Title : Dr. Nabila Zaka | Senior Research Fellow, Count Down to 2030 (CD2030)Project    Global health Department
    Disciplines:    Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
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    Research Areas:   Areas:Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health ,Health Policy, Quality of Care, Family Planning, Medical Anthropology, Gender Studies, Universal Health Care    +92-51-3149792269

    Dr. Nabila Zaka has more than twenty-eight years of national and international public health work to her credit. Maternal, newborn and child health, quality of health care, medical anthropology, human rights and gender are her strong interests. Her distinction-winning master’s dissertation focused on HIV policy, process and practice and the doctoral work illustrated the interplay of culture and reproductive health. In the later, she used illness narratives to highlight the aspirations of individual women and map the drivers of their decision-making to seek or not to seek health care in a medically pluralistic setting. Dr. Zaka has worked for the reproductive health in her career with the government of Pakistan, Save the Children and UNICEF. She has served in Pakistan, Afghanistan, East Asia and Pacific region and New York in various capacities with UNICEF. In her capacity as the Senior MNH Adviser at UNICEF, she co-led the Global Every Newborn Care Action Plan-country implementation group of partners and led the multi-country initiative on improving quality of care. She has also been actively involved in fostering MNH links with WASH, nutrition and gender main-streaming. At Health Services Academy, she is part of the team working on Count Down to 2030(CD2030) research grant in collaboration with the National Ministry of Health Services Regulation and Coordination and Centres for Global Health at University of Manitoba and University of Toronto, Canada. CD2030 aims to improve the monitoring of progress towards SDGs for health and national efforts towards Universal Health Care. Annual reports and publications will be produced to generate evidence for advocacy and action.

    • PhD (Anthropology), Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad

    • MBBS, Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore

    • MSc. RH and FP Management, Cardiff university of Wales (UK)

    • Diploma Gender Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad

    • Health Financing Course, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

    • Leadership Development Programme, INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France

    • Masters in Management, UNICEF New York Head Quarters.

    • Deputy Principal, Regional Training Institute, Ministry of Population Welfare, Islamabad

    • Visiting Lecturer at the Army Medical college, Community Medicine Course

    • Multi-country programme learning and review workshops on maternal and newborn health including HMIS and Quality of Care

    1. Spencer Rutherford, Nabila Zaka….. (2020) Building referral mechanisms for newborn care in humanitarian emergency settings: a systematic review. Archives of Disease in Childhood 105 (Suppl 1) DOI:10.1136/archdischild-2020-rcpch.398

    2. Tedbabe D.H., Nabila Zaka etal.(2020) Improving the implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. http://upnet.up.ac.za/services/it/documentation/docs/004167.pdf

    3. Nabila Zaka (2019) Women’s Health and Culture in Potowar. Ph.D. Thesis. Lambert Academic Publishing. https://www.amazon.com/Womens-health-culture-Potowar-Nabila/dp/6139474965

    4. Rejina Gurung, Nabila Zaka …. (2019) Study protocol: Impact of quality improvement interventions on perinatal outcomes in health facilities—a systematic review Systematic Reviews8(1) DOI: 1186/s13643-019-1110-9

    5. SK Masum Billah, ….Nabila Zaka (2019)Quality of care during childbirth at public health facilities in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study using WHO/UNICEF ‘Every Mother Every Newborn (EMEN)’ standards. BMJ Open Quality 8(3):e000596 DOI: 1136/bmjoq-2018-000596

    6. bdullah NSK,…. Nabila Zaka (2019) Competence of healthcare professionals in diagnosing and managing obstetric complications and conducting neonatal care: a clinical vignette-based assessment in district and subdistrict hospitals in northern Bangladesh  BMJOpen  9(8): e028670 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028670

    7. Day, L. T., Ruysen, H., Gordeev, V. S.,…. Zaka, Nabila ….. (2019). “Every Newborn-BIRTH” protocol: observational study validating indicators for coverage and quality of maternal and newborn health care in Bangladesh, Nepal and Tanzania. Journal of global health, 9(1), 010902. doi:10.7189/jogh.09.01902

