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Karen Beattie, M.A.

Project Director, Fistula Care

As Associate Vice President of Strategy and Impact at EngenderHealth, Karen Beattie supports the development and implementation of knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). She is leading research in key areas of EngenderHealth's technical strengths and oversees research strategies to document, disseminate and learn from project and organizational achievements.

Karen is also the Director of Fistula Care, a global cooperative agreement supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and managed by EngenderHealth. She manages the project and provides strategic direction to strengthen the capacity of centers to provide quality fistula repair and care; to enhance community and facility understanding of fistula prevention, utilization of emergency obstetric services, and reintegration; to gather, analyze, and use data to improve services; and to strengthen the environment for fistula prevention, repair, and reintegration services.

A medical anthropologist and international reproductive health and family planning specialist, Karen brings more than 30 years of experience as a program director, manager, innovator, and technical advisor. Her background includes the management of research programs on technology transfer and services in family planning, abortion and post-abortion care, obstetric fistula, cervical cancer and quality improvement. 

Her contributions to many research and practical manual publications include Contraceptive Sterilization: Global Issues and Trends, Improving the Quality of Emergency Obstetric Services: A Leadership Manual and Toolbook, Infection Prevention Module for Emergency Obstetric Care, and COPE for Reproductive Health Services. Prior to joining EngenderHealth, Karen worked with the Population Council, the International Women's Health Coalition, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She has field experience in more than 10 countries worldwide. Karen has an M.A. in Anthropology from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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