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MannionDaniels welcomes Oliver Hough

We are pleased to have Olly join the team at MannionDaniels in our Bath offices.  Olly is our new Finance Manager, where his role encompasses all aspects of financial management of the company.  He is also engaging as a core team member for the SRHR Fund, to be launched in September 2014.  Olly has a range of experience in finance, research and operations gained principally from the legal and media sectors over the last 10 years.  He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of the West of England and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

 


MannionDaniels at the Girl Summit 2014

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Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May host the event
Photo © David Daniels

On the 22nd July 2014, MannionDaniels’ Director, David Daniels, attended the 2014 Girl Summit in London. Co-hosted by UNICEF, the aim of the summit was to highlight the plight of young girls all over the world; millions undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and face child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). With over 700 attendees from all over the world, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, the message was loud and the message was clear: we need to mobilise international and domestic efforts to put an end to these violent, harmful and discriminatory practices.

Chaired by Sudanese-British broadcaster Zeinab Badawi, and hosted by Home Secretary Theresa May and Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, scores of supporters mobilised behind the movement: heads of state, practitioners, community groups, grass-roots organisations and survivors. Speaking about the event, David said that Girl Summit 2014 really ‘felt [like] a new, multinational commitment to join together and do something proactively about FGM and CEFM, pushing further than just thinking about legislation.’ He added that the huge turnout, including political leaders from around the world and the involvement of youths on an impressive scale, were key indicators that – slowly but surely – the world is beginning to not only listen, but take action.  MD is involved in the DFID implementing consortium for social change communication on FGM, and has recently completed technical appraisals in Somalia and Sudan.


MannionDaniels welcomes Marilyn Mc Donagh

MannionDaniels are pleased to announce that Marilyn Mc Donagh has joined the team as our new Health Sector Adviser. She will be providing technical support, particularly to our work in Africa. Marilyn is an experienced public health professional with over 30 years’ experience focusing particularly on strengthening health systems to deliver evidence-based Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition services to poor women and children. Her extensive experience spans a number of established organisations including Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF and Save the Children Fund (SCF). She has also worked in a number of countries (Laos, Pakistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya and Burundi) and environments, including fragile states. For the last four years, she has been a consultant working on a wide range of subjects including MNCH; HIV/AIDS; strengthening health systems; Aid and Effectiveness; and as a member of an ICAI team reviewing DFID’s thematic support to Nutrition. MannionDaniels are delighted to have Marilyn on board – a warm welcome from the team.


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MannionDaniels is working with FP2020, providing strategic advice on a couple of issues including reporting and development of the Rapid Response Mechanism of small grants to be launched on 11th July 2014.

FP2020 is ‘a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they want to have’.  FP2020 stems from the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, where more than 20 governments made commitments to improve access to contraceptive supplies and information.  FP2020′s aim is to enable 120 million more women and girls use contraceptives by 2020.  More details of FP2020’s work are available on www.familyplanning2020.org

 


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Building on the successes to date, MannionDaniels is pleased to continue our involvement in Northern Nigeria as part of the DFID-funded MNCH2 consortium (led by GRM Futures).  MNCH2 will focus on improving the quality, coverage and demand for integrated maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), routine immunisation services, and health timing and spacing of pregnancy.  Crucially the programme will be a country-led programme, maximising national capacity to provide effective and quality services in the field of MNCH.  The project targets six states in Northern Nigeria – Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe and Zamfara.  Maternal mortality ratios in Northern Nigeria are among the worst in the world.  More information on maternal mortality in Nigeria can be found here: http://countdown2015mnch.org/documents/2013Report/Nigeria_Accountability_profile_2013.pdf

The Northern region presents complex challenges, for example there is a much lower coverage of skilled health workers to support pregnant women.  Period of insecurity also lead to disruptions in provision of critical MNCH services, which is why working with local health workers in partnership with federal and state governments is essential.

MannionDaniels will be responsible for supporting the health systems strengthening process, building the capacity of government and health workers to manage an integrated health system.  We will draw on our experience in the PATHS2 project, where we supported the federal Ministry of Health (MoH) and the state MoHs in Lagos, Kano and Kaduna to improve efficiency and effectiveness of external aid to the sector.  In the MNCH2 programme, Strategic Planning Coordinators based in each Northern state will provide technical support in planning, budgeting and management to the state MoHs and the state Primary Health Care development agencies.  This work will be coordinated by a central Strategic Planning Advisor who will also provide crucial links with the federal MoH.  MannionDaniels will use the behaviour change communication models and tools we have rolled out in the North to ensure appropriate continuity of interventions that provide positive results for behaviour change.

The MNCH2 project represents an opportunity for MannionDaniels to continue contributing to improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health for the next 5 years.  As a consortium, we are in a good position to build on the experience of PATHS2 and PRINN-MNCH to ensure positive results, even in the toughest of environments.