Mihoko Tanabe, Program Officer, Reproductive Health Program, plays a leading role in the Women's Refugee Commission’s involvement in the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, conducting research and analysis on reproductive health care in crisis situations. She has conducted reproductive health assessments and follow-up for the Women's Refugee Commission in Kenya and Uganda. She completed the desk research and project design for two new community-based pilot projects–one to determine the feasibility and safety of community-based care for survivors of sexual assault, and the other, the appropriateness and feasibility of community-based distribution of family planning in a crisis setting.
Prior to joining the Women’s Refugee Commission in 2007, Mihoko studied at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the School of International and Public Affairs where she received a joint degree in Public Health and International Relations. Mihoko has worked on advocacy for youth on reproductive health-related issues in Japan, was part of a population and reproductive health assessment team in Sudan, and also evaluated an international NGO’s HIV/AIDS and maternal-child health community intervention strategies in Cambodia. She is originally from Japan.