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The African Constituency renews its instances

New day has come: The African Constituencies choose continuity and rotation

After another two-year cycle of dedicated service, the African constituencies are renewing their representatives in accordance with the governance manual. The African constituencies have registered quite a handful of triumphs on many fronts in the last two years.

In doing so, the Bureau wishes to thank the out-going leadership for their commitment, dedication and fearlessness in providing oversight to the African constituencies and in striving for a strengthened African voice in Global Fund policies and decisions.

We also wish to welcome the new leadership and wish them a successful tenure during which the African constituencies will build on the successes of the out-going leadership and make the African constituencies even stronger and greater.




Board Member: Dr. Kebede Worku,  ESA, 2018-2020former State Minister of Health, Ethiopia


Dr. Kebede Worku used to lead and supervise national health programs in Ethiopia, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, hygiene and sanitation, maternal, neonatal and child health, and national nutrition. Dr. Kebede has also led health care financing and partnerships.


Alternate Member: Major General (Dr.) Gerald Gwinji, ESA, 2016-2018

Dr. Gwinji is a medical doctor by profession, specializing in public health. He has a passion for and long career in public health management. He served as a brigadier general presiding over military health services in Zimbabwe.

He is the current vice chair of the Implementer Group and former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.





West and Central Africa


Board Member: Pr Pascal NiambaChair Country Coordinating Mechanism, Burkina Faso

Pascal Antoine Niamba is a professor of dermatology and venereology at universities in Burkina Faso, and the head of the Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties of the Health Sciences Training and Research Unit at OUAGA University. Dr. Niamba has chaired the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Burkina Faso since 2015.


Alternate Member: Dr. Benjamin AtipoExecutive Director, National Council Against HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Epidemics, Congo

Benjamin Atipo is the Executive Director of the National Council Against HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Epidemics in Congo. Since 2008 Dr.Atipo has been the technical adviser to the First Lady of Congo and the Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism of Congo.


East and Southern Africa

Board Member: H.E. Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health of South Africa 

He is a medical doctor by profession and it was during the time of apartheid in his country that he resolved to participate in the struggle for the emancipation of South Africans who were oppressed and did not have access to basic human rights such as proper health care. He served for 10 years as the Chairperson of the Health and Education Committee of the African National Congress.

He is the current Minister of health of South Africa.


Alternate Member: Mrs. Susan Mochache, Kenya

She is the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health. She has held the position of Principal Secretary since her appointment by H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya in December 2015 and a reappointment to the same in January 2018. Before joining the Ministry of Health, she was the PS in the State Department for Co-operatives, overseeing, implementation of the various Co-operative Policies. She has also served as the PS for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry overseeing development and implementation of policies and programmes on Environment, Forestry and Climate Change. Earlier on, she was the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Social Protection where she oversaw the design and implementation of policy reforms in Social Protection, Child Protection, Older Persons and Persons with Disability. She provided strategic leadership in the design and execution of innovative programmes that helped strengthen service delivery to the vulnerable people across the country.



Africa Constituencies have renewed its governance Four times:

2014- 2016

Eastern and Southern Africa

Western and Central Africa

Board Member: Dr. Anita Asiimwe

Board Member: Prof. Christian OtuOnyebuchi Chukwu

Alternate Board Member:Xaba Benedict

Alternate Board Member: Mireille PrinceDavid

Communications Focal Point: Mrs. Ida Hakizinka

Communications Focal Point: Dr. Fatai Wole Bello


2016- 2018

Eastern and Southern Africa

Western and Central Africa

Board Member: Dr. David Apuuli

Board Member: Prof. Awa Marie Coll Seck

Alternate Board Member: Dr. Gerald Gwinji

Alternate Board Member: Dr. Bernice Dahn

Communications Focal Point: Ms Syson Namaganda Laing

Communications Focal Point: Dr. Abdoulaye Anne


2018- 2020

Eastern and Southern Africa

Western and Central Africa

Board Member: H.E. Dr. Kebede Worku Admassu

Board Member: Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga2018-2019

Pr Pascal Niamba 2019-2020

Alternate Board Member: Dr. Gerald Gwinji

Alternate Board Member:Pr Pascal Niamba

Dr. Benjamin Atipo2019-2020

Communications Focal Point: Meseret Yenehun

Communications Focal Point: Dr. Pépé FatouKILIMALIMA NGWASI 2018-2019

Regis Zoure2019-2020