Salisu Mohammed Ishaku manages the Population Council’s reproductive health projects in Nigeria. He provides leadership in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Council’s programs and works with the Nigerian government and Ministry of Health (at national and sub-national levels) to incorporate Council research into policy decisions.
Ishaku has helped expand the range and accessibility of family planning services in northern Nigeria, including improving access to emergency contraception and increasing the availability of the levonorgestrel intrauterine system. He also works on new products introduction such as his work on introducing progesterone vaginal ring and DMPA-SC in Nigeria. He has also been involved in national-level policy change that greatly increases the number of medical professionals able to treat pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. This change was based on Council research showing that lower-level health care professionals can effectively deliver magnesium sulfate treatment for this condition.
Before joining the Council, Ishaku worked for Pathfinder International on programs to expand contraceptive services in northern Nigeria and on a project aimed at preventing postpartum hemorrhage.
Ishaku is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. He has participated in numerous panels and presentations on contraception and maternal health and has published on these subjects in numerous journals.
Ishaku holds an MBBS medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and an MPH in global maternal and child health from Tulane University, where he studied as a Ford Foundation International Scholar. While at Tulane he received a Compton Foundation International Fellowship. He is a currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.