A skilled public health specialist, Natalie Pedersen has almost 10 years’ experience in health-focused humanitarian response and development. Natalie holds an MSc Public Health (specialising in Health Promotion) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
From leading multi-disciplinary teams in the field throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Natalie has particular expertise in community-based health care, reproductive health (specifically adolescent girls’ health) and health systems strengthening in fragile states. Natalie has significant experience in senior leadership, health service delivery, high-level representation and programme design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. She has also worked extensively within consortia, and in remote management of field teams. Natalie has been working in Sierra Leone since 2014, most recently as a consultant providing technical support and advice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the development of the first national adolescent health policy.
Previously Natalie was the Head of Health for a large international NGO, managing a complex integrated portfolio with a combined budget of over $16,500,000, spanning health systems strengthening, Integrated Community Case Management CHWs, infectious disease surveillance and response, WASH, sexual and reproductive health, and Infection Prevention and Control. During the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, as Ebola Response Manager for an international NGO she provided strategic leadership for the implementation of the national public health social mobilisation EVD response in Sierra Leone, focusing on community-led behaviour change to break the chain of transmission. She previously worked with a number of other international health-focused NGOs, including in primary health care and nutrition in South Sudan; food security in Zimbabwe; and the Post-Election Violence response in Kenya.