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Krystle Lai

Health Equity Programme Specialist

Krystle is a public health practitioner, leader, and community activist, with nearly 15 years’ experience working for INGOs, UN agencies.


Krystle is a public health practitioner, leader, and community activist, with nearly 15 years’ experience working for INGOs, UN agencies, and the private sector, in a range of humanitarian, post-conflict and development settings.Krystle's work focuses on building equity by shifting policies, processes, practices and approaches to centre responses and programmes on the people who are closest to the issues we seek to address. Krystle has experience in building and leading strategies across multiple countries, for various health related issues. Krystle is a compassionate manager and enjoy working with interdisciplinary teams to implement effective health programmes.Krystle's work spans the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), social and behaviour change (SBC), accountability for affected populations (AAP), and risk communication and community engagement (RCCE).Krystle is a social scientist, with a BA in Human Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


#AfricaMaskWeek launches to build continent-wide movement for mask-wearing
Africa CDC

November 23, 2020

At a time when COVID-19 cases are increasing in a second wave in many parts of the world and people are fatigued with the public health and social measures, #AfricaMaskWeek is being launched to sustain and increase mask-wearing as a protective measure among populations in Africa.

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Sierra Leone girls trade sex for mobile phones – report
Thompson Reuters Foundation News

May 07, 2014

“Mobile phones represent everything that an adolescent associates with being young, hip and fashionable. They are part and parcel of the idea of what they want to become, and to get them they engage in risky sexual behaviour,” said Krystle Lai, the research author. “Young girls are driven to seek older, richer men who can afford to buy them mobile phones, but the economic power in these relationships is unbalanced and influences the bargaining power of using a condom,” added Lai, noting that Sierra Leone has poor sex education.

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Sierra Leone’s First Flashmob
The Patriotic Vanguard

October 27, 2013

Krystle Lai is a behavior change communications expert and the main organizer. She came up with the idea for a flashmob. She hopes it will spur people’s interest to make proper hand washing a daily routine. "We know people have the knowledge, we know that people know when they are supposed to wash their hands and how they’re supposed to wash their hands, but really it’s about converting that knowledge into real practice and only then will we see reduction in mortality," said Lai.

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Area of Expertise


United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


University of London : Public Health in Developing Countries

University of London : Geography

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