Dr Felicitas Zawaira is the Director of the Family and Reproductive Health (FRH) Cluster, a position she was appointed to in July 2015. She leads a team of technical staff working at the Regional Office and in Inter-country support teams in the Areas of Reproductive and Women’s Health; Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition as well as Immunization and Vaccine-preventable diseases.
Felicitas’ professional background is in medicine and she has more than 30 years’ experience of working in the public health arena. She was Director of Maternal and Child health for 7 years and worked as Principal Medical Director for another two years in the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe, coordinating the planning, resourcing and running of preventive and curative services.
Dr Zawaira joined WHO in 1998, working in the country office in Zimbabwe and thereafter in the Regional Office in the areas of HIV and Women’s Health. She has served as Head in the following WHO Country offices: Zanzibar (Tanzania), Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Botswana where she mentored and led WHO teams to produce results.
Felicitas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and an MD in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zimbabwe; a Masters in Maternal and Child Health from the University of London and a diploma in Management Methods for International Health from the University of Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr Zawaira is a Member of the Institute of Child Health, London.