Dr Juliet Bedford

BA (Hons), MPhil (Oxon), MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Juliet Bedford is the Founder and Director of Anthrologica, a research-based organisation specialising in applied anthropology in global health (www.anthrologica.com).  She holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, where she is a Research Associate at the School of Anthropology.  Juliet is also an Adjunct Professor at the Global Institute of Public Health at New York University and is an Affiliate at the Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Established in 2008, Anthrologica conducts formative and operational research across health sectors, focusing on the interface between the provision and uptake of health services in resource-scarce settings.  Juliet’s core research interest is in incorporating the needs and perceptions of intended beneficiaries into health policy and programming to ensure that it is contextually relevant and that opportunities for improving health are maximised through the active participation of recipients.

From October to December 2014, Juliet was appointed the lead anthropologist for the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.  She provided technical support to the national governments and lead agencies across the three most affected countries, particularly regarding community engagement and the social mobilisation.  Working with a global network of anthropologists, she delivered knowledge products including briefings, targeted reports and ethnographic insights, and contributed to a developing evidence base to guide policy and shape interventions and strategy.

Juliet is returning to West Africa from March to June 2015, working with UNICEF to strengthen socio-behavioural research and analysis to inform their Ebola response.  Working at regional and national levels, this collaboration will support recovery, resilience and health system strengthening, and will document community-led innovation and good practices.

Other current and recent work includes: 

  • Anthropological support for Polio interventions in Pakistan and the Horn of Africa.
  • Formative study of birth registration in Angola.
  • Assessment of country-level experiences and good practices for the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and rotavirus vaccine in Gavi priority countries.
  • Reducing preventable child deaths from diarrhoea, pneumonia and newborn complications in Mongolia and Timor Leste (for which Anthrologica was awarded ‘Best of UNICEF research 2014').
  • Achieving Universal Health Coverage with equity at sub-district levels in Ghana, Rwanda, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
  • Barriers and solutions to care-seeking for childhood malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in Kenya, Nigeria and Niger.
  • Evaluation of Handicap International’s maternal health programmes in the DRC, Vietnam and Laos.
  • Qualitative research to address the driving factors for the loss of clients engaged in care in HIV/AIDS programmes across Zambia.
  • Evaluation of the EU funded programme ‘Developing the capacity of non-state actors to support the rebuilding of the health system in Somaliland’.
  • Patient experience of cataract services in Cameroon and India.

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