For as far back as Dr. Ndola Prata can remember, she wanted to improve women’s health.
“My particular interest started when I was very young, basically by being around a lot of suffering of women, and learning about their reproductive needs that were not being met,” she said. At that time, Prata was growing up in Angola, a country struggling through nearly 30 years of civil war.
Prata earned her medical degree in Angola and practiced there as a physician for 10 years before coming to the United States. She also earned a master’s degree in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1998 she joined the UC Berkeley School of Public Health as a researcher and lecturer, simultaneously working as a medical demographer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for six years. She is currently an associate professor in residence of maternal and child health.