Health and survival are the right of every child.

We work to ensure that governments make the right decisions to guarantee the right to health and survival, and reduce inequalities.

The Sustainable Development Goals committed governments to ending preventable child deaths and building Universal Health Coverage so that no one is left behind.

Our team focuses on the essential maternal and child health services and on the policies that determine whether these are accessible to the poorest and most excluded communities.

The services we focus on include immunisation, child healthcare, such as for pneumonia, sexual and reproductive health and rights, skilled birth attendance and newborn care.

Our priorities

  1. To ensure public financing for healthcare.
  2. The promotion of Universal Health Coverage, primary healthcare and the right to health.
  3. To support colleagues in countries to influence their governments and hold them accountable.
  4. To work to influence donors to give sufficient support, in the right way.
  5. To participate in global processes such as the World Health Assembly, the Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health, Every Woman Every Child, the World Bank, Gavi and the UHC2030.

Our Key Reports

Fighting for Breath: A call to action on childhood pneumonia

Further, Faster, Fairer: Reaching every last child with immunisation

Universal Health Coverage: A commitment to close the gap

A Wake-Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems

Within Our Means: Why countries can afford Universal Health Coverage

The Global Financing Facility: An opportunity to get it right
Reforming the Global Financing Facility

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Our Experts

Simon Wright

Simon Wright

Head of Health Advocacy and Policy
& covering Director of International Development Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns

Simon Wright leads a small team that works on maternal and child health, Universal Health Coverage, immunisation and pneumonia.

He has worked in public health and service commissioning in the UK National Health Service and as an adviser to the UK parliament on HIV and health. While working for ActionAid he led its HIV campaigning and later established the European Advocacy network, Action for Global Health.

He is currently a Steering Committee member of UHC2030 and works with many organisations including the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

Tara Brace-John

Health Advocacy Adviser

Tara's main role is supporting country offices to develop their health advocacy strategies, including health budget advocacy plans.

Prior to joining Save the Children she worked in the policy and advocacy sector in the UK for five years, with One World Action and Dalit Solidarity Network UK. She earlier worked in southern India for 12 years on gender issues, social and political exclusion and the impact in the lives of Dalit women, youth and children. A large part of her work was on grassroots health issues of women and children.

Kirsten Mathieson

Kirsten Mathieson

Senior Health Policy & Research Adviser
(Currently on maternity leave)

Kirsten leads Save the Children’s immunisation policy and advocacy work, delivering strategies, strengthening partnerships and engaging in policy debates to drive progress towards universal immunisation. Kirsten previously worked at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN and UNDP in Kenya, working on gender, social equity, and health.

She has an MA in development studies from the University of Rome and a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her recent publications include Further, Faster, Fairer: Reaching Every Last Child with Immunisation.

James Sale

James Sale

Health & Finance Policy Adviser

James Sale leads work on health financing policy and advocacy at a global level.

He previously led Transparency International’s health sector anti-corruption programme. Before that he worked on governance and public financial management at Crown Agents, and vaccine surveillance with WHO.

James has worked in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He holds an MA in international development and a BA in politics. Published works include Emerging Tools and Health System Interventions to Address Corruption (BMC Medicine) and Meningitis Hospitalization Rates for Sentinel Hospitals Conducting Invasive Bacterial Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Surveillance (MMWR and WER Publications).

Gabrielle Szabo

Gabrielle Szabo

Policy and Advocacy Adviser – Primary Healthcare
& Maternity cover for Senior Health Policy & Research Adviser

Gabrielle currently leads a project to promote primary healthcare as a critical step toward achieving Universal Health Coverage.

She is a human rights lawyer and has previously worked on health systems strengthening gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights with the Global Fund, community-based organisations and the UN in Asia and the Pacific.

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