Allison Beattie

Allison Beattie

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Universal health coverage, public services reform/ health systems strengthening, health system governance, maternal, newborn and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), immunisation, reproductive health, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, nutrition, Ebola, refugee health, humanitarian health.


Policy analysis, program design and development, evaluation, consensus building, consultations and process management, designing and establishing funding arrangements and mechanisms, research, appraisal, written and verbal synthesis.

Background and relevant experience

Current appointments: Technical Review Panel, Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (Strategic Investment and Sustainable Financing cadre); Research associate, Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh, UK

Recent experience

Analysis of progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Asia and Pacific countries, and in Commonwealth countries; Evaluation of UNFPA Supplies program; Assessment of Marie Stopes International; Preparation of a NCD Brief for the EC; Evaluation of the international Decision Support Network/ NICE International, Ebola programme and strategy review, global maternal and health strategy consultation, Syria and Palestine refugee health analysis and support.


Allison Beattie has 30 years of development experience, primarily as a health systems specialist but also heading up large, multi-disciplinary teams working on complex problems and processes. Allison has worked in the UN system, in academia, with NGOs, embedded in a developing country ministry and, for the longest period, with the UK government (DFID). As an academic, Allison worked on a research programme evaluating how to extend primary health services to all South Africans following the end of Apartheid. In Mozambique, Allison was tasked by WHO to support the Ministry of Health build the first sector wide approach and pooled funding arrangements in that country. In Zimbabwe, Allison headed up the UK’s programme during the crisis from 2005 to 2010 including through the cholera epidemic and the establishment of the innovative health workers’ salary support fund that helped ensure service delivery during hyperinflation and a difficult political transition. Although a health specialist, Allison has experience that extends to education, water and sanitation, nutrition, community engagement, public sector management, systems reform, and working in emergencies.

For three years, Allison headed up the Health Services Team in the Human Development Department of DFID. In this capacity, and as the acting head of the Human Development Department for 14 months, Allison worked on the delivery of the Family Planning 2020 London Summit and subsequent architecture design. She was on the Steering Committee of the USAID-UNICEF co-hosted Child Survival Summit (Keeping the Promise) and the RMNCH Working Group convened by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health that aimed to identify how best partners could work together to accelerate the delivery of results for women and children.


Allison is British and Canadian and currently lives in London and Edinburgh. She speaks Portuguese and some French. She lived for 20 years in various African countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique and has travelled and worked in many others including Sudan, Liberia, Zambia, Syria (Gaziantep, Turkey), Myanmar, and India. Allison has a PhD from the University of London and is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health. For a full CV and list of publications email Allison at the address provided at the top of this profile.