Ali M. Mir is an associate in the Population Council’s Pakistan office. He serves as director of programs and works to expand access to family planning services through research, training, and advocacy.
From 2011 to 2012, Mir directed the Council’s FALAH project, a multi-faceted intervention that increased contraceptive use by 9 percent in focus districts by emphasizing the benefits of family planning to women’s and children’s health. As part of this work, Mir examined Islamic viewpoints on family planning and developed a training module on Islam and family planning for health care providers and medical college faculty. This module has been included in the teaching programs of several major medical universities and public-sector training institutes.
When he joined the Population Council in 1998, Mir led a training program aimed at introducing a reproductive health-focused framework to government health and population managers.
Before joining the Council he taught and conducted research at Rawalpindi Medical College. He began his career as a physician and health administrator in Rawalpindi District, where he worked with a local NGO to provide women with access to family planning counseling and supplies which at the time were not available through the public sector.
Mir is vice president of the Population Association of Pakistan and a member of the American Public Health Association, the Royal Society for Health, the Pakistan Medical Association, the Mother and Children Welfare Association of Pakistan, the International Union for Scientific Study of Population, the Human Resource Development Network, the International AIDS Society, and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Pakistan. He seeks out opportunities to share research findings with policymakers, program managers, and other researchers, and has authored two books, published numerous research publications, and presented at many scientific conferences and meetings.
Mir holds an MPH from the University of Leeds, where he was supported by a Chevening scholarship awarded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. He has also completed several post-graduate training courses, including the International Family Planning Leadership Program at the Public Health Institute in Santa Cruz, CA (supported by a Packard-Gates fellowship), the Strategic Leadership in Reproductive Health program at Johns Hopkins University (supported by a Gates fellowship), and a Harvard University executive training program.