Program Advisor, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Pacific Humanitarian Program, based in Suva, Fiji
Sala is a social development practitioner with 20 years’ experience in regional service, supporting 14 Pacific Islands countries. Sala has worked with both government and civil society partners alongside regional and UN partners. She is passionate about growing Pacific youth leaders, to ‘steer their canoe’ in development agendas. Specifically, to harness homegrown solutions and practices to sustain investment gains especially in sexual and reproductive health and governance. With her recent past experience being in governance, program management and gender inclusion, Sala is familiar with programs supported by DFAT, Global Fund and MFAT. Sala values relationships, first working as a peer educator with sex workers in the streets of Suva, Fiji at the onset of the regional HIV response in the early 2000. Since then, her assignments have extended to working with marginalised communities including LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, youth and seafarers. Sala has governance and sociology post graduate qualifications from the University of the South Pacific.