Diarmuid McClean

Technical Advisor, Health Planning, International Health and Management

Dr Diarmuid McClean is a specialist in public health and maternal and child health (MCH), with 20 years of experience in the management, planning and delivery of health services. He has considerable consultancy experience, including team leadership experience, gained through his work in a number of African countries. Diarmuid served as a Director of HPI for over 20 years. His key specialist technical areas include:

  • health planning and management
  • district health services management
  • HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and support
  • project identification, design and evaluationpProposal preparation
  • project facilitation
  • community development
  • process-orientated planning.

Background and relevant experience

Diarmuid is currently Head of Development in the Irish Embassy Mozambique. He has provided ongoing technical support to Irish Aid’s international health programme, which covers engagement with the multi-lateral systems, international partnerships, non-governmental organisations and in-country bilateral programmes in a number of African countries. A substantial part of this has included professional development of embassy-level technical staff and in-country contribution to the capacity development of partner organisations.

Between 2002 and 2004 he worked as a technical adviser for the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 1, Nigeria (PATHS 1) Programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which is assisting governments, NGOs and the private sector to reform health systems in five states and at federal level in Nigeria. Diarmuid has also worked on behalf of DFID as health planning adviser for the preparation of a strategic health plan for Benue State, Nigeria, and provided ongoing inputs to a DFID-funded institutional strengthening project for the Christian Health Association of Nigeria.

Prior to this Diarmuid was a district medical officer in rural Zimbabwe for six years and Director of Health Services for Mutare City, Zimbabwe, for a further six years, where he was in charge of health facilities and more than 600 staff providing for a population of 250,000. He also served as the Principal Medical Officer, Western Cape Province, South Africa, contributing extensively to the development of new primary health care services and preparing for the country’s new district health systems.

Diarmuid’s other work has included:

  • the design of Ireland Aid’s Country Strategy to support the national HIV/AIDS response in Tanzania
  • institutional analysis of UNICEF Ghana, which was seeking support from Ireland Aid for a three-year HIV programme
  • the design of a Belgian Technical Cooperation project with South Africa’s Department of Health aimed at developing capacity to deliver priority services, with particular emphasis on HIV and AIDS-related services
  • providing technical support and facilitation of a process to develop a joint HIV and AIDS support programme in Zimbabwe for UNAIDS.

Diarmuid has consulted in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Lesotho, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Selected publications

Dehne, K. L., Dhlakama D. G., Richter C., Mawadza M., McClean D., Huss, R., 1992, ‘Herpes Zoster as an indicator of HIV infection in Africa’, Tropical Doctor, 22(2): 68-70

Denhe K. L., Dhlakama D., Richter, C., Mawadza, M., McClean, D., Huss, R., 1992, ‘Pattern of HIV infection in Hurungwe District, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe’, Central African Journal of Medicine, 38(4): 139-143

Bijlsma, M., McClean, D., 1997, ‘Assessment of a Take Home Child Supplementary Feeding Programme in a High Density Suburb of Mutare City, Zimbabwe’, Central African Journal of Medicine, 43(1): 16-20

Masendu, H. T., McClean, D., Mushavave, S. T., Chinyowa, D., Simbanegavi, P., Chawarika, C., Ndlovu, F., 2000, ‘Urban malaria transmission in Mutare City; an unlikely phenomenon’, Central African Journal of Medicine, 46(7): 174-177