Dr. Hellen Neema Siril
Hellen Neema Siril joined the PPIUD team as the National Research Coordinator for Tanzania on the departure of Joel M. Francis who had served in this role since the launch of the project in 2015. Hellen is a medical doctor and is currently working on her PhD in mental health. She also holds a MPH. Hellen has worked as a co-PI and a PI on various research projects on improving women’s health, including healthy options program that used group psychotherapy to improve perinatal depression, and developing a local hope scale in Tanzania. Her research addresses issues that affect psychological health of women including partner violence, family planning and pregnancies among teenagers. Hellen is working with the project team at MDH and participating hospitals in Tanzania to achieve high rates of 18-month follow-up survey and the survey of providers. She is also working on how the PPIUD project can inform best practices and policies to improve family planning program, especially the use of long-acting reversible methods, such as PPIUD, in Tanzania.