2018 Fellow Profiles

Ansie Gotthardine Benjamin

Personal profile
I am a Namibian woman aged 47, who is currently residing and working in Namibia. I am a divorcee with one handsome daughter, Nomo. Netball, reading novels and watching television leads a host of my hobbies.
Current background
I completed my high school in 1989 and enrolled for a Diploma in General Nursing, Community, Psychiatry and Midwifery Science with the University of Namibia in 1990. In 1995 I graduated and started my clinical practice at the Windhoek Central hospital. I worked in various disciplines. In October 2006 I was co-opted into the training of nurses (Enrolled nurses course),under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, under the directorate of the National Training Network and serve as a project staff under I-TECH (International Training and Education Centre for Health). A position I held for four (4) years. With the assistance of donor funding for Namibia in the fight against HIV/AIDS, which required the robust scaling up of ART services, I was again co-opted to move to Windhoek I-TECH head office as IMAI Trainer (Integrated Management of Adult & Adolescent Illnesses). I got promoted to a Nurse Training Manager in 2013, a position I held until my retrenchment in Feb 2015 due to non-availability of funding for the project. After the retrenchment, In April 2015 I got transitioned into the Ministry of Health and Social Services as Lecturer for the newly established Registered Nurses Diploma Training Project. A position I hold to date. I am responsible for teaching
Career goals
My career goal is training and development of Health Care Trainers and also to become a Health sciences curriculum development specialist.

Lori Bocchino

Current background
I am a female South African of mixed Italian/British descent. I obtained my MBBCh degree from Wits, and did my specialist training there too.
Professional background
I graduated from Wits with my MBBCh in 2004, and did my (then 1 year) internship at Baragwanath hospital. I completed my community service at Tembisa Hospital, before returning to Bara as a MO in 2007. I took up my reg post in 2008, and got my FCP in 2011. I worked for a short time in private practice from 2012 – 2015, but took up a teaching post at Wits on a part time basis from 2013. After the birth of my daughter in 2015, I gave up clinical practice to pursue a career in medical education.
Personal information
I am married to Lliam Brannigan, an anaesthesiologist and critical care specialist. We have 2 amazing children – Noah (6) and Milla (2 and a half). I like to read and run, though I don’t really find much time for hobbies!

Amos Drasiku

Current background
I currently head the fledgling Department of Nursing and Midwifery of Muni University in Arua, West Nile. I hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BScN) and a Master’s in Health Services Research (MHSR) from Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda’s oldest university). I hold a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management (DPPM) from the Uganda Management Institute.
Professional background
Upon graduating from Makerere in 2003, I completed my pre-licensure internship at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor, Gulu, Northern Uganda. As a registerd nurse, I worked with the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in various capacities. From 2004 to 2013 my interest in nursing research was fostered by my experiences as a clinical trial manager in the Development of Antiretroviral Therapy in Africa (DART) Trial and the Children with HIV in Africa-Pharmacokinetics and Acceptability/Adherence of Simple Anti-retroviral Regimens, (CHAPAS-3) Trial. I also served as the community engagement officer for Strengthening Civil Society for Improved HIV & AIDS and Orphans and Vulnerable Children service delivery in Uganda (SCIPHA) West Nile region. Additionally, I worked with Uganda Ministry of Health Regional Performance Monitoring Team (RPMT), Arua Region as HIV focal person. My passion for sharing nursing knowledge and skills started with a part-time clinical instructor position at Lacor School of Nursing during my internship at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in 2003. In 2010 and 2011, I served as a part-time lecturer at the School of Public Health at Makerere University after my master’s program. I joined Muni University in 2014 as an Assistant Lecturer where I currently serve as Acting Head of Department.
Personal information
My wife and I have two lovely daughters and a son. My hobbies are listening to music, hanging out with friends and gardening.

Patela Giyose

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of BCur (IetA) and Master of Nursing science degrees from The Medical University of Southern Africa and University of Fort Hare respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue General Nursing Science diploma which was a three year course at Cecilia Makiwane Nursing College and Midwifery Diploma at Mount Coke Nursing College. After training I worked as a professional nurse at several hospitals and clinics in the then Ciskei Government. In 1992 I resigned and went to study full time at the Medical University of Southern Africa and majored in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education and Community Health Nursing. After finishing my studies I worked as a community health nurse at Buffalo City Municipality where I was in-charge of several clinics. In 2002 I did a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Welfare Management. In 2006 to 2010 I worked for Health Systems Trust as a TB co-ordinator supporting the Eastern Cape Government with monitoring and evaluation of their TB program. In 2013 I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Curationis where I majored in Community Health Nursing. Currently I am working as the Nurse Educator at the University of Fort Hare facilitating the fourth year level in Professional Practice and Nursing Management
Personal information
I am married to Hlubi with whom we have three lovely children two girls (Sethu & Qhawe) and a son Bongo. My hobbies are reading, knitting and travelling.

Noluvo Gosangaye

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of Bachelor of Nursing science and Masters of Nursing science degrees from Fort Hare University.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted at Mount Coke Hospital to do General nursing in 1990. I graduated after three years and had a one year period for diploma in Midwifery at Bisho hospital. After completion my diploma in general nursing and midwifery I applied for professional nurse position at Bisho hospital. In 1996 worked as professional nurse in neonatal ward at Bisho hospital and had a transfer to Cecilia Makhiwane hospital in 1997. Worked as a professional nurse for ten years. I studied Bcur degree in education and administration in North West University 2001 then did nursing diploma in Community nursing in 2002. In 2006 applied for nurse educator position at Lilitha nursing college and worked there until 2014. In 2010 I studied Master’s degree in Community nursing and graduated in 2013. Published my first article in 2013 and my second article in 2015. Currently Iam working as nurse educator in Fort Hare University in nursing department.
Personal information
I am married to Masakhane with whom we have three lovely children, two girls and one boy (Ngcalikazi, Zusakhe and Qhawe). My hobbies are reading and watching news.

Farhana Karachi

Current background
I am a South African female. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Cape Town and Stellenbosch University respectively. I am currently registered for my final year in PhD Physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University and am in the process of completing my dissertation for submission shortly.
Professional background
I studied BSc Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town and completed my Masters in Physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University in 2006 while employed as a Junior Physiotherapy Clinician at Tygerberg Hospital. In 2004 I was employed as a Senior Physiotherapy Clinician in Orthopaedics and Neuromusculoskeletal Therapy at Tygerberg Hospital. I also worked in private practice through the course of my career. In 2005 I visited Melbourne, Australia to attend and present the results of my Master’s Thesis entitled: Survival and HRQoL of surgical ICU patients 12 months following discharge at the 9th International Cardiothoracic Conference. Since then I have travelled widely locally and international to present my work. I was employed as a Physiotherapy Lecturer at UWC in November, 2006. During this period at UWC I taught extensively across all years and the majority of physiotherapy modules but specialized in the area of cardiorespiratory and intensive care physiotherapy. I registered for my PhD in Physiotherapy in 2014 at Stellenbosch University and my project is in evidence based practice and implementation in intensive care. I have participated and attended many local and international critical/intensive care symposiums/conferences/congresses as well as adult and paediatric ICU workshops and course to supplement my knowledge to improve and add to my teaching and learning as part of evidence based teaching practices.
Personal information
I am married to Shahied Soeker with whom we have three beautiful children (Zohair, Amina, Amara). My hobbies are reading, music, dance and travelling.

Mamphafi Matete

Current background
I am a female Mosotho, a holder of Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery from Maluti Adventist School of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing science from University of Limpopo (Medunsa).
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a diploma in general nursing at Maluti Adventist School of Nursing in 2003. I graduated after three years and transited to midwifery which is a one year programme. I graduated from midwifery in 2007. On completion of the general nursing and midwifery I applied for a post to be a nursing sister at Scott Hospital and I was offered the position from August 2007 till December 2009. In January 2010 I pursued a degree in nursing science with the then University of Limpopo (Mendusa Campus). I completed in 2012 and in 2013 applied for a post to be a nurse educator at Maluti Adventist College and I was offered the position. In 2014 I left Maluti Adventist College and started working as a Clinical supervisor at Paray School of Nursing. In January 2015 I was promoted to be the Head of Diploma in Nursing Department till to date.
Personal information
I am a mother to a 2 year old boy. My hobbies are reading and hiking.

Eva Mukurunge

Current background
I am a female Zimbabwean, a holder of a Bachelor of Science Honours in Nursing Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry degree from the University of Zimbabwe and currently studying for a Master of Nursing degree with the Free State University.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of Zimbabwe in 1997. I graduated after three years and worked for a year as a Laboratory assistant in the Chemistry department at the same university. In 2001 I left the university and worked as a teacher at Marirangwe secondary school for four years. In 2005 I was enrolled with the University of Zimbabwe for a Bachelor of Science Honours in Nursing science degree. I graduated after four years. I worked at Howard hospital after which I moved to Lesotho in 2014. In 2015 I was employed at Paray School of Nursing as a Nurse educator. In 2016 I was appointed to position of Deputy Head of Programme. In 2017 September I was appointed to Acting Head of the same programme, the position I am currently holding.
Personal information
I am married to Tawanda with whom we have two lovely children (Tendai and Takudzwa). My hobbies are gardening and singing.

Rebecca Nekaka

Current background
I am a female Ugandan, a holder of a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Makerere University, a postgraduate Diploma in project planning and Management from Uganda Management and completing a Masters in Public Health.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Medicine at Makerere University in 2003. I graduated after five years and had a one year period of internship at Mbale regional referral hospital in eastern Uganda which is a requirement for registration with the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council. After internship I joined Cure Children’s Hospital of Uganda where I served as a Medical Officer for about three years. In 2013, Busitema University opened a faculty of Health Sciences at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. At the beginning of 2014, I applied for a teaching position that had been advertised and I was given a position of an assistant lecturer in the department of Physiology. In 2015 the faculty started a master’s in public Health which I joined as one of the pioneer students and I will be completing the course by next month. The curriculum of medicine at Busitema University provides for a community based education research and service program which I was appointed to coordinate.
Personal information
I am married to Julius with whom we have three lovely children (Kathy, Christian and Victor). My hobbies are reading story books, listening to Music, travel and adventure.

