REACT AFRICA AND SOUTH CENTRE CONFERENCE 2019 - ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE WHILE ADDRESSING ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

 
REACT AFRICA AND SOUTH CENTRE CONFERENCE 2019 - ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE WHILE ADDRESSING ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
ReAct Africa and South Centre
           Conference 2019

Achieving Universal Health Coverage While
   Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance

        Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport Hotel, Kenya
                        23RD - 25TH JULY 2019
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MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF ReAct AFRICA

On behalf of ReAct Africa, South Centre and our support partners, I would like to officially welcome
you to the 2019 Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Achieving Universal Health
Coverage while addressing Antimicrobial Resistance’.

We are looking forward to hosting you for a three days discussion as we continue to support your
efforts, the World Health Organization’s and African Union’s agenda on Universal Health Coverage
and the AMR Global Action Plan.

It is my hope that the expectations you have, and the conference outcomes will be met by the end
of the conference.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Dr. Mirfin M. Mpundu
EPN Executive Director & Head of ReAct Africa

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ReAct
Created in 2005, ReAct (Action on Antibiotic Resistance) is one of the first international independent
networks to articulate the complex nature of antibiotic resistance and its drivers. ReAct was initiated
with the goal to be a global catalyst, advocating and stimulating for global engagement on antibiotic
resistance by collaborating with a broad range of organizations, individuals and stakeholders.

Over the years ReAct established nodes across the continents, currently having ReAct Europe, ReAct
North America, ReAct Latin America, ReAct Asia Pacific and since 2014: ReAct Africa.

ReAct Africa brings together experts and key stakeholders.

We provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of the National Action
Plans. ReAct Africa takes on a holistic perspective and raises awareness by informing the general
public and different sectors including but not limited to the health veterinarian and agricultural
sectors about antibiotic resistance. ReAct Africa increases collaboration with other relevant networks
and organizations and advocates for concerted action on antimicrobial resistance.

 www.reactgroup.org

South Centre
The South Centre is the inter-governmental policy research institution of developing countries,
with currently 54 developing country member States from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin
America and the Caribbean. The South Centre promotes more effective South-South cooperation
and coordination, supports developing countries in participating in and voicing their development
interests and priorities more effectively in various multilateral and regional development policy-
related issues and fora, and provides policy advice and technical assistance to governments on
their national development-related policies. The main activities of the Centre are policy research
and analysis, convening of meetings and conferences for developing countries to share views and
experiences, and technical assistance and capacity building activities.

The issues taken up by the Centre include international and regional trade policy, global
macroeconomic and finance issues, global public health, innovation and intellectual property
policy, climate change, environment and sustainable development, international economic issues
including tax policy, external debt and international investment policy; human rights policy; global
governance for and North-South relations, South-South cooperation, and global governance for
development.

The South Centre has three major institutional pillars: The Council of Representatives in which the
Member States are represented; the Board comprising a Chairperson and members who act in their
individual capacities and provide guidance to the Secretariat; and the Secretariat headed by the
Executive Director which implements the activities of the South Centre. The Secretariat is accountable
to and works under the guidance of the Board and the Council.

 www.southcentre.int

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EXPECTED CONFERENCE OUTCOMES ARE:

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    Raised awareness on the
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                                            That all participants have
      urgency of addressing                built understanding on the
   antimicrobial resistance as           interconnected links between
    a path towards achieving              Antimicrobial Resistance and
   Universal Health Coverage.              Universal Health Coverage.

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   That participants exchange
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                                             Learning from exchange
  experiences of Antimicrobial                 of experiences on the
      Resistance, Sustainable                 antimicrobial resistance
  Development Goals Universal            situation and policy responses
  Health Coverage and identify           at the country level, including
    synergies and entry points           on national action plans, and
     for work on Antimicrobial             including needs, successes
       Resistance in current                 and challenges faced in
    