Managing Director, Health Partners International
Dr Rodion Kraus is a medical doctor, health systems expert and Managing Director of Health Partners International. He has extensive experience working within African health systems, particularly in Nigeria and Southern Africa, including more than10 years in health sector reform at senior management level in the public sector in Namibia. He facilitated rationalisation of hospital and district health services in a number of Provinces in South Africa for eight years and in Malawi for four years prior to extensive work in northern Nigeria focused on revitalising primary health care.
Background and relevant experience
Dr Kraus is currently working as the Partner responsible for programme management for HPI and Senior Management Advisor for Women for Health (W4H). Until Jan 2015, he was the Deputy National Programme Manager for the Women for Health, Nigeria (W4H) Programme, which addresses the acute shortage of female health workers in five states in northern Nigeria. In this role he serves as Chief Operations Officer, facilitates planning and budgeting, and oversees technical execution and quality assurance. Previously he was the Deputy National Programme Manager for the Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria / Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PRRINN-MNCH) programme in Nigeria. The successes of this flagship programme, funded by UK aid, included dramatic reductions in child mortality and large increases in immunisation coverage. In both these roles he has helped ensure coherency, direction and a results-based approach across the programmes, and built up national capacity to manage them.
Dr Kraus was the Team Leader for the Hospital Reform component of the four-year Reducing child morbidity and strengthening health care systems programme in Malawi, funded by USAID. This programme facilitated the introduction of hospital reforms in central hospitals in Malawi through a process of establishing central hospitals as autonomous institutions. It focused on formulating a national policy and legislative and regulatory framework for hospital autonomy, systematic development and documentation of hospital management systems, and improving efficiency of the health system by strategic service planning. Dr Kraus worked extensively in health planning and hospital management for Mandela’s post-apartheid government in South Africa. He was a senior member of the National Hospital Strategy Project team that developed a strategy for hospital reform in the country in 1995/96. Between 1996 and 1999, he worked as the principal consultant on the rationalisation of hospital and district staff establishments in the Eastern Cape, North West, Limpopo and Free State provinces.
From 1995 to 2003, Dr Kraus played a key role in developing and implementing national affordability guidelines for staffing of health services to improve equity and efficiency in South Africa. During this time he also managed 13 human resource projects supporting national, provincial and local authorities to rationalisation of the use of human resources to achieve greater equity in access to health services especially in previously disadvantaged and rural areas.
Between 1996 and 2009 Dr Kraus established and managed Health Partners Southern Africa (HPSA), a specialised health consulting organisation providing advisory services in human resources (HR) for health, planning and management. He has consulted in Tanzania, Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi and Namibia, with a particular focus on strategic planning and health sector reform.