Dr. Mairo Mandara

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Public Health Physician
Dr. Mairo Mandara

As an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Public Health Physician with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning and implementation of health and social transformation initiatives, Mairo has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, both locally and internationally, including high-level government officials, traditional and religious leaders, women groups, and civil societies across Africa.

In addition to her carrier experiences and work as a gynecologist, Mairo has led many initiatives, including as a Senior RH/HIV Advisor for USAID, a Health Systems Specialist for the University of Columbia, and as a Country Representative of the Packard and Gates foundations. Mairo was a Senior Fellow with the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) UK supporting the localization of the foundation’s program in Africa, including Universal Health Care and PHC initiatives as well as leading on the Keeping Girls in School in Africa initiative. As part of her civic responsibility, Mairo is the founder and Board Chair of Girl Child Concerns, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through providing educational opportunities and life saving skill for girls, including married adolescents, and providing income generation for poor women. As part of this initiative and in her personal capacity, Mairo has in the last five years been deeply involved in efforts to rebuild Boko Haram-ravaged North East Nigeria; ensuring girls affected by the insurgency resume and have good education and women have income generation activities to rebuild their dignity.

Mairo is currently a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) that helps to shape and continuously improve the performance of the UN Central Emergency Response Funds. The Group also advises the UN Secretary General on global emergencies, and responses. She is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at University of Maiduguri, and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Mairo serves as a member of the Governing Council of Nile University Abuja, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria, and Advisory Council of Ondo State University of Medical Sciences.

Additionally, Mairo currently serves as the Special Adviser and Coordinator for Sustainable Development, Partnerships and Humanitarian Support to the Executive Governor of Borno State, an Honorary Fellowship of Education (FoE) Member of the National Tertiary Health Institutions’ Standard Committee (NTHISC), and a member of the Health Sector Reform Committee nominated by His Excellency President Mohammed Buhari, GCFR.

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