Alexandra Yuster

Alexandra Yuster is Senior Adviser, Child Protection at UNICEF, New York. In this position, she leads the Social Welfare and Justice systems unit, which has responsibility for UNICEF’s global strategies and programme approaches to strengthen the protection of at-risk children, including those without parental care, affected by AIDS, living with disability, and in conflict with the law. Prior to her current position, Ms Yuster worked in Southern Africa for seven years with UNICEF, assisting the governments of Zimbabwe and Mozambique in developing responses to the AIDS pandemic, with particular attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, and child-focused poverty. Prior to her work in Africa, Ms. Yuster worked at UNICEF India, providing technical support to the government in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating the Child Survival Safe Motherhood programme and HIV/AIDS projects and as a consultant on child health issues at UNICEF New York. Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Yuster worked in the public and NGO sectors as a researcher and public health professional in New York, Nicaragua and Mexico. She holds a BA in Anthropology and a Masters of Public Health degree.