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Rifat Hasan

Health Specialist

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Rifat Hasan is a Health Specialist at the World Bank Group working in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice.  She has over 10 years of experience in analytical, technical and operational activities on health system strengthening; results-based financing; reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health; and demographic dividend.  Rifat has experience working in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and her current operational projects include leading health, nutrition and population projects in The Gambia and Niger.  She also works on a regional project in the Sahel on women’s empowerment and demographic dividend.  Rifat manages the implementation of a mixed methods impact evaluation of the Gambia project, a multi-sectoral analysis of challenges and opportunities for adolescent girls in Zambia and Malawi, and a human rights analysis of maternal and reproductive health.  She is passionate about creating better access to services and enabling communities to take ownership of their health.  Rifat holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Middlebury College, a master’s degree in health and social behavior and a doctoral degree in global health and population, both from the Harvard School of Public Health.