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IPPF announces appointment of 8 new members to the International Medical Advisory Panel

Since 1979, the IMAP has convened leading experts in the field of SRHR and acted as an independent advisory body on SRHR topics and as strategic support to the Federation

IPPF is proud to announce the appointment of eight new members to the International Medical Advisory Panel (IMAP).

Since its inception in 1979, the IMAP has convened leading experts in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and acted as an independent advisory body on SRHR topics and as strategic support to the Federation. We expect the new members to enrich the discussions of and development of IMAP Statements which address the most urgent issues in our field for the benefit of Member Associations and external partners globally.

The new members come from diverse backgrounds and expertise including HIV/STIs, cervical cancer, adolescent health, infertility, sexual and transgender health, maternal morbidity and mortality, comprehensive abortion care and, SRH quality of care. We look forward to working with the new and existing members of the IMAP to produce high-quality guidance for the years to come.

To learn more about the new members, please check out their bios here:

EdmoreDr. Edmore Munongo is currently the Principal Managing Partner and Founder of HEARTS consultancy and a technical expert for Global Fund Local Fund Agent (LFA) in Zimbabwe.  He has worked as the technical expert in the area of NCDs for WHO from 2019 to 2021. prior to that he had worked in the southern African region as a consultant in different areas of public health including SRHR and SGBV. These covered countries like Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. He has experience working with several donors and program implementers including Global fund, UN agencies, DFID, USAID, FHI360 among others. A holder of an MBChB, MBA, MPhil, Post Graduate Certificate in Sexual Reproductive Health Research, and a current PhD candidate in Medical Sociology. Edmore has previously worked as the Technical Director of Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council and Population service Zimbabwe between 2012 and 2016.  During that time, Edmore thrived to improve access to FP and SRHR to the most marginalized communities using evidence based strategies. This made him a frequent presenter in many fora like the international conference for FP (ICFP). Edmore has led the development of the Botswana FP Strategy and the Zimbabwe FP costed implementation plan among other strategic documents. 

GailGail Knudson MD, MEd, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Victoria, and Consultant Psychiatrist at Vancouver Coastal Health. Dr. Knudson has participated in many international panels as well as guidelines and consensus committees on transgender health. She is a co-author of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care Version 7 (SOC 7) and is co-lead of the Education and Ethics chapters for the upcoming SOC 8. Dr. Knudson currently serves as Co-Chair of WPATH’s Global Education Institute and is a Past President of WPATH and the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH). Dr Knudson is a member of the WHO Implementing Best Practice (IBP) Network Steering Committee and has also held leadership positions within the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).

ZozoZozo Nene is an Adjunct professor, a Reproductive Medicine Specialist and an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.  She is Head of the Reproductive & Endocrine unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. 

She is a South African representative of WHO-FIGO collaboration on contraception.  She participated in the WHO and Partners Stakeholders' Technical Consultation meeting on Hormonal contraception and HIV and various other WHO Stakeholders’ meetings.    She is part of the South African National Department of Health’s technical expert advisory team on contraception and infertility. She is one of the scientific experts on the SRHR Curriculum development in South Africa.  She is lead author of the National Clinical Guidelines for Safe Conception and Infertility. She is part of the guideline development group for the National Clinical Guidelines for Implementation of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy act and the updated National Contraceptive Clinical Guidelines.  

ChipoDr Chipo Gwanzura, MD, MMED, FCOG, is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the University of Zimbabwe and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is a 2020 -2021 Fogarty University of California Global Health Institute GloCal Fellow, and current fellow on the Advancing Early Diagnosis of Cancer in Southern Africa (AWACAN-ED) study. She is an early career researcher whose goal is to provide quality evidence-based healthcare to women and contribute to finding solutions to reduce the burden of female morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe, Sub-Saharan Africa and globally. Her current work focuses on postpartum haemorrhage prevention; and cervical, breast and colorectal cancer prevention. Her clinical focus is on minimally invasive surgery. She is undertaking sub-specialty training with the European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery. She is past vice-president of the World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (WATOG; 2018 - 2021). Currently she is Chair of Zimbabwe Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ZSOG) Public Relations Committee; committee member of the Zimbabwe Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ZSGE); Member of the Knowledge and Evidence Working Group of the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health (PMNCH); and member of the Committee on Minimal Access Surgery of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She has presented at local and international conferences and published scientific articles.

MetinMetin Gülmezoglu is an obstetrician gynaecologist who worked in Turkey, South Africa, United Kingdom and Switzerland. He is currently the Executive Director of Concept Foundation, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization working on improving access to quality-assured sexual and reproductive health medicines and technologies in low- and middle-income countries worldwide based in Geneva, Switzerland and Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to joining Concept Foundation, Metin was working at HRP (the UNDP/ UNFPA/ UNICEF/ WHO/ World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction), World Health Organization, as the Coordinator for Maternal and Perinatal Health and Abortion.  Metin published more than 300 articles and book chapters and gave numerous presentations in global, regional and national conferences and meetings. Metin is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK and honorary member of The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine in the U.S.A.

MichalinaMichalina Drejza, MD, MSc is a junior doctor and scientist from Poland. Currently working as a Specialty Trainee in East of England School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

She worked as a consultant at the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research focusing mostly on the work on self-care interventions, abortion and youth-related SRHR issues.

Michalina has been involved in leadership roles within global youth spaces such as the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, Adolescent and Youth Constituency of The Partnership of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UNAIDS The PACT, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning and many more. 

She is currently completing PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology creating holistic adolescent sexual and reproductive health care model for Polish youth. Recently completed MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her main research interest are youth SRHR issues and meaningful community and youth engagement in global health spaces. 

PaulPaul D. Blumenthal, MD, MPH is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. He directs SPIRES, the Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services, an initiative providing technical assistance and training to family planning programs in a wide variety of countries across Africa, Asia, and Central America. For over 35 years, Dr. Blumenthal has been an advisor to multiple international agencies such as Gynuity Health Projects, Ipas, Pathfinder, Family Health International, Path, Jhpiego, Population Services International, and the World Health Organization and served as the Special Advisor to Minister of Health and Family Planning of the Republic of Madagascar. Dr. Blumenthal is currently involved in studies of menstrual blood for diagnostic utility, Post Partum IUD insertion, “single visit” approaches to the prevention of cervical cancer and simplification of both medical abortion regimens and contraceptive delivery systems. He is an author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications involving collaborations from over 25 countries. Dr. Blumenthal is committed to the development and implementation of innovative approaches to reproductive health issues in both the domestic and international arenas. 

AcharuDr Arachu Castro, Ph.D., MPH, is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America and Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, United States. She is a medical anthropologist trained in public health. Before joining Tulane in 2013, she was Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Castro is the recipient of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for her research on the management of HIV and syphilis during pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, she researches the differential impact of obstetric violence on maternal and child health outcomes and the indirect effects of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to health services for women, children, and adolescents. Dr Castro is former President of the Society for Medical Anthropology, member of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health & Nutrition, and the Executive Committees of the Health Equity Network of the Americas and the Sustainable Health Equity Movement. She has published widely. 

To learn more about IMAP and its published statements, please visit: https://www.ippf.org/our-approach/high-standards-care/imap