Marian is the Program Manager of the AYA Collective programs and is directly responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and monitoring of program interventions. As program manager she is also responsible for the coordination and facilitates communication among various components of the program and partners to ensure the successful implementation of program objectives in addressing reproductive health challenges.
Her career spans 8 years in the field of maternal, sexual and reproductive health programming. Marian’s core strengths in health development programs is in capacity building, project planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining AYA Collective, Marian worked as Research and Evaluation Advisor for Ipas Ghana under the Reducing Maternal Mortality and Mobility Program funded by the Susan & Warren Buffet Foundation. During this period, she was instrumental in the development and management of the organizational monitoring and evaluation tools and database. Following her participation in the Women Deliver Conference in 2013, Marian successfully organized the inter-ministerial meeting leading to the commitment of these agencies to integrate the maternal health agenda in their programs of work.
Over the years, Marian has contributed to the conduct of high quality SRH research, notable amongst them is the assessment of people’s knowledge and attitudes about women’s access to RH services in Northern Ghana, client-exit surveys and the MVA Reusability Study. She’s a strong advocate for translating research into action to inform programs and policy.
She holds a BA (Sociology and Philosophy) and MPHIL in Population Studies from the Regional Institute of Population Studies at the University of Ghana. Smith is also a beneficiary of Hewlett Foundation which funded her pre-doctoral program at Penn State University, USA.
Smith, M., Tawiah, M., Badasu, D. 2012. “Why do some women deliver in health facilities and others do not: A cross sectional analysis of women in Ghana.” Afr J. Reprod Health; 2012 Sep; 16(3): 36-47
Antobam, S.K., Smith, M., Jehu-Appiah,K., Mills, J.C 2015. “Factors Affecting Post-Abortion Family Planning Uptake: A need to Revisit Service Integration.” Studies in Family Planning
Smith, M., Edwards, J.k, Kizito W, Antobam S. 2018 “Uptake of post abortion contraception in Ghana during and after mentoring and monitoring intervention in 2016 and 2017.” Under Review with Global Public Health Journal.
SSmith, M., Antobam, S.K., Jehu-Appiah, K., Azumah, S. 2016. “Male involvement in Accessing Abortion Services: Does the law on abortion matter?” –Presented at the African Sexuality Conference 2016