Dr Samira Aboubaker, Senior Medical Officer, Department ofMaternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Development, World Health Organization.

Dr Samira Aboubaker is a specialist in international public health working in the World Health Organization's Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development as a senior medical officer.

She is trained in medicine, paediatrics and health systems management. Her expertise is in the areas of newborn, child and adolescent health as well as health systems.

With over 25 years of experience in public health and working at all levels of the health system in different regions and interacting with a wide range of stakeholders from decision makers to academicians and grassroot health workers, Dr Aboubaker has made country action and translation of evidence into action her principal area of focus. As a result she has led the development of a number ofkey newborn and child health training tools, guidelines and strategies in support of country actions and has supported countries in their application. Her most recent work includes the development and application of the WHO publications Global Action Plan for the Control of Diarrhoea and Pneumonia, Caring for Newborns and Children in the Community and Guideline on Managing Serious Bacterial Infection in Young Infants When Referral is Not Feasible. She co-cordinates the implementation research on an innovative approach to jump-start simplified management of sick young infants with possible serious bacterial infection where referral is not feasible for potential scale up which is currently being implemented in a few countries.

During her career, Dr Aboubaker has gained extensive experience and understanding of country needs and what it takes to make a difference from strategy development to supporting countries translate scientific knowledge into action, working hand in hand with decision makers, programme implementers, the scientific community and other stakeholders at all levels. Her work includes supporting countries to strengthen human resource development through in-service and pre-service training, improving the quality of newborn and child care at the community, primary and referral levels, improving health systems and supporting countriesfulfilthe Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’ Health (2016-2030) objectives of Survive, Thrive and Transform and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.