2012 Fellow Profiles

Nlambiwa Ludo Badlangana

I am a Motswana and was raised in the mining town of Orapa in Botswana and call the village of Nata home. Growing around these diverse natural resources of diamonds, animals and the salt pans sparked my research interests very early in life.
Professional background
My research interests are in Medical Education, comparative anatomy, evolution, behaviour and constraints versus adaptations in the mammalian body plan. I have a BS majoring in Biology and a MS in Clinical Anatomy where I was trained to teach Human Anatomy to health professional students, both from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. My Ph.D. is from the Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa titled: “Constraints versus Adaptations as Contending Evolutionary Explanations of Morphological Structure: The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) Head and Neck as a Heuristic Model”. I have taught human anatomy to a diverse group of students. At Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, I taught first year Medical students. At the School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa, I taught second year Medical, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy students as well as third year Dental and BSc students while pursuing my Ph.D. As a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Anatomical Sciences at Wits I co-supervised an Honours student’s science project. The paper from the project has been published in a peer reviewed international journal. Currently, I teach anatomy to first and second year medical students at the School of Medicine at the University of Botswana. In the past three years she was highly involved in the admissions process of the first year medical students at the School as the Coordinator and Admissions Chair. I have also been an active member of the Phase I Curriculum Committee of the School which developed the problem based learning (PBL) curriculum of the MBBS curriculum. I was recently appointed (August 2011) as a Medical Education Manager in the newly established Department of Medical Education at the School of Medicine. This appointment was under the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a three-institution consortium led by the University of Botswana with the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health as partners. One of the key roles of the Department is to advance medical education research particularly in the context of Botswana. I am currently one of six organizers for one of the International Brain Research Organization’s (IBRO) Schools which is also partly funded by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This School on Evolution of the Visual System will be composed of 20 M.Sc. / Ph.D. students from within Africa and 12 instructors from all over the world. The School will be held at the University of the Witwatersrand Rural Facility, Bushbuckridge in Limpopo, South Africa over 10 days in March 2012. The venue will serve as a unique location for doing neuroscience research in a rural part of Africa. It is anticipated that the experience gained there will add to the many wonders of Southern Africa and will continue to attract world class researchers to this part of our continent.
I have an eight year old son and my hobbies revolve around his school and home life; from homework to extracurricular activities to actively participating in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Kabahena Innocent Besigye

I was born in Kabale district South Western Uganda on 17th November, 1980. My parents are peasant farmers in the fertile volcanic soils of the great lakes region. I started my primary school at 7 years and joined secondary education in 1994. I did both ordinary and advanced level at st. Mary’s College Rushoroza in Kabale district. I joined Makerere University in 2000 and pursued Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBchB) and graduated in 2005.
Professional background
I did my internship at Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital in Kampala City. I then worked as a medical officer in Charge of Zia Angelina Health Centre Wakiso district for two years. During the same time, I also worked as a part-time medical officer at Kitante medical Centre. I was then recruited as a Teaching Assistant at Makerere University Faculty of Family Medicine in 2008. One year later, I started post graduate training Master of Medicine Family Medicine and Community Practice and I am finalizing the training. After successfully completing first year of postgraduate training, I was promoted to the rank of Assistant Lecturer which I am currently holding. I am currently the coordinator of the post graduate students in the department of Family Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. I developed interest in medical education after experiencing difficulties in assessment of students and also having a feeling of inadequacy of teaching methods. I wanted to enroll for a post graduate diploma in education but during that time I learnt from a colleague that I can actually do a fellowship in Medical Education which I thought is more focused and therefore appropriate for me. I am a first born of 9 children. I am married to Tumukunde Immaculate a Palliative care nurse and we have 3 children; 2 daughters- Sharllotte and Shantal and one son Stephen. I love reading, teaching and travelling.

