Based in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms Mburu is a global health advocate and civil society leader in Africa working to create political will for improved health outcomes in Africa. Her areas of expertise include policy analysis; building political support for health outcomes; influencing decision making processes; mobilizing civil society and community voices for action; and promoting good participatory practice in clinical trials.
Ms Mburu has extensively worked on building and strengthening civil society and community organizing for health Advocacy in Africa. She oversees the Civil Society Platform on Health in Africa (CiSPHA); the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN)- Africa hub; and the Africa free of New HIV Infections (AfNHi) Network. She is a member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group (VARG). Mburu is the Southern CSO representative on UHC2030.
Ms Mburu has published several peer-reviewed articles and blogs including on: clinical trial ethics- International Journal of Clinical Practice; investments in HIV Prevention Research- African Journal of Reproductive Health; Biomedical HIV Prevention- BMC Proceedings; and strengthening primary health care- Lancet Global Health blog.
Ms Mburu holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH), Ohio University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Frostburg State University.
Finance and Administrative Manager,
based in Cape Town South Africa. Key responsibilities include developing budgets, and leadership on financial systems, processes and reporting. Tabeth holds comprehensive knowledge of financial, strategic and human resource management, including setting up financial systems and procedures as well as various organizational policies. She holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management majoring in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking. Tabeth is a member of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants of London. She is also a member of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa, as an Associate Risk Practitioner.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa. Key responsibilities include civil society and community capacity strengthening around key health and development issues including HIV, human rights, GBV, ending violence among women and girls, and health financing. Ms Gxuluwe is a Health and Human Rights activist and has been in the field since 2003. She has extensive experience in campaigning, lobbying and advocacy. She has experience working with diverse group of communities to mention the few traditional leaders, LGBTI community and People Living with HIV/AIDS. Ms Gxuluwe holds a Bachelor of Education honors in Educational Psychology.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya. Works closely with WACI Health colleagues by leading advocacy efforts on specific advocacy priorities, representing WACI Health to high profile policymakers, practitioners, think-tanks, academic partners, the media and the public; working closely with ACTION Global Health Partnership advocates to support the development of WACI Health advocacy strategies and activities on ACTION-related priority issues; working closely with partners to develop coordinated advocacy and public campaigns on WACI Health priority themes and countries; manage Policy and Advocacy temporary staff and Interns. Joyce is a Registered Community Health Nurse in Kenya with undergraduate training in Health Systems Management.
Kudzai Sandra Mhishi
Health Policy Research Fellow
Based in Nairobi, Kenya. Kudzai begun a 2 years fellowship at WACI Health running from September 2017 to 30th June 2019 as the Health Policy Research Fellow. She brings to us over a year’s experience in health research and policy analysis. She successfully completed her internship with the University of Zimbabwe Clinical Research Centre in the management of Kaposis sarcoma outcomes and attitudes to alternative therapy aimed at informing policy development. She also had a placement with International Rescue Committee where she engaged in Data collection in Maternal and Child health, Water and Sanitation baseline survey for Mutare Rural District. Whilst completing her studies in South Africa, Kudzai worked as a Health Policy intern at Diabetes South Africa conducting extensive research including literature reviews and campaigns on diabetes policies in the country. Highlights from the policy reports were published on the organisation’s Facebook page to raise awareness among the population.
Kudzai is a Global Mission Fellow, with the United Methodist Church serving in Kenya at WACI Health. She holds an undergraduate degree in Public Health and Business Management from Monash University, South Africa.
ICT Advisor, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Leading in strategy development and issues related to internal and external communications engagement. Develop innovative solutions to enhance the WACI Health visibility, online presence. Digital platforms: Such as websites specially created for campaigns. Different accounts on social networks, in some cases specifically for these kinds of launches, and in other cases the brand's that already-existing account which is used to help amplify the message of advocacy.
Internal communications coordination, capacity building and technical support: Analyse the and the organization communications systems and institute relevant adjustments/changes to strengthen them.
Senior Policy Advisor
Alice KAYONGO is a public health worker and human rights advocate with 16 years’ development
experience working largely with civil society where she has held several positions. In addition to her academic training, she has more than 13 years of experience working with extremely vulnerable and voiceless grassroots communities affected by HIV on health literacy, advocacy, and empowerment.
In addition to her academic training, she has more than 13 years of experience working with extremely vulnerable and voiceless grassroots communities affected by HIV on health literacy, advocacy, and empowerment. During that time, she has developed a passion for advocacy—in particular, speaking out to relevant officials on behalf of voiceless communities, to demand for solutions. Together with these communities, she has worked to identify key advocacy priorities in a manner that triggers ownership and increases the communities’ meaningful participation.
Additionally, Alice is an active researcher within the health, women’s and children’s rights
development sector in Uganda, Africa and internationally. Her research interests for the health
development sector are in: Health Financing, Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines, outcomes of public-private partnership for health and outreach the impetus for community mobilization and engagement in monitoring and evaluation of health service delivery at community level.
Alice has proven record in conducting research on Health Systems Strengthening with particular
emphasis on task shifting to improve indicators on Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV. She has vast experience conducting research amongst and for young women and adolescent girls in vulnerable communities of the region. She volunteers on several boards including the Public Health Ambassadors Uganda board, the Health GAP board as well as the Uhuru Institute Board.
Policy and Advocacy officer
Sam Makau is a Policy and Advocacy officer at WACI Health. He has great experience in mobilizing national and regional policy makers across the African continent for TB advocacy.
He is a public relations and communications expert specializing in health communications and advocacy. He is also a member and the chair of the communications subcommittee in the Coalition for health research and Development (CHREAD)
Fitsum Lakew Alemayehu
Liaison Officer to AUC
Fitsum is the liaison officer to the African Union Commission (AUC). He represents WACI Health on the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) for health and the African Leaders Meeting (ALM) Declaration advocacy and communication; which are Technical Working Groups (TWG) for health within the African Union.
Fitsum has a rich experience in field research; by which he has led numerous researches, evaluations, need assessments at Regional and National level on Education, Livelihood, Health and Agriculture. Furthermore, he has engaged with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as a consultant to map and capture of good practices on the school-to-work transition in three (3) AU member states. Additionally, he is a member of the C-20 Health working group and has served a technical youth advisor of the Women and Youth TWG of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2015/16.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms Wanjiru is a capable youth advocate with experience in global health advocacy and civil society mobilization in Africa. With a BA Degree in Communication & Electronic Media, Daystar University, Ms Wanjiru has experience developing external and internal communication reports, developing and maintaining media relationships and leads in social media campaigns to ensure improved health outcomes for all in Africa.
She is also actively engaged in Civil Society capacity strengthening; enhancing CSOs efforts through provision of well-researched information and data for use in shaping advocacy messaging.
Ms Wanjiru is a member of the Civil Society Platform on Health in Africa (CiSPHA); the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN); GFAN-Africa hub; and Africa free of New HIV Infections (AfNHi). She also coordinates the AfNHi youth cohort and is a member of the Media Society of Kenya.
Communications & Advocacy Manager
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Angela Muathe is the Communications and Advocacy Manager at WACI Health. She has a wealth of experience in Communication, Advocacy and Administration having worked for UNICEF, UNAIDS, IFRC and UN Women in communication and administration roles. She implements the communication strategy, manages the production and dissemination of publications, organizes events and ensures visibility of the WACI Health brand through all possible communication channels. She also coordinates GFAN Africa, an Africa wide movement hosted by WACI Health, that brings together partners who work towards successful replenishments of the Global Fund; and mobilize implementing countries to allocate increased domestic resources for health for sustainable health financing to achieve desired health outcomes. In 2019, she led a sustained and successful campaign towards the 6th replenishment of the Global Fund. She is passionate about public health and looks forward to a time when everyone, including the poorest will not worry about healthcare services; because they will have access to affordable, efficient and effective services.
CSEM Communications Officer
Carthi Mannikarottu is the Communications Officer for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM secretariat, which is co-hosted by WACI Health and Management Sciences for Health. She is a global health professional with experience in policy advocacy, communications, and partnerships.
Previously, she managed a global knowledge and learning project for HIV/AIDS at UNICEF. Before that, she worked on development and international expansion with the ACTION Global Health Partnership, and executed communications campaigns at a boutique PR agency focused on health. Carthi holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a health policy analysis concentration from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in global health from the University of Pennsylvania.