Koki Agarwal

Director (Jhpiego)

Dr. Koki Agarwal is an internationally recognized expert in safe motherhood, reproductive health, and family planning policies and programs, as well as promoting policy dialogue and advocacy for policy reform. She has more than 25 years of service delivery experience in reproductive health, family planning, and maternal health, and for over two decades has led, managed, and implemented large-scale USAID-funded global health projects.

Since June 2014, Dr. Agarwal has directed USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), with a focus in 24 USAID priority countries. MCSP is the principal follow-on to the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), for which she also handles the overall management and strategic and technical integrity. MCHIP is a $600 million flagship USAID program, awarded to Jhpiego and partners in 2008, which focuses on reducing maternal, neonatal and child mortality and accelerating progress toward achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

Prior to both programs, Dr. Agarwal led the ACCESS Program, a USAID-funded maternal and newborn health program led by Jhpiego, and was Deputy of the POLICY Project through the Futures Group. She also served as chair of the Project’s maternal health activities and Director of the Center for International Health.

Recent Publications

  1. Moving malaria in pregnancy programs from neglect to priority: experience from Malawi, Senegal, and Zambia
  2. Practical lessons from global safe motherhood initiatives: time for a new focus on implementation
  3. Performance-based Incentives to Improve Health Status of Mothers and Newborns: What Does the Evidence Show?
  4. Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Why the United States Should Care
  5. India’s Commitment to Women’s Health