As director of Public Health Watch in the Open Society Public Health Program, Cynthia Eyakuze oversees the project's work to strengthen meaningful and sustained engagement by infected and affected communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of TB, HIV and TB/HIV policies, programs, and practices.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Eyakuze was the director of the Francophone Africa Program at Family Care International, an NGO based in New York. In that capacity, she oversaw programs on HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and maternal health in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, guided fundraising efforts, managed a team of technical and program staff, and led strategic planning and organizational development.
Prior to that, Eyakuze was a program associate with the International Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights and with the Women's Environment and Development Organization, where she coordinated advocacy efforts at the UN and with UN agencies, and carried out research on government implementation of the agreements reached at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) and at the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).
She holds a master of arts degree from Bryn Mawr College, and a master of Public Health (epidemiology) from Columbia University. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Fellowship in Women's Health from Bryn Mawr College.