Rita Badiani, Project Director, E2A
To oversee USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health, Rita leverages 30 years of professional experience in program management and development related to international health, primarily reproductive health and HIV and AIDS.
The geographic breadth of Rita’s experience includes 6 years in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Ghana; 10 years in Brazil, and 13 years in Mozambique, where she served as country representative for Pathfinder International. In this role, Rita managed a diverse portfolio of projects supported by the US Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the United Nations Population Fund, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and private donors. Under Rita’s leadership, the Government of Mozambique institutionalized several important initiatives that are advancing sexual and reproductive health in the country, including the Geracao Biz program for youth. Rita has a master’s degree in Population Studies. Ms. Badiani has significant experience in the areas of family planning, HIV prevention, behavior change, and integration of facility-based services.
When asked why she is passionate about expanding access to family planning and reproductive health, Rita says:
“It sounds like something simple. Something basic. But it is everything. Ensuring contraceptive services are available and accessible is powerful. We know it can make a difference in the lives of adolescents, women, men, and families.”