RHM team


Eszter Kismodi – Chief Executive
Eszter is an international human rights lawyer specialising in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender diversity. She has worked in legal and policy development, advocacy and programming in different regions of the world, including Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Eszter has been a senior consultant with United Nations agencies, including UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNDP, and OHCHR, and international organisations, such as the World Association for Sexual Health, and international NGOs, such as CREA, where she served as Advocacy Director.  Between 2002 and 2012, she was the Human Rights Adviser at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization.

Eszter is a regular guest lecturer at various universities and has published extensively in international journals.  She is a Board Member of Durex’s Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, a member of the WHO’s Global Advisory Board on Elimination of Mother and Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis, and a Board Member of GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality). Previously she served as a member of WHO’s Ethics Review Committee and RHM’s Editorial Advisory Board.  She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health.  Eszter holds a juris doctor from the University of Pécs and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.  A Hungarian national, Eszter is based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Julia Hussein Editor-in-Chief
Julia has 30 years of professional experience as an obstetrician, public health practitioner, development worker, researcher, writer and scientific editor. She has worked with non-government organizations, universities, funding agencies, governments and the United Nations in several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She now prefers to spend her time helping others write, publish and communicate their research and insights on science and public health. Julia is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Specialising in maternal health and quality improvement of maternity care, Julia has designed, implemented, assessed and evaluated maternal mortality reduction programmes. She has authored over 70 publications in international scientific journals and edited a reference textbook on maternal and perinatal health. She has served on the editorial boards of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and RHM, chaired clinical trial study committees and was on advisory committees for the Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Health at the World Health Organization, PATH, Macro Inc and the Maternal Health Task Force. Julia holds a medical degree from Trinity College Dublin, a Master’s degree in public health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is a retired Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.

Sarah Pugh – Managing Editor
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Sarah has over fourteen years of experience as a researcher, writer, and editor in the areas of development, migration, gender and health. With a PhD in international development and political science, she has worked for UN agencies, universities and donors, as well as local and international non-governmental organizations. Sarah joined the RHM team in December 2016 and continues to be inspired by the passion and dedication of the global SRHR community.

Pathika MartinMonitoring Editor and Administration Manager
Pathika has been with RHM since 2007, working on most aspects of journal production, distribution and promotion, and coordinating the seven editions of the journal in other languages. Originally a historian, she has worked for non-governmental organisations in the UK and Africa on projects including natural resource management, income generation, oral history and participatory methodologies. Pathika also writes and enjoys bringing her interest in language and usage to bear on finalising papers.

Jessica MacKinnon – Communications Manager
Jessica has several years of experience in communications, social media management and design with an interest in using online communications to affect social change. She has worked for non-governmental organisations and universities across the globe and has an education in political philosophy. Jessica is based in South Africa.

Alexane Bremshey – Communications Officer
Alex is a passionate storyteller with special interests in public health and gender issues. Previously, she worked in communications, community development and fundraising with a number of international humanitarian organizations based in Canada. Most recently, she travelled to Benin in West Africa to work on an initiative to reduce maternal and newborn mortality through a collaboration with local midwives. Alex is based in London.

Lance Stewart – Finance Manager
Lance is a qualified Accountant  with over 25 years financial management experience at a Senior Management Level across a wide range of sectors (auditing, commercial, and non profit & charities) and countries, having worked extensively in Africa. Lance is based in London.



Jane Cottingham – Chair, Independent consultant
Jane is an independent consultant and researcher in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. From 1994-2009 she worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva as Technical Officer and then Team Coordinator on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, with a particular brief to bring gender and human rights perspectives into the research, policy and programmatic work of the Department. Prior to that Jane founded and worked with Isis Women’s International Information and Communication service, an NGO based in Geneva, now established in Kampala, Uganda, Manila, the Philippines, and Santiago, Chile. She has been a member of RHM’s Editorial Advisory Board since the beginning of the Journal. 

Karima KhalilReproductive health researcher
Karima Khalil is a medical doctor and reproductive health researcher from Egypt. She coordinated the Population Council’s Reproductive Health Program for a decade in Cairo and consulted with several other SRH organisations. She is a member of the American University in Beirut-based Choices and Challenges in Changing Childbirth regional research network.  Having served on the board of several Egyptian non-profit organizations, she is experienced with fundraising and management.   Karima currently lives in Delhi and brings perspectives from both the Middle Eastern region and South Asia.

Sofia GruskinDirector, Program on Global Health and Human Rights; Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Gould School of Law, University of Southern California
Professor Gruskin is internationally recognized for her work in global health, in particular her research to foster the development of effective public health policy and programs at the intersection of health, human rights, gender and sexuality. She is recognized as one of the founders of the field linking human rights to health, and a pioneer in demonstrating conceptually, methodologically and empirically the interplay between human rights and health outcomes. Professor Gruskin is currently a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Gould School of Law, the Director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights, and the Institute for Global Heath. 

Mike MbizvoDirector of the Population Council’s office in Zambia, Senior Associate in the Reproductive Health program
Michael Mbizvo is director of the Population Council’s office in Zambia and a senior associate in the Reproductive Health program. Mbizvo joined the Population Council after serving as director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization (WHO/HQ), where he worked in various capacities for more than 15 years. Mbizvo holds a DPhil in human reproduction and an MPhil in medical sciences from the University of Zimbabwe and an MSc in reproductive sciences from Monash University, Australia. His fields of interest include andrology, male reproductive health, reproductive epidemiology and behaviour, adolescents’ health, gender dynamics, and sexual and reproductive health.

