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Rita Kabra
Reproductive/Maternal Health and Health System
GFMER Director - special focus Asia, Middle East

Rita Kabra
Dr. Rita Kabra - MBBS, MPH

Dr. Rita Kabra has over 20 years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, HIV and public health. She began her career as a clinician/researcher with Human Research Reproduction Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi and has worked In India for over 10 years in various capacities. She has extensive international experience having worked with WHO- Geneva for the last 8 years with the Departments of Reproductive health and Research, Making Pregnancy Safer and Health Systems.


Dr. Kabra has managed and implemented a range of projects and programmes to improve reproductive health services and health systems, including assessing health workforce need and migration. She has wide experience in planning, conducting and supervising research to improve maternal health and strengthen health system.
She has developed technical/policy/practice guidelines in sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn, integrating HIV/PMTCT, malaria, anaemia, etc  and has regularly worked on the introduction, field testing, adaptation and implementation of the evidence based guidelines in many countries (Afghanistan, Cairo, Zambia, Uganda, India, and Morocco). She has wide experience in developing training manuals for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and in teaching and training undergraduates, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.


Medical council of India. She is a long-term member of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), National Association for Voluntary Sterilization and Family Welfare of India, London External Alumni Association.
She has been associated in various capacities with several national and international research and academic organizations.


Dr. Kabra has several publications to her credit. She has chaired several scientific and other committees at national and international level.
Rita holds a medical degree from the University of Rajasthan, India, a diploma in health systems management and a master’s in Public health from London University.

Current areas of interest

Health services management, primary health care, quality of care, maternal mortality reduction, integration of health services, financing for maternal health, operations research, linking research to policies and practices, retention and migration of health care workers.