2013 Fellow Profiles

Rainy Dube

Dr. Rainy Dube is a full-time lecturer for the integrated primary care block of family medicine at University of Witwatersrand. She still also works after-hours as an emergency unit medical officer. She received her medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS). After initial training under supervision as an intern and community service doctor, she immediately went back to WITS to train as a registrar in gynaecology/Obstetrics. It was during this time that she discovered her love for mentoring. She also discovered her love for emergency medicine. After spending time in the intensive care unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, she decided to pursue her passion for that speciality by applying to be a senior medical officer in the ICU, where she spent the maximum time allowed, which was one year. After the contract with the ICU lapsed, Dr Dube continued with her work in emergency medicine. She has done all the emergency courses required by the Netcare group for practicing in emergency department, which are always kept current. She also then expanded her knowledge by doing a Diploma in Primary emergency care. Besides working in some of the reputable trauma private hospitals in Gauteng, she also spent time in International SOS learning about the corporate environment, and customer management. Dr Dube uses the skills she learnt with the organization to better manage her relations with her patients and her students. She believes that there is glass is always half-full. When she is not at work she likes to read or spend time in rural wild resorts with her daughter and her puppy. When given the opportunity she can go to adventurous lengths like abseiling, quadbiking and the sky is basically the limit. She also believes in the Ubuntu principle that former president Nelson Mandela encourages, and so spends quite a lot of time doing charity-related events.

Bernhard Gaede

I trained as a family physician and worked for more than a decade in rural settings in South Africa with a wide scope of clinical experience including HIV medicine, primary health care and the expanded scope of practice in rural district level services. I was involved with many community level projects and NGO’s and also spent some time in management. In 2011 I joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal where I am currently the Director of the Centre for Rural Health and acting HoD of Rural Health. Areas of interest and research have included health care system research, community-level care (including home-based care and traditional medicine), human rights and medical anthropology. Recent interests include the development of a rural health as an academic discipline and establishment of a rural teaching platform for health education. Over the past decade I have also been actively involved in the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (serving as the chairperson from 2006 to 2008), the Rural Health Advocacy Project and Section27. I am married to Samantha and we have one daughter, Suriya, (who has just started school).

Fasika Amdeslasie

I am a male Ethiopian, a medical doctor and a specialist of General surgery, also an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the department of Surgery, in Mekele University, College of Health Sciences. I finished my MD in Addis Ababa University, Medical Faculty. I also finished my certificate of Specialty in General Surgery in the same university.
Professional background
I finished High School in 1997 and I joined Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty to study Medical doctorate degree. It was a 7 and a half years program then and I graduated with my MD in 2006. Then I joined the then newly established College of Health Sciences of Mekele University. I worked there for the next 2 years in the department of Surgery as a lecturer. In January 2008, I joined the Department of Surgery of Addis Ababa University, to study a four years residency program in General Surgery. I finished the residency in December 2011, and I returned to my university and started working as an assistant professor in the department, and am still working as such. I teach undergraduate medical students and postgraduate surgery residents and postgraduate masters students in Emergency Surgery and obstetrics. I also do operations both elective and emergency in our University Hospital. I am clinical co-ordinator for the undergraduate program.
Personal information
1 am 31 years old. I am married to Eden Haftay and we have two children, the first one Nati (he is four) and the second is Soli (she is two). I always thank God for what he has given me. I like reading, swimming, working out and spending quality time with the family.

