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Monita Baba-Djara, MSc, DrPH(c) has 20 years of experience in health system strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa as a project manager, NGO executive director, clinic and hospital administrator, and consultant. Ms. Baba Djara is currently a DrPH candidate in International Health at Boston University where she teaches 3 MPH courses: Social and Behavioral Sciences for International Health, Planning and Managing MCH Programs in Developing Countries with an emphasis on Child Health, and Design and Implementation of International Health Programs. From 1990 to 2006 she lived in Cameroon, working on various projects in the health sector including health care management and infrastructure development as well as HIV/AIDS programs. In addition, as a mental health practitioner she maintained a clinical psychotherapy practice. While in Africa she coordinated a US$1,200,000 capacity building project focused on improving health care access for women and children in an impoverished area of Chad. In addition, as project director she developed HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention materials for adolescents and peer educators. As a regional director for a health infrastructure capacity building NGO she established country offices in Cameroon and Chad, set up governance and management structures, instituted medical continuing education for personnel, designed evaluation documents for hospital audits and expanded services to Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea. In addition she taught undergraduate courses in Psychology, collaborated with artists and musicians to promote Cameroonian culture, and was a psychological consultant with Peace Corps Cameroon. Current areas of research and practice interest include health system strengthening, uptake of HIV services, oral health promotion, and fostering dialogue between program designers and recipients to promote sustainable development models. She holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage, Child and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology with a minor in Psychology from Walla Walla University.