Debra Jackson joined the UNICEF Knowledge Management & Implementation Research Unit, Health Section in November 2013 as a Senior Health Specialist. She came to New York City from the School of Public Health (SoPH) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa, where she still holds an appointment as an Extraordinary Professor in Public Health.
She lived in South Africa from 2000-2013 and has experience working across Africa, the Pacific Islands and the USA. While at the SoPH she served as principal investigator for a range of research projects, such as the multi-country PROMISE-EBF trial on promoting exclusive breastfeeding, the National South African PMTCT Evaluation and most recently the Maternal Health in South Africa & Rwanda study. She has qualifications in nursing, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics.
Her interests are maternal and child health, perinatal health, nutrition, ethics and health systems research. Her most recent research focus has been on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, infant feeding, CRVS, newborn health in emergencies and community health workers. She has over 90 peer reviewed publications.