Rachel Snow is a reproductive biologist with a ScD in Population Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health, with more than 15 years' research experience in reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is currently based at the Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, University of Heidelberg. She was a founding editor of the African Journal of Reproductive Health, and has served on numerous WHO Advisory Committees, including the HRP Task Force for the Development of Long-Acting, Systemic Contraception, the HRP Advisory Committee on Technology Development, and the Gender Advisory Panel. Her research concerns the development and introduction of reproductive health technologies, and more recently: gender, reproduction and HIV/AIDS. She is a co-author of the WHO Training Curriculum, Transforming Health Systems: Gender and Rights in Reproductive Health (WHO, 2001), and senior editor of the forthcoming WHO volume: The Gender Burden in Global Health.