Johannes Coetser

My twin sister and I were born on the 22nd of March 1980 in the H.F. Verwoerd hospital, Pretoria. My father is a lecturing professor in languages, while my mother has always taken pride in her position as a home maker. Pretoria is also where I completed my first years of schooling at Magalieskruin Primary School, before my family moved to East London in 1992. There I finished my primary schooling at Kuswag Primary, a quaint little school with only 120 pupils. This chapter in my life ended with the highlight of being awarded as dux of the school. However, more importantly, it was at primary school that I made a decision to be a medical doctor, after a teacher commented on an essay that I wrote. She wrote that the country needed thinkers, and that she thought I would make a good physician. This has forever imprinted on me the potential impact a teacher’s word can have on a student – primary school through to post-graduate level. My high school career started in 1994 at George Randell High in East London, a school with a magnificent sea view. Here I tried to develop and improve myself in all spheres. I had the opportunity to become an East London Junior City Council member in 1996, and being appointed junior town clerk in 1997. The Council opened up various opportunities to do community work and impact on society in a positive way. My high school career culminated in being a finalist in the Eastern Cape Matric of the Year competition, and being awarded a bursary to study at the University of Port Elizabeth. I was also the dux of George Randell High. However, I remained adamant to study medicine, firmly believing I was doing it to impact on the lives of others. I was accepted to study medicine at the University of the Free State in 1999, and enjoyed six years if pre-graduate studies filled with its fair share of academics and extra-mural activities. The latter included serving on the house committee of the medical city residence, in the First Years/Academics portfolio. I also served on the Medical Students’ Association in the Academics portfolio. Upon completion of my studies, I felt the need to spread my wings, and did my internship at Dihlabeng Regional hospital in Bethlehem. This was followed by community service at Nketoana
Hospital in Reitz. I applied for a registrar post at the department of internal medicine, University of the Free State, and was successfully entered in the programme in 2007. And suddenly a new facet of medicine showed its face: training the medical student. I could remember my days as a medical student all too clearly, and tried to improve on the way lectures and clinical methods were taught to me. I soon became involved in a tutoring group, where I could teach ECG interpretation to final year medical students. Halfway through my years as a registrar, I met dr. Scarpa Schoeman, who holds a degree in medical education. He was appointed as the overseer of medical education at the UFS department of internal medicine – with brilliant timing, since he has truly become my mentor in all things medical education. I completed my M.Med degree in 2011, and have since held a senior lecturer/senior specialist post at the department of internal medicine. An important part of my job entails providing a consultation service at National District Hospital’s medical wards, where ample training opportunity presents itself amongst the interns and medical officers. I have also been appointed the chief medical officer of Aerocare flying ambulance in 2010. I am very fortunate to enjoy Alison, my wife’s, full support in my endeavours. We married in 2008, and she is a practicing optometrist. I spend quite a bit of my free time leading a church youth band, where I play the acoustic guitar and feature on vocals.

David Magbagbeola Dairo

I was born in the city of Ogbomoso, Nigeria in 1968. I started my elementary education at the Okelerin Baptist Primary School, Apake, Ogbomoso in 1977 and completed secondary education in the same city in 1985. I obtained the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1992 from College of Medicine University of Ibadan. I obtained the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Membership of the West African College of Physicians and also degree of Masters in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics. I am currently studying for another graduate degree in Bioethics at the University of Ibadan.
Professional background
I proceeded for internship at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile ife Nigeria in 1992. I served the nation at the Federal Polytechnic Medical Centre, Bauchi for one year and then went for the residency training in Community Medicine at the University College Hospital Ibadan. I served as facilitator in the polio eradication programme between 2000 and 2006 and also as programme adviser on reproductive health for the United Nations Population Fund between 2006 and 2007. I was appointed a lecturer and consultant in community medicine at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in 2004. I later joined the service of the University of Ibadan in the year 2006 as a lecturer at the department of epidemiology and medical statistics. I coordinate the communicable diseases epidemiology course and also serve as the programme coordinator for the Masters degree in clinical epidemiology. In 2009, the University College Hospital engaged my services as honorary consultant. I am married to Titilayo Abosede Dairo a lawyer. I have three children Boluwarin, Anjola and Bolutito.

Abigail Ruth Dreyer

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1974 and went to school and university in close proximity to Table Mountain. My academic studies started with an Arts degree but gravitated toward Health. This journey has been a creative and stimulating learning curve. I am currently working in the North West Province for Centre for Rural Health at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professional background
In 1996 I started working in the Education and Training Sector as a volunteer at Rape Crisis Cape Town and at NICRO Women’s Support Centre, two organisations who address gender-based violence. In addition to the volunteering work, I consulted for the Policy Project where I designed and facilitated HIV/AIDS awareness, gender and communication and life skills training with Women’s groups, Faith-based organisations and with Youth groups. I also facilitated workshops on developing life skills with juveniles in Pollsmoor Prison. In 2000, I was employed at the School of Public Health at the University of Western Cape where I developed a ‘Gender and Conflict’ component for the Primary School curriculum as part of my work within the Health Promotion Cluster. This project was an intervention within the Health Promoting School initiative. I joined Western Cape Networking AIDS Community of South Africa (WC-NACOSA) in 2005 as the Regional Mentoring and Training Manager, working within rural areas with the network of HIV/AIDS NGOs and CBO’s in the Western Cape. Two years later I joined CARE South Africa/ Lesotho as the Organisational Development Co-ordinator. This work involved strengthening the organisational and technical capacities of local and indigenous CSO’s and FBO’s in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. During this time I supported the Regional programme by initiating a Health Promoting Schools programme in Lesotho with 6 schools as a pilot study. I moved to Johannesburg early in 2008 and was appointed as the Project Manager for PEPFAR funded projects at HIVSA, a subsidiary of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU). We worked from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and in the broader Soweto area. The projects included providing psychosocial support to clients on treatment, a men’s health project and a project working with pregnant women to reduce mother to child transmission. The men’s health project was the basis of thesis, exploring the participation of men in health interventions. In 2010, I joined the Centre for Rural Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Witwatersrand. I manage the District Educational Campus, a rural teaching facility for the Clinical Associates and medical students. I live in Zeerust with my partner, who loves travel and the Bush and our 4 year old son, who has started Grade RR. I love to cook and my creative project for the year is to mosaic a dinner table.

Maaike Flinkenflögel

Personal profile
I was born in a Steenbergen, a small town in the South of the Netherlands, as the firstborn of Jan and Margriet Flinkenflögel – Calon. With my two younger sisters I had a happy youth. I went to secondary school in Bergen op Zoom, biking 16 kilometers to and from school for six years. From very early in childhood I knew I wanted to be a doctor and travel the world. I started my medical school in Maastricht University, well-known as one of the first universities worldwide to train doctors with the problem-based learning method and with the medical training focused on primary health care. From my first year I developed a big interest in tropical medicine and medicine in resource-poor countries and whenever possible I did my electives abroad in this context, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa, research in PHC in Australia. In 2000 I was part of the organizing committee of a national conference for around 1000 medical students. In 2003 I proudly graduated with my medical degree. I enjoy travelling around the world. I have always been interested in experiencing other cultures and meeting people with different backgrounds, life visions and interests. Photography helps me to bring this home with me and to share my experiences with other people. I am an active person and like doing sports as athletics, capoeira, acrobatics, hiking and swimming. Since I was young I have played the violin and viola and I have been playing in several orchestras. I love reading books, fiction and non-fiction.
Professional profile
After graduation I worked in social medicine, preventive screening of children, for half a year in the Netherlands before moving to Australia to work in a district hospital on the East coast as a medical officer in emergency medicine and psychiatry. In 2005 I returned to Belgium for a postgraduate course in tropical medicine and international health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. Upon ending this training I got a position at a Clinical Officer Training College in the south of Tanzania as a teacher/ trainer of mid-level care workers to-be and as part of the management team of the college. I enjoyed working with the students to help them get as much knowledge out of the 3 year training as possible, teaching clinical skills with a lot of emphasis on medical ethics and the patient as a person. At the end of my position I went to a conference of a worldwide network of innovative health education institutes (The Network: Towards Unity For Health) where I got a job-offer to work at Ghent University Belgium. I therefore moved back to Belgium in 2008 and started my position at the department of family medicine and primary health care as the coordinator of the Primafamed project, a network to improve the development of family medicine training in Sub-Saharan Africa with ten partner universities in Anglophone Africa. Here I continued to develop my strong interest in family medicine/PHC and medical professional education in Africa. I traveled to several of the partner-countries and I organized yearly conferences in the area of family medicine in Africa. As I wanted to be closer to the actual work my partners were doing, I decided to change my job after 2.5 years in Ghent. In 2010 I started my present position as the local coordinator for the FAMCO (family medicine and community health) residency in Rwinkwavu district hospital, Rwanda, for the American NGO, Partners In Health. FAMCO is a new 4-year residency training from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) training medical doctors in the primary health care setting. These doctors are trained to provide comprehensive, quality care in the district hospital with outreach to the health centers. I am attached to the NUR as an associate professor. In addition to the postgraduate training I am also involved in the undergraduate medical training in community medicine. I am still working together with the department of family medicine and PHC at Ghent University, Belgium, on my PhD in research on the key factors in the recruitment, training and retention of doctors in PHC in Africa and the role of family medicine in the African health care systems.

Zerihun Wolde Gebremichael

I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1982. I attended primary and secondary school in the capital city as my parents were living there. I sat for High School leaving examination in 1999 and passed with very great distinction. I joined Jimma University which is located 335 Km South West of the Capital City where I studied undergraduate Medicine from 1999- 2005.
Professional background
I started medical practice in 2004 at Jimma University Specialized Hospital where I did my internship. I also worked in a rural health center as part of the community attachment for 2 months as part of my internship during which I served as a team leader leading a group of 20 health professionals from different categories. I also did four weeks of clinical elective in internal medicine and family medicine at St. Michael Hospital, in Toronto, Canada. In Nov.2005 I earned my MD degree. After graduation, I joined the Medical Faculty of Hawassa University in 2006 and worked in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health as a General Practitioner and lecturer from 2006- 2008; during which I worked as program coordinator in the department. In 2008; I started my graduate class at the Medical Faculty of Suez Canal University in Ismailia, Egypt. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Pharmacology in April 2010. Currently I am working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Hawassa University. I am also the Head of Academic Programs and quality assurance office in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. I am also the member of the Management Council and Institutional review board of the College. I am also responsible to arrange and facilitate effective teaching skill course for newly hired academic staff in the college. I am single; my hobbies are watching movies, reading, travelling and having fun time with family and close friends.

Conran Joseph

I was born in Wellington, South Africa in February 1987. Ever since, I have completed both elementary- and high school in my town of birth. With both parents being active teachers back then, it was inevitable that I will attend school where at least one of them was employed. Straight out of high school I decided to pursue the career that always captured my attention, and in which I had a particular interest in. After four years of attending school, I graduated at the end of 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy.
Professional background
In 2009, I started to work as a registered community service physiotherapist in an outpatient rehabilitation centre in Paarl. I gained experience in the management of patients with various diagnosed health condition, especially in the neurology and orthopaedic specialty area. I also headed the community outreach programme for children with mental and physical disabilities at a non-governmental organization during this period. With my community service year completed, I returned to the University of the Western Cape to read for my Masters degree in Physiotherapy, and to coordinate the clinical programme. This position required of me to supervise students, coordinate the clinical programme, and to conduct research in clinical education. I went on to present the results of the clinical project at the 16th International World Confederation of Physical Therapy in Amsterdam. My area of research interest came as no surprise, which is in the field of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, and how the Department of Health should respond to the needs those who are disabled. In 2011, I was provided with the opportunity to teach in my research area, which is neurology. Very soon I started to identify the gaps in the transition of student’s applying theoretical concepts into practice. Since then, I attended many short courses on how to integrate research into my teaching practice, and soon afterwards registered my first educational project at the University of the Western Cape. Apart from physiotherapy, I enjoy running, writing music, and playing guitar.

Rodrick Kabangila

I was born in Dar es salaam, Tanzania in 1975 and started primary school in 1985. In 1992 I joined Tambaza Secondary school in Dar where I completed my secondary school and later joined Illboru secondary school-Arusha for high school. I joined Makerere University, Kampala for medical degree and completed Master of Medicine in internal medicine at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), Mwanza in 2009. I am currently pursuing Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at Weill Cornel Medical College, New York USA being in second year.
Professional background
I did my internship at Mulago Hospital – Kampala, Uganda in 2004-2005, where I majored mostly in Internal medicine and Obsy/Gyn. Worked as a Medical officer incharge at Marie Stopes hospital – Mwanza 2005/2006 where I was responsible for day to day medical services at the hospital. Within the same year I worked as registrar at Bugando Medical Centre. During my postgraduate training I was involved in Sandwich programme in which I was able to go for clinical rotation at Weill Cornell Medical Collge, USA. Soon after finishing residency, I started working as physician at Bugando Medical centre and lecturer at CUHAS (both in Mwanza) in which my job is treating, teaching and providing mentorship to students (Assistant Medical officers and MD students), Medical officers, residents and junior specialists. At my workplace, I am incharge of DM/TB clinics, medical ward, medical students rotating in department of Internal medicine and deputy coordinator for postgraduate training in department of internal medicine. I am currently the Honorary Secretary General for medical association of Tanzania (MAT), whereby I am responsible to link members with the association and act as Chief Executive Officer of the association. In MAT, I am also incharge of CPD for members. My interest is to spearhead the medical education in Tanzania so as to assure quality of medical graduants. I am married to Nana O. Gullu, a Banker currently working Mwanza Tanzania. I have a daughter whose name is Yolanda R. Kabangila. My hobbies are making new friends and watching movies.

Lianne Keiller

I am wife to Alex and mother to Alyssa (9) and Liyah (5). I have spent most of my life in Cape Town with a few years spent in George, USA and Port Elizabeth during my schooling years. I love spending time with my family, doing crafts, reading and am also involved in church activities.
Professional background
I graduated from UWC with a B.Sc. Physiotherapy degree and completed my community service at Delft Community Health Centre in Cape Town. Since I completed my community service year, I worked at Delft and in private practice before becoming involved with clinical teaching at UWC and Stellenbosch. In 2008 I joined the Stellenbosch University Physiotherapy Division on a DoE post to evaluate their community clinical platform. This led to me applying for, and getting a job in the Division as a Junior lecturer in January 2009. The few years following that have been crazy but exciting. I completed my MPhil in HSE in 2010, a post-graduate certificate in Womens’ Health Physiotherapy in 2011 and this year it’s SAFRI and a post-graduate certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. I also still keep my clinical skills going by offering my services at local clinics on a weekly basis and doing locum work at private hospitals once a month. I love my job as a Health Science Educator, not only in the Physiotherapy Division but also in my other roles in the Faculty.

Eveline Konje

I am first born in the family of 6 children of Mr. Konje. My parents moved to Tanzania from Kenya in 1980s. While in Tanzania I lived with my parents in Morogoro, Arusha, then in Mwanza where I have been working for several years. I did both of my degrees in Makerere University Uganda. My first degree was on Statistics while the second degree was in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. I am a mother of one daughter – Emily Patrick. I love reading inspiration books, sharing ideas or knowledge acquired, watching cartoons, and listening to Jazz and country music.
Professional background
Working closely with different biostasticians, I picked interest in excelling in medical researches. I started working as data assistant under supervision of Alessandra Anemona biostastician from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who imputed significant change in my carrier. After undergoing statistics course for 4years, I worked with Community Intervention Trial at National Institute of Medical Research as data manager. Team work, commitment, and passionate of my supervisor at work place led me to learn more in research – eventually I picked interest in epidemiology and biostatistics. Having passion in reading and sharing knowledge led me to join academic institution in early 2010. Currently, I work with Catholic University of Health and Allied Science – BUGANDO at department of epidemiology and biostatistics under school of public health as assistant lecturer. Also I was appointed as examination coordinator, MPH program coordinator and secretary school of medicine board.

Mpho Sadie Mogodi (nee Kganela)

Mpho Sadie Mogodi (nee Kganela) is a citizen of Botswana. She was born and raised in Botswana where she attended elementary, secondary, and tertiary level of education. After fourteen years of formal education in Botswana, Mpho was awarded a Botswana Government scholarship to go and study medicine at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Upon completion in 1993, she obtained Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree. Her passion to pursue medical training was motivated by a desire to contribute to the health of the country by protecting health and saving lives. Mpho is married to Luke Mogodi, a Medical Laboratory Scientist, now turned a Medical Educationist. They have two daughters, Bontle and Othata. Her hobbies include reading and travelling to enjoy nature and the wild.
Professional background
Mpho started clinical practice in 1997 at one of the referral hospitals in Botswana, with high hopes to save patients’ lives. However, the first on call duty where she certified nine deaths on a single night left her wondering whether waiting for patients to get sick was the best route to do it. She had a passion to pursue a paediatric or ophthalmology speciality. While waiting to pursue speciality training, Mpho decided to pursue a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree at the National School of Public Health at MEDUNSA, concentrating in HIV and AIDS Management. Following that Public Health training, Mpho was redeployed by the Ministry of Health management to work in the Public Health field. She worked as the Botswana Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programme manager. Other positions held include: General Medical Practitioner who practiced both clinical and public health, and Medical Officer at the Centres of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)’s agency in Botswana, BOTUSA. While at BOTUSA, Mpho was awarded an African Health scholarship by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to pursue health leadership and management training. It was hoped that that fellowship would equip her with the much needed skills to strengthen the public health systems in Botswana. Upon her return from training at Hopkins, Mpho worked as the Country Programme Manager for the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Centre of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In that capacity she provided technical assistance to Botswana Ministry of Health’s PMTCT programme, Sexual and Reproductive Health Division’s Family Planning unit, National Food Control Division, and Health Training Institutes, the latter consisting of eight (08) preservice health training institutions. In 2011, Mpho joined the Public Health division at the newly opened University of Botswana School of Medicine as a faculty member. Her passion to “protect health and save lives, millions at a time” has been revived.

Hilda Angela Mujuru

Personal background
I am a female Paediatician , 48yrs old (born 16/07/63). I have 3 children, a boy and twin girls. I attained my first degree, MBChB in 1986 from the University of Zimbabwe.
Professional background
I did my internship at the two tertiary teaching hospitals in Harare, Parirenyatwa and Harare Central hospital. After internship I worked as a government Medical officer in a Provincial Hospital then later moved to Harare Central hospital as a Casualty officer in the Accidents and Emergency Department till 1991. I then started specializing in Paediatrics in 1992, which I completed in 1994. Subsequently I joined the University of Zimbabwe, as a lecturer, in 1996 and have continued in this teaching institution till now. I attained a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology in 2005. Currently I am a Senior lecturer and Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. I have a special interest in Paediatric Respiratory diseases, malaria and HIV. Besides teaching both under and postgraduate students, I am involved in NIH funded research projects under IMPAACT. I am the co-investigator for our site. I also have assisted in a number of World Health Organisation trainings in various countries on Child Health issues particularly in IMNCI and Malaria. I sit on various committees in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare namely, Paediatric HIV/AIDS committee, Child Survival Task force, Paediatric TB subcommittee and Malaria Task force to mention but a few. I am also a member of the National Medicines and Therapeutic Policy Advisory Committee (NMTPAC) assisting in the formulation of drug policy for Zimbabwean children. I am very interested in Medical Education and am looking forward to the training as a FAIMER fellow.

Anthea Joy Rhoda

I was born on the Cape Flats in 1964, where I have lived ever since. I attended Silverlea Primary School in the Southern Suburbs. When I was in standard 3 (grade 5) my parents moved to the Northern Suburbs. I boarded with aunts in the Southern Suburbs and completed my primary school education at Silverlea Primary School. I attended Belhar High in the Northern Suburbs to complete my high school career. After completing high school I enrolled firstly for a BSc and after the first year for a BSC in physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Professional background
After I graduated from UWC as a physiotherapist I was offered a contract post with the Department of physiotherapy at UWC as a clinical supervisor. I worked for this department till 1990 after which I went to work at Conradie Hospital where I worked on the general wards for one year and then in the Spinal Unit for two years. In 1993 I once again accepted a contract post as a lecturer in the physiotherapy at UWC. I only occupied this position for one year and in 1994 to 2000 I was employed by Stellenbosch University as a clinical therapist. My role was to run the physiotherapy programme at the Bishop Lavis Rehabilitation Centre and develop primary level physiotherapy services in this community. I also supervised physiotherapy students who came to the Bishop Lavis Rehabilitation centre for a clinical rotation. While working at the Bishop Lavis rehabilitation centre my interest in the rehabilitation specifically the rehabilitation of patients with stroke developed. At this time I was also motivated to complete a master’s degree in physiotherapy. The thesis compiled a Profile of patients with stroke attending the Bishop Lavis Rehabilitation Centre. In 2000 after working at the community-based rehabilitation centre for 6 years I accepted fulltime permanent post at UWC. Due to my interest in neurology I taught Movement Science and in the area of disability and rehabilitation. I also I am currently still an associate professor and the HOD of the physiotherapy department at UWC. My research interest is still in the area of stroke rehabilitation. I have since completed my PhD, in the field of rehabilitation of stroke patients rehabilitated at Community Health Centres in the Western Cape. I am married to Llewellyn and have two sons Matthew and Andrew. I enjoy being of service to others and reading Christian fiction.

Valerie Tagwira

I am a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist and lecturer at the University Of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. I joined the FAIMER fellowship programme because of my longstanding interest in medical education and research, as well as a desire to contribute positively in these areas at my institution. I started medical practice as a junior resident medical officer in 1998, after graduating from the University of Zimbabwe’s Medical School. After completing my internship, I moved to Gweru Provincial Hospital where I worked as a government medical officer. I started postgraduate training in England in 2003 under the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (RCOG), while working in various hospital training posts. In 2006, I became a diplomate of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (RCOG); and in 2008 I obtained membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG). I continued working in England as a sexual and reproductive healthcare medical officer for a nongovernmental organisation, in a post which also involved training and support of nursing colleagues. I qualified as a trainer for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (RCOG) and worked as a trainer of doctors training for the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. I had training in management of sexual assault and also worked part-time as a forensic medical examiner for the HAVENS Sexual Assault Referral Centres in London. I relocated to Zimbabwe in 2010 and joined the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health Sciences as a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Within the department, I am the co-ordinator of 5th year learning activities as well as family planning training for both undergraduate and postgraduate trainees. I co-organise departmental clinical teaching meetings. I am involved in women’s health research through the University of Zimbabwe and University of California San Francisco (UZ-UCSF) Collaborative Research Programme. I am also the Principal Investigator for a World Health Organisation pilot study on integration of the WHO’s Provider-Initiated HIV Testing and Counselling Module into Family Planning Clinics in Zimbabwe. I am the Technical Advisor in the Training Unit of the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC). I am a facilitator at ZNFPC national courses and I am also a national trainer at Sexual Assault Management courses that are conducted through the Ministry of Health. I am engaged in part-time consultancy work for non-governmental organisations that promote maternal healthcare in Zimbabwe, with emphasis on training in emergency obstetric care. I am married to Wilson and I have one daughter, Rudo. I am a published novelist and short story writer.