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Sera Bonds

2013 Speaker

Sera Bonds is the founder of Circle of Health International (COHI), a U.S.-based NGO that works with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality maternal and newborn care.  Her community organizing background ranges from violence against women to welfare and poverty issues to anti-war campaigns. Bonds has worked with refugee communities in Boston, Massachusetts, and with midwives in Northern India, Guatemala, Tibet, Palestine, tsunami-affected Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Haiti and Israel. She’s also done important work with commercial sex workers on issues of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam and with female evacuees from hurricanes Rita and Katrina in Louisiana.  She served as a visiting lecturer and Public Health Scholar-In-Residence at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, and was selected as a recipient of Boston University’s School of Public Health’s Distinguished Alumni award. Bonds has training in midwifery, a B.A. in women’s studies and an M.A. in public health.