Dr Allison Beattie (PhD, Public Health) has more than 30 years of development experience, 20 years of which was gained living and working in developing, fragile and post-conflict countries. Much of her practical experience has been focused on protecting access to basic services during unstable transitions especially in support of maternal, newborn and child health, and on facilitating national health systems reform processes and financial management reform aimed at expanding coverage to vulnerable populations and to promote value for money. She currently serves as a senior expert for the hera led Health Advisory Service (HAS) to the Health Team of the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO).
Allison has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including country governments, all major donors, civil society organisations, development banks, UN agencies (including UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS and UNICEF) and PMNCH. She has wide-ranging skills: programme design, institutional analysis, research and evaluation, policy formulation, consensus building, effective development cooperation, and support to managing and leading complex processes. Her technical expertise includes health systems strengthening, RMNCAH, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), communicable and non-communicable diseases, and nutrition, especially stunting.
An independent consultant since 2014, Allison works on processes aimed at strengthening the global health architecture and improving global policy in support of strengthening country-led health systems strengthening. She led the delivery of a series of consultation reports during the revision of the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Most recently, she led an appraisal of the Global Financing Facility hosted by the World Bank and the Global Fund for AIDs TB and Malaria and was the systems expert on the mid-term evaluation of the UNFPA Supplies Programme. Recently, working with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria, Allison helped to develop an emergency plan to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in six Northern Nigeria states. Allison is a serving member of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) of the Global Fund and was drafted into the first cadre of Strategic Investment and Sustainable Financing experts, a recent innovation of the TRP aimed at helping the Global Fund reduce its verticality and strengthen the way its programmes promote sustainable and integrated health systems. She is a member of the Faculty of Public Health, UK’s professional public health body, and co-chairs the Special Interest Group on Non-communicable Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries.
Prior to becoming independent, Allison focused on health systems strengthening (including effective development cooperation) in many countries but especially in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. In Zimbabwe, working as the DFID country programme head, she commissioned the delivery of a major directly-observed, maternal mortality study, one of the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. In Mozambique, she was first embedded as a policy adviser in the MoH (on behalf of WHO) supporting SWAP negotiations, and then led the establishment of DFID’s first health and education programme. In South Africa, Allison was a researcher on a study commissioned by the last Apartheid government that aimed to identify options for expanding access to improved primary health services to all South Africans at the end of Apartheid. The research covered health systems issues including quality of care, national health insurance, human resources for health, and gender issues. Her mother tongue is English. She has good capacity in Portuguese and a working knowledge of French.