Java Cafe-Global Conversations: "As Told from The Frontlines"

  • September 19, 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • East Lansing Public Library

Please join us for our 4th Java Cafe-Global Conversation titled "As Told from the Frontlines". Guest speaker Zeline Jatu Pritchard will discuss respect, safety and dignity within the context of peace from 5 selected countries (Liberia, Angola, Zambia, Rwanda, Republic of the Congo) where she worked with the UN.  She will place special attention on the issue of women, adolescents and children in armed conflicts as they are the ones who bear the heaviest burdens.

Bio - Zeline Jatu PRITCHARD

Zeline Jatu Pritchard is a professional with more than 35 years of progressive, international experience leading and working within multidisciplinary public health and development teams in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA. She has hands-on experience working in partnerships with grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, donors, government departments/ministries, UN agencies, and institutions of higher learning in designing, strengthening, managing and evaluating projects and programs focused on reproductive health, gender, HIV and AIDS and complex emergencies.

Zeline earned a Master of Science in Maternal-Child Health Nursing with a concentration in Health Policy from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a Certificate in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health from the University of Debrecen Medical School, Debrecen, Hungary, has had numerous short- and medium-term training in health systems, gender, and disaster response. She is a strong advocate of women's and children's rights. As an International Consultant, Zeline currently consults on emerging health, gender and development issues; development, management, strengthening and evaluation of programs; provides worldwide technical assistance to Reproductive Health and Gender Advisors in UN Country Offices to improve maternal health, reduce child mortality, combat HIV/AIDS and promote gender equality; and supports national governments and stakeholders attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Her career began with prominent positions in the private and public sectors in Liberia, and culminated in her tenure with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region in multiple capacities including: Chief of the Women and Adolescent Health Unit at the Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo which gave support to 46 Sub-Saharan African countries; represented WHO to governments, partner agencies, bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, local and international NGOs, civil society and the media; led a delegation of African women leaders representing WHO to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China where a roadmap, "Beijing Platform for Action recognizing women’s rights are human rights" was adopted; advocated and influenced policy to recruit and retain qualified professional women in WHO through the development of a 10-point plan; spearheaded progressive 20-year regional plan of action accelerating efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) and coordinated the simultaneous launch in 24 African countries. As WHO Nurse Educator and Senior Lecturer, co-pioneered the establishment of the first B.Sc. Post Basic Nursing training program at the School of Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia for English speaking nurses and midwives in southern Africa

Zeline worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C first as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Research and Policy Coordination units where she advised on the acceleration of the US Government's policy statement on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGC/FGM), facilitated implementation of the FGC/FGM policy statement and program plan to USAID Missions, U. S. Congress, U.S. departments, donor agencies, the media, assisted USAID Contracting Agencies in mainstreaming the plan into their work plans and presented lectures at assigned universities on FGC awareness, prevention and management. Zeline later served as a Senior Public Health Officer/Contractor in the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) in Darfur, Sudan and other countries in the Horn of Africa; provided administrative oversight for the USAID/OFDA field offices in Darfur; and reviewed grant proposals, concept papers and provided recommendations for final USAID funding determination.

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