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Ana Langer

Director Maternal Health Task Force; Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Coordinator of the Dean's Special Initiative in Women and Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Ana Langer, MD, joined the Harvard School of Public Health as the leader of the Women and Health flagship initiative in 2010. For the previous five years, Dr. Langer served as the President of EngenderHealth, a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities.


Prior to joining EngenderHealth, Dr. Langer 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. Prior to that, Dr. Langer was a special advisor to the Minister of Health in Mexico and, as Director of the Division of Research on Women and Children’s Health for the Mexican National Institute of Public Health, Dr. Langer led efforts to advance policies aimed at reducing maternal mortality and disability.

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. Dr. Langer 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 those of The Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and the WHO Reproductive Health Library.

Dr. Langer earned her medical degree from the National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology. Originally from Argentina, she is fluent in Spanish, French and English and is proficient in Portuguese.

Dr. Ana Langer is a physician specializing in pediatrics and neonatology, and a reproductive health expert. She joined the Harvard School of Public Health in July 2010 as a Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Global Health and Population and leads the Women and Health Initiative. Dr. Langer is respected worldwide as a leader in using research findings to influence policy and improve the overall quality of health care for women and families. For the past 25 years, she has been a leading researcher, programmer and advocate for the improvement of women’s health.

Dr. Langer has conducted and published extensively on maternal mortality; psychosocial support during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the post-partum period; quality of maternal health care, unsafe abortion,  emergency contraception; the introduction of evidence-based practices in maternal health services; and strategies to reinforce the reproductive health component in  health sector reform programs in developing countries.

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