Dr. Natia Sharabidze is a gynecologist and fertility specialist. She is one of the founding members of Women’s Rehabilitation Association, which works on improving the quality of reproductive healthcare for women in Georgia. Since the founding of the association in 2008, she has been organizing training sessions and conferences on prevention of stillbirths and miscarriages, as well as other important issues of reproductive health. After completing her PhD thesis on ovarian hyperthocosis and infertility, she continued researching the causes of early miscarriages in Georgia. In 2012-2014, she worked on a research “Stillbirth: reality and challenges in Georgia,” which focused on identifying main causes of stillbirth throughout the country. She is a co-author of a national guideline for post-abortion care. The main aim of Dr. Sharabidze’s practical and scientific work is to reduce the number of cases of perinatal loss in Georgia and implement a program of bereavement care.
Dr. Paula Quigley is a medical doctor from Ireland, with an MSc in Maternal and Child Health. She has lived and worked overseas for the past 30 years, spanning a wide range of countries in Asia and Africa. She has helped to design, implement and evaluate health programs globally, particularly focusing on women’s health and health systems strengthening. She is currently the Technical Lead for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) for DAI Global Health and provides technical support to a variety of DAI’s programs. Her particular focus of work is on quality of care in maternal and newborn health.