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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 health system strengthening and ensuring strong primary health care policies which determine whether essential maternal and child health services are accessible to the poorest and most excluded communities around the world.

Our areas of focus include immunisation, women’s and children’s health such as pneumonia, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and issues of access to quality primary and community-based health care with fair access to commodities and services. 

Our policy and advocacy work also includes a focus on adequate health financing for the meaningful implementation of health policies; and ensuring social participation within health governance processes both at the global and country levels.

Our priorities

  • Promote Universal Health Coverage, primary healthcare and the right to health
  • Ensure public financing for healthcare
  • Influence donors to provide sufficient support, in the required manner
  • Guarantee fair access to commodities such as vaccines
  • Participate, and advocate for civil society engagement in, global processes such as the World Health Assembly, the Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health, COVAX and ACT-A, the World Bank, Gavi and the UHC2030
  • Promote social participation and accountability within health planning and budgeting processes and to improve health governance
  • Support partners to influence governments across the world, and hold them accountable on their commitments to the right to health. 

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Tara Brace-John

Tara Brace-John

Senior Health Advocacy Adviser

Tara leads the team’s work on health governance and social accountability for UHC and is responsible for identifying, supporting, and delivering research, policy analysis and targeted advocacy. She also manages the team’s work with country offices on UHC advocacy and coordinating technical support required by country offices and partners. Prior to joining Save the Children, Tara worked on governance and inclusion issues with One World Action and Dalit Solidarity Network UK, and in southern India with the Dalit community at the grassroots level on issues of economic, social and political exclusion, and its impact on the lives of Dalit women, youth and children. 

Lenio Capsaskis

Lenio Capsaskis

Head of Health

Lenio leads on the team’s global work across a range of thematic areas. Her key areas of focus are on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage and leading key advocacy partnerships such as with GSK.

Lenio has worked in various roles in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe and has a background in public health advocacy and policy, programme delivery and management, joining Save the Children from the Global Policy team at the Wellcome Trust. She has a particular interest in health systems strengthening and improving access to equitable health care. 

Karrar Karrar

Karrar Karrar
Access to Medicines Advisor

Karrar Leads on the team’ s pharmaceutical policy workstream. Prior to joining Save the Children UK, Karrar was a researcher at the Access to Medicine Foundation in the Netherlands working on the 2018 Access to Medicines Index and 2018 Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark. Karrar is a pharmacist by training, and previously worked as a rotational clinical Pharmacist covering different subspecialties of medicine in the NHS. 

Claire Leigh

Elo Otobo

Health Advocacy Adviser

Elo Otobo is a Health Advocacy and Policy Adviser at Save the Children UK. She leads team’s policy and advocacy portfolio on Primary Health Care (PHC), MNCH (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health),SRHR (Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights) and Routine Immunisation. She currently represents Save the Children on PMNCH Advocacy Reference Group, the UK SRHR Network and co-chairs the UK CSO Immunisation Working Group. Previously, she has driven programmes in Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Ghana improving direct health service delivery to pregnant women and adolescent girls. She has significant experience in maternal service delivery and access to SRHR and family planning for adolescents.

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