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Riad Mahmud

Maternal and Neonatal Health at UNICEF

Dr Mahmud has been managing diversified Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health programs for the last 18 years in different capacities at International, National 7 district levels with MOH, UNICEF and eight international organizations in South Asia (Nepal and Bangladesh) and West Africa (Sierra Leone). In Sierra Leone, he has developed the Essential Newborn Care & Sick Newborn Care Package and Every Newborn Action Plan and SOP for Special Care Newborn Unit for different level of health facilities.

In Nepal, Dr Mahmud worked during civil war in 2006 and supported MOH to implement a PHC strengthening program (IMCI, Newborn Health, and EPI) in two remotest districts. Through these assignments, he formulated policy , strategy and national plan on MNC&AH as well as congregated high level technical leadership and management skill in designing, implementing, scaling-up and monitoring evidence based high impact Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health interventions.

Dr Mahmud drafted the MNC&AH & GEVA thematic areas of 4th Health SWaP (2016-2021) of Government of Bangladesh. He supported MOH for development, annual and midterm review of MNC & AH Operational plan of 3rd Health SWaP (2011-2016). He has revised the existing Maternal Health Strategy & developed Standard Operating Procedure for maternal health.

Dr Mahmud has coordinated and edited national neonatal health strategy and guideline for Bangladesh, 2009. He has also supported the launch of ‘A Promise Renewed for Child Survival’ in collaboration with MOH & partners. Later he managed two large scale MNCH projects with MOH, UNFPA, WHO and BRAC in 21 low performing districts (out of 64) covering 32 million population.

Currently, Dr Mahmud is managing a new adolescent health project with Dutch embassy to strengthen health system and create evidence on new service delivery strategy.