Ruebecca Ebrahim

I was born in Durban, South Africa, the eldest in a family of six girls. After matriculating at Durban Indian Girls’ High School, where I was Deputy-head Girl, I obtained a Bachelor of Dental Therapy degree at the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) – being one of four, in the pioneer group of Dental Therapists to be trained at UDW. Upon graduating I joined the Oral and Dental Department of the above institution, where my duties included teaching and training, service rendering and research. During this time I was also involved in the teaching and clinical training of Dental Assistant students at the M L Sultan Technicon. Since my marriage in 1987, I reside in Pretoria with my husband, Liaquat Ebrahim, an Economist/Businessman. We have been blessed with three sons, seventeen-year old twins, Mohamed and Omar who are in matric at Pretoria Boys’ High School, and fourteen-year-old Adnaan, in Grade 9 at the same school. While my children were young I interrupted my career to be a Mom, assisting my husband in his pottery manufacturing business, and occasionally doing locums for dentists in private practice. In 2003 I obtained an Advanced Diploma in Community Dentistry from the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA) – Cum Laude, and in 2006, I obtained an MSc (Dental) Degree at the University of Western Cape (UWC). The title of my thesis required as partial fulfilment for this degree, was ‘Oral and Perioral Piercings in Tshwane’ which entailed visiting Secondary and Tertiary educational institutions and Tattoo and Piercing parlours in Tshwane. In January 2007, I joined the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) in the School of Oral Health Sciences as a Chief Dental Therapist/Lecturer. My position includes service rendering, research and the teaching and clinical training of students in three programmes: DOH (Diploma in Oral Hygiene), BOH (Bachelor of Oral Hygiene) and BDT (Bachelor of Dental Therapy). In addition, I coordinate the Community Engagement/Service Learning component of Oral Health for second and third year students. In 2011, I completed a ‘Short Programme in Service Learning and Community Engagement’ at Stellenbosch University, which stimulated my interest in this subject and fuelled my desire to develop a structured module for service learning. My hobbies are reading (fiction, non-fiction and inspirational books), and travelling – both of which are fortunately shared by my husband. I have found teaching to be immensely rewarding, particularly when I see the young adults who join our programmes, leaving a few years later as competent and confidant health professionals.

Ronel Maart

Professional background
• Qualified as dentist June 1993 (UWC)
• Worked in private practice as a partner as a general dentist : 1993-1996
• 1996-2002 : Cape clothing Industry : general dentist
• 1996- 2002: Locum is various private practices
• 2003-currently : Full-time lecturer
Educational background
• 1993: BChD (UWC)
• 2002: Dipl. Community Dentistry
• 2005: Dipl. Health Management Oliver Tambo Fellowship (UCT)
• 2011: MPhil (Higher Education)-US
• I have a special interest in clinical teaching and assessment
• I teach in the Prosthetic department
• I am the final year-coordinator and well as the Prosthetic module coordinator
• I serve on the Academic programme and time-table committee
Personal information
• Married to Johann, with 2 beautiful daughters Cleo( 12) and Zetah (6 )
• Loves spending time with my family, walking our dog

Milly Morkel

I’m Myrtle Morkel (Milly), from Windhoek in Namibia and studied Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch (class of 1997), after I’ve completed BSc(Hons) at the University of Western Cape. I worked as a General Medical Practitioner for the past 13 years before I joined the School of Medicine of the University of Namibia in June 2010. I’m a lecturer in the Anatomy department, but also assist in the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine departments. I worked at a private hospital in a mining town before I joined UNAM. The mining environment sensitized me to become involved in the Occupational Health sector. I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health at the end of 2009 and I’m interested in pursuing further studies in this field. I joined UNAM to be part of the team that will empower students for the future. I believe that I can add value to the education of the medical students, because I have academic as well as practical experience which will enable me to equip the students for their future endeavors. I’m married but don’t have any children. I like reading, enjoy photography and love the outdoors.

