Ekelechi has over eight years experience in health economics, child and maternal health research for low and middle income countries (LMICs). Her academic background is in Economics and she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, a MSc in Development Economics and Economic Policy Analysis from the University of Southampton, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Aberdeen with a focus on child health. Throughout her career, Ekelechi has worked on various health projects, including research in large European Union funded projects. She has published several systematic reviews particularly a review evaluating different financing mechanisms to improve the delivery and uptake of family planning methods for women in LMICs. Ekelechi is passionate about International development and contributing to change in child, maternal and global health.
Heather has more than seven years of neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing experience. She received a BS in Nursing from Clemson University in 2008 and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2016. She has various experience collaborating on research projects and providing health care services in the United States and internationally. Heather currently works as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children's Hospital. She is passionate about improving maternal and infant health worldwide through high-quality research and advocacy.
After several years of varied professional experience, Maggie has found her true passion in global health and medicine, with a particular interest in improving access to adequate, context-specific healthcare, education and empowerment to women and children in developing countries. Her experience at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School as Program Coordinator for a global surgery research team provided the springboard necessary to fully immerse herself in the world of global health, and thus was the impetus for pursuing her MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She conducted research in The Gambia for her dissertation and is currently co-lead on research efforts at Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital in Nepal. She had also edited several research and scientific papers, ranging from the costing of cancer care in India, to women’s empowerment to the globalisation of nutrition. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga and cooking/ baking, and as such, when she’s indoors, she prefers most to be in the kitchen. Maggie is thrilled to be welcomed as a member of the IWI team, and looks forward to these exciting next steps!
Uzma had extensive experience in the medical field and has a passion to make a positive difference in the underprivileged populations. She has received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Guelph in Canada, with a major in Biomedical Science and Nutraceutical Science. She also completed medical school from Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba with clinical training in the USA. Her medical background ignited an interest for Public Health and Population Medicine which led her to obtain her Master’s in Public Health in London, UK. Her passion, academic ability, cultural competency, word travels and multilingual abilities practiced in a myriad of international medical experiences, contribute to the Safe Birthing Programme. She believes every individual must play their role in order to make this world a better place. As a health activist, working with IWI is her way to improve maternal health and women’s human right to ultimately make a positive impact.
Dipika is a health professional with several years of successful experience in varied clinical settings and public health sectors. She is interested in different aspects of global health, predominantly in public health problems in developing countries. After graduating from Chongqing Medical University in China in 2010, she began her career as a medical doctor in Nepal, where her urge to influence health in a wider population kindled. In order to fulfil this pursuit, she received her Master in Public health from the University of Sheffield in 2014. Her previous experience of working with Oxfam as a public health promoter for Nepal Earthquake Response made her appreciate the vulnerabilities in developing countries. In her free time, she is passionate about reading and running. She is dedicated to public health, especially promoting health in deprived communities, with a special focus on maternal and child health.
Antonia is a current postgraduate student at Durham University, England. She is nearing completion of a Masters degree in Public Policy and Global Health, following a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, with a focus on human health. Antonia’s current work concentrates upon the Zika epidemic in Brazil and seeks to explore the social and structural determinants of the virus, including discussion of the sexual and reproductive rights of Brazilian women. Antonia is passionate about achieving ‘Health for All’ and redressing global health inequality, and hopes to dedicate her working life towards this goal. Toni has varied experience in the healthcare sector, and currently works for Cancer Research UK. She is delighted to be joining the International Women’s Initiative and hopes to offer a valuable contribution to the Safe Birthing Programme to help bring about positive change.