Paula Quigley

Technical Lead, Public Health and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Paula Quigley is a medical doctor with over 26 years of international experience in medicine and public health, programme design, management, implementation and evaluation. Her areas of technical expertise include medicine, health systems management and development, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, health policy and planning, public-private partnerships, quality management, nutrition, sexual & reproductive health including HIV and AIDS, capacity building, improving quality of care and community health. She has extensive practical experience at multiple tiers of the health system from national to community level, promoting the use of evidence-based interventions and developing strategies to achieve universal health coverage and address inequity.

Background and Relevant Experience

Paula provides technical expertise to HPI’s programmes globally in programme design, management, implementation, capacity building and evaluation and worked extensively on bilateral and multi-lateral funded programmes.

Currently Paula provided oversight and technical support to the Improving Access to Health Care for the Poor, Northern Uganda (NU Health) programme – a results-based financing initiative, and to the capacity building component of the Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS) in Nigeria. From 2010 to 2013 she was on the Technical Advisory Group for the Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services, Zambia (MAMaZ) programme and she continued that role in MORE MAMaZ. In Zimbabwe, Paula is the MNCH expert on an evaluation team under the Global Evaluation Framework Agreement and undertakes a range of activities including, annual reviews of DFID’s MNCH programme, support to UNICEF Zimbabwe to prepare a follow-on proposal for the next phase of the Health Transition Fund, which receives substantial contributions from DFID, and a review of DFID’s Integrated Support Programme in Sexual & Reproductive Health. Paula also provided technical support to the Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition (MQSUN) programme. Paula’s most recent work as an independent consultant from 2008 to 2010 focused on a series of HIV Prevention assessments in seven Southern African countries for the EC. In addition, she provided technical assistance to GTZ in the review and expansion of a decentralised Capacity Building project for improved HIV and AIDS Control on behalf of the National AIDS Council of Mozambique and undertook several reviews and design work for GTZ in South Africa. She also provided technical assistance to AusAID in the design of MNCH programmes in Eastern Africa.

Paula was based in Asia for 19 years working in various countries, and from December 2003 to June 2008 she provided guidance and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and State Governments of India in a range of programmes, such as:

  • GTZ Health Sector Support (GTZ-HSS) Programme: consolidating the results in the areas of Quality Management into the Indian Health Sector Reform efforts, working with the National Health Systems Resource Centre and the National Institute of Health & Family Welfare
  • European Commission Technical Assistance (ECTA) team on the Health and Family Welfare Sector Development Programme: as technical consultant on the design and implementation of the 2nd phase of the national Reproductive and Child Health Programme and subsequently as team leader on integration of the main health sector reform initiatives, specifically in the areas of decentralisation, community participation, and public-private partnerships, into the National Rural Health Mission.
  • Previously, she was Senior Technical Adviser to the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Cambodia for the GTZ Health System Development Project from 2000 to 2003 and Programme Coordinator for the GTZ HIV/AIDS/STI Control Project in Vietnam from 1996 to 2000.

Paula has worked in Angola, Botswana, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe for a variety of international donor organisations including DFID/UKaid, UNICEF, GIZ, AusAid, USAID, World Bank, WHO, and the European Commission.

Selected presentations, publications and reports:

Paula Quigley,  Emmanuel Sokpo  & Kate Godden. ‘Building the “enabling environment” via a multi-sector nutrition platform to scale up micronutrient supplementation’. Field Exchange, 51: 122-124; 2016

Cathy Green, Miniratu Soyoola, Mary Surridge, Abdul Razak Badru, Dynes Kaluba, Paula Quigley & Tendayi Kureya (2015). ‘Increasing access to rural maternal health services in Zambia through demand-side interventions’, Development in Practice, 25:4, 450-464.

Tim Ensor, Cathy Green, Paula Quigley, Abdul Razak Badru & Seter Siziya (2014). ‘Knowledgeable antenatal care as a pathway to skilled delivery: Modelling the interactions between use of services and knowledge in Zambia’, Health Policy and Planning, 29 (5):580-588.

Tim Ensor, Cathy Green, Paula Quigley, Abdul Razak Badru, Dynes Kaluba & Tendayi Kureya (2014). ‘Mobilizing communities to improve maternal health: results of an intervention in rural Zambia’, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 92:51-59.

Paula Quigley. ‘Women and Community Health Workers Promoting Community Health & Development’. Journal of Tropical Paediatrics, 40(2): 66-71; 1994

Paula Quigley. ‘Can Women’s Organisations Bring about Health Development?’ Journal of Tropical Paediatrics, 40(5): 294-298; 1994



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