2020 Fellow Profiles

Florence Akiiki Bitalabeho

Current background
Florence is currently the Director for Community Based Education at the University of Global Health Equity and Partners in Health/ Rwanda. Prior to that, for 3 years she was the Director of Mentorship, Education and Training at| Partners In Health, Rwanda.
Professional background
Dr Bitalabeho graduated as a Medical doctor at Makerere University and has post graduate diplomas in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Public Health, Health Service Management and  Occupational Health from the University of Witwatersrand where she was a lecturer in the Department of Community Health for 3 years. Dr  Bitalabeho has over thirty years of experience practicing and teaching medicine in the Africa region and internationally, developing and supporting training for HIV/AIDS management based with the World Health Organization in Geneva for 8 years. On the pre-service front, she is the Director for Social and Community Medicine, a program that is co-hosted with the University of Rwanda Medical School to prepare the next generation of doctors be responsive to the health needs of the Rwandan community, providing quality health care and striving for health equity and social justice. On the in-service side, She has led the training team that designs and implements operational context specific training programs for high impact and quality improvement outcomes for clinical, community and health service support functions for decentralized health services in the 3 PIH supported districts in Rwanda.
Personal information
Dr Bitalabeho is married, has 2 adult daughters and a son. She is privileged to call Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa as her homes.

Sylvia T. Callender-Carter

Current background
I am a Curriculum Specialist, Department of Medical Education and Training, Partners in Health; Lecturer in Community Based Education, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). I have been working in Social and Community Medicine with medical students from University of Rwanda and Community Based Education of medical students at UGHE.
Professional background
I am a Doctor of Public Health with an MPH in Health Education and Health Promotion, Loma Linda University, California. I hold a BSc in Biology with a concentration in Medical Technology from Andrews University, Michigan. I have been involved in education all of my adult life, with more than 15 years in the area of environmental and occupational health in academic, municipal and healthcare facilities. My key experiences included: Safety Specialist at Spelman College: hazard communication trainer & hazardous materials management (Downstate Hospital, Brooklyn, New York). As a trainer in hazardous waste site emergency response (Hunter College), I worked with the Teamsters Union and NY State Dept. of Environmental Protection. My public health experience included needs assessment, program planning, implementing and evaluation of public health programs. Most recently, I served as the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at Bugema University in Kampala, Uganda.
Personal information
I was born in Trinidad & Tobago; I am the mother of four. My hobbies are reading, eating spicy food, travelling, netball and golf.

Lizemari Hugo-van Dyk

Current background
I am a female South African and a holder of Bachelor of Nursing science, Master of Nursing and PhD in Nursing degrees from the University of the Free State. 
Professional background
I completed my four year Bachelor’s degree in 2004 and started working in a private hospital in Bloemfontein for about two years. Thereafter I moved to the academic hospital for a period of six months before moving to Mozambique. I founded and managed a mobile clinical in the Zumbu district in the Tete province. Here, I obtained a wide variety of clinical experience which I would not have found anywhere else. During this time I obtained my diploma in primary health care. I am grateful for my time there. After five years, I returned to South Africa and started working at the School of Nursing at the University of the Free State as a clinical preceptor. I continued my academic career by obtaining my diploma in nursing education and completed my Master’s degree in Nursing. In 2018 I successfully obtained my PhD degree in Nursing with a specialization in preceptorship. 
Personal information
I recently got married to Jaco van Dyk. I like to send time with family and friend over weekend and like to run 5 to 10 km races.

Mohanad Ibrahim

Current background
I am a Sudanese man, holding a MBBS, Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Community Medicine.
Professional background
As a Public Health Doctor; professional in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, I have developed ability to use my own initiative and skills to work effectively, independently & as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. I was graduated from school of Medicine in 2006, and then completed my internship rotation. I was registered as a medical officer after passing my permanent registration exam with The Sudan Medical Council in 2009 and worked as a general practitioner at the airport clinic and later at a general governmental hospital up to the end of 2009. I was very interested in healthcare management and medical education that is why I joined Albasar International Foundation; an international NGO working for the prevention and control of blindness in over 48 countries by having specialized ophthalmic hospitals and conducting outreached free medical services. Since that time and up to now I work with them the Medical Director in Sudan sector. Regarding education, after completing my MPH, I joined Alneelain University, department of community medicine as a lecturer and now am participating in teaching the post graduates as well in the program of public health master.
Personal information
I am married for 4 years and have a 3 year old son. My hobby is horse riding and show jumping and tent pegging.

