Ndola Prata, MD, MSc
Associate Professor in Residence and Bixby Scientific Director
Ndola Prata is a physician and medical demographer from Angola. She is an Associate Professor in Residence in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and also serves as the Scientific Director in the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability and the Medical Director of Venture Strategies Innovations. After practicing medicine in Angola for 10 years and serving as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola, she received an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After moving to the USA, she has served for six years as a Demographer/Analyst for CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. Though Dr. Prata’s current research focuses primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, she is also heading research projects in South Asia, and has led operations research in Latin America, Central Asia and South America in the recent past. Much of her work has been focused on the expansion of use of misoprostol to control postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. In addition, she is currently heading a community-based study in Ethiopia investigating the efficacy and preferred choice of provider for injectable contraceptives. Dr. Prata has published extensively in areas of family planning, financing and ability to pay for reproductive health programs, the role of the private sector in health care in developing countries, adolescent sexual behavior in developing countries, priorities for maternal health and the use of misoprostol to manage postpartum bleeding.