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Speaker Bios: CCIH 2022 Day 4

April 26, 2022

by CCIH

Day 4:
Strengthening Health Systems for Resilience in Times of Change
June 16, 2022 from 8 – 11 am ET

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Speaker Bios

Barbara Campbell, RPh, CCN, is Executive Director of the Dalton Foundation, where she is developing and implementing strategic programs and partner relationships to support health system strengthening in contexts in which they work. Barbara is currently Co-Chair of CCIH’s Mapping Working Group, helping oversee faith-based mapping initiatives. Barbara served in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and subsequently worked in Haiti for over 5 and a half years as Director of Medical Operations with Mission of Hope.
Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH, serves as a technical advisor for CDC’s HIV Care and Treatment Branch in the Division of Global HIV and TB within the Center for Global Health. He received a MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, MD from Baylor College of Medicine, MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health, and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and his clinical interests include HIV, global health, and emerging infectious diseases. He is also an ordained minister in the Anglican Church. He and his wife previously served as medical missionaries in Kenya.
Stephen Letchford, MD, Steve is a physician specializing in internal medicine and in pediatrics. After running a US suburban private practice for 7 years, he and his family moved to Africa in 1998 where he has since worked at rural hospitals in Zambia and Kenya in patient care, medical training, and leadership development.

In 2016, with the help of SIM International, he and Wes Brown co-founded Banda Health with a vision of transforming lives by using technology solutions and relationships to empower the clinics caring for the world's lowest-income patients.
Diana Ayabei is a clinic officer with a higher diploma in epidemiology. After working in hospitals and outreaches, she and her husband Stephen started SpaceCare Medical Clinic in Kawangware, Nairobi (now in Mtego Estate). Her vision is to grow the clinic into a state-of-the-art health facility offering holistic, accessible, affordable quality health services for those living in a difficult space.
Gary Gilkeson, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he is Associate Dean of Faculty Development for the School of Medicine. Dr. Gilkeson has been a longtime supporter of Helping Children Worldwide and Mercy Hospital, working closely with clinical staff there to provide both training and medical equipment.
Dr. Aruna Stevens is the Chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone. Dr. Stevens is a graduate of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences from the University of Sierra Leone. With an interest in pediatric and obstetric care, he has volunteered with many organizations to improve health service delivery in rural areas in Sierra Leone. He has a keen interest in clinical research and is a physician coder for the Million Death study by the Centre for Global Health Research. Dr. Stevens has transformed Mercy Hospital into one of the top medical facilities in Bo, with over 10,000 patients treated every year.
Lisa Ailaniello, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, PNP-AC, is Director of the Center of Global Nursing Development (Medical Benevolence Foundation). She is an experienced healthcare leader with over 30 years of high level, direct nursing expertise working as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Alianiello is highly skilled in creating sustainable impact and has extensive global experience in Nepal, Haiti, Guyana and Africa working on sustainable healthcare program development.
Philemon Mulenga, received his BS in Nursing and Midwifery from Mzuzu University and works as a Pre-Service Training Officer at Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM Secretariat). A strong advocate for e-learning nursing education in Malawi, he has worked in classroom teaching, framing of pre-service training policies, and pioneering the use of e-learning platforms. Philemon was honored with the Excellence in Clinical Teaching award by the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) and is coordinating a quality improvement project with Karolinska Institute of Sweden in Capacity Building of Public Health Officials in maternal and child health.
Timothy Nunn, MD, is the Medical Director at CURE Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Orthopaedic programme directory with the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons. His training work also extends to rotating government residents and consultant fellows who are in a two-year programme learning pediatric orthopedics at CURE Ethiopia.
Kate Long, DrPH, MSc, is a Research Associate at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. Prior to her appointment, she was John and Daria Barry postdoctoral fellow at the Human Flourishing Program and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current work focuses on determinants of well-being, group dynamics of religion on human flourishing, and the development of tradition-specific spiritual well-being measures.
Father John Varghese holds his Masters in Hospital Administration (2004). He has done M.Phil and Ph.D in Health Systems Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He has worked as Assistant Director of St.Thomas Hospital, Changanassery for seven years. He is currently the Associate Director of St.John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, India. He is also the professor and head of the department of Hospital Administration at St.John’s Medical College, Bangalore.
His research and work are mostly on charitable hospitals, with special focus on mission hospitals.
Richard Neci Cizungu, BPharm, Advanced Diploma in Humanitarian Logistics, is the Executive Director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN). He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kinshasa, an advanced diploma in humanitarian Logistics from ISS-DRC and a Postgraduate Certificate of Management from Cumbria University. He was formally the Managing Director of the Dépôt Central Médico-Pharmaceutique 8e CEPAC (DCMP 8th CEPAC). During his 10-year tenure as the Director of DCMP 8th CEPAC, he took the company to a significant level, making it one of the largest Drug Store Organizations in DR Congo today.
Joseph Rugut is a Biomedical and Renewable Energy Engineer with over 20 years work experience in hospital engineering and related infrastructure plants in medical facilities and mainly hospitals. He is also in the National Referral Workshop at the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK), where he assists in routine installations and maintenance activities, including a quality assurance and control program in radiology and anesthesia services.
Saona Phiri-Ndhlovu is the Manager of Storage and Distribution at the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ). She is a pharmacist with a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management. Her work experience spans both public and private sector health product supply, with a particular focus on supply of public health products for HIV, Malaria, and other epidemics. She has recently played a key role in the mobilization of products to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia.
Esther Kuhn, PhD, is World Renew’s Country Director for Senegal. With her team and local Christian partner organizations she implements community development and humanitarian programs in community health, gender justice, agriculture, and effective church leadership. Esther holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Dennis Mwangwela, MSc, is a qualified international development practitioner with 25 years experience in development, mostly with World Relief. He is a well-experienced researcher, trainer, and community organizer. Dennis has extensive experience in design and implementation management of church and community based integrated projects and programs. Dennis has a MSc. in Agriculture (Rural Development and Agricultural Extension) from University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa and a BSc. in Agriculture (Rural Development) from the University of Malawi.
Edwin Sam Asirvatham, PhD, is a Technical Advisor with the Health Systems Research India Initiative. He holds a PhD in Health Systems & Policy and a Post-Graduate degree in Health Management. He has over 20 years of experience in public health. His specific areas of interest include analysis of health systems performance, public-private collaboration in health, development of health reform strategies and policies that lead to overall effectiveness, efficiency, and equity in health services.


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