Placide TAPSOBA

Senior Associate and Director

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office
Population Council Incorporated
Accra, Ghana

Bio Statement:

Dr. Tapsoba carries two decades of public health innovation and advocacy in Africa to the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He is a committed professional who has pioneered some of the most sensitive reproductive health work in traditional settings on the continent, and provided direction and leadership to large reproductive health programs in the region. A medical doctor from the University of Padua (Italy) with an MPH from UCLA, Dr. Tapsoba is the Country Director of the Population Council office in Ghana. He is also the Coordinator of the Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (R3M) Program in Ghana, a consortium of five international organizations working toward achieving the MDG5 by reducing and eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity due to unsafe abortion. Throughout his career, Dr. Tapsoba has addressed sensitive public health issues in very traditional African settings. In the late 1980’s, he worked with religious leaders (predominantly imams) in West Africa to promote family planning services, a very innovative approach at the time. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Tapsoba pioneered post abortion care (PAC) services in Francophone Africa and ultimately contributed to the establishment of the PAC consortium for francophone Africa. He was also instrumental in conducting the first research study of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa, in Dakar Senegal, which has been replicated in several settings on the continent.