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Fatim Tall

Family and Reproductive Health, WHO Country Office, Dakar, Senegal

Fatim Tall

Fatim Tall, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, MSc
National Professional Officer, Family and Reproductive Health, WHO Country Office, Dakar, Senegal

I graduated in 1995 with Medical Doctor Degree and I also hold a post graduate degree in Ob/Gyn (1999) and a Master of Science degree in Disease Control / Reproductive Health (2003).

I have a strong clinical experience in offering Reproductive Health Services in a regional maternity (with more than 4000 deliveries each year) and member of the regional medical team of Saint-Louis region. I have 12 years of progressively experience in the design, the implementation and the monitoring / evaluation of Maternal & Family Health programs in Senegal. Indeed, first, I was in charge of the infant nutrition promotion program including breastfeeding at the University Hospital Dantec and at the district level, and secondary, I was the coordinator of clinical services (Post Abortion care, Maternal Health and Family Planning) within Maternal and Family Health Projects funded by USAID. With these positions, I was responsible for conducting supervision, trainings and technical guidance for health centre and health posts staff in many areas as EmOC, FP, neonatal care and PAC. These positions allowed me to better understand Senegalese health system and reproductive & family health issues, but also to identify and test innovative solutions/approaches to better address community needs. They also allowed me to develop and prove technical skills in the supervision and the coordination of the technical assistance to the Ministry of Health at all levels (national and operational). A better understanding of the links which must prevail between the various partners such as the Ministry for health, national institutions, local NGOs/PVOs, others donors etc. is another benefit of my previous work experience.

Currently, I am working for Senegal WHO Country Office since January 2009 as NPO/FHP. I ‘m responsible for strengthening national capacity to formulate, monitor and evaluate technically sound national Reproductive Health programs and services, particularly within the framework of the District Health System, for ensuring proper coordination of activities with national, bilateral and multilateral organisations, NGO involved in RH services, for strengthening national capacity to adopt and adapt appropriate technologies for RH services and for collaborating in the development of research protocols in the area of RH and other related fields.

I'll really wish to improve my research activity starting from clinical and programmatic experience gained at the national level which constitutes a real benefit if I have the opportunity to attend this High Level Course. Strengthening my abilities in research in the field of RH enable me to contribute further over the coming years in sexual and reproductive health research, initiated or supported by the Organization particularly in the African region and Senegal and in the dissemination / use of research results. Indeed, beyond of supporting the government in implementing policies and strategies, I have more and more the strong ambition of having the necessary abilities to better understand the conditions and assist to develop realistic strategies and adapted to local conditions. And I am convinced that my participation in this course will be really beneficial both for me, my country and even for WHO.

My main areas of interest are currently:

  • the contribution of the community in the improvement of newborn health,
  • measuring maternal death at district level,
  • reviewing maternal deaths and complications to make pregnancy safer,
  • family planning and particularly, FP in post abortion care and in post partum which constitute major missed opportunities for improving the use of modern contraception in our countries.

My experience in research is essentially my two theses (MD and MSc) that focused respectively on oral rehydration therapy in the treatment of childhood diarrhea and on home deliveries in the region of St. Louis, a publication which the title is "Scaling up Post abortion Care Services: Results from Senegal" and also the support that I have brought in using the WHO strategic approach in preventing unsafe abortions in Guinea and Senegal. I have also participated as technical advisor in the development and implementation of research protocols on family planning community-based services in Senegal.