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Priya Agrawal    

Managing Director, South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster at MSD, Intersection of Public Health & Industry

Priya Agrawal is a British obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in using innovation and research to improve health care for women. She is an obstetric fellow of the Deans Special Initiative on Women and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has just completed work with Atul Gawande as the obstetric lead on the World Health Organizations Safe Childbirth Checklist Program. Additionally, Agrawal is a senior advisor for WHOs Mother/Baby 7-day Check patient safety program and chief medical advisor to Jacaranda Health, a social enterprise dedicated to providing high-quality care and testing global innovations for safe motherhood in Kenya.

Dr Priya Agrawal research interests center around delivering high quality womens healthcare. From 2009-2010 she was seconded as a Clinical Advisor to the Medical Director at the National Patient Safety Agency and was awarded a grant by Target Ovarian Cancer to complete a report on the design of an International Cancer Benchmarking Study to investigate the reasons for the comparatively low survival from ovarian cancer in the U.K. In 2008 she was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship to enable her to formally integrate her research interests in Global Health with her clinical commitments. Also in 2008 she was selected as an Emerging Clinical Leader.

Previous international experience includes Program Lead for CLASP (Cervical Cancer Association for Screening and Prevention) where on return from her Masters in Public Health at Harvard whilst continuing her clinical training, she worked with a group of volunteers to set up one of the first single visit screening programs in Nigeria for cervical cancer. She has worked and taught in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysian Borneo, India and Thailand.

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