Lindsey Pollaczek, MPH

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Lindsey Pollaczek s the Vice President of Programs at Fistula Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women living with obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury primarily caused by prolonged, obstructed labor. Ms. Pollaczek is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing new initiatives that build the capacity of national health systems to strengthen fistula management, enhance health provider training, and improve fistula prevention and community rehabilitation services. She lived in Nairobi, Kenya from 2014-2018 to oversee the Foundation’s first countrywide treatment program, which has become the model for subsequent initiatives in Zambia and most recently, Nepal. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a bi-lingual health educator at a FQHC and managed the maternal and child health programs for Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health degree from UCLA in 2012.

Fellowship Focus: Development of a new project in northern Zambia to improve social and economic outcomes for women following fistula repair surgery.