Aye Aye Khine-Wamono

Current background
I am currently working as a senior specialist and lecturer in Chemical Pathology at Stellenbosch University employed jointly by the university and the National Health Laboratory Services.
Professional background
I was born in Myanmar, South East Asia and came to South Africa in 1993 to study Pathology. After qualifying I worked as a Pathologist/lecturer at 3 different academic institutions and became South African citizen by naturalisation in 2001.  From 2003 to 2006 I worked as a consultant Pathologist in Namibia, and then from 2007 till 2011 in South East Asia recruited by the William J Clinton Foundation as a regional specialist for laboratory systems implementation and training. Upon coming back to South Africa in 2011 I took up a position again with the NHLS and University of Pretoria as a principal Pathologist and senior lecturer till 2013 when I was promoted to become a Head of Department in Chemical Pathology at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Since then teaching, training and learning became centre of my core work and responsibility, and I took up further studying in Health Sciences Education. I did PG Diploma and MPhil with the university of Cape Town and graduated with these in 2014 and 2018 respectively. I moved to work at University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg Medical School in Cape Town to follow my family end of 2018 and I am currently registered for a PhD in Health Professional Education with the University of the Free State.  My PhD project is on facilitating a specific learning skills for Chemical Pathology in undergraduate medicine.
Personal information
I am married with two grown-up daughters. My hobbies are cooking, reading, singing, yoga and taking a walk.  

Nomntu Melitafa

Current background
I am a female South African, registered nurse, midwife, Paediatric Nurse, B, A Nursing in Management and Community, nurse educator, Masters in Nursing Education from University of Fort Hare (UFH) and busy with PhD in Nursing Education (UFH). 
Professional background
Professional Nurse with extensive experience of 16 years’ as Paediatric Nurse Specialist previously held managerial positions in a public hospital.  Previous activities: Breastfeeding coordinator for Baby-friendly Initiative public hospitals, worked with multidisciplinary team of Child Abuse, organizer of awareness campaigns and seminars, linked with RAPCAN in Cape Town. Trained on various HIV/AIDS courses, which assisted with curriculum review and implemented in community engagement. Currently: Trained at Maastricht University Netherlands-Problem Based Learning (PBL). Lecturing undergraduate Nursing Science, Community Nursing, professional practice, HIV Post Grad Diploma, supervisor of research and external moderator. Award winner of Vice Chancellor Excellence for Community Engagement October 2019. Team member that developed a new South African Nursing Council (SANC) Curriculum for Post Graduate Paediatric Nurses, a SANC initiative. Developed a curriculum on Primary Health Care Nurse Competency skills for Community Service candidates in partnership with Department of Health (DOH) a National project. 
Personal information
I am a single mother with two children Phelo (daughter), King (son) and two granddaughters 5 months and 3 months. My hobbies are reading research articles, Bible and writing spiritual books.

Aminah Najjemba

Current background
I am a female Ugandan, a holder of Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery from Mbarara University of science and Technology and then Masters of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Medicine and surgery at Mbarara University of science and technology in 2004. I graduated after 5 years in 2009 and had a one year internship at Mulago National referral Hospital which is a requirement for registration with the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council. At the end of the internship I had 3 years clinical medical practice as a general practitioner at Kibuli Muslim Hospital and AAR healthcare in Kampala Uganda respectively. I then applied and was admitted for Masters of medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology which i successfully completed after 3 years and graduated in 2016. After graduation, i had consultancy with World Vision in the field of maternal and new born care for 6 months.Subsequently I got appointed as specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with Kampala Hospital. Additionally, I started the teaching career with Islamic University in Uganda Habib medical school in 2018 as lecturer and coordinator for Obstetrics and Gynaecology department. I was promoted to the position of Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Habib medical school effective October 2019. 
Personal information
I am married with 3 children of 9 years, 7 years and 2 years old respectively. My hobbies are reading and travelling mentoring people, networking with new friends.

Josephine N Najjuma

Current background
I am a female Ugandan, a holder of Bachelor of Nursing science and Master of Nursing science degrees from Mbarara University of Sceince and Technology.
Professional background
Upon completing high school, I was admitted to pursue a degree in Nursing which I completed in 2014. I graduated after four years and had a one-year period of internship at Kampala University teaching hospital in South western Uganda, which is a requirement for registration with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives council. At the end of the internship I applied for a position that had been advertised at Mbarara University of Science and Technology where the I was one of the founder of the simulation centre, as the coordinator of the clinical skills lab and Simulation centre in 2016 up to date.  In 2019 I completed the Masters of Nursing science course majoring in critical care.
Personal information
I am married to Frank with whom we have one daughter (Laura). My hobby is travelling.

