We are a small team of experts with deep experience in the design, financing, scale and evaluation of health care.
We help our clients rapidly advance their strategic thinking, and put new ideas into action.
Partner | Cynthia leads engagements on health financing and leveraging private sector healthcare delivery. Prior to founding Impact for Health, Cynthia was Associate Director of Marie Stopes International’s Heath Markets team based in Nairobi, Kenya. She spearheaded the global BlueStar social franchising portfolio, which saw the franchise networks grow from 200 providers in 4 countries to almost 3,000 providers in over 14 countries. She also led the team that designed, developed, and secured a $60M, 5 year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK’s Department for International Development for strengthening private sector healthcare markets in Africa (AHME). Prior to MSI, she worked in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Cynthia holds a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from LSHTM/LSE.
Mara Hansen Staples
Partner | Mara designs strategies, programs and partnerships to improve delivery of basic health care. She is particularly passionate about leveraging the pharmacy sector to improve access to care. Previously Mara worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she led >$100M portfolio to improve coverage of primary health care through health financing and better engagement of the private sector. At the Gates Foundation Mara also held roles in health economics and development policy. Mara has also worked for Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Pathfinder International and for the Moroccan Ministry of Health as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Mara holds a MSc in Global Health & Population from Harvard, speaks Berber, Spanish and is learning French.
Project Coordinator & Communications | Samantha coordinates our research and analysis for complex, multi-country projects, including work with the WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also manages Impact for Health’s digital presence, ensuring findings reach our partners and target audiences. Previously, Samantha worked as a Project Specialist for The NASCAR Foundation, a non-profit organization which champions pediatric health, where she managed the organization’s operations and heavily assisted the business development team. Samantha is passionate about health initiatives in developing nations. In her free time, she enjoys travel and experiencing other cultures.
Dr. Gilbert Batungwanayo
Advisor, Reproductive Health, Francophone Africa | Dr. Gilbert began his career as a paediatrician and has spent the last 22 years in the leadership of RMNCH programs within the Government of Burundi’s Ministry of Health and on behalf of major development partners such as PSI, CARE International, CORDAID, Futures Group, WHO, UNFPA, Healthworks and more. He has served as Deputy Representative for PSI Burundi, as a long-term expert advisor to the Ministry’s Reproductive Health Department, designed new programs to introduce and scale social marketing and DMPA-SC in Niger, co-designed extension of performance-based financing at the community level for contraception, and more. Dr. Gilbert is fluent in French, Kirundi and Swahili and is an avid tennis player. He is based in Bujumbura with his family.
Associate | Kariane supports client engagement through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication, specializing in projects focused in French-speaking geographies. Previously Kariane worked as a Communications Officer supporting PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control, and as a Project Coordinator in McGill’s Department of Epidemiology where she conducted research to validate a questionnaire-based test to determine pregnancy status during the first trimester in Peru. Kariane holds a MSc in Public Health from McGill University in Montreal and is fluent in French, English and speaks intermediate Spanish.
The World Bank
Extending performance-based financing to improve access to integrated contraception & nutrition services
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Investigating innovative health product distribution models in sub-Saharan Africa
Increasing accountability and trust between providers and patients through user data: strategies for optimization
We help our clients develop strategies to address complex problems in health care. We bring years of experience in the design, funding, evaluation and scale of health programs to bear, ensuring client’s strategies are grounded in reality, informed by history, and inspired by innovation. We believe in taking a customer-centered approach to systems transformation.
We grapple with complex data, inputs and evidence so that our clients don’t have to. We distill the key insights, which allow our clients to think more clearly, more strategically and take action. Additionally, we work to turn those insights into visual statements that help clients communicate their thinking and plans more effectively to others.
We design programs, initiatives and partnerships to move strategies into action. Impact for Health specializes in facilitating intensive design sessions for teams and groups of partner organizations. These sessions enable a strategic vision to rapidly gain traction with key stakeholders, and quickly generate actionable progress against the common vision.
Generating impact at scale is an adaptive process. We support investors, donors and companies to optimize key processes and business lines that are core to their goals. Beyond uncovering current processes and challenges, we work with clients to understand the rationale for these processes and then to “break the rules” around those processes so that they can see the opportunities for actionable change. Clients have found that learning from external models to inform these optimization steps is energizing and empowering.