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Dr. Mairo Mandara

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Public Health Physician

An Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Public Health Physician with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning and implementation of health and social transformation initiatives, Mairo has worked with local and international stakeholders, including high-level government officials, traditional and religious leaders, women's groups, and civil societies across Africa.

In addition to her work as a gynecologist, Mairo has had many roles, including Senior RH/HIV Advisor for USAID, Health Systems Specialist for University of Columbia, and Country Representative of Packard Foundation and Gates Foundation. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) UK and supports the localization of the foundation’s programming in Africa, where CIFF focuses on Universal Health Care and PHC initiatives, as well as leading on Keeping Girls in School in Africa Initiative.

As part of her civic responsibility, Mairo is the founder and Board Chair of Girl Child Concerns, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through educational opportunities and life-saving skills. As part of this initiative, Mairo has been deeply involved in efforts to rebuild the Boko Haram-ravaged North East Nigeria, and ensure girls affected get by insurgency receive quality education and women have income generation activities to rebuild their dignity.

Mairo is presently a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) that helps to shape and continuously improve the performance of the UN Central Emergency Response Funds. The Group also advises the UN Secretary General on global emergencies, and responses.

Mairo is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at University of Maiduguri, and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She serves a member of the Governing Council of Nile University Abuja, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria and Advisory Council of Ondo State University of Medical Sciences.

Mairo is also currently the Special Adviser and Coordinator Sustainable Development, partnerships and humanitarian Support to the Executive Governor of Borno State.

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