“Universal health coverage is a long process that must be country-driven. The key to success is first to listen to country challenges and priorities, then to support them to make real progress. This means moving beyond technical approaches to a more inclusive, facilitated process at the national level.”
Allison Kelley is a health economist with 20 years of experience managing and providing technical assistance and training for international development initiatives and health research. She is a leading expert and advocate for collaborative, peer-to-peer models for sharing and co-producing global health knowledge especially in pursuit of universal health coverage.
At Results for Development (R4D), Ms. Kelley is the senior program director for the African Collaborative for Health Financing Solutions project, working to advance universal health coverage in sub-Saharan Africa by engaging regional and country-level stakeholders on health financing policies and processes.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Kelley provided strategic guidance and targeted technical assistance to agencies and African governments on health financing strategies, universal health coverage, health systems strengthening and building public-private linkages. Based in France since 2006, she has worked with senior levels of local and national governments and with major international organizations including WHO, USAID, UNICEF, the European Union, the International Labor Organization and the World Bank, as well as European academic institutes. Ms. Kelley also managed Abt Associate’s extensive portfolio of projects in West Africa, and carried out numerous research and technical initiatives as well as trainings at both the policy and primary care levels.
Ms. Kelley is responsible for helping to establish several platforms that have offered African global health experts a stronger voice, especially regarding equitable health financing, the Ministerial Leadership Initiative, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, Health Harmonization of Africa (HHA) Communities of Practice and the Health Financing in Africa blog. Through her leadership and facilitation of the HHA Communities of Practice, membership grew to more than 7,000 experts from across the continent who continuously share experiences and collaboratively produce knowledge to improve health systems performance and financing throughout Africa.
Ms. Kelley holds an MA in international economics and African studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She is a skilled facilitator, and is fluent in French and English.
- Gamble Kelley, A. et al. “Une vue d’hélicoptère : Cartographie des régimes de financement de la santé dans 12 pays d’Afrique Francophone. http://www.healthfinancingafrica.org/uploads/8/0/8/8/8088846/cartographie_des_rgimes_de_financement_de_la_sant_dans_12_pays_dafrique_francophone.pdf . HHA Communities of Practice. August 2014.
- Bertone, M., Gamble Kelley, A. et al., “Assessing communities of practice in health policy: a conceptual framework as a first step towards empirical research.” Health Research Policy and Systems 2013, 11:39 http://www.health-policy-systems.com/content/11/1/39
- Richard, F., Gamble Kelley A., et al, “Fee exemption for maternal care in sub-Saharan Africa: a review of 11 countries and lessons for the region.” Global Health Governance, Volume VI, No. 2 (Summer 2013) http://ghgj.org
- Gamble Kelley, A. “Overcoming Financial Obstacles to Reproductive Health Care: Experiences with Free Care and Health Insurance.” Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health Issue Brief. Results for Development Institute. May 2010.
- Gamble Kelley, A. and Makinen, M. “Le role du secteur privé dans le domaine de la santé et l’état de développement de l’assurance maladie: Synthèse des 4 pays.” L’Agence Française du Développement by Results for Development Institute. March 2010.
- Jennings, L., Gamble Kelley, A, et al. “The Evidence Base for Programming for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in Low Prevalence and Concentrated Epidemic Countries.” AIDS Care, 21:1, 49 — 59.
- Miller Franco, L., Diop, F., Burgert, C., Gamble Kelley, A., Makinen, M., and Simpara, C. “Effects of Mutual Health Organizations on use of priority health care services in urban and rural Mali: a case control study.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Volume 86, Number 11, November 2008, pp 830-837.
- Gamble Kelley, A., Diop, F. and Makinen, M. “Approaches to Scaling up Community-Based Health Financing Schemes.” (Suggestions pour l’expansion des mutuelles de santé). Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partners for Health Reformplus Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD August 2006.
- Gamble Kelley, A., Franco, L., Diop, F., and Butera, D. “Innovative Strategies for Mutual Health Organizations.” (Stratégies innovatrices pour le développement des mutuelles de santé). Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partners for Health Reformplus Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD June 2006.
- Franco, L. Simpara, C., Sidibé, O., Gamble Kelley, A., Diop, F., Makinen, M., Ba, A., and Burgert, C. “Equity Initiative in Mali: Evaluation of the Impact of Mutual Health Organizations on Utilization of High Impact Services in Bla and Sikasso Districts in Mali” (Initiative pour l’Equité au Mali : Evaluation de l’Impact des Mutuelles de Santé sur l’Utilisation des Service à Fort Impact dans les Cercle de Bla et la Commune de Sikasso au Mali). Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partners for Health Reformplus Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD September 2006.
- Bose, S., Franco, L., Gamble Kelley, A., Kelley, E. “Improving Quality of Care for MHO Members, An Introductory Manual for MHOs.” (Introduction à l’amélioration de la qualité des services de santé, manuel destiné aux mutuelles de santé). Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partners for Health Reformplus Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD, February 2006.
- Kelley, E., Gamble Kelley, A., Simpara, C., Sidibé, O., Makinen, M. “The impact of self-assessment on provider performance in Mali.” The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Volume 18, Issue 1 , Pages 41 – 48.
- Bennett, S., Gamble Kelley, A., and Silvers, B. “21 Questions on Community-Based Health Financing.” (21 Questions sur le FCS : Les Mutuelles de Santé). Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partners for Health Reformplus Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD March 2004.
- Mbengue, C. and Gamble Kelley, A. “Funding and Implementing HIV/AIDS Activities in the Context of Decentralization: Ethiopia and Senegal.” Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partnerships for Health Reform Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD, February 2001.
- Gamble Kelley, A. et al. “Reducing Barriers to the Use of Basic Health Services: Findings on Demand, Supply, and Quality of Care in Sikasso and Bla” (Rapport d’étude sur la demande, l’offre et la qualité des soins de base dans la commune de Sikasso et le cercle de Bla). Published for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) by Partnerships for Health Reform Project, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD, February 2001.