Saving a Generation: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in the Developing World.


Education Building Room 624, 3700 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

A joint presentation of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is pleased to announce the 2013 University Seminar Series – an opportunity for students to interact with development practitioners and learn more about key issues and challenges in the field. The series will be held at universities across Canada this fall. The 2013 University Seminar Series will focus on the challenges and successes of maternal, newborn, and child health in the developing world. This year’s distinguished speakers are Sisawo Konteh, Director of Outreach Services for Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania and Umaira Ansari, Communications Coordinator for the Nigerian Evidence--based Health System Initiative. Drawing on examples from Nigeria and East Africa, the speakers will provide a window into the health context of their respective regions.

Sisawo Konteh is the Director of Outreach Services for Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania (AKHST). He also serves as Project Director for a DFATD-funded project that focuses on community-based maternal, newborn, and child health services. Before joining AKHST, Sisawo spent many years in senior health-leadership positions in Afghanistan and The Gambia. Sisawo completed his undergraduate studies in nursing & midwifery from Gambia College and holds a master’s degree in hospital management from Leeds University in the UK.

Umaira Ansari is Research Associate and Communications Coordinator for the Nigerian Evidence-based Health System Initiative (NEHSI), under the Community Information Empowerment and Transparency (CIET) Trust. This project seeks to improve health information and planning systems by focusing on health outcomes rather than on service provision. Umaira grew up in Pakistan, and before joining CIET, worked for the disadvantaged in her country – especially in the field of women’s rights. Umaira holds a degree in law and legislature.

Back to top