Dr Samia Rizwan
Health Specialist, Maternal New born and Child Health, UNICEF Pakistan.
A development professional with more than 30 year’s work experience at national and international level. A medical doctor and public health expert by specialty, trained in Pediatrics in Republic of Ireland, worked in renowned neonatology and children’s hospitals in Dublin including Rotanda Hospital, Children’s Hospital Temple Street, Harcourt Street Hospital, Our Lady’s hospital for sick children and Beaumont Hospital. During this period got an opportunity to get involved in public health social services and care of special children as well. Acquired Medical degree from Khyber Medical College in 1991, Diploma in Child Health from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1994 and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Health Services Academy Islamabad in 2008.
Has been working with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as Health Officer and later on as Health Specialist MNCH since 2008, the UN agency working for the rights of the children. Prior to joining UNICEF, worked as Manager Adolescent health with Heart file, a highly reputed national organization. Has been part of many national and internationals networks, task forces and groups and contributed in numbers of research studies, evaluations and baselines.
Has interest in the area of inclusive development, health system strengthening, capacity building, advocacy and networking with expertise in program management, evidence based programme designing / planning, monitoring / evaluation, policy and strategy development. Working in the sector of maternal and child health, disaster management, and community development, has been playing key role in promoting public health agenda especially with respect to maternal and newborn health.
Completed Management Development Program (MDP) course from Barcelona in 2015 . She has contributed to international publications and presented in various National and International conferences and workshops.