Luca Passerini is a medical doctor and global health professional with experience spanning international health and development, clinical medicine, social entrepreneurship, research and innovation. He was most recently with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he shaped large initiatives on child health, nutrition and development, as well as women and girls and Ebola. Prior to this, Dr. Passerini spent several years with the United Nations and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) as nutrition specialist and emergency doctor in Asia and Africa. He trained in global health (MPH, Johns Hopkins University), medicine (MD, San Raffaele University Milan), and immunology (BSc, University College London), and he is fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Dr. Sandra Laney is the Deputy Director of Innovation for the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program at Vulcan, Inc., where she manages the technical and research portfolio to advance our understanding of Ebola and aid in the prevention of future outbreaks. Dr. Laney is a global health & development professional with over 20 years of cross-sector experience including fieldwork in 13 LMIC, laboratory research and diagnostic tool development, philanthropic grant portfolio management and international policy across the public and private sector.

Prior to working with the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, Dr. Laney led a number of initiatives for the Discovery and Translational Sciences and Neglected Tropical Disease teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and served as Senior Advisor on gender, education and health to Secretary Clinton’s Science Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Laney was selected as a Gates Global Fellow, AAAS Science Diplomacy Fellow and a Smith College Ada Comstock Scholar. Her technical and subject matter expertise is in molecular biology and parasitic diseases and she has extensive cross-cultural experience conducting international fieldwork with Smith College and the Task Force for Global Health across Africa, the West Indies, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

Dr. Anderson Stanciole is a Health Economics Advisor at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the Asia & the Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand, where he provides strategic and programmatic leadership in health economics for the 22+ countries in the region. He leads the policy dialogue with national governments and international development partners on health financing to promote equitable and efficient service delivery in areas relevant to UNFPA’s mandate in the Asia Pacific region, with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health.

Before that, Anderson served as Program Officer at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA, USA where he developed a portfolio management system to provide visibility into the Gates Foundation product development portfolio, as well as played a key role in managing the relationship with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Anderson worked as a health economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC USA, leading the health economics portfolio within the HIV/AIDS and Public Health clusters. He also acted as co-chair for the Social Protection priority area under the UNAIDS Outcome Framework.  Prior to the World Bank, Anderson held roles in the Department of Health Systems Financing of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, with the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna, Austria, and with Ceps/Instead in Luxembourg.  Anderson received his PhD in Health Economics from the University of York, UK in 2007, and his MA and BA in Economics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Dr Murray Trostle is a retired Foreign Service Health Officer with more than 40 years of experience in international health and development. He spent the last 20 years at USAID with the Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health in Washington DC. Dr Trostle was Director of the Bureau’s childhood immunization program.

Dr Trostle also served as Director of the Infectious Disease Surveillance Unit which worked closely with the US CDC to promote disease surveillance activities globally and later served as the Deputy Director of the Avian Influenza Unit which evolved into the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. He also was lead author of the widely used manual “Immunization Essentials”.

He has worked internationally in Africa and Asia on malaria, child survival, and health security. He served on the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats and was USAID representative on a special White House Working Group on the International Health Regulations. He has worked closely with the World Health Organization HQ and Regional offices, the Global Alliance on Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Gates Foundation, and numerous other US, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies and organizations.

Murray received his Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master’s degree from Yale University.

Science and Health Impact Group (SHI) a non-profit organization based in Kampala, Uganda.

Mission Statement

To catalyse integrated delivery of health and other social services to maximize their impact on vulnerable households across Africa

Vision Statement

An Africa where everyone has the opportunity to live a safe, healthy, and productive life

SHI Objectives

The Science and Health Impact Group (SHI) has been established to serve as a transformative and disruptive platform for Africa bearing in mind that

  • Health and health service are largely publically financed, often with heavy reliance on donors. Governments are often constrained to fully finance health, and other social services.
  • Donor funded services and programs are heavily verticalized, leaving value on the table. Integration across sectors is not well understood, often misunderstood, is time consuming, and clouded with uncertainty.
  • The political economy of health in Africa is highly fluid and complex with a global development community passionate about innovations (new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, technology, and delivery systems) on the one hand, and constrained local actors skeptical of rapid “new ideas, imposed from the outside” on the other.
  • Health security is weak with inadequate planning, and prioritization, putting the rest of the global community at risk.
  • There is a growing civil society but externally perceived to be weak, as well as a budding private healthcare sector with mixed quality and a poorly understood market.

To address these grand challenges of our time, SHI seeks to:

  • Serve as a catalyst bringing together vertical programs to work together; SHI will also design and deliver integrated programs to demonstrate their feasibility and impact
  • Play an interlocutor role, feeding local ideas and concerns into the design phase of ideas, and helping pilot new ideas
  • Serve as a market manager for development assistance programs, using its understanding of local settings to de-risk markets, and increase the probability of success of development investments
  • Provide organizational development support to local African NGOs hungry for institutional development, and management consulting to the private healthcare sector

We believe that Africa can only be truly transformed from within, when its people and organizations become the drivers of transformation. We provide training, mentorship, and executive couching to African organizations to bring them to a place of efficiency, effectiveness, credibility, and visibility.

We support our partners to achieve effective market entry, as well as bring their programs and projects to stability across sub-Saharan Africa. We de-risk markets primarily through 1) early stakeholder engagement including with governments; 2) market entry support through navigating local legal, ethical, regulatory, and other regimes; 3) securing local co-ownership and co-investment where needed; and, 4) program design and evaluation. We are building a large pool of accredited experts across the region who understand their local environments.

We serve as a partner to development organizations seeking to develop innovations. We help inform the design stage, as well as undertake testing/piloting of innovations and ideas. These range from health products, to technologies, to new models of healthcare delivery. We undertake consumer studies to inform design, and understand the barriers and enablers of uptake.

Our global health security work seeks to support countries develop their own capacities to prevent, detect and contain threats within their borders. We provide training and mentorship for the local health workforce; work with countries to design locally appropriate and effective workforce retention approaches; and support overall development of the International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacities including in the areas of biosafety and biosecurity. Our health security work also addresses the challenges of antimicrobial resistance.

Child survival work we do focuses on evidence generation to inform scale up of child survival programs including immunization, nutrition, and infectious diseases. We believe the most impactful way is reaching families through integrated programming; we are positioning ourselves to serve as a catalyst for integrated delivery of health and other social services

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