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Giovanna Lauro

Giovanna Lauro is currently working as Maternal and Newborn Health Advocacy Advisor with Options’ core team, focusing on MamaYe's activities in Sierra Leone. Prior to this she worked at the United Nations Foundation as associate director in the women and population programme. She has also worked on issues of race and ethnicity at the London School of Economics, and researched harmful traditional practices at the University of Oxford - where she recently attained her doctoral degree despite her addiction to hosting dinner parties.

Her previous degrees include an MA in International Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Bologna. These places introduced her to new people, big ideas and global friendships that helped shape the person she is today.

Born and raised in Italy, she has lived and worked in France, Ireland, Spain, Armenia, the US, and Portugal, and is happily confused as to her national identity. Giovanna is fluent in French and Spanish, has learnt basic Russian in order to survive in Central Asia, and is currently perfecting her Portuguese - which is completely unrelated to, but occasionally useful in dealing with, her current work.

Legislation for MDRs: Policy Brief

The purpose of this policy briefing is to provide information on the importance of adopting a supportive legislative and policy framework for the effective implementation of maternal death reviews (MDRs) in Sierra Leone.

Exploring Roles of Traditional Birth Attendants in Sierra Leone in a Changing Policy Context

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) are very popular and influential in rural communities in Sierra Leone. Engaged in community-based non-delivery roles, this network of respected individuals has the potential to add value to any intervention targeting pregnant women and mothers of young babies, increasing use of safe clinics and coverage of maternal and newborn health interventions.

Messages for Mothers: The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) at Women Deliver

Read more about MAMA's announcement at Women Deliver, and learn more about how mobile messages can educate, empower, and engage mothers around the importance of family planning and help them make informed health decisions for themselves and their babies.

MamaYe celebrates Mami en Pekin Welbodi Week!

The campaign for the national maternal and child heath week (23rd to 27th May 2013) focuses on increasing coverage of essential recommended preventive health services that are known to increase child survival. MamaYe wishes the Ministry of Health and the whole country a successful campaign!