    8. Nabila Zaka, Emma C. Alexander, Logan Manikam, Irena C. F. Norman, Melika Akhbari, Sarah Moxon, Pavani Kalluri Ram, Georgina Murphy, Mike English, Susan Niermeyer and Luwei Pearson, Quality improvement initiatives for hospitalised small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review, Implementation Science, 13, 1, (2018) Alexander Manu, Shams Arifeen, John Williams, Edward Mwasanya, Nabila Zaka, Beth Anne Plowman, Debra Jackson, Priscilla Wobil, Kim Dickson (2018)

    9. Assessment of facility readiness for implementing the WHO/UNICEF standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities – experiences from UNICEF’s implementation in three countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa BMC Health Services Research201818:531 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3334-0 https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-018-3334-0

    10. Farhana Karim, Abdullah Nurus Salam Khan Sk Masum Billa, Nabila Zaka et al. Initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth and its determinants among normal vaginal deliveries at primary and secondary health facilities in Bangladesh: A case observation study. Plos One.August 2018 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202508 

    11. Moazzem Hossain SM, El Nakib S, Ibrahim S, Al-Harun A, Muhammad S, Nabila Zaka  et al. (2018) Maternal and Neonatal Health in Select Districts of Iraq: Findings from a Recent Household Survey. J Preg Child Health 5: 395. doi:10.4172/2376-127X.1000395 

    12. Chapter on “Quality of care” in Survive and Thrive: Transforming Care for small and sick newborns (2018) WHO&UNICEF 

    13. Chowdhury, M. A. , Huq, N. L. , Khanom, A. , Islam, R. , Khan, A. N. , Karim, F. , Zaka, N. , Arifeen, S. E. , Billah, S. M. (2018). ‘Quality of Care for the Maternal Complications at Selected Primary and Secondary Health Facilities of Bangladesh: Lessons Learned from a Formative Research’. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Medical and Health Sciences, 12(6), 3225. 

    14. Karim, F. , Khan, A. N. , Chowdhury, M. A. , Zaka, N. , Manu, A. . , Arifeen, S. E. , Billah, S. M. (2018). ‘Early Initiation of Breastfeeding and Its Determinants among Non-Caesarean Deliveries at Primary and Secondary Health Facilities: A Case Observational Study’. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Medical and Health Sciences, 12(6), 3229. 

    15. Khan, A. N. , Karim, F. , Chowdhury, M. A. , Billah, S. M. , Zaka, N. , Manu, A. , Arifeen, S. E. (2018). ‘Competence of the Health Workers in Diagnosing and Managing Complicated Pregnancies: A Clinical Vignette Based Assessment in District and Sub-District Hospitals in Bangladesh’. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Medical and Health Sciences, 12(6), 3231. 

    16. Liliana Carvajal–Aguirre, Vrinda Mehra, Agbessi Amouzou, Shane M Khan, Lara Vaz, Tanya Guenther, Maggie Kalino, and Nabila Zaka. 2017.Does health facility service environment matter for the receipt of essential newborn care? Linking health facility and household survey data in Malawi. Journal of Global health 7(2) 

    17. Liliana Carvajal–Aguirre,……Nabila Zaka (2017) Gap between contact and content in maternal and newborn care: An analysis of data from 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Global health 7(2) 

    18. Chisina Kapungu…….Nabila Zaka (2017) Gendered influences on adolescent mental health in low-income and middle-income countries: recommendations from an expert convening. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. 

    19. Kinney Mary……Zaka  Nabila (2015) Implementation of the Every Newborn Action Plan: Progress and lessons learned. Seminars in Perinatology.39(5):326-337 

    20. Kim E.Dickson……Nabila Zaka (2015) Scaling up quality care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth: an overview of methods and analysis of intervention specific bottlenecks and solutions. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15(Suppl 2):S1

    21. Duysburgh, Els, et al. “Newborn care in Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Philippines: a comprehensive needs assessment.” BMC pediatrics 14.1 (2014): 46. 

