Who we are

We are a women-led boutique consulting firm with in-country experience in several areas of health system strengthening. Based in Canada and founded in 2017, we collaborate with both local and international changemakers to deliver actionable blueprints to our clients regarding global health investment strategies and program design.

Cynthia Eldridge, MSc

CEO & Founder  |  Toronto, Canada

Cynthia leads engagements on health financing and leveraging private sector healthcare delivery. Prior to founding Impact for Health, Cynthia was Associate Director of Marie Stopes International’s Heath Markets team based in Nairobi, Kenya. She spearheaded the global BlueStar social franchising portfolio, which saw the franchise networks grow from 200 providers in 4 countries to almost 3,000 providers in over 14 countries. She also led the team that designed, developed, and secured a $60M, 5 year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK’s Department for International Development for strengthening private sector healthcare markets in Africa (AHME). Prior to MSI, she worked in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Cynthia holds a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from LSHTM/LSE.

Our Team

Gabrielle Appleford, MSc

Senior Consultant  |  Nairobi, Kenya

Gabrielle has been working with IHI as a Senior Consultant for over 7 years on numerous projects. She has specific subject experience in health financing, sexual and reproductive health/family planning, community and health systems strengthening, private sector engagement, and monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE). She possesses strong management, leadership, creative and analytical skills and has employed these in a wide range of contexts. Gabrielle has worked or consulted for a wide range of organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific, and Asia. Gabrielle holds a master’s in public health from LSHTM and a master’s in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.

Claire Gapare, MSc

Associate  |  Montréal, Canada

Claire supports our clients’ work through rigorous data collection, analysis, and communication. Claire holds a MSc in Public Health from McGill University with experience in Infectious diseases and Women’s health. During her time McGill, she worked in research on cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan African and studied the effects of postpartum depression in infants. She played an important role in the landscape analysis of Tuberculosis in people living with HIV in developing countries for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, Claire was the Editor-in-chief for the McGill Perspectives on Global Health blog. Claire holds a BSc in Neuroscience from Michigan State University. She is originally from Zimbabwe and speaks both Shona and English.

Katherine Jennings, MSc

Associate  |  Montréal, Canada

Katherine supports client initiatives through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication. Previously, Katherine worked as a policy analyst at Health Canada where she aimed to develop a policy framework outlining how vulnerable populations can be better considered in the chemicals risk assessment and management process in Canada. As part of this project, Katherine was responsible for conducting an international survey on OECD countries as well as a review of international environmental health policy. Katherine holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a MSc in Public Health from
McGill University.

Miraal Mavalvala, MSc

Associate  |  Toronto, Canada

Miraal supports clients’ goals through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication. Miraal holds a MSc in Public Health from McGill University and has experience in women’s health and infectious disease in South Asia and North America. Previously, she worked for the Aga Khan University, where she conceptualized and planned a project that aimed to increase access to family planning services in Pakistan and assisted WHO Sri Lanka in the development of the national nutrient profile model. She did her practicum at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C., where she evaluated the economic impact of the 2016-2019 Yellow fever breakout in Brazil. She is from Pakistan and speaks English, Urdu, and Gujrati.

Justine Fisher, BDES

Information Designer  |  Toronto, Canada

Justine supports Impact for Health in their quest to make technical information visually comprehensive. She holds a degree in graphic design at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto, during which she was given the opportunity to explore animation, packaging design, wayfinding systems, and more. Her thesis was an 8-month exploration into mental health, cognitive behaviours and emotional processing, which is collectively known as “Emotional Architecture”. Through this work she uncovered a passion for combining health and information design, which is what makes her so well-positioned to foster efficient and effective understanding of what we do here at Impact for Health.

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