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Programme Manager

Stephen Cooper

Stephen has been working in the international health sector for over 20 years in a range of roles and contexts. For the past 2 years he has been with Abt Associates, managing DFID’s flagship health programme in Nigeria, 'Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems' - 'PATHS 2', focussing on developing Public Private Partnerships in the health sector. Prior to that he worked with Health Partners International (HPI) in Nigeria, seconded to the Malaria Consortium as Deputy Programme Director. Stephen supported the National Malaria Programme (SuNMaP), working in 10 States and at a national level. The Malaria Consortium aimed to strengthen delivery of Nigeria’s National Malaria Control effort in terms of prevention, treatment and capacity building.

Before going to Nigeria Stephen was Head of Programme Delivery for Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH), the consulting arm of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He managed a portfolio of programmes in maternal health, disease control, human resources and health systems strengthening across sub-Saharan Africa. He came to Liverpool following 9 years working with HLSP, (part of the Mott Macdonald Group), where he held a number of positions, rising to Africa Regional Manager responsible for delivery of existing and identifying and winning new business. It was during this period that Stephen became engaged in health systems in Nigeria, and played a pivotal role on the first phase of 'Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems' (PATHS 1).

Stephen came to consulting following some years with NGOs and the UN, including 5 years as Country Director for Save the Children in Papua New Guinea, where he managed the expansion of SCF’s PNG programme. This included direct support to the Nutrition Department of the Ministry of Health, to a substantial programme working with a range of indigenous Non-Governmental Organisations and Community-Based Organisations. Before this, Stephen worked with the UNDP in Kenya, as a Programme Officer, managing UNDP inputs in the Kenyan health sector, as well as managing relations between Government, NGO, UN Agency and bilateral organisations, to collaborate and utilise UN assistance.