Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MSc GPHN
Regina Keith is the Course Leader for MSc in Global Public Health Nutrition. Regina is a nurse midwife, with an MSc in International Health. She has over 34 years’ experience in health sector development, with 28 years’ experience in International Development in Health, Nutrition, HIV and Social Development. She has worked in 56 countries from household interventions to global policy development and governance. She has 16 years Senior Health and Nutrition Policy experience, leading evidenced based Global Policy Development and Change. She has lived and worked in Africa for ten years and is an expert in Maternal Child and New-born Health and Nutrition in low income and transitional countries, such as Nigeria Botswana, The Gambia, Zambia and Ethiopia. Regina is specifically interested in investing in qualitative research especially in relation to identifying and addressing the demand side barriers to timely seeking of health and nutrition services. She has worked as a nurse and midwife in public services like the NHS, and as a Senior Health Adviser with NGOs like Save the Children and World Vision International. In her roles she has developed policies, strategies and operational plans with major donors like DFID, NORAD, USAID and the EU. She has led the way in bringing NGOs together with other key stakeholders such as WHO, UNICEF and Global Health Partnerships including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tb and Malaria (GFATM), GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations) and the PMNCH (Partnership for Maternal New born and Child Health) and many more of the over 100 global health partnerships.
She was a core member of the 2005 Countdown to 2015 report and meeting in the UK. She attends the World Health Assembly annually, to feed into global health policy and governance. Her research areas are vast including health financing towards universal health coverage, reducing inequity, health in all policies, nutrition and health, setting up global and national systems to ensure communities women children and health workers feed into health plans and policies, addressing imbalances in power and identifying successful public health policies and approaches to reach the poorest populations, moving towards the progressive realization to the right to health. Increasing the number of infants that are exclusively breastfed and supporting a multi-sectoral approaches to social development. Regina has held numerous senior advisory positions like the Special Adviser for Maternal Health for the IDC (International Development Committee) of UK Government and SAGE (Senior Advisory Group Experts).
Specialties: Strategic Health Planning, Change Management, Capacity Building and Training, Health System and Policy Development Specialist. [especially Global Public Health and Nutrition, Maternal New born and Child Health, Infectious diseases prevention, management and control, Primary Health Care, Human Resources for Health, Health Financing towards Universal Coverage of Health and Improving Global Health Governance Systems].
She is an external examiner for the MPH in Roehampton University, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SfHEA), a registered RGN, RPN and RM and a member of the World Public Health Nutrition Association. She is also the Director of Health Nutrition and Social Protection for Cara International Consulting Ltd. Cara International is an international development organisation supporting health reform in low and middle income nations.