Dan Whitaker
Dan Whitaker 13.10.13

daniel.whitaker “at” nichad.org

Interests: Health systems; economics; health care finance and reform; health insurance; commodities; institutional development; private sector; sexual and reproductive health.

Skills: Policy analysis, evaluation design and implementation, strategy development, economic analysis.

Background and relevant experience:

  • BA degree in Economics, Politics and Philosophy (Oxford University, UK); MA in International Affairs (Columbia University, USA), with specialisation in Economics and Development.
  • Decade as a consulting economist with National Economic Research Associates, including as office director in Madrid, on NERA-UK’s Management Board and as head of health consulting for Europe.
  • Projects advising public/private sector clients in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa on institutional, economic and strategic issues, incl. health care finance and reform; social health insurance; pharmaceutical policy and usage; and hospital and primary provider organisation.
  • Since 2001, independent consultant in developing countries. Issues have included sector reform; programme design and review; aid effectiveness; value for money; organisational learning.
  • Member, Global Fund, Technical and Evaluation Reference Group (TERG), 2016- (continuing).
  • Member, Governing Body, University College London Hospital (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Member, Network of International Consultants in Health and Development (NICHAD).

Recent projects include:

DFID Reproductive Health, 2017 – (continuing)

Continuous evaluation of WISH (Women’s Integrated Sexual Health) programme, in Africa and Asia

DFID/WHO, Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2017-18

Team leader, Evaluation of DFID support to WHO on NTDs, 2012-17

WHO, 2016

External Review for WHO of its Tropical Disease Research (TDR) Special Programme.

NORAD / Palestinian Authority, 2015-16

Evaluation of support by NORAD and WHO to Palestinian National Institute of Public Health

DFID Reproductive Health, 2015

Team Leader - Annual Review of PMDUP (Prevention of Maternal Deaths due to Unwanted Pregnancy) reproductive health programme in 14 countries across Asia and Africa.  Country visits: Bangladesh, Ethiopia.  Programme value approx. 70m

Malawi, 2015

Evaluation of BLM family planning / HIV services – for Royal Norwegian Embassy, DFID, Government of Malawi.

Tanzania, 2015 – 2017

Evaluation of NGO outreach family planning services in remote rural areas. Design of new programme to cover this, and gender-based violence. 

CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative), 2014–16

Evaluation of DFID support to CHAI.  Country focus on Mozambique, Tanzania and Ethiopia.  Commodity focus on contraceptives. 

Zimbabwe, 2014

Annual Review of 35m HIV/SRH programme, lead economist, including design of new VfM framework.

Palestinian Authority, 2013 – (continuing)

Based in West Bank, DFID-funded.  Consultant, strategy and efficiency in Ministry of Health; development of programme budgeting. 

AusAid, 2013

Review of health financing needs and flows across the Asia-Pacific region and advice regarding implications for donors.  Additional advice on funding of family planning and its economic implications. 

Palestinian Refugee population health/education (based Jordan), 2012 – 2014

For UNRWA: development of monitoring and evaluation approach, indicators and targets to promote efficiency and effectiveness in health and education services to 5m Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza

Nepal, 2012

Economic aspects of design of family planning programme in Nepal; contribution to Business Case preparation; assessment of FP contribution to Sector-wide Approach (SWAp); programme value approx. 18m.

Visceral Leishmaniasis, 2012 – 2013

Advice to DFID re cooperation with a range of partners, including WHO, Gates Foundation on a programme to address this disease.  Geographical focus on South Asia and five East Africa; programme value approx. 30m.

Kenya, 2011 – 2013

Design of separate five-year programmes in maternal health and family planning, funded by DFID; contribution to Business Case preparation; programme value approx. 60m.   

Somalia, 2011

Business Case and other consultancy related to a four-year joint health programme (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA) providing maternal and child health and nutrition across Somalia, funded by a range of donors, including DFID, SIDA and USAID.  Programme value approx.$125m

South Africa, 2010 - 2011

Advice to government on development of National Health Insurance, including institutional structure; service package; care purchasing; price determination; and pilot districts.  Jointly with Dr Ken Grant. 

UNFPA, 2011

Mid-term review of Global Programme for Reproductive Health Commodity Security, with focus on value for money in the eliciting of new resources and their allocation. 

Marie Stopes International, 2010-2013

Design of and subsequently annual reports on PMDUP (Prevention of Maternal Deaths due to Unwanted Pregnancy) reproductive health programme in 14 countries across Asia and Africa.  Successful proposal to DFID for expansion of programme.  Expanded programme value: 100m+

Malaria 2010

Outline for DFID of issues and evidence relevant to malaria in post-conflict fragile states; in relation to equity considerations; and health system strengthening. 

Cambodia, 2009-2010

For the World Bank: Team Leader for Public Expenditure Review across the health sector.  Analysis of the sources and allocation of all public funding of health care, together with efficiency and equity in its use.  Main themes include governance, monitoring and evaluation; options for resource allocation; and the procurement and distribution of medicines. 

Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA), 2010

Evaluation of MeTA following two years of its existence across seven pilot countries.  MeTA is a tripartite programme (government, civil society and pharmaceutical industry) aimed at increasing transparency in medicines pricing, procurement, quality and utilisation.  Contribution to main findings and specific review of Peru and Philippines

UNFPA, 2009-2010

Review of costs and economic benefits of programme of improved SRH commodity provision, especially as regards institutional strengthening.  Ethiopia as case study. 

Kenya, 2009

Economic appraisal of five-year Kenya health programme for DFID, focusing on malaria, HIV/AIDS and SRH preventive interventions. Programme includes contingent involvement with SWAp. 

Zambia, 2009

Economic appraisal for DFID of proposed project relating to human resources and training for Zambian health sector. 

Egypt, 2008-2010

Lead consultant for reform, strategy and macroeconomic issues to the Egyptian Government in relation to the expansion and reform of their social health insurance system.  Working as part of consortium led by Hewitt Associates.

DFID internal training, 2008

Editing of CD-ROM course ‘Health Economics for Non-Economists’.

Africa - User fees, 2008

Report for use by DFID Africa, analysing recent experience of user fees within the context of broader health financing issues, together with proposals for future policy. 

UNFPA Sexual and reproductive health, 2007

Assessment of UNFPA’s plans for a $750m programme of increased supply of contraceptives and engagement in human, institutional and technological capacity building. 

Safe Motherhood assessment tools, 2006

Jointly with Aberdeen University IMMPACT project: Review and development of a number of assessment tools related to safe motherhood. 

Kenya, 2006

Member of first Joint Review team, as part of the Kenyan health sector’s Sector Wide Approach (SWAp).  Responsible for areas of Planning, Financial Management and Sector Financing. 

Mozambique, 2006

Evaluation of the merging of resources from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) with those of Mozambique’s common health fund, developed under its Sector Wide Approach (SWAp).  Mozambique was at this time the only country in which such a merger had taken place. 

Personal: Dan is British and lives in London. Previously he has lived in Mexico and Spain.  Apart from fluent English, he has good Spanish and more basic Portuguese.

For a full CV and list of publications email Dan at the address given at the top of this profile.