Ponsiano Kabakyenga Nuwagaba

Current background
I am a male Ugandan, a holder of Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Bachelor of Social Work and Community Development and Master of Public Health degrees from Fort Portal School of Clinical Officers, Kyambogo University and Uganda Christian University respectively. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Disability Studies with focus on maternal health at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Professional background
Upon completing high school, I was admitted to pursue a three-year Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health at Fort Portal School of Clinical Officers in 2001. I graduated in 2004 and registered with Uganda Allied Health Professionals Council in 2005. Later, I enrolled and completed the above mentioned three-year Bachelor and two-year Master degrees in 2011 and 2014 respectively. I hold Professional Certificates in Health Promotion and Education, Strengthening Education and Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Master Trainers, HIV/AIDS Management and Palliative Care among others. I worked as a Clinical Officer In-Charge of Bitooma Health Centre III (Private Not-For-Profit) from 2005, then Clinician and Trainer/Mentor in Reach Out Mbuya HIV/AIDS Initiative (NGO) from 2007 and later as a Medical Clinical Officer in Kyambogo University Hospital (Government) from 2010. Currently, I am an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Community and Disability Studies, Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation, Kyambogo University since 2011 on part-time basis, then from 2014 on full-time basis.
Personal information
I am married to Juliet Ajok with whom we have three lovely children (Jed, Jemie & Jemuel). My hobbies are reading books, adventuring/travelling, making friends and watching movies.

Olufemi Ogundipe

Current background
I am a male Nigeria, a holder of Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and Fellowship of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and the West African College of Surgeons respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Dentistry in 1991. Thereafter, I obtained the fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons, Faculty of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and was appointed as a Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile Ife, Nigeria.I also received certificate of super specialization training in invasive traumatology, orthognathic surgery, TMJ Surgery, Laser Surgery and Implant Surgery from Department of Mund, Kiefer und Gesichtschirurgie, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria. I am currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria and a fellow of Institute of Management Consultant of Nigeria.
Personal information
I am married to Olawumi and we have four wonderful children (Sike, Faith, Ebun & David). My hobbies are watching football and playing chess.

Olumide Ayoola Olaoye

Current background
I am a male Nigerian, a holder of Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. I similarly hold a Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Western Cape.
Professional background
I am one of the two pioneer graduates of the only Baccalaureate training programme for Occupational Therapist in Nigeria that commenced in 2003 at the Obafemi Awolowo University. Upon graduation in 2008, I practiced in the clinical settings as an occupational therapist for about 3 years before joining the academic training programme at the Obafemi Awolowo University as a Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy programme of the Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences in 2011. I am one of the few recipients of the 2017 World Bank RSM Doctoral Fellowship programme and a member of the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR2).
Personal information
I am married to Oluwatobi with two lovely children (Inioluwa & Iseoluwa). My hobbies include playing the guitar and listening to music.

Manas Kanti Ray

Current background
At present working as Prof. in the Department Of Physiology, IOMIT’s S.S.R Medical College, Mauritius for the last ten years and teaching first Professional MBBS Students. As an Executive Member of the Continuous Professional Development  Program ( CPD ) of  our Institution, where 2 CPD points awarded for attending the Scientific Sessions by the Health University of Mauritius, presented “ Recent Advancement and Diagnosis of  Infertility “ on 26th October 2019. 
Professional background
After completion of High School (1979), joined Bachelor’s Degree Course in Human physiology (1980) and Post –Graduate Degree Course (1982) Course in Human Physiology in Calcutta University,India. In 1986 awarded Fellowship to pursue Ph.D Program in Neurophysiology, Calcutta University, India.  Before completion of my Ph.D program, joined as Lecturer in the Department Of  Physiology in B.M.Patil Deemed University, Karnataka, India (1991). Awarded Ph.D degree in 2002. After 13 years of long service in that Institution, shifted to Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India as Associate Professor. After 6 years of service in that Institution, joined IOMIT’s S.S.R Medical College, Mauritius as Professor & HOD in the Department of Physiology. I have a total teaching experience of 30 years in Medical College. Published 42 research papers in reputed journals and 16 research papers on Medical Education related topics. One of the research paper was awarded as best paper presentation in the Conference ( “ e-viva voce: a real challenge ahead”).
Personal information
I am married to Dr. Suranjana Ray (Arora), who recently promoted to Professor in Physiology, SSR Medical College, Mauritius and also a student of SAFRI-2019 Program . We have two daughters , elder daughter “Unmesha” pursuing her Ph.D in Nanoscience & Nano technology in IIT, Kharagpur, India and younger “Ujjaini” doing her Medical Internship after completion of MBBS from Mauritius.

