Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, MD, MPH, CPH, is an award-winning family medicine physician and an internationally acclaimed global health expert with a focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health. She is currently serving in the World Health Organization Afro Expert group on sexual and reproductive health.
Dr. Bewa is a public health research assistant at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa, Florida. She is also a board member of Merck for Mothers, a $500 million initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of mothers before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth.
She has 10 years of combined experience in clinical healthcare, women’s health programs, adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health research, global health advocacy, nonprofit management, youth development, gender, and diplomacy in the United States and Africa.
She has collaborated with and advised governments, bilateral donors, and UN and African Union entities and has been awarded several distinctions by the United Nations, ONE Campaign, Women Deliver, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the University of South Florida, among others. She is a U.S State Department Fulbright Scholar and IVLP alumni, and the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth recently appointed her as one of the Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals.