Meet the Management Partners


Doreen Ali, Malawi Ministry of Health

Deputy Director, Preventive Services, Community-Based Primary Healthcare Program

Doreen Namagetsi Ali is the Deputy Director for the Community Based Primary Health Care Program of the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Her responsibilities include program management and strategic planning, policy and guidelines development, policy direction and decision making regarding all community health issues, monitoring and evaluation, operation research, resource mobilisation, capacity building, leadership and coordination. Previously, Doreen worked in the National Malaria Control Program for 19 years and served as the Director of the Malaria Program for 7 years.

She is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician with a Diploma in Nursing and Certificate in Midwifery from Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi as well as a BSc.NEAD in Nursing Education, Administration and Community Health nursing from the Medical University of Southern Africa in South Africa and a MSc.CEB in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Makere University in Uganda.

Geoffrey Chirwa, Malawi Ministry of Health

EPI Manager

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Geoffrey Chirwa is currently the Programme Manager of Expanded Programme on Immunization within the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Geoffrey has a Diploma in Public Health (1986), BSc in Environmental Health (January 1999), MSc in Public Health (August 2011) and MSc in Project Management (March 2016). Geoffrey has served in the EPI programme for 23 years, 9 years as a Regional EPI Officer for Northern Province; 5 years as EPI Data Manager, 5 years as EPI Disease Surveillance Officer and EPI Deputy Programme Manager and 4 years as EPI programme Manager. As a Programme Manager, Geoffrey has the responsibility to plan, organize, coordinate and ensure implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the national immunization programme including resource mobilization for the programme.

Matt Ramirez, Malawi Ministry of Health

Community Health

Matt has supported health-related issues in Malawi since 2011 when he worked with Grassroots Soccer on HIV/AIDS education, sensitization, and testing programs. In 2012 he co-founded Teen Support Line, a program supporting adolescents living with HIV through a free phone hotline service that is now available to thousands of teens throughout Malawi. In May 2016 Matt graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a Master’s degree in Global Human Development and was the recipient of the Lancaster Award for Student Leadership. Matt’s other international work includes a Kiva Fellowship where he worked with microfinance institutions in Uganda, and developing social impact evaluation for SME-focused investments in Peru with Grassroots Business Fund. Prior to this, Matt spent 5 years at PepsiCo in roles in finance, strategy, and marketing. Matt has professional proficiency in Spanish and is conversational in Chichewa (Malawi). His interests include soccer, romcoms (romantic comedies), and corny “dad” jokes. 

Read our interview with Matt to learn more.

Nidhi Singh, Malawi Ministry of Health

EPI Team

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Nidhi has over five years of experience within the healthcare sector, she holds a Master's degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy from SDA Bocconi Milan, Italy. Her previous experience encompasses roles in change management, business development and relationship management within the health insurance and financing sector in Nigeria. In 2007, she founded a company that facilitated end to end medical and travel logistics for patients seeking medical care off the shores of Nigeria.

Nidhi was recently engaged as a research assistant in Karolinska Institutet Stockholm Sweden, where she supported qualitative health management research to explore the outcomes and cost components of value based healthcare, and today she continues to follow trends in this area. She is conversational in Hindi, Igbo, and Swedish, is an art enthusiast, and is self-taught in the water based medium.

Alpha Bangura, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation 

National Coordinator, CHW Program

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Alpha joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as the National Coordinator for the Community Health Workers Programme in June 2017. His passion for community development blossomed when he was District Manager for ActionAid International Tonkolili and Kono districts, and Head of Programmes and Policy from 2007 to 2012. He has developed project proposals and secured funding for a range of community driven projects in education, women’s rights, governance, health, agriculture, and security.

Alpha has also worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council, the national Tropical Diseases Programme, SightSavers and most recently with the USAID Guinea and Sierra Leone Mission where he was Programme Development Specialist between 2015 and 2017, providing programme design and implementation support to health, food, and governance portfolios. Alpha is a graduate of Njala University, and has masters degrees in education and business administration. He holds several development programme certificates including one in health systems strengthening from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is happily married and has a daughter.

Kiribakka Tendo, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Community Health

Tendo has over five years of experience in investment banking and recently completed his MBA at the R. H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland. He has work experience in eight African countries, the United Kingdom, and was a Retail Leadership Development Program intern at Amazon’s head office in Seattle over the summer of 2015. Tendo was instrumental in the design and deployment of the P&L attribution system across Barclays offices across Africa. Tendo is a self-taught computer programmer and graphic designer. He plays the guitar, piano, and the recorder. He enjoys hiking, photography, playing basketball and swimming.

Read our interview with Tendo to learn more. 

Dylan Edwards, Zambia Ministry of Health

Community Health

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Dylan is interested in innovative ways in which the public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to achieve development goals. He has worked with a range of corporates, NGOs, development finance institutions and small businesses to help them understand, measure and improve their social impact. He has led evaluations of donor-funded projects in healthcare, crime prevention, education and enterprise development. He was responsible for social impact due diligence and reporting on a large South African impact investing fund, and has facilitated training in impact measurement for investors. Dylan previously served on the steering committee for the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the organizing committee of the Southern Africa Impact Investing Network (SAIIN), and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics. He loves making up stories for his kids and is a terrible guitar player

Sylvia Chila Simwanza, Zambia Ministry of Health

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Assistant Director, Community Health

Bio coming soon

 

 

 

Francis Mwansa, Zambia Ministry of Health

EPI Manager

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Dr. Francis Dien Mwansa, MD, is MOH Zambia’s National Expanded Programme on Immunisation Manager, where he has championed better immunisation data and the national roll out of HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer. He is a final year Zambia Field Epidemiology Training Programme resident University of Zambia with an 8 year experience and expertise in clinical, health care management and public health, particularly control of vaccine preventable diseases. He is also an MBA student at the University of Cumbria. Dr. Mwansa is a member of the Zambia Medical Association, the Association of Immunisation Managers (AIM) and an ADVAC alumnus.