One of our major jobs at R4D is as a facilitator, helping our country counterparts to move forward policy and achieve some desired result. R4D has the technical know-how that makes this dialogue more fruitful, and understanding that achievement is contingent on country ownership, on relationships, and on bringing the right people to the table leading up to that result. If you don’t treat your work as a process, you get stuck on the deliverable and can’t move forward what you set out to achieve.”
Danielle Bloom is a senior global health professional with more than 10 years of experience in health financing, systems strengthening and institutional reform including significant time spent living and working in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Currently deputy director for the African Collaborative for Health Financing Solutions project and a senior program officer at R4D, Ms. Bloom oversees country work in sub-Saharan Africa that advances universal health coverage goals. This includes collaborating with government ministries, civil society and the private sector to help nurture dialogue and learning around health financing and universal health coverage priorities both within and between countries.
Other projects for which Ms. Bloom provides expertise and formative thinking include R4D’s efforts around the emerging donor transitions agenda, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, and the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance program in Ghana.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Bloom was a senior program manager at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she managed a health financing program across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, securing a second wave of program funding which allowed expansion to three new countries. As a senior manager at the development company Chemonics, she supported numerous new business and program management efforts in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and was a manager on the West and Central Africa new business team. Before that, Ms. Bloom worked as a program coordinator on the Center for Global Development health team where she managed teams on the UNAIDS leadership transition, the role of the private sector in health care and performance incentives. She also spent time in Tanzania working for the University of Toronto’s Center for International Health where she launched the organizations collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam and designed and secured funding for the first regional HIV/AIDS workshop between universities. In South Africa, Ms. Bloom spent time interning at both the Ministry of Health and Treatment Action Campaign, an AIDS advocacy organization.
Other experience includes policy analysis for the then-new ministry of health promotion in her native Canada, where Ms. Bloom led formative research and design for the provinces’ injury prevention campaign and Aboriginal mental health portfolios.
Ms. Bloom holds an MSc in international health policy from the London School of Economics and a BSc in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Western Ontario. She speaks English and French.