    22. Young-Mi Kim, Partamin Zainullah, Jame Muniga, Hannah Tappis, Linda Bartlett and Nabila Zaka (2012) “Availability and quality of emergency obstetric and neonatal care services in Afghanistan” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 116(3):192-196 

    23. Young-Mi Kim, Hannah Tappis, Partamin Zainullah, Nasrat Ansari, Cherrie Evans, Linda Bartlett, Nabila Zaka and Willibald Zeck (2012) Quality of caesarian delivery services and documentation in first-line referral facilities in Afghanistan: a chart review. BMC Pregnancy and Child Birth 12: 14-25 

    24. Child Health Week: Findings from the pilot in 2 districts- Paper presented at Pakistan Paediatric Conference, Peshawar, April 2008 

    25. Barriers to Emergency Obstetric Care: A paper presented at Women Deliver Conference, London, UK October 2007. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/29350672/barriers-to-emergency-obstetric-care-women-deliver 

    26. Nabila Zaka and Riffat Haque (2007) Are Working Women Empowered Enough to Deliver? A Gender Constraints Study of lady Health Visitors in Selected Districts of Pakistan. Jouranl of Fatima Jinnah Women’s University. https://fjwu.edu.pk/list-of-social-issues/issue-2007-volume-6-no-1-2/ 

    27. Shafqat Shahzad and Nabila Zaka. Mid-Term Assessment of Emergency Obstetric Care Services, 2006. 

    28. Working Paper and National Policy on Maternal & Neonatal Health developed in collaboration with TWG members

    29.  Literature Review of Conceptual frameworks of Decision making on Health Seeking Behaviours – Seminar Paper presented at QAU in October, 2004 

    30. Knowledge and Perceptions of Religious Leaders on HIV/AIDS (2003) – contributed to design of Qualitative study leading to Involvement of Religious Leaders in HIV/AIDS initiative by NACP & UNICEF 

    31. Life Skills Assessment of Adolescents for HIV prevention in 14 Selected Districts – Contributed to design, variables development, monitoring and review.

    32. UNDAF – Pakistan, Health Framework, 2003 –   Main Contributor with Section Chief as UNICEF being the lead agency in health. 

    33. MDG Review Report for Pakistan- Contributed as team member on Health 

    34. HIV/AIDS Policy in India : Power, Process And Practice  ( M.Sc. Thesis ) 

    35. Emergency Obstetric Care Models in Pakistan – Lessons Learnt – Paper Presented At National Maternal Mortality Reduction Conference, February 2003. 

    36. Essentials of 24 Hour Emergency Obstetric Care at Comprehensive Facility Level- Paper presented in Workshop On Women Friendly District Health System 23-24 September, 2004 

    37. Comparing Life Skills Initiatives – Concept paper developed for UNICEF Islamabad In October, 2004. 

    38. Knowledge and Perceptions of Religious Leaders In Pakistan – Developed the concept and assisted in questionnaire development & report writing. 

    39. Verbal Autopsy Findings of Maternal Deaths as Reported by Lady Health Workers In Pakistan- Developed the Concept and assisted in questionnaire development & report writing. 

    40. Assessment of Mid-wifery Component of Women Health Project- Developed the concept and assisted in questionnaire development & report writing. 

    41. Assessing TBAs Practices And Impact of Training In  Haripur– Paper Presented At 3rd Pap Conference 

    42. TBA Option Re-Visited – Paper Presented At 2nd Annual Pap Conference, Islamabad. 

    43. Role of TBAs In Safe Motherhood Interventions 

    44. Reproductive Health Policies and Culture- assignment paper as part of master study programme. 

    45. ICPD Cairo and Human Resource Management- assignment paper as part of master study programme. 

    46. Male Involvement in Reproductive Health Programmes: An IEC Project- assignment paper as part of master study programme. 

    47. Contraception and Abortion: A Study Of Patients’ Attitudes- assignment paper as part of master study programme.