• Affiliate Assistant Professor, Global Health

Box 900922
Seattle, WA 98109
United States

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Sadaf Khan, MBBS, MPH, DrPH, has more than 12 years of experience in international public health and a strong track record of developing, managing, and evaluating field programs in maternal and child health internationally. She is a Senior Newborn, Maternal, and Child Health Specialist at PATH, where her work has focused on research and programming around introduction and scale-up of technologies for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), maternal and perinatal infections, and family planning. Dr. Khan also provides technical guidance and support to country offices on research and program activities pertinent to maternal and child health and reproductive health, as well as scientific leadership, oversight, and management of field studies and research involving human subjects. She has extensive experience collaborating with overseas partners and governments. Her country experience includes research and program experience in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Uganda and Zambia. In Ghana Dr. Khan was the co-investigator of a randomized controlled trial on delivery of PPH technologies by first-line health care workers and co-principal investigator on a qualitative study assessing the feasibility and acceptability of innovations in service delivery. Results from these studies informed discussions and contributed to the development of the Ghana Health Service’s PPH strategy. She recently led a field trial for the introduction of oxytocin in the Uniject™ device in the Philippines to streamline PPH prevention. Dr. Khan trained and worked as a physician in Pakistan and was formerly affiliated with the Ziauddin Medical University in Pakistan as Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences. She holds Master and Doctor of Public Health degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

  • DPH (Johns Hopkins University)
Country Affiliations 
  • Urdu
Health Topics 
  • Adult Mortality
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Child Mortality
  • Diarrheal Diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Planning
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Metrics and Evaluation
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Engmann C, Khan S, Moyer C, Coffey P and Bhutta Z. Transformative Innovations in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) over the next 20 years. PLoS Medicine. March 2016

Khan S, Tifft S, Grady B. Estimating Demand for a New Contraceptive Method: Projections for the Introduction of Sayana Press. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. August 2015

Stanton CK, Newton S, Mullany LC, Cofie P, Agyemang CT, Adiibokah E, Darcy N, Khan S, Armbruster D, Gyapong J, Owusu-Agyei S Effect on postpartum hemorrhage of prophylactic oxytocin 10 IU administered via UnijectTM by Community Health Officers in Ghana: a community-based, cluster-randomized trial. PLoS Med. October 2013

Gravett CA, Gravett MG, Martin ET, Bernson JD, PhD, Khan S, Boyle DB et al. Serious and Life Threatening Pregnancy-related Infections: Opportunities to Reduce the Global Burden. PLoS Med. October 2012