Co Founder, CEO, Senior Technical Advisor, Childbirth Survival International (CSI)
Tausi Suedi is a global public health policy professional whose passion and work primarily focuses on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in marginalized communities mainly in low- and middle-income countries. With a public track record reflecting more than twelve years of international work experience, understanding of cultural complexities and the vast global health landscape, Suedi brings a unique and amplified voice to address the challenges women, children, and youth in underserved urban and rural areas are facing. Through her work in global health in the classroom with undergraduate students or in the field with in-country teams, Suedi believes in the face of shrinking geographic boundaries and increased vulnerability among women, children, and youth that the health security of everyone becomes even more critical to ensure thriving families, communities, and societies.
At Childbirth Survival International (CSI), a global nonprofit she cofounded in 2013, her role is centered on effective grassroots interventions in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent/youth health; shaping health policies to reach the unreached with quality health services and information; strengthening capacity of frontline health workers and health facilities especially in underserved communities to provide basic health services; being strategic in rallying support from the community especially men and local/religious leaders to champion issues for women and girls; drive economic empowerment opportunities for women and adolescents/youth forced to drop out of school; plus engaging with government leaders, partners, donors and various stakeholders to maximize outreach and impact. Under her leadership, CSI currently spans across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Ghana, and Nigeria.
Suedi graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health with a minor in Geography and Environmental Planning in May 2003. Driven and eager to serve humanity, in May 2005, she earned a Master of Public Health track Global Health Policy from the George Washington University, District of Columbia.
Suedi has received several awards for her leadership in advancing CSI’s mission to save lives, empower individuals, and for her consistency in advocating at the local and global levels for women, children, and youth in underserved communities. In the African Diaspora, she is recognized for her frontline position on issues pertaining to maternal health and community development on the continent of Africa, girls’ education, and economic empowerment of women as the undiscovered secret weapon to transform Africa.