Takaedza Munangatire

Personal profile
I am Zimbabwean man aged 32, who is currently residing and working in Lesotho. I am married to Nyarai and we are blessed with a handsome son, Austin. Soccer, sightseeing and watching television leads a host of my hobbies. Here in Lesotho they call me Taka, so I wouldn’t mind being called by that name.
Professional background
I a completed my high school in 2000 and enrolled for a degree in Nursing with the University of Zimbabwe in 2001.In 2005 I graduated and started my clinical practice at Kadoma General hospital. In 2007 I was co-opted into the training of nurses as a trainee nurse educator for one year. At the beginning of 2008 I migrated to Lesotho and worked as a senior nursing officer (clinical and administrative) at Parlay Hospital. I held the position for two years and in 2010 I was appointed to the position of Nurse Educator at Paray School of Nursing, a post that I hold to date. In 2011 I attended my first education related conference when I attended the South Africa Association of Health Educationalists(SAAHE) and I followed it up in 2012 in Bloemfontein where I co presented. My career goal is training and development of health care trainer.

Kutesa Annet Mutebi

I am a female Ugandan, I hold a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and a Master of Science in Conservative Dentistry degree from Makerere University, Uganda and University of Western cape RSA respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing of high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Dentistry at Makerere University in 1991-1996. I graduated after five years and had a one year period of internship at Mulago National referral hospital in Uganda which is a requirement for registration with the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners council. At the end of the internship in 1997, I applied for a teaching position at Makerere University and I was appointed as a teaching assistant in the department of Dentistry in 1998. I was promoted to the post of assistant lecture in 2002 after completion of the Masters degree and in 2006 was promoted to the post of lecturer in the same
Personal information
I am married to Joseph with whom we have four lovely children (Jacob, Joyce, Mary & Emilly). My hobbies are reading and travelling.

Joanne Naidoo

I am from Durban, SA. I started my career as a nurse after completing a four year Bachelor of Nursing (General, Community, Psychiatric Nursing and Midwifery). After a very short time working as a registered nurse, I assumed a position as a Research Assistant and subsequently a Project Manager for a large multi-national HIV/AIDS stigma related study. During this time (2004) I completed a coursework Masters in Nursing (specialising in Nursing Research). In 2007 I started teaching research modules within the undergraduate nursing programme. This prompted me to complete a post-graduate diploma in Nursing Education. In 2009, I assumed a permanent position within the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a lecturer, teaching nursing research modules and nursing philosophy within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I completed a PhD in Nursing in 2011; the focus of my study was establishing Communities of Practice among HIV/AIDS nurse practitioners through the use of critical reflection. Apart from my role as lecturer in nursing research, since 2012 I am also coordinating the postgraduate and research program in the discipline of nursing at the school of Nursing and Public health. On a personal note, I am married to Neil and have a daughter, Alexandra. When I do find the time, I enjoy playing around with decoupage and trying my hand at new cooking recipes.

Jane Frances Namatovu

I was born in 1974 in a central district in Uganda called Masaka. My parents were civil servants so they worked in many regions of the country but I was mainly raised in the central region where I did my primary and secondary education. I am the eldest of seven children. I completed my first degree training at Makerere faculty of Medicine in Dentistry in 1999 and spent two years thereafter gaining clinical and public health experience in the public and private sector. I developed an interest in Community Practice/ Family Medicine and completed a 3-year full-time postgraduate training in Community Practice/ Family medicine in 2005 at Makerere University. In 2004 I joined faculty as a Teaching Assistant and on completion of my Masters degree was promoted to the post of Lecturer. As a lecturer, there were many challenging situations since I had no formal training in teaching which explains the interest in this program. In May 2011, I was appointed by the College of Health Sciences the Chairperson of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Practice, Makerere University which I currently hold. In this position of leadership and management I have had challenges that have turned into learning experiences, for instance, dealing with difficult students, faculty and support staff. I am an active member of Wonca (World organization of national colleges and academies of Family doctors). I am wife to Stephen Kasumba and mother to Stefanie (5) and Mariana (2). I love spending time with my family, reading, tailoring, travelling and watching TV soaps.

Champion Nyoni

Nurse Educator at Paray School of Nursing, Thaba- Tseka, Lesotho.
Champion graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nursing Science in 2009, majoring in Medical – Surgical Nursing. He is a candidate for the Master of Social Science (Nursing) with the University of the Free State. He worked as a professional nurse at a District Hospital in Zimbabwe and was involved with the Adolescent Reproductive Health Issues. He has been a Nurse Educator at Paray School of Nursing in Lesotho since 2011 and teaches in the General Nursing programme focusing on Clinical Nursing, Nursing Research modules and Reproductive Health issues. Champion heads the Research Portfolio of the Nursing College which coordinates the research activities of the institution. He is a qualified preceptor trainer and has facilitated workshops on Preceptorship in Lesotho. In 2012, he presented a poster on student’s evaluation at the South African Association of Health Educationalist (SAAHE) conference in 2012. He is a task team member in the development of the new Competence Based Curricula for Nurse training in Lesotho which is set to be implemented in July 2013. He is a member in several professional and regulatory bodies in and around Lesotho including the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Committee of the Lesotho Nursing Council and is a latest member of SAAHE (Central region). His areas of interest within nursing education research include curriculum development, teaching and learning and large group teaching strategies.

Anoud Omer

My name is Anoud Rashad Ibrahim Omer, I’m a Sudanese women and I currently live in Khartoum , the capital of Sudan, but I was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates where I spent my schooling years. After high school, I joined the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum and was granted MBBS in the year 2007. I always wanted to work in the fields of public health and teaching, and this passion started early even during my undergraduate years when I joined several TOTs to become a certified trainer to my fellow students. After graduation and upon completion of a year and half of internship I started my Master’s degree of Public and Tropical Health at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology and was granted the MPH in 2011. During the same period I joined the community medicine department in the Faculty of Medicine and Medical sciences-University of Al-Neelain as a teaching assistant and was very active in the academic and managerial activities within the faculty till the end of last year. In the year 2010, I passed the first part exam of the community medicine MD program for the Sudan Medical Specialization Bored (SMSB) and I will be taking the second part exam this June. As registrar of community medicine, I joined the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) for my rotation training and finally settled in the General Directorate of Human Resources for Health (HRH) Development for almost 3 years. During that period I became more interested in fields of HRH, including production and training both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels which gave me the chance to work in many medical-education related projects with strong national and international HRH partners. Those projects included: The Sudan Medical Council (SMC) undergraduate institutes Accreditation process, the SMC Medical Professionalism Continuous Medical Education (CME) Project and the joint (FMOH-SMC) National Framework for undergraduate medical curricula review project. The latter was targeting all medical schools in Sudan but started by a pilot in the following 4 universities: University of Khartoum, Al-Neelain University, Omdurman Islamic University and Alzaieem Al-Azhari University. During each phases of that project I worked closely with members of academic office, EDC, academic and students bodies representatives in each of those universities. I also became a part of a project that will target social accountability CME in the SMC in the future and another committee assigned to revise the curriculum of faculty of medicine, University of Khartoum with emphasis on 3 main elements: Medical Professionalism, Social Accountability and Quality. I recently joined the Public Health Institute; the institute offers postgraduate degrees in areas that serve the Health systems and public health. It also has 2 other functions, research and consultancy; both are dealt with highly professional and specialized teams. For my interests, professionally teaching is my passion and management (both in health systems and in academia) is a favourite area too. I’m also very much interested in research and development projects. I find joy in everything that brings me back to the field and work closely with the community, making me a strong advocate for social accountability in medical arenas. On the personal level, I enjoy reading, travelling and music, I play 2 instruments and I would love to learn a third one. I’m in love with archaeology and anthropology and I make sure to learn as much as possible about the culture and history of every place I ever visited (including the 16 countries I’ve been to so far which I’m hoping to double in the next five years). As I’m an only child I grew up making friends and I’m fortunate with a huge number of those. I’m single and I live with my parents who are my best friends and my number one supporters.

Everlyne Rotich

I am a female from Kenya with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Eastern Africa Baraton and a Master of Science degree (Midwifery) from the University of Nairobi.
Professional background and current position
I completed my Bachelors degree in July 1997 and did a one year internship at the Aga Khan University hospital then Aga khan Hospital. I completed my internship in August 1998 and after internship I was given a position of a staff nurse at the accident and emergency unit where I worked for 2 years then I was transferred to the intensive care unit. I resigned from the Aga Khan hospital in 2001 then I moved to the Moi Teaching and referral hospital Eldoret where I worked as ward incharge in a private wing before moving to theatre on promotion as a nurse manager. In pursuit of greener pastures, I left the hospital in June 2004 and was employed as a graduate assistant at the department of nursing sciences, Moi University, Eldoret Kenya. I have grown at the university from a graduate assistant to a senior lecturer. I was promoted in May 2007 from graduate assistant to lecturer after completion of my masters and got promoted to senior lecturer in October 2012. When the department of nursing was upgraded to school of nursing in august 2011, with three departments, I was appointed as the head of department of Midwifery and Gender a position in which I am currently holding.
I am married to Richard and we are blessed with 4 children (Dan, Laura, Lynn and Stacy).
My hobbies are reading, travelling, and watching football.

Enoch Sepaka

I am a native of Botswana and graduated with an honours degree in Biochemistry in 1997 from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. From 2000 to 2005, I worked as a research assistant at the Botswana Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (BHP) (www.bhp.org.bw) – an HIV/AIDS research laboratory and training centre in Gaborone, Botswana. In 2004, I was awarded a Fogarty/Ellison Fellowship (NIH) in Global Health and Clinical Research. A year later, I was awarded Canon Collins-FCO-Leeds University Scholarship to pursue a degree in Master of Research (MRes) in Biosciences, specialising in infection and immunity at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. After completion, I returned to BHP as a Laboratory Research Coordinator for an HIV-1/HSV-2 Couple transmission study, a Phase III, multi-centre, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial). In 2007, I was awarded a University of Liverpool/Wellcome Trust Studentship to pursue a PhD in Tropical Medicine (Immunology). After completing my PhD, I joined the University of Botswana School of Medicine as a lecturer in immunology. I am married to Maipelo with whom we have a lovely son (Crown Katlego).My hobbies are reading and gardening.

Klaus von Pressentin

I am a male South African citizen. I have completed my undergraduate studies (MB,ChB) and postgraduate studies (MMed Family Medicine) at Stellenbosch University. I have also obtained the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians from the CMSA (Colleges of Medicine of South Africa).
Professional background
After completing my undergraduate studies in 2002, I completed my internship at Gordonia hospital in Upington, Northern Cape (2003) and my community service year at Worcester hospital (2004). I completed the first year of my Family Medicine postgraduate studies at Worcester hospital (2005), before spending two years in the United Kingdom (2006 & 2007), where I worked in Emergency Medicine. I resumed my postgraduate studies in Family Medicine in 2008 and graduated in December 2010. Since 1 February 2011, I have been appointed as Specialist Family Physician to the Langeberg sub-district (Robertson & Montagu district hospital complex), Cape Winelands district, Western Cape Department of Health. I have also been involved as an accredited External Lecturer in the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University – from 2010: supervisor of undergraduate medical students in their 4-6th year of studies; from 2012: supervisor of Student Interns at Robertson hospital, completing a longitudinal integrated clerkship as part of the SU Ukwanda Rural Clinical School, as well as a Family Medicine Registrar; also involved in e-learning modules from 2010: undergraduate Rural Health module, and from 2011: postgraduate on-line and clinical modules; from 2012: co-supervision of postgraduate research dissertation; also involved with assessment of undergraduate medical students and postgraduate family medicine registrars.
Personal information
I am married to Mariaan. We have been blessed with two lovely daughters (Jana & Sabine). My hobbies are reading, cycling & walking in the wonderful natural surroundings of Robertson, as well as spending time with family and friends.