Speaker Bios: CCIH 2022 Day 5

April 27, 2022


Day 5:
Quality of Care: Improving Services for the Whole Person in Times of Change
June 21, 2022 from 8 – 11 am ET

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Speaker Bios

Priya John, MBBS, MD, DNB, is the General Secretary of the Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI), a position she has held since July 2019. Prior to that role, Priya worked for CMAI in the Community Health Department, and worked in Palliative Medicine in New Delhi for three years before coming to CMAI. She earned her MBBS from the Christian Medical College in Vellore and degrees in Community Health and Preventive Medicine at St. Johns National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore.
Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, is a public health physician and Vice President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He provides strategic technical and relationship guidance for IHI’s work in Africa while also securing new business opportunities in the region. Prior to this role, Sodzi-Tettey was IHI’s Senior Technical Director, Africa, leading Project Fives Alive! in Ghana. Before joining IHI, he conducted high-level trainings and short-term consultancies in quality improvement with organizations in Saudi Arabia, India, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, and the US. He also serves on the governing board of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority and the Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
Leticia Nkonya, PhD is a Technical Advisor for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) at World Vision USA. Leticia is a published researcher with more than 20 years of experience in international development, social research, GESI, human rights, water management, higher education teaching, and program management and evaluation. She leads the GESI Transform Project that focuses on GESI integration capacity building, strengthening GESI evidence of impact and GESI promising practices.
Peter Chalusa is Project Manager at World Relief. He is part of the World Relief SCOPE HIV team in Malawi that engages with government and faith communities in setting up networks of community activists that has mobilized men and boys to know their HIV status, returned people who stopped treatment to care, and created awareness and justice for children on sexual and gender-based violence.
Pirira Cathy Nthanda Ndaferankhande is Executive Director of the Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA). Through MIAA, she has supported SCOPE HIV to rollout SASA Faith, a methodology that initiates change in behaviour, attitudes, and practices towards how people exercise power - the main contributor of gender-based violence and HIV transmission in the community.
Khama Daudi is District HTS Coordinator, Machinga DHO, at the Malawi Ministry of Health. He has provided technical and policy leadership towards community mobilization and HIV testing within the SCOPE HIV work. Khama has supported the program to obtain district political leadership support, including access to HIV testing consumables and kits.
David Balikitenda, BSBBS, PGD M&E, MS EPID, is Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau. David is a mentor and coach for qualitative and quantitative research, M&E best practices, and Data Use and Demand. David holds a BSC STAT from Makerere University Kampala backed by a PGD, a M&E from Uganda Management Institute, and is currently pursuing a MSC in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.
Kasande Meble is a Nursing Student at Bishop Stuart University in Uganda. She has experience working in patient care and her research is focused on extending care to communities in need.
Kris Prenger, MD, MPH, MA, has nearly 30 years’ experience serving the underserved. She graduated from The Ohio State University, completed a Family Medicine residency in Wilmington, DE, then worked from 1991-1996 on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, NM. Prenger began work in Bangladesh in 1997. During her time at LAMB Hospital, in rural NW Bangladesh, she has worked primarily in community health and development, with limited clinical work in Ob-Gyn (20+ years), then Med-Peds more recently. She also trained at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MPH in 2005), and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA in Intercultural Studies in 2018).
Douglas Huber, MD, MSc, is a Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health. He has worked more than 40 years in international health with a focus on reproductive health, research, and innovative community health projects that changed national practices. As a missionary for the Episcopal Church, he was the HIV/AIDS Advisor to the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa. He served with USAID and on WHO expert committees for standards and guidelines on family planning practices.
Stembile Mugore known as Tembi is a Zimbabwean Nurse, midwife, and public health professional with over 20 years’ experience in global health. She is currently World Vision US’s Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Maternal Child and Adolescent Health and Family Planning (RMNCAH - FP) where she provides technical support for programming, capacity building and resource mobilization. Ms. Mugore has clinical expertise and vast experience leading the design management and implementation of global, regional and country projects in family planning/ reproductive health (FP/RH), maternal, new-born, and child and (MNCH), HIV/AIDS and health system strengthening.
Carolyn O’Brien, MSPH, serves on the Faith Engagement Team for MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership and as Program Advisor for CCIH, monitoring project activities of subgrantees and ensuring overall implementation of all grant activities. Carolyn leads CCIH’s efforts on the Christian Health Asset Mapping Consortium, and coordinates and supports CCIH’s 30×30 Health Systems Initiative. Previously, Carolyn served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, working in health education and female empowerment. She has an MSPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA from Calvin University.
Karen Hardee, PhD, is president of the What Works Association. She is a social demographer, expert in reproductive health and rights-based programming; gender; and population, development, and climate change. She has undertaken policy and programmatic studies and evidence syntheses and is a member of many advisory committees. She is also president of Hardee Associates, and has worked at the Population Council, Palladium/Futures Group, PAI, JSI, FHI360, USAID and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. She is a member of, and consults for, CCIH. Dr. Hardee has worked globally, most intensively in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and has published extensively.
Ngah Edward Ndze, B-Pharm is Central Pharmacy General Manager at Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. He has a Masters in Supply Chain Management from the Pan African Institute for Development in West Africa and a Diploma in Hospital Management for Health professionals from Hochschule University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He was the manager of the CBC-DIFAEM COVID-19 project and has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network.
Allison Flynn, MPH is Senior Program Advisor for Health & Nutrition, World Relief. Allison is currently based in Malawi where she provides technical support to World Relief’s family-centric health and nutrition portfolio at the global level with specific emphasis on programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago with concentrations in Global Maternal and Child Health and Community Health Sciences.

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