Louise Schweickerdt

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of a Masters Degree in Drama from the University of Pretoria.
Professional background
I graduated with a BA drama from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 1998. During 2002 I started to work as a Simulated/Standardised Patient (SP) – also at UP. My involvement with teaching through the incorporation of SPs, lead to my employment as the first and only SP Facilitator in South Africa at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) (then MEDUNSA) in 2011. During my time at SMU, I completed both my honours (2014) and well as Masters Degrees (2019) – both through the Drama faculty at UP.  Currently I am still employed as SP Facilitator at SMU. Through the experience gained during the completion of my Masters Degree, as well as partaking in the Ticket to Teach course presented by SMU, my interest has extended from SP methodology and now includes Teaching and Learning through the incorporation of humanities in Medical Education.
Personal information
Following my divorce in 2014, currently I am very happy to be single. My hobbies include horse riding, reading and travelling.

Constance Balahliye Sekgobela

Current background
I am South African lady, a nurse by profession, a holder of B Cur and Master of Arts in Public Health as well as Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science degrees from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and University of Pretoria respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing high school in 1987, I took a gap year and the following year I was admitted to pursue a Diploma in Nursing in the by then Gazankulu college of nursing in 1989. I graduated after four years and started working as a professional nurse at the local hospital (Tintswalo Hospital). I registered for my first degree with the University of South Africa of which I completed in 1999.  In 2002 I was then offered my first opportunity of being a nurse educator in the South African Military Health Services Nursing College. I continued with my studies and obtained my Masters degree in 2008.  In 2008 I was promoted to be HOD student counselling services in the same college. I started my PhD in 2012 and graduated in 2018. I transferred to Mpumalanga college of Nursing in 2014 as HOD academic student affairs where I am still working.
Personal information
I am married to Michael Ceko with whom we have two lovely children Khanyisa who is 20 years old and Thamsanqa 16 years. I am an outgoing lady and I love travelling.

Clarisa van der Merwe (neé Sutherland)

Current background
I’m a 28-year-old white female from Pretoria. I grew up in White River, Mpumalanga, where I attended a small Afrikaans private school on the outskirts of town. I hold a BSc, BSc Hons, MSc and PGCHE, all from the University of Pretoria. I am an enthusiastic individual and I work well in teams.
Professional background
I’m one of those professional students people joke about; I came to the University of Pretoria in 2010 to do a BSc in Medical Sciences, and I’ve been here ever since. I completed my BSc and moved on directly to postgraduate studies, gaining a BSc Hons in Physical Anthropology, an MSc in Anatomy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. At the moment I am this close to finishing my PhD in Anatomy, with a focus on biological anthropology education. In terms of employment, I was awarded a post as an assistant lecturer in Academic Information Management in the School of IT during my Honours year in 2013 and held my post until 2014. I held a research assistantship concurrently with my part time assistant lecturing position in 2014 but had to give up both posts in to pursue a full time NRF internship in my department in 2015. 2016 was a tough year – I held two part time research assistantships concurrently while completing PGCHE and registering for a PhD. I survived, somehow, and continued working as a research assistant – a post I still have. The majority of my teaching happened during my PhD research, but the research assistantships are where I maintained access to university resources in order to be able to teach; I fall in the 66% of academic staff employed by annual contract. Because the contracts are subject to renewal, I had to create a teaching plan each year, for implementation the next. In this way, I have   assisted in completely revamping the first-year human osteology course (twice), updating the undergraduate biological anthropology curriculum through my PhD, supervising two honours students and teaching two-year’s worth of postgraduate research methodology. I still teach, but in 2019, I had the opportunity to become the Junior Project Coordinator for the Bakeng se Afrika project – a large, multi-centred, EU-funded project to create a digital skeletal repository. 
Personal information
I married my long-term partner, Gerrie van der Merwe in October 2020. He is a statistician, and I am quite proud of the catch. We live in our tiny house in Centurion with our two dogs, Lumos and Lily. We are unashamed foodies, and delight in creating spectacular chef-style dishes for dinner most nights. We also enjoy hiking and playing video games. I also love gardening, reading and going for jogs with the dogs.