Ana Langer, Coordinator of Women's Health projects
In July 2010, Ana Langer, M.D., was appointed as the coordinator of the Harvard School of Public Health recently established Women and Health flagship initiative. This innovative program focuses on research, teaching and translation of knowledge into practice in the fields of reproductive and women’s health, gender, and the role of women as providers of health care at the domestic and institutional levels. Before taking this position, Dr. Langer was the President of EngenderHealth, a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities.A lifelong advocate for women’s health and rights, Dr. Langer’s expertise includes reproductive health policy, programs and research with a particular focus on maternal health. Dr. Langer lived in Mexico for more than 20 years, which served as a base for launching initiatives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to improve women’s health. As a special advisor to the Minister of Health in Mexico City, and as Director of the Division of Research on Women and Children’s Health for the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Dr. Langer led efforts to advance policies aimed at reducing maternal mortality and disability. Dr. Langer also served as the Population Council’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, overseeing reproductive health, family planning, and HIV prevention programs and research in more than 10 countries. As Acting Director of the Council’s Reproductive Health program, Dr. Langer guided global work to reduce unwanted pregnancy, improve access to safe abortion, and test the safety and efficacy of microbicides to prevent HIV.
Dr. Langer has published in more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as in the popular press including the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, and The Guardian. The author of numerous books and chapters on reproductive and maternal health, Dr. Langer also sits on the World Health Organization’s Advisory Committee on Health Research, and is the co-chair of the International Planned Parenthood Federation's International Medical Advisory Panel. Dr. Langer currently serves on several editorial boards, including The Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and the WHO Reproductive Health Library. She earned her medical degree from the National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology and has an honorary doctorate degree from Stephen’s College, the second women’s college established in the United States (May 2009). Originally from Argentina, she is fluent in Spanish, French, and English.
Fernando Barros, Coordinator of South American Projects
Professor Aldo Campana, Coordinator of Online Resources
Aldo Campana is emeritus professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva. He was head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University Hospital of Geneva, president of the Clinical Medical Section of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva and president of the Swiss Medical Interfaculty Committee until 1994. Since then, he is the director of the Geneva WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction and Editor in Chief of the comprehensive web resource page for international diagnostics and treatments protocols in Obstetrics, Embriology and Gynaecology of the Geneva WHO Collaborating Center. He is the president of the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.