i4Y CMYE Speaker Series: "1.8 billion reasons to meaningfully engage Adolescents and Youth in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights"
Lecture | October 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West
Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, MD, MPH, Young Beninese Leaders Association
Please join us for the next speaker in the i4Y Child Marriage & Youth Empowerment Speaker Series:
Title: "1.8 billion reasons to meaningfully engage Adolescents and Youth in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights"
Speaker: Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, MD, MPH is a physician, global health advocate and researcher. She founded the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA) in Benin, an organization which empowered and trained more than 10 000 youth on sexual and reproductive health and leadership. She is a founding member of the Adolescent and Youth Constituency of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, Childrens Health (PMNCH) hosted by the World Health Organization, and a Board Member for Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on improving maternal health. She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeeper and was featured in 2016 by Melinda Gates on her list of six influential women on the topic of global access to contraception. She supported global advocacy alongside Canada Prime Minister Trudeau in 2017 for its 650 million CAD commitment for reproductive health.
Dr. Bewa is a research assistant at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, her interests are adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, family planning, maternal health and technologies for health. She holds a doctorate degree in medicine, a masters in public health and is pursuing a PhD degree in Public Health.