About Us

Tropical Health is a consultancy group specialising in the monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) of health and related programmes. With decades of team experience, Tropical Health tailors its services to the client’s needs and the nature of the programme, conducts deep research and analysis, and delivers a full, unbiased picture of programme successes and challenges, along with actionable recommendations to improve results.

About Us

Our Core Team

Tropical Health delivers its work through a team of experienced core staff and affiliated consultants.

Caroline Vanderick

Co- founder, Managing Director

Caroline has 25 years of health programme management and MERL experience in Africa and Asia. She is responsible for the company’s development and project delivery and also serves as quality assurer or senior consultant on some assignments. Prior to co-founding Tropical Health, she was the Programme Director of a large UK health NGO, responsible for overseeing and developing its Africa programme portfolio. Clients appreciate Caroline for her dynamic and grounded adaptive management style as well as her leadership and partnership facilitation skills. She has lived and worked in Burundi, Tajikistan, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda and Ethiopia and travelled for short-term assignments in many more countries for a variety of major international donors.

Albert Kilian

Co- founder, Senior Technical Expert

Albert started his public health career in the late 1980s as researcher on onchocerciasis in Liberia. He trained as a paediatrician, then added skills in tropical medicine and medical parasitology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. Since the 1990s his focus was initially on malaria in programme development and implementation at various levels in Uganda, and later shifted to monitoring and evaluation and operations research at the international level. He is an expert in quantitative analysis and evaluation and his strength is his ability to understand the underlying problems and find creative and innovative MERL solutions. After eight years as Tropical Health’s Technical Director, Albert now provides strategic senior technical expertise for our projects.

Hannah Koenker

Technical Director

Hannah has nearly 20 years’ experience in international health. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Prior to joining Tropical Health, she led two USAID flagship insecticide-treated net (ITN) projects, setting research agendas to inform malaria policy and implementation activities across 15 countries, and leading research on ITN access and use. She brings a pragmatic approach to evaluation of health programmes along with extensive quantitative and qualitative analysis skills. Hannah is appreciated for her problem-solving focus, leadership skills, as well as her ability to foster partnerships. She steers the company in all technical matters and learning, assures the quality of our work and provides senior consultancy services to our clients.

Emmanuel Obi

Regional MERL Technical Coordinator

Emmanuel has been working in the public health sphere for over 20 years, first with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and, in the last 12 years, in support to donor-funded projects. He trained as a computer scientist and later specialised in epidemiology, control of infectious diseases and maternal, new-born and child health. Emmanuel is versed in health information management systems, monitoring and evaluation using varied qualitative and quantitative methods. He has wide experience in the design and implementation of operational research (Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola), and use of technology for real-time data collection. Emmanuel is Tropical Health’s voice in the field, technically coordinating a wide range of our activities, especially research.

Nicola Moran

Head of Programmes and Operations

Nicky has 18 years of experience managing operations for health programming across Africa and over 30 years managing company operations and organisational development for support services including human resources, finance, administration and procurement. Prior to joining Tropical Health, she was Regional Operations Manager for Africa for a large consultancy company in the health sector and has worked in the INGO sector and for academic institutions. She has lived and worked in Madagascar and Kenya and has travelled extensively delivering high-quality support to projects and institutions across Africa. At Tropical Health, Nicky ensures efficient and compliant corporate and programmes systems and oversees our programmes management and operations.

Luc Boydens

Finance Manager

Luc is an economist with 25 years’ of experience managing, evaluating and supporting social and economic development programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Luc is now responsible for the overall financial and accounts management of Tropical Health. Before taking this role, Luc was the Deputy Managing Director of a large value chain programme in Ethiopia after spending four years in Uganda managing a pilot Results-Based Financing health programme in Northern part of the country, which is highly valuable for his current role within Tropical Health. During his career to date, Luc led several mid- and end-term programme evaluations in various sectors, using OECD development assistance evaluation criteria as framework.

Katie Nield

Projects and Operations Coordinator


Katie has nearly 20 years of experience supporting projects for a range of clients and in a wide variety of settings. At Tropical Health, she is involved in the management of a number of projects including Tropical Health’s framework agreement with a large UK NGO, supporting a number of programmes, evaluations and reviews in Africa and Asia. Katie also supports the operational function of Tropical Health, including logistics and consultants management coordination. Prior to joining Tropical Health, Katie was External Funding Team Leader for the Research and Knowledge Transfer Department at the University of Chester. She supported academics from eight faculties with project management and applications for external funding, including research councils and private ventures.

