Children for Health was launched at London’s National Theatre on 7th March, 2013. We became a registered charity four months later – on 7th July, 2013.
The team consists of Clare Hanbury, Founder and CEO of Children for Health, working with a group of consultants, volunteers, students and associates. Thank you in particular to Amy, George, David & Liz. Thank you too to our very active Trustees: Tobias, Madeleine, Anise & Shelley.
In the early days we would not be what we are without wise counsel and support from Ian, Claire, Helen, Ken, David, Ellie, Jay, Mark, Mel, Dominic, Kirsten, Bibiche, Lourenco, Steve, Nate, Madeleine, Anise, Stephen, Paula, Shelley, Satchee, Jenny, George and Mike A – who have all given their time and made a significant contribution to our work since we launched.
In 2015 our inaugural, “Hawes and Morely Prize for Outstanding Partnership” was awarded to Bibiche Sangwa and Lourenco Govate, both colleagues in the Mozambique-based PCAAN programme. In 2016, this prize was awarded to Paula Valentine, Save the Children.
Clare has worked in international education and development since 1983. She is first and foremost a practitioner. Clare started her career as a classroom teacher and worked in schools in Kenya and Hong Kong. For seven years, Clare was the programme officer for Child to Child. During that time she was involved in work with numerous UN organisations and international non-government organisations like Save the Children promoting children’s participation in health. She also worked with several Ministries of Health and Education in countries in Africa training and developing teaching materials and health education curricula. Clare was the Director of the child-focused charity, Learning for Life UK, promoting education for girls in India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Between 1999 to 2013, Clare worked as an independent consultant based in Cambridge. She is an expert in developing simple, effective information on child health and in promoting the participation of children in health. Clare has been employed by Child to Child, UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children, the UBS Optimus Foundation, The Government of Denmark (DANIDA), Save the Children UK, Learning for Life UK, Save the Children USA; and the School Health and Nutrition Network’s FRESH initiative funded by the World Bank. Clare has written or contributed to numerous publications. Have a look in our toolbox here.
Clare’s favourite thing is to be in the field with teachers, health workers and children or working on our website communicating what our amazing colleagues are up to.
Tobias is an experienced international executive. Tobias worked in the wines & spirits industry for 12 years in North-East Asia with Jardine Matheson, Diageo, LVMH and Bacardi-Martini before joining Coca-Cola Far East in 1997 as General Manager, based in Singapore.
After four years doing Business Development for Coca-Cola Brazil, Tobias was then President of the Brazilian operations of ISG, a UK-based stadium commercialisation company, whose Brazilian interests were acquired in 2012.
Since then, Tobias has been involved in a number of diverse commercial and non-profit ventures, as well as continuing his role as Chairman of Children for Health. At the beginning of the pandemic, Tobias relocated from Rio de Janeiro to Alderney, Channel Islands. He speaks fluent Portuguese and some Japanese.
Bibiche Sangwa is a language teacher, trainer and development consultant. She has taught English & French for more than 15 years in DRCongo and Mozambique. From 2011 to 2015 she worked as an adviser to the Danish Embassy in Mozambique working specifically on the Multi-Sectorial Plan for Reducing Chronic Malnutrition. For much of this time, Bibiche was broadly involved in planning, implementing, monitoring and institutional capacity building. Bibiche has also played a key role in coordinating and supporting the PCCAN programme – part of the Education sector’s strategy.
Bibiche has known Clare Hanbury, the CEO of Children for Health since November 2011 and has worked with Children for Health to study, test, analyse and evaluate the capacity and influence of children capacity as nutrition activists. Bibiche has worked as an interpreter and lead trainer and programme designer. Bibiche has helped to navigate the production of a suite of pedagogical resources for PCAAN. These form the backbone of the programme as it scales to other districts in Mozambique. Bibiche and one of the teachers involved in the programme, Lourenco Govate were the winners of the inaugural Children for Health Outstanding Partners prize 2015.
We do not employ interns, but we are very happy to hear from people who have a little free time to do something specific for us. This can be over the short or long term.