Ian Askew
Director of RH and Research World Health Organization

Dr Ian Askew is the Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, which includes the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). He provides leadership on critical aspects of sexual and reproductive health and rights by: shaping the global research agenda and coordinating high-impact research; setting norms and standards for delivering sexual and reproductive health services; articulating ethical and human-rights-based approaches; strengthening research capacity of institutions in low- and middle- income settings; and guiding efforts to achieve WHO’s vision all people’s right to attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being, including their sexual and reproductive health. Before joining WHO in 2016, Dr Askew lived in Kenya for 25 years and worked in multiple countries throughout the region and globally.

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