Jean-Jacques Tougoue

ASCEND Third Party Monitoring Technical Delivery Director and Francophone Countries Hub Coordinator

Jean-Jacques is a public health specialist and trained medical doctor with more than 17 years of experience as a physician and international public health practitioner. He is adept in programmes’ design, management, monitoring, evaluation and learning. His most recent expertise has been in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), having held, prior joining Tropical Health, a senior technical position in the previous USAID flagship NTD programme. He excels in multi-cultural teams and has travelled intensively in several sub-Saharan countries to technically oversee programme delivery. Jean-Jacques joined Tropical Health as the Technical Delivery Director and Francophone Countries Hub Coordinator for the DFID NTD Third Party Monitoring programme cutting across 25 countries.

Samson Rufus

ASCEND Third Party Monitoring Project West Africa Hub Coordinator and Quantitative Data Expert

Samson has more than 15 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adaptive (MERLA) and performance-based management of health programmes in Africa funded by various donors. Prior to joining Tropical Health, Samson worked with Research Triangle Institute International on the ENVISION project, a USAID global neglected tropical diseases (NTD) flagship programme, as Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. He is now responsible for leading the activities of the DFID NTD Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) in West African countries and provides data management and analysis expertise to the entire TPM programme covering 25 countries. Known for his analytical and problem-solving skills, Samson is also a certified international trainer.

Noa Jeremias Chicava

New Nets Programme Senior Project Coordinator

Noa has 13 years’ experience supporting social and health programmes in Southern Africa including USAID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation projects. He served as Regional Manager for the Efficiencies for Clinical HIV Outcomes project and M&E and Learning Coordinator for the Youth Association Against Child Prostitution project. With a Masters in Public Health, Noa has an advanced interdisciplinary academic background and good analytical and communication skills and is experienced across all phases of project cycle management (from assessment to evaluation) as well as policy development and advocacy. Noa is Coordinating Tropical Health’s New Nets Programme, under which he is working with regional and district staff to coordinate large research activities implementation including household surveys, data quality assurance and entomological monitoring.

Jafete João Guedes

New Nets Programme Senior Finance, Logistics and Administration Coordinator

Jafete holds an MBA in Business Management. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with local and international NGOs in Mozambique, with a broad range of skills ranging from community work to office management.  Jafete is highly experienced in managing finances and operations of multi-donor funded complex programmes. He has supported four USAID projects, one UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) project and two European Commission (EC) projects. Currently, Jafete is employed on Tropical Health’s New Nets Project in Mozambique as the Senior Finance, Logistics and  Administration Coordinator, with oversight of the operations and financial implementation of the project.

Narciso Quefasse Itai

New Nets Programme Regional Finance, Logistics Administration Coordinator

Narciso is an accountant with eight years’ experience in administration, finance and logistics, acquired in several governmental and non-governmental organisations. Before joining Tropical Health, his most recent experiences were supporting a Project to Strengthen Clinical and Community Services for HIV / AIDS and another in a private company, with the aim of reducing the burden of malaria in Mozambique. Narciso joined the Tropical Health Team as Regional Coordinator of Finance, Logistics and Administration – Northern Mozambique – with a remit to provide logistic, administration and financial support to study activities in the region.

Our Partners and Clients

Tropical Health is proud to work with a diverse range of organisations from across the globe.

  • Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
  • Ecorys
  • Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)
  • Itad
  • Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs (JHU-CCP)
  • Malaria Consortium
  • Management Sciences for Health
  • Montrose International

  • Mott MacDonald
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • PATH
  • Population Services International
  • QED Group
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative Africa
  • Results for Development
  • Sightsavers International
  • Society for Family Health

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID/UKAid)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States President’s Malaria Initiative
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization

Clients choose to work with us because...

  • We offer state of the art technical expertise;
  • We bring scientific rigor and objectivity;
  • We develop context-specific solutions drawn from international evidence and best practices;
  • We have vast experience in programme design and implementation as well as consultancy management;
  • We deliver timely and quality outputs against tight deadlines;
  • We can work in and adapt to different settings, including poorly resourced environments;
  • We are dynamic, responsive to client’s needs and bring a positive, solutions-driven approach to the work we do.

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