STEPHANIE SIMMONDS

Stephanie Simmonds OBE MPhil FFPH DLSHTM

Stephanie has many years of experience in international health development and humanitarian health. Her particular strength is that her experience has been from the grass roots up – from practice to policy.

In the 1970s she worked with NGOs on digging latrines, preventing epidemics, promoting health and protecting human rights at the community level in health development, among refugee and displaced populations and in times of famine in countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

This field experience, when in academia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for 10 years, translated into editing the first textbook on refugee public health published by Oxford University Press. While there she also wrote a number of academic papers, did teaching, and was seconded for example, to head a team during the 1982 war and siege of Beirut and in 1984 to the UN as the World Health Organization Senior Health Coordinator in the Special Office of the UN Under-Secretary General for Famine Relief in Ethiopia. 

She left the School to be a UK Government Senior Health Adviser for 8 years. For 4 of those years she lived in Southern Africa responsible for British aid in the health sector in Malawi, Zamia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, and for 2 years was seconded to WHO as the WHO Special Representative, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the last 2 years of the war.  

Since 1996 she has worked as an independent adviser on the public sector health policy and strategy to ministers, governments, donors, the UN, World Bank, and the Economic Forum. She was also for some periods of time on the technical panels of global organizations in Geneva such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the GAVI Alliance and UNITAID. 

Between 2015 and 2019 she was senior adviser and mentor to the Minister of Public Health, Afghanistan. She is currently course director of a part time diploma course in Medicine in Conflict and Catastrophe, Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe, Society of Apothecaries, London.