Dr. de Bernis is a Senior Maternal Health Advisor at the Technical Division of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in New York. His main task is to support technically the efforts conducted by all country offices in the field of maternal and newborn health, including obstetric fistula, the prevention of the mother to child transmission of HIV and family planning, with the support of the Maternal Health Thematic Fund. Working within the H4 (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and The World Bank Joint Program for Maternal and Newborn Health), he contributes to strengthening partnerships at global, regional and country levels.
Prior to his work at the UNFPA HQ, Luc de Bernis worked for the African Regional MNH Program of UNFPA, based in Addis-Ababa. Luc de Bernis is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with training on Epidemiology and Public Health. He spent more than 10 years in Francophone West Africa, as technical assistant and adviser for the French Ministry of Cooperation (Chad, Senegal). He was one of the coordinators of the first African multi-centric survey on maternal mortality and morbidity (MOMA). Luc joined the World Health Organization in 2000, working as technical officer in the Reproductive Health and Research Department where he coordinated the maternal and newborn health team. He has been seconded to UNFPA since 2006.
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