Samuel Oninla

Current background
I am a male Nigerian, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Also, I have Postgraduate Medical Fellowship in Paediatrics (FMCPaed) issued by National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria after a successful completion of my postgraduate Residency training in Paediatrics and Child Health at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Professional background
After I completed my secondary school education, I got admission to study medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I graduated six-year later with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). I did my one-year internship at State Specialist Hospital, Akure, Nigeria and registered with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. I then proceeded to participate in one-year Nigerian compulsory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme, which I did at the Family Health Centre, Ilaro, Nigeria. I worked as a Medical Officer in a government medical facility after the NYSC programme and later enrolled in postgraduate Residency training in Paediatrics and child health. I got employed at Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria in 2000 and disengaged from the employment as a Consultant Paediatrician in 2005. I joined the service of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso and LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo in December 2005 as a lecturer/Consultant Paediatrician, respectively, and now a Senior Lecturer/Consultant Paediatrician. My areas of interest are childhood infectious diseases and nutrition with particular bias in the interactions between the two sub-specialties in Paediatrics and child health.
Personal information
The name of my wife is Dr (Mrs) Olumayowa Oninla, and we have three delightful and lovely children (Busayo, Ibukun & Ebun). My hobbies are reading, travelling and watching animals on television and zoo.

David Thomson

Current background
I am a pale South African male, with an MBChB from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and an FCS , MMed in Surgery and a certificate in Critical Care from the University of Cape Town.
Professional background
I have Scottish parents and grew up in Durban. After completing high school and my undergraduate medical degree I worked as an intern in George and completed my community service in the Karoo. I then moved to Cape Town completing a Diploma in Emergency Care and my surgical primaries while working at Victoria hospital. I then went to work in the UK (got bored senseless) and then worked on the cruise ships for 6 months. I returned to complete my post graduate surgical training at UCT after which I have worked in Trauma, Acute Care and Transplantation. Currently I am a consultant in the Department of Surgery and Department of Critical Care working at Groote Schuur Hospital. My time is split between the ICU and the transplant unit where I remain involved in vascular access, kidney and liver transplantation despite being in ICU most of the time.
Personal information
I am married to Ferhana a fellow overworked medical professional. We have a lovely daughter Amarah who is 2. My hobbies are family, basketball, squash and chess.

Simone Titus

Current background
Simone Titus is a teaching and learning specialist in the Faculty of Community and Health Science at the University of the Western Cape. She graduated with a PhD in Education from the University of Cape Town where she developed an interest in the use of emerging technologies as a tool to mediate learning.
Professional background
Her special research interests is focused on game-based learning and using emerging technologies to foster cross cultural interaction, learning and engagement in higher education. During the past seven years in the academia, Simone has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and she has a growing number of Masters and PhD students who is under her supervision. Her current portfolio entails developing teaching and learning strategies in health science education and interprofessional education. Simone has been the recipient of, amongst others; the South African and Netherlands Programme for Advanced Development (SANPAD), AESOP Mobility to the University College of Dublin and has been awarded grant funding for various other projects. Simone’s cross-disciplinarily background has allowed her to engage in domains located in both health and social sciences, including gender studies, management and psychology. She is currently working on an EU funded project entitled “Caring Societies” with a focus on Health and Lifestyle Programmes. Simone currently works at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.
Personal information
Her hobbies are playing sport, travelling and reading.

Janine van der Linde

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of the Freestate and the University of the Witwatersrand respectively. I’m currently busy with my PhD in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professional background
Upon completing high school, I pursued a degree in Occupational Therapy and graduated in 1998. After I graduated I worked in an acute hospital in Klerksdorp for six months before travelling to the UK. I travelled the UK for two years and worked as locum in Occupational therapy mainly in community Paediatrics. On my return to South Africa I worked at Witrand hospital as an Occupational Therapist for four years in acute and chronic psychiatry. I then returned to the UK for a year, working in a special school for children with speech and language difficulties and ASD. After this year I again returned to Witrand hospital as Chief Occupational Therapist and Case manager for the physical rehabilitation unit and child mental health unit. In 2012 I applied for a teaching position in the School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The position was for a lecturer and Instructional designer in the e-Learning project, as well as lecturer in the postgraduate program in Paediatrics in the Occupational Therapy department. The e-learning position was quite a challenge as my focus of teaching was on training lecturers in the School of Therapeutic Sciences on the use of blended learning and technology for teaching. I found the teaching in e-learning quite rewarding and the e-Learning team was honoured to receive the Wits VC Teaching & Learning Team Teaching award in October 2017.
Personal information
I am single without children but spend all my love and time on my two nephews. My hobbies are reading, travelling and spending time with my family.