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Professor Lindsay Edouard

Professor Lindsay Edouard graduated in medicine in 1974 from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School of the University of London where he also obtained an MSc (Social Medicine) in 1980 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. With specialty qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology as well as community medicine, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and its Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care besides the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

His academic appointments, both as lecturer at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London and professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, included tasks for health service management.  Besides, he served as secretary of the Section of Medical Education at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

His special interest in the integration of family planning within sexual and reproductive health led to an international career from 1983, initially as a medical officer in the Maternal and Child Health Unit of the World Health Organization in Geneva where he carried out, among others, studies of maternal mortality demonstrating avoidable factors and promoting the potential role of contraception regarding maternal age and parity. Joining the United Nations Population Fund in 1995, he served as Project Director for Training for Reproductive Health in subSaharan Africa, Senior Reproductive Health Adviser in New York and Representative in Algeria.

Exploiting the research potential of administrative databases compiled from routinely collected service data, he personally examined the national causes of perinatal mortality in England and manipulated health service utilisation databases in Canada by applying computer programming skills acquired during an elective course as a medical student.  He demonstrated the feasibility and value of record linkage, whether from birth and death vital registration data or clinical events, for epidemiological research and programme evaluation.  In 1990, he was instrumental in setting up a pioneering population-based mammography screening programme that exploited the civil register of residents to increase population coverage and launched innovative mobile units to improve access in rural areas.

Committed to the social responsibility of professionals, he emphasised their crucial role beyond the clinical setting to improve the health of populations as opposed to individuals.  He collaborated with government authorities for policy formulation, professional associations for political advocacy, and nongovernmental organisations for a sound rationale in their activities.  Moreover, he contributed to the international discourse on a rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health services.

Professor Edouard has served, in various capacities, the Canadian Medical Association, Commonwealth Medical Association, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada and International Planned Parenthood Federation where he was a member of its International Medical Advisory Panel.  He has collaborated with numerous medical journals, examples ranging from reviewer for the Lancet, Canadian Medical Association Journal and Vaccine, through editorial board member of the African Journal of Reproductive Health and Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, to International Advisory Editor of BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Widowed, he has a daughter and, upon retirement, moved back home to Mauritius for beachfront living on a marine park.  His current interests include an analysis of the local role of faith-based organisations in social development during the mid19th century after the abolition of slavery.

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