Nasreen Jessani’s expertise lies in strengthening health systems through the effective exchange of research results. Although based in Kenya, her portfolio of projects covers East Africa, West Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Before joining IDRC, Jessani worked as a consultant for Futures Group International, assessing the cost-effectiveness of child survival programs in Nigeria. She also worked for Family Health International, where she researched global trends in reproductive health and contraception. She has helped develop an HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing toolkit for the World Health Organization. Jessani’s involvement with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Commission (BRAC) and the International Labour Organization led to the implementation of micro-health insurance schemes for rural women in Bangladesh. She also has substantial field experience in Pakistan and Kenya.
Jessani holds a master’s in public health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.