Helen Chukwunomnso Odega

2019 Fellow from Nigeria

Helen Odega is a public health expert, and advocate for maternal newborn and child health. She has over 11 years of experience and extensive expertise in managing and implementing community-based interventions that support family planning, persons with HIV, and women who have contracted malaria during their pregnancy. She is the founder and program director at the Centre for Women's Health and Adolescents Development, a nongovernmental organization that works to prevent maternal mortality and promote adolescent health. Helen holds a master's degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biochemistry. Helen lost her biological mother in a pregnancy-related death and is therefore committed to helping other mothers avoid a similar fate in her state. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Helen plans to build-upon established networks in her community to extend the interventions she offers to underserved communities in Nigeria.

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