Quazi Monirul Islam

Quazi Monirul Islam is the Director of the WHO Department of Making Pregnancy Safer. A public health specialist, Dr. Islam worked in a rural health complex in Bangladesh before going to Botswana in 1981, where he served as a Senior District Medical Officer. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, advising on bilateral and multilateral contributions to health and population-related programmes and projects, and joined WHO in 1992.

The international community came together 20 years ago in Nairobi, Kenya, to launch the Safe Motherhood Initiative and highlight the most striking inequity in public health. This global initiative was developed to generate political will, identify effective interventions and mobilize resources that would rectify a horrifying injustice.