Associate Editors

Sapna DesaiAssociate, Population Council, India
Sapna is a public health specialist based at the Population Council in New Delhi. Her experience spans grassroots program implementation and research in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s health, community health workers and women’s economic empowerment, with research expertise in epidemiology, mixed methods research and implementation research/program evaluation. Since joining RHM in 2010, she has been deeply committed to its mission to ensure the inclusion of practitioners, researchers and advocates in the production and dissemination of evidence on SRHR.

Laura FergusonAssociate Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights; Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Laura is an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and the associate director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health. With a focus on low-income countries, Laura’s research focuses on the intersection between health and human rights; specifically, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, child and adolescent health; and ranges from grassroots efforts to global policy. She is committed to ensuring the dissemination of diverse voices and empirical studies on sexual and reproductive health and rights from around the world to inform policy, programs and positive change.

Emma Pitchforth – Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care, University of Exeter, UK
Emma is a health services researcher who brings social science perspectives to the understanding of key issues in healthcare delivery and people’s experience of healthcare. Emma has 14 years postdoctoral research experience in academic and non-academic research organisations. Her work, increasingly at the level of health policies and systems, focuses on three areas; maternal and reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance and integrated care. Previously Co-Editor-in-Chief of the open-access online journal Globalization and Health she is passionate about bringing together diverse interdisciplinary perspectives to understand key concerns relevant to Reproductive Health Matters. Currently at the University of Exeter, Emma has experience in diverse healthcare settings including Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, remote and rural Scotland and the UK more broadly.

Regional Editors

Hala El-Damanhoury – Obstetrics / gynaecology  consultant and researcher in reproductive health and rights, Egypt
Hala Eldamanhoury joined the RHM Arabic team in 2001 as a coordinator of the RHM Arabic version; and has been leading the team since 2012. Hala has been working with the civil society in Egypt for 25 years in reproductive health researches training advocacy as well as service provision. Her experience spans across grassroots program implementation, researching women’s health and health care services provision. She is experienced with quality of health care, epidemiology, infection prevention and control and audit of medical services. Hala has also served on the board of several Egyptian non-profit organizations.

Mengchun Jia – Professor at the National Research Institute for Family Planning, China
Dr. Mengchun Jia is a professor at the National Research Institute for Family Planning in China, the former Director of the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. He has been a visiting scholar and visiting professor in the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom for 6 years. Since 1997, he has been involved in the compilation of the Chinese version of Reproductive Health Matters. He is now responsible for the Chinese version of Reproductive Health Matters.

Shalini Singh, Advocate, Program Manager, Training and Institute at CREA, India 
Shalini Singh is a feminist activists and lawyer. At CREA, Shalini designs and manages all Hindi training programs and institutes, which includes the annual Basic training on Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Leadership Institute and the Sexuality and Gender Rights Institute in Hindi. She is in charge of developing resource materials in Hindi and has been involved in various aspects of community based programs in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Shalini is a trained counsellor, with a background in social sciences and law.

Ana Paula Portella, independent consultant and researcher, Brazil
Ana Paula is a PhD Sociologist with extensive experience in consulting and research in the areas of gender, health and sexual and reproductive rights and violence against women. For 17 years she has worked as a researcher at SOS Corpo, a feminist NGO that operates in Brazil and Latin America. Ana Paula is currently an independent consultant in teaching, research and implementation and evaluation of programs and public policies in the areas mentioned above.

Lyubov Erofeeva
Director General of the All-Russian Association for Population and Development (RAPD), Russia
Lyubov has more than 20 years of experience in women’s health and rights issues as an experienced clinician. For several years she worked as a program officer at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). Lyubov is a board member of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC), an editorial board member of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care and the chief editor for the Russian edition of Reproductive Health Matters.

Nancy Palomino Ramírez, Director of The Sexuality and Reproductive Health Research Unit, Cayetano Heredia University, Peru
Nancy Palomino Ramírez is an expert in gender issues, sexuality and public policies. She is the principal investigator for Peru of the World Health Organization study on violence against women. Nancy has research interests in sexual and reproductive rights, maternal mortality, population policies and public policies on sexual health with a human rights approach. Nancy is the editor of Reproductive Health Matters in Spanish and an independent consultant for project evaluation.

Editorial Board 

Lidia Casas – Professor of Law, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
Marilen J. Danguilan – Social Health Advisor, Salubris Medical Center; Population Services of the Philippines Inc, Philippines
Thérèse Delvaux – Senior researcher, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Mahmoud F. Fathalla – Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
Tine Gammeltoft – Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Alexandra Garita – Independent consultant, Mexico
Asha George – Professor, Faculty of Community and Health, University of Western Cape, South Africa
Ana Cristina González Vélez – Independent consultant, researcher and international advisor in public health, Colombia
Anissa Helie – Assistant Professor, History Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Sharad Iyengar – Senior Coordinator and Chief Executive, Action Research Training for Health, India
Shireen Jejeebhoy – Independent researcher, India
Barbara Klugman – Independent strategic planner and evaluator; Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Affette McCaw-Binns – Professor of Reproductive Health and Epidemiology, University of the West Indies. Jamaica
Wanda Nowicka – Lecturer, Institute of Applied Sciences, Warsaw University; Chair, Association Equality and Modernity, Poland
Jeffrey O’Malley – Director, Division of Policy and Strategy, Unicef, USA
TK Sundari Ravindran – Professor, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, India
Juliet Richters – Professor in Sexual Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
Iqbal Shah – Principal Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Johanne Sundby – Professor, Institute of Community Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
Sylvia Tamale – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda

Founding Editor:
Marge Berer

Immediate Past Editor:
Shirin Heidari






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