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Sarah Castle, ConsultantI have over twenty years’ research, programmatic and policy experience, mostly in Francophone Africa. However, I am increasingly working globally and enjoy applying best practice in a variety of cultural contexts.

Having been educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities, I spent eight years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I did research, teaching and student supervision. I organised the 'Short Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research' and brought in record numbers of students who gave it glowing evaluations!

In 2007 I moved to Mali (a country very dear to my heart) and set up my own consultancy business. This quickly became very successful and took me not just around Africa but also to The Caribbean and Asia. My client base expanded rapidly and includes, amongst others, UNICEF, USAID, Save the Children, The Population Council, The World Bank, Population Services International, Marie Stopes International, Family Health International and Intrahealth International. The vast majority of these organisations have requested that I work for them on more than one occasion - I hope that speaks for itself with regard to the quality of my work!

Due to the coup d’Etat in Mali in March 2012 I sadly had to leave and am now based in London but can work anywhere. I am not afraid of ‘getting my hands dirty’ and love fieldwork (the more remote the location, the better!). However, I am also at ease doing quantitative and qualitative analysis and possess good writing skills for technical and popular audiences. I have experience in addressing the needs of hard-to-reach or highly vulnerable groups and am mindful of the importance of local participation and ownership. Whatever I do I always try to think 'outside the box'!

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Maternal, newborn & child health

HIV/AIDS

Family planning

Human resources for health

Sexual and reproductive health

Nutrition

Trafficking and migration

Orphans and vulnerable children

Sexual & gender-based violence

Education

Rights of the child

Communication and media

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
ENGLISH: Mother tongue
FRENCH: Fluent
FULFULDE: Fluent
(Language of the Fulani people of W.Africa)

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