4 Staff members listed
Awel M. SETARGEW
Finance & Admin Manager
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, Mr. Awel Mezgebe ensures the effective functioning of the financial operations and systems in support of the Bureau and office management. He works closely with the Bureau staff providing financial monitoring and analyses of projects and advising the Executive Director on expenditure trends and implementation rates.
Josephat is not a stranger to the African Constituencies, having worked for the Bureau for just over two (2) years when he joined as the Policy Analyst. Prior to joining the Bureau, he worked with USAID/Zambia as Capacity Development (Local Solutions) Advisor in the Health Office where he was the mission’s lead for institutional strengthening among local actors, including government and civil society entities.
He brings to the Bureau sixteen (16) years of development management experience public health, spanning program management, institutional strengthening and global health policy mostly around Global Fund and PEPFAR (USAID) programming. He worked with the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), a Principal Recipient under the Global Fund where he managed their HIV portfolio where he served in various portfolios culminating in Program Manager and later on as Planning and Development Manager focused mostly on designing and implementing the organization’s strategy. He later joined USAID/Zambia and pioneered the mission’s institutional strengthening initiatives among local awardees, including through Government to Government (G2G) awards.
Armelle Nyobe has more than 13 years of experience working on sustainable development issues with gradually high responsibilities across the west and central Africa sub-region. She started her career with WWF Western and Central Africa Office where she spent 7 years working on social media, inter communication, press relations, project implementation in the fields.
Strategic Information Advisor
Paul joins the Bureau as the Strategic Information Advisor. Prior to joining the Bureau, he worked for UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Office as an M&E Consultant in the HIV Programme. He brings to the Bureau nearly eighteen (18) years of strategic information and evaluation experience, most of which has been spent around HIV and AIDS programming. He began his public health career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and later with John Snow Inc., in Zimbabwe. He also worked as a Senior Researcher with Social Surveys and later as Data Manager/Biostatistician with Wits Health Consortium in South Africa.
In 2006, he joined the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community in Botswana as a Regional M&E Specialist where he worked for 7 years providing M&E support to 15 Member States comprising of Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. During that time, he was instrumental to the writing and to the successful award of a $34.3 million to the regional HIV and AIDS project by the Global Fund. In 2013, he joined a $60 million PEPFAR funded project as the Strategic Information and Evaluation Director for an HIV programme implemented by the Families and Communities for the Elimination of HIV in Zimbabwe.
Over the lifespan of his career, Paul has acquired skills around systems strengthening, development of M&E frameworks, resource mobilisation, and capacity building in the area of strategic information.
Paul has a BSc in Applied Mathematics with Computer Science (Zimbabwe), an MPH (University of Liverpool, UK) and a PhD in Public Health majoring in Epidemiology (Walden University, US).
Aaron Mulaki joins the ACB team as the Policy Analyst in place of Josephat Kakoma Currently ACB Executive Director. He brings to the Bureau19years’ collective experience in health systems strengthening, policy analysis and research, decentralization, public sector management, public finance, and governance. His experience spans East, Western and Central Africa. He has significant interests in how economic incentives, governance and political power influence developmental trajectories and outcomes. Mulaki has drawn from his extensive experience to build the capacity of national and sub-national levels of government as well as non-governmental organizations to adopt policies, tools and best practices to improve quality, access and expanded demand for health services across all levels of the health system. Prior to joining ACB, Aaron provided technical support focused on domestic resource mobilization to both national and county levels of governments in Kenya through the USAID-Health Policy Plus project where he served as the Senior Governance and Policy Advisor.
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Fassika joins ACB as Policy and Advocacy Advisor.
Fassika Alemayehu a native Ethiopian,has served as a Policy and Advocacy Advisor at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Liaison Office to the African Union & UNECA. She was the focal person for IPPF’s advocacy work on the development and implementation of progressive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) policies in the African Union spaces. She has served in technical working groups of the Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa and the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa(CARMMA); she also played a key role in the coordination of Civil Society Organizations regional reviews of policy documents/instruments related to Population and Development.
Prior to IPPF, she served as the Program Officer in the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) formerly called the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA). In her capacity of Program Officer,she principally established and managed partnerships including with the Global Fund, UN agencies, the private sector and Governments, mobilized resources for OAFLA and provided assistance/monitored the implementation of offices of First Ladies programs in line with the OAFLA strategic direction. She has also worked in the She has in general 13 years’ experience in multilateral diplomacy, external relations, advocacy, policy analysis & program management.
Fassikahas a BA in Economic and Social Administration and a Masters in Political Science/international Relations from the University of Toulouse and l’Institut des Relations Internationales et Strategiques (IRIS)in France .
Fassika speaks french.
Fatima Touré is Policy Analyst at the ACB
Fatima Touré is a Public Health, Epidemiology & Development Physician who worked in the field of program management in development settings (programmatic management, procurement and supply management, program budget review, procedure manual review; project formulation and monitoring & evaluation of programs) and performance-based funding for health system strengthening. She is currently the coordinator of the oversight committee in her country.
She has over 20 years of experience in the management and technical & organizational support to health programs in developing countries.
Throughout these 20 years, she worked during 7 years as LFA with PRICE WATERHOUSECOOPERS (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon), this experience allowed her to strengthen her skills in monitoring, evaluation, project management and AUDIT; 7 years in the monitoring, evaluation and management of health projects under Global Fund programs (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria) in West and Central Africa; with good knowledge of Global Fund procedures (performance-based funding), and in the evaluation and strengthening of health systems in monitoring, evaluation and procurement management.
During 4 years, she supported countries in the supply and management of stocks of drugs and at the national level in Côte d'Ivoire, she provided technical support to the PSP (Public health pharmacy for the assessment of ARV needs to scale up PMTCT and the PEP kit under emergency conditions in Côte d'Ivoire as part of her mandate with UNICEF funded by UNITAID in 2007.
She also contributed to the assessment of ARV treatment needs as part of the 3 * 5 initiative in Côte d'Ivoire piloted by WHO in 2004.
Under the Project to Expand Access to ARV Treatment (UNAIDS) in Low-Resource Countries, she provided technical support to the project’s coordination for the management of drugs in 1999-2000.
She worked during 5 years in the field of the promotion of reproductive health, strategy of child survival, reduction of parent-to-child transmission of HIV, prevention among young people and adolescent health, and in the integration of the gender issue in national strategy documents (gender analysis and gender responsive budgeting)
Countries covered during support missions: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Cameroon, CAR, Burundi, Cape Verde and Ghana.
Rose MEKU joins ACB as Translator
She is from Cameroon, and is an English-French Translator that has served in the Cameroon Government (Ministry of Water and Energy) for over 20 years successively as chief of the French Language Bureau , then Assistant Research Officer in charge of the French Language and finally Head of the Translation Unit.
Concurrently, she has been a civil society actor involved in the fight against HIV in particular and in this capacity, she worked as a civil society representative in several associations and networks.
She has also been a member of the Cameroon National Aids Control Committee and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and malaria.
In addition, she worked as part-time translation consultant with a number of development and health NGOs, such as Malaria Consortium-Cameroon Coalition against Malaria, Plan Cameroon, Hope for African Children Initiative, Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare and the African Constituency Bureau for the Global Fund.
Tapson joins ACB as a Data Analyst. With over 13 years’ experience, Tapson is a committed and professional Research and impact evaluationexpert in the health sector. He has extensive skills in data visualization and utilization to inform policy design and advocacy. Prior to joining Tapson, has worked with the CDC Malawi HIV/AID Health Systems Strengthening, Service delivery and Quality Improvement. He has also worked with the Accelerating Malawi’s with the PEPFAR Laboratory Logistics and Infrastructure for QualitY (AMPLIFY) whose purpose is to test ART Viral load, TB and Covid-19. Can design and skillfully implement monitoring, evaluation, analyze and research strategies for the organization to include developing and refining processes. Has extensive knowledge of impact evaluations, data collection and analysis techniques to identify the potential impacts and outcomes from different strategies. Tapson is also an expert in use of ICT for monitoring, evaluation and research including cloud-based monitoring databases, DHIS2, mobile technology for data collection, and ArcGIS. Tapson combine skills in MNCH, HIV and PMTCT Option B+, TB/HIV, Malaria, programming, research and statistical analysis to uncover insights, communicate critical findings, and create data-driven solutions. Having a background in public administration, Tapson is very conversant with policy analysis and implementation monitoring. Tapson has also led a number of capacity building M&E initiatives and implementation funded by CDC/PEPFAR, DFID, UNICEF, European Union.
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Hendrix is an Advocate for HIV with over 15 years’ experience in working on policy and advocacy issues related to ‘access to essential health services’, for vulnerable and marginalized groups such as People Living with HIV, Children and Women. Before joining ACB, he previously held international development related positions with various international organizations such as Save the Children-US, ADRA International, International Network of Religious Leaders Living with HIV (INERELA+), Tearfund-UK, and Action Against Hunger-Spain. His work over the years has mainly focused on project management, capacity building, community mobilization/engagement, mobile health, behavior change and communication, Gender Based/Sexual Violence and HIV, HIV/TB and access to food/nutrition/clean water, maternal health and HIV/malaria, HIV policy research, policy analysis and advocacy networking. In his policy and advocacy work on HIV in relation to other tropical diseases, he has mostly worked at regional levels; in this case in the past few years he has been dividing his work times between United Kingdom, South Africa and Malawi.
Hendrix has extensively travelled and done health related policy and advocacy work in both West Africa and ESA (Eastern and Southern Africa) Regions. In the process he has been directly involved with various regional and national projects funded by UK Aid, USAID, Irish AID, Dutch Aid, Swedish AID, Norwegian Church AID, and Scottish AID.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Education from African Bible College - Malawi, a Bachelor degree in Theology from University of Malawi, a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics (focusing on technology, medical and socio-political ethics) from Linköping’s University-Sweden and Master’s degree in International Development from Eastern University in the United States of America.
Francophone Policy Advisor
Dr Djesika Amendah is a health economist with over 16 years of experience in health economics, health policy analysis and research. Prior to joining the Africa Bureau, Djesika worked for Aidspan the independent observer of the Global Fund, the African Population and Health Research Center (APRHC) and the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In her work experience, Djesika analyzed Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s policies and grant implementation; led research projects on cost of providing medical care for an array of conditions; helped countries develop national health accounts.
Dr Djesika Amendah holds a PhD in economics from Georgia State University