Julia Mandeville is a 30-year-old Barbadian who is an emerging global health professional who has a particular interest in reproductive health rights, invisible chronic disease management, research and policy specifically as it relates to Caribbean women’s health. Her personal struggle with Endometriosis and subsequent diagnosis was the catalyst that caused her to utilize her voice and become an advocate. The organization she co-founded, the Barbados Association of Endometriosis & P.C.O.S., wrote and published a book- "Invisible Not Imaginary", that has been disseminated to almost 100% of public and private secondary schools in Barbados. This was done with the support of UNFPA Caribbean. The book speaks to menstrual health in the Caribbean region and seeks to educate persons in that age group of signs, symptoms and how to advocate for themselves and others. She was just recently on the BBC World Service series, "The Conversation" with another endometriosis advocate, sharing about the work done in Barbados. She is currently the PI of a research project on menstrual disorders in Barbados and their impact. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology with Microbiology from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and a Masters of Public Health-Global Health with Merit from the University of Manchester. She has always had a strong desire to work in the health service sector in the Caribbean region to assist in providing the support needed to strengthen the region’s health systems.
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