Andrew McKenzie

Technical Lead, Policy and Planning

Dr Andrew McKenzie is a health manager with over 30 years of experience gained in Africa and is a member of the Independent Review Committee of the Global Vaccine Alliance, GAVI. He has extensive experience in capacity building and facilitation and an excellent understanding of managing health systems and services, health sector reform and district development in sub-Saharan Africa. Qualifications include a medical degree, a masters in public health and a post-graduate diploma in adult education.

Background and relevant experience

He is currently Technical Advisor for management capacity building on the Women for Health, Nigeria (W4H) and Health Pooled Fund, South Sudan (HPF) programmes. Until 2016 he was the Technical Advisor for systems strengthening on the Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS) in Nigeria, and Lead Partner and Technical Advisor on systems strengthening and management capacity building for the Support to the National Malaria, Nigeria (SuNMaP) programme and he provided technical assistance to strengthen EU Official Development Assistance and the Primary Health Care Sector Policy Support programme in South Africa.

In 2016, he evaluated the HIV Adherence Clubs in Cape Town metro for the Gates Foundation, the Stop Stock Out project for MSF and was part of a small team that compiled a PHC analysis of South Africa for the Alliance for Health Systems Policy and Research.

Between 2006 and 2014, Andrew was Technical Advisor for governance, health systems strengthening and knowledge management on the Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria / Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PRRINN-MNCH) programme which achieved significant successes in reducing the mortality rates of infants and children under 5 in northern Nigeria. From 2004 to 2007, Andrew worked as a PATHS 1 programme technical adviser for management systems. In this position he played a key role in planning and developing the IMPACT methodology. Between 2002 and 2004 Andrew served as State Team Leader for Enugu State in the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 1 (PATHS 1) programme in Nigeria. He played a key role in assisting the Enugu Steering Committee to develop a range of activities to strengthen health services and capacity in the state, and established a new district health system, which was strongly supported by the state’s governor.

Previously, Andrew worked as a regional director of health in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. There he was responsible for developing and implementing a major management capacity building programme for four years for all of the province’s 21 districts, which began operation in June 1998. Prior to this, he was Director of Health and Welfare for the Central Region, serving nearly two million people with 21 hospitals, 200 clinics, several welfare institutions and offices with 13,000 employees.

Between 1991 and 1995, Andrew was Project Director of NETHWORC, a Community Partnerships in Health Personnel Education Project, which linked together hospitals, other health services, the community and the health personnel training institutions in a rural area of South Africa. Between 1988 and 1995 he was the Education Coordinator for the Health Services Development Unit, a rural unit linked to the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. This involved training nurse clinicians, nurse managers, organising a post-graduate education diploma programme and developing health management systems for the post-apartheid period in South Africa.

Andrew’s other work has included a Review of the South African health sector, a Review of  health legislation in Lesotho (2011-2012), a Review of the human resource sector in Botswana and evaluating EU proposals for re-engineering PHC in South Africa (2013).

Andrew has served as a Board Member of Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) since 2011 and worked on several HISP initiatives since 2004 and has been serving as a member of the Technical Review Panel for the Global Fund in Geneva, since 2006.

Selected Publications, presentations and reports


Andrew McKenzie, Ahmad Abdulwahab, Emmanuel Sokpo and Jeffrey W Mecaskey (2016) ‘Creating the foundations for Health Systems Resilience in Northern Nigeria’ Health Systems & Reform, 2(4):1163-4

Andrew McKenzie, Ahmad Abdulwahab and Jeffrey Mecaskey (2016) ‘Building a Resilent Health System: Lessons from Norther Nigeria’. IDS Working Paper 454

Anne McArthur, Andrew McKenzie, Sally Findley, Cathy Green & Fatima Adamu (2016). ‘Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern Nigeria’, Journal of Health Communications, Volume 2 (1):1-10

Gerry Bloom, Hayley MacGregor, Andrew McKenzie., and Emmanuel Sokpo (2015) ‘Strengthening Health Systems for Resilience’, IDS Practice Paper

Alaistair Ager, Andrew McKenzie and Emmanuel Sokpo (2014). ‘Bridging the policy-implementation gap in Federal Health Systems: Lessons from the Nigerian Experience’, Journal of Public Health in Africa (5):381