Ms. Tausi Suedi is a multilingual global public health policy professional whose passion and work primarily focuses on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in marginalized communities, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. She speaks English, French, Swahili, and Luganda. She has lived, traveled, and contributed to global health programs in Afghanistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda, and the United States of America.
With a public track record reflecting more than a decadelong of international work experience, understanding of cultural complexities, and the vast global health landscape, Professor Suedi brings a unique and amplified voice to address health disparities by reshaping policies, shifting priorities, and resetting the narrative. Through her global health work in the classroom with undergraduate students, in the field with in-country teams, or in work meetings with different stakeholders, Professor Suedi believes in the face of shrinking geographic boundaries and social inequality that the health security of everyone becomes even more critical to ensure thriving families, communities, and societies.
For five years, she served in multiple leadership roles with Childbirth Survival International (CSI), a global nonprofit she cofounded in 2013. Her role was centered on effective grassroots interventions, shaping health policies to reach the unreached with quality health services and information, strengthening the capacity of frontline health workers and health facilities to provide basic health services; being strategic in rallying support from men and local/religious leaders to champion issues for women and girls; drive economic empowerment opportunities for women and adolescents/youth forced to drop out of school; plus engaging with government leaders, partners, donors and various stakeholders to maximize outreach and impact.
Over the years, she has received several awards for her leadership in advancing global health efforts to save lives, increase healthcare access, strengthen cross-sector collaborations, empower individuals, and for her consistency in advocating at the local and global levels for women, children, and youth in underserved communities. Some notable recognitions: she was featured in The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch in 2018; received CSI’s 2018 Mahatma Award for Social Good; received CSI’s 2018 Harvard Global Health Catalyst Africans in
Development Impact Award; received 2017 George Washington University’s IMPACT Award.
Ms. Suedi is an adjunct professor of International Health at Towson University. It was an intentional decision to teach at Towson University because Ms. Suedi wanted to give undergraduate students the opportunity to understand that global health issues and global health security have no boundaries and prepare them to work with a growing, diverse society at home.
Ms. Suedi earned her MPH in Global Health Policy from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her BSc in Environmental Science and Studies concentration in Environmental Health with a minor in Geography from Towson University in Maryland.
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