. Her work, at the level of health policies and systems, focuses on the intersection between health, gender and human rights; specifically, women´s maternal and reproductive health, access to health services and obstetric violence.

Editorial Board 

Avni Amin Scientist on Gender-based Violence, WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research
Luisa Cabal
– Special Adviser for Human Rights and Gender at UNAIDS
Mauro Cabral – Executive Director, GATE, Argentina
Lidia Casas – Professor of Law, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
Marilen J. Danguilan – Social Health Advisor, Salubris Medical Center; Population Services of the Philippines Inc, Philippines
Vincent De Brouwere – Professor of Public Health ,Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Thérèse Delvaux – Senior researcher, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Patrick Eba – Country Director, UNAIDS, Central African Republic
Shereen El Feki – Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, Promundo, Canada
Faysal El Kak – Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon
Mahmoud F. Fathalla – Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
Tine Gammeltoft – Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Claudia García-Moreno Esteva – Medical Officer, Team Leader Violence against women,WHO, Switzerland
Alexandra Garita – Independent consultant, Mexico
Ana Cristina González Vélez – Independent consultant, researcher and international advisor in public health, Colombia
Sharad Iyengar – Senior Coordinator and Chief Executive, Action Research Training for Health, India
Shireen Jejeebhoy – Independent researcher, India
Candace Johnson – Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph, Canada
Katrina Karkazis – Carol Zicklin Chair, Honors Academy, Brooklyn College, CUNY USA
Barbara Klugman – Independent strategic planner and evaluator; Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Gunta Lazdane – Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Institute of Public Health, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Address Malata – Vice Chancellor, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Lilongwe, Malawi
Affette McCaw-Binns – Professor of Reproductive Health and Epidemiology, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Alice Miller – Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School, the Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale University, USA
Wanda Nowicka – Lecturer, Institute of Applied Sciences, Warsaw University; Chair, Association Equality and Modernity, Poland
Jeffrey O’Malley – Director, Division of Policy and Strategy, Unicef, USA
TK Sundari Ravindran – Professor, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, India
Juliet Richters – Honorary Visiting Professor, Sexual Health Program, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia
Judit Sándor – Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Legal Studies and Gender Studies of the Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary
Gita Sen – Director, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Foundation of India
Iqbal Shah – Principal Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Tom Shakespeare – Professor of Disability Research, International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Heidi Stöckl – Director of the Gender Violence & Health Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Johanne Sundby – Professor, Institute of Community Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
Sylvia Tamale – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda

Founding Editor:
Marge Berer

Immediate Past Editor:
Shirin Heidari

 

 

 

 

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