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Ian Askew

Since January 2016, Dr Ian Askew has been the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at WHO, including the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). As Director RHR/HRP, he plays a leadership and reference role among United Nations agencies and partners in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights through developing innovative approaches in sexual, reproductive, maternal and perinatal health, coordinating and promoting relevant research, developing evidence-based best practices and providing technical support to countries. Previously, Dr Askew was the Director for Reproductive Health and Research at the Population Council, when he lived and worked in several African countries for 25 years, and was Deputy Director at the Institute of Population Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. Askew has a PhD in sociology and reproductive health from the University of Exeter, UK, and degrees in geography from the University of Exeter, UK and York University, Canada.

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