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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.


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


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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:

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.

On 6 February 2014, International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), the UK Government announced the appointment of a consortium of leading anti-FGM/C campaigners and development communications experts, coordinated by Options and MannionDaniels, to deliver a global campaign to end FGM/C. 

The campaign will support increasing momentum within Africa to end FGM/C and will work at international, regional, national and community levels across Africa to bring about a cultural transformation in attitudes towards FGM/C by:

  • Mobilising a critical mass of people, leaders, organisations and networks to unite under a global movement to end FGM/C
  • Promoting increased political will and funding in affected countries to tackle FGM/C
  • Supporting a network of grassroots activists across Africa to support social change in communities to end FGM/C
  • Strengthening and supporting national coalitions against FGM/C within 10 focal countries providing them with expertise needed to bring about social change
  • Working with the diaspora in the UK to mobilise people to contribute skills and resources to support efforts to end FGM/C in their countries of origin.

Who we are

The campaign is being implemented by a consortium including:

The team will be based in Nairobi and London, and is led by Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, former Advocacy Director and current Senior Advisor of Equality Now’s FGM programme, and former technical expert for the WHO, where she assisted the organisation in introducing FGM/C onto the agendas of the Ministries of Health of Member States. The programme will work closely with the United Nations Joint Programme against FGM/C, governments and civil society in focal countries.

What next?

The campaign is currently in its design phase, with a public-facing campaign due to be launched in the second half of 2014. We encourage any individual, organisation or network who shares the vision of an end to the practice of FGM/C in a generation to join the global campaign. Email or for more details or to join our mailing list, or read more about the project under ‘Global’ section.


MannionDaniels Africa welcomes Catherine Nderi


MannionDaniels Africa is very pleased to announce that Catherine Nderi has joined the team as a Technical and Programme manager.  Catherine will be heading up the Nairobi office, and her role will include developing a growing portfolio of projects in the East Africa region, project management, and providing technical support.

Catherine has over 10 years’ experience of developing and implementing public health, social protection and child protection programmes within emerging economies, in particular East Africa.  She has provided technical support to the Government of Kenya, and before joining the private sector worked for the United Nations, and the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control in a programme management and design capacity.

Welcome to the team Catherine!