Director, Ouagadougou Partnership coordination Unit
Since 2020, Marie Ba has served as the Director of the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP) Coordination Unit and as a leading advocate and actor for women and families in the region. As Director, Marie leads collaboration and coordination among the OP’s stakeholders, including the Ministries of Health in the OP’s nine member countries, civil society organizations and other implementing partners, and major international donors for reproductive health, which collectively contribute over $150 million per year to advance reproductive health options and outcomes in the region. Marie leads dialogue, advocacy, and activities between partners at the global, regional and country levels, and helps to align support to countries’ reproductive health priorities defined by the Ministries of Health. Marie and her team are also especially passionate advocates for youth involvement and leadership in countries’ and partners’ decision-making, including on reproductive health policies and programs, and have provided training, employment, and direct support for youth leaders in reproductive health.
Marie Ba has worked in health and development in West and Central Africa for fifteen years managing programs and projects for leading global philanthropies and international NGOs. She has based her work from Washington, D.C. and from Senegal, focusing her attention first on providing technical assistance to projects in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, and more recently on efforts to improve lives of women and families in the nine member countries of the Ouagadougou Partnership. Throughout her work, Marie has concentrated on building partnerships between government, civil society, and philanthropic actors, and has led development and implementation of crucial aspects of successful health partnerships, including communications and advocacy strategies, financial planning and management, and grants and contracts compliance, on top of field-leading program management.
Marie Ba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Master’s Degree in International Development and Peace / Conflict Resolution from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Norbert Coulibaly
Senior Technical Manager
Dr. Norbert Coulibaly has recently joined the OPCU as Senior Technical Manager. He joins the OPCU most recently from UNFPA where he served for ten years as a Program Specialist in Family Planning and Reproductive Health Product Safety (FP/RHCS), first in the Burkina Faso Country Office (2009 – 2016) and then in the UNFPA Regional Office for West and Central Africa (2016 to 2019). Previously, he worked within the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso for 16 years, holding various public health roles. As an FP/RHCS Program Specialist at UNFPA, he made a remarkable contribution to the resurgence of FP programs and strengthening of the contraceptive product supply chain in his country and across the region through the UNFPA Supplies program and the SWEDD project.
Dr. Coulibaly holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Laval University, Quebec, and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
A lawyer by training, Djenebou DIALLO has just joined the UCPO team as Advocacy Manager. She has nearly seven years of professional experience in the field of advocacy within international organizations, including: IPAS Abidjan, as Manager of Policies and Partnerships and Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Dakar , Senegal as Advocacy Project Officer.
Passionate about the rights of women and girls, Djenebou leads advocacy at the regional level with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and international bodies.
Djenebou holds a Masters in Gender and Peacebuilding at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar in partnership with the United Nations Peace University Based in Costa Rica and a Masters in International Relations Law at ‘University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar.
Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Sambe
Financial and Administrative Manager
Bamba, the newcomer of Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit is the Administrative and Financial Assistant and therefore responsable for financial and accounting aspects of the Partnership. He has more than 3 years of experience acquired during his stay in a bilateral program (France-Senegal) which implements development projects throughout Senegal territory.
Bamba has several strings to his bow and is active in the field of non profit with mainly 2 associations working in the promotion of blood donation in Senegal (Precious Gift) and in helping and supporting the most deprived (Blankets for All).
Bamba holds a degree in Audit and Finance, and also has project management skills.
Mame Aminata Diouf Diallo
With a Bachelor degree in economics and Finance and a degree in accounting applied to ICT with more than seven years of experience, Mame Aminata Diouf Diallo joined the Partnership Coordination Unit of Ouagadougou as Program Assistant in February 2019. Prior to this she worked in the private sector as a project officer for a civil engineering firm specializing in hydro-agriculture after a stint at Oxfam Great Britain where she held a similar position on the LEAP project during the GROW campaign.
She has interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the policies and procedures of international organizations. Polyglot, she handles 3 different languages that are English, French and Wolof which allows her to be in interaction and to have easy conversation with partners, suppliers and all people related from near and far the achievement of the objectives set by the UCPO.
Civil Society Coordinator
Thiaba has just joined the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit as Civil Society Coordinator. She was previously a Program Officer at the Siggil Jigéen Network and has worked extensively in the promotion of women’s rights, advocacy for health financing and organizational strengthening of women’s and youth CSOs.
A committed activist for equal rights for women and men, she has participated in several studies on gender and social change.
Thiaba holds a Master’s degree in Program Management and Health Services Management from the University Alioune Diop of Bambey and a Master's degree in Sociology from the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar.
Country Liaison Associate for Togo, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire
Mr. Idrissou has a Master in Population and Health from the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) of Ouaga University I Pr Joseph Ki-zerbo. He has been worming for the past 7 years to improving the right to sexual and reproductive health.
Daoudou worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer in the Division of Maternal, Child Health and Family Planning of the Ministry of Health Togo for 5 years. As such, he was a key player in the establishment of an effective monitoring system for reproductive health interventions and the establishment of DHIS2 for the collection of family planning data. In addition to the costs inherent in the monitoring-evaluation position, he was the focal point for Track20 in Togo and as such he played an important role in monitoring and analyzing family planning data in the Ouagadougou Partnership countries. .
Daoudou comes from the International Federation for Family Planning Africa Region (IPPF RA) where he worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer on the project entitled “Integration for Sustainable Development – Policy to Practice” implemented in 4 countries (Guinea, Cameroon, Malawi and Togo), the aim of which was to help promote access to integrated reproductive health / HIV services for mothers, newborns, young people and adolescents and key populations
Country Liaison Associate for Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger
Fatim has just joined the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit.
Prior to joining the team, Fatim successively held over the past few years the positions of Deputy Health Project Coordinator for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Eye Health at Helen Keller International-Burkina Faso and Project Manager at Equipop. She has experience in the development and implementation of health projects, the development of national policies / strategies, the facilitation of the actions of civil society organizations (CSOs) coordination or even budgetary / financial management.
Fatim holds a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and NGOs from Paris XIII-PRES SORBONNE University. She subsequently specialized in Health with a master’s degree in public health which she had at the University of Ouagadougou
Mbossé Marie Yali
The newly appointed office assistant Mbossé Marie Yali has served as an administrative assistant in international organizations for nearly three years, including: AmCham Sénégal as an administrative assistant, FBN Bank as a direct sales agent and BitPesa Sénégal as a business support and administrative officer.
Mbossé is passionate about feminism in Africa and women’s rights in Islam. She spends her free time reading books and participating in activities and seminars related to these topics.
Mbossé received a bachelor’s degree in general business from Missouri State University on the Dalian campus in China.
A graduate in Business Management and Communication, Adeola Gloire Ayetolou has so far capitalized on seven years of activism in associations and movements of young people working on youth and adolescents reproductive health such as the Amour & Vie program, the network of Young Ambassadors for Reproduction Health and Family Planning and the association Young Volunteers for Health.
She has contributed to the planning and implementation of initiatives in favor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), to the prototyping and implementation of community projects relating to SRHR, the empowerment of young people, gender equality.
Versatile and proactive, she has just joined the UCPO team as Youth Lead
Modou Diop is a Master II Professional student in population development and reproductive health at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. As a student researcher, Modou was involved in Research conducted by SICKKEDS Canada, IPDSR and Plan International on Youth Empowerment for Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health project.
In addition, Modou worked in the area of adolescent malnutrition and contributed to a study of the individual and environmental determinants of consumption of iron-rich foods by adolescent girls in some schools in Dakar. This internship will allow him to write his thesis on the reproductive health of young people and adolescents.
Modou is based in Dakar with the UCPO team and will cover Senegal, Burkina-Faso, Guinea and Mauritania as youth lead.