Abdulmumin Saad

2017 Winner

Position: Senior Epidemiologist and Reproductive Health Advisor
Organization: USAID
Current Location: Washington DC

PhD from University Putra Malaysia/Community Health (Epidemiology)

Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Additional Degrees:
1. MD
2. MPH
Special training and certification:
1. Applied Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Course, USAID University Washington DC, Dec 5 – 9, 2016.
2. Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics (University of Cape Town)
3. Inter-professional Healthcare Informatics, University of Minnesota, Feb 1 – March 28, 2016.
4. Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, July 13 – August 22, 2015.
5. USAID 14th Annual Global Health Mini-University, March 2, 2015, Washington DC.
6. Monitoring and Evaluation to Manage for Impact – European Evaluation Society, Dublin (October 2014).
7. Using Technology to Enhance Applied Research – European Evaluation Society, Dublin (October 2014).
8. Do No Harm Training – Mercy Corps Nigeria and USAID Nigeria (April 2014)
9. Researching Gender-based violence: Methods and Meaning – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (17 – 21 February 2014).
10. Safe Spaces Programming and Girl-centred Design – Girl Effect University, Girl Hub and Population Council, Abuja (December 2013).
11. Mobile Phones for Sexual and Reproductive Health “MHealth4SRH” 2013 course – Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Geneva (March – April 2013)
12. Professional 3-months training in Monitoring and Evaluation – EFMC, US CDC, Global PHS and AFENET, Abuja (July – October 2012).
13. Advanced statistics for social sciences using SPSS – University Putra Malaysia (July 2007)

Awards Received:

Best graduating student in Pathology
Awarding Organization:
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria
Date Awarded:
October 3, 2003

Best oral presentation
Awarding Organization:
Conference on update of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Accra-Ghana
Date Awarded:
December 17, 2009

Abdulmumin Saad is the Senior Epidemiologist and Reproductive Health Advisor at the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Washington, DC. He is a medical doctor and public health specialist with clinical, research and evaluation experience. Dr. Saad provides technical guidance and leadership for program development, review and coordination of epidemiological and biological research on contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies conducted through USAID-supported cooperating agencies. He also provides technical leadership for the introduction of new family planning and reproductive health technologies and family planning/HIV integration research, service delivery and research utilization. In the past, he has worked at Pathfinder International, Nike Foundation & DFID Collaboration (Girl Effect), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, FHI 360, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Dr. Saad obtained a medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Master of Public Health degree from University of Malaya, and a PhD Community Health (Epidemiology) from University Putra Malaysia.

“Dr. Saad is a Public Health expert with extensive experience in clinical practice, research, and health systems evaluation. He has designed and implemented numerous innovative programs around Reproductive Health and Family Planning. A great leader!

– Ahmed Awaisu, Associate Professor at Qatar University

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

• Provided technical leadership to family planning program monitoring, evaluation, operations research in over 15 countries
• Contributed to establishing a functional RH-FP HMIS and quality improvements to private sector and public sector
• Developed community-level referral system and strengthened national FP referral system in Nigeria
• Led the development of a Contraceptive Logistics and Service provision monitoring system using the mobile phone platform in Nigeria
• Contributed to FP-HIV integration strategy and Global Handbook for FP
• Supported countries to make programmatic decisions with imperfect data on hormonal contraception and HIV; increased use of evidence-based best practices to improve FP use
• Support USAID countries to introduce/scale-up DMPA-SC and LNG-IUS

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I strongly believe that empowering women and couples to choose the number, timing, and spacing of their children is a human rights issue and vital to achieving sustainable development in the areas of health, education, economic growth, security, and women & girls empowerment. I also believe that expanding access to effective contraceptives is a cost-effective investment with the power to significantly reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and advance social and economic development.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I provide technical leadership for program development, and review and coordinate epidemiological and biological research on contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies; lead technical and policy discussions focused on reproductive epidemiology, biology, research policy and ethics, contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technology improvement and development, and the introduction and use of these technologies in programs.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work?

I will use the opportunity to connect with young people around the world and create partnerships to leverage our diverse experience and ideas to reduce unmet need and improve FP use especially in sub-Saharan Africa. I will use the grant to support a local NGO in Kano to initiate community dialogue to create awareness on the use of FP and demystify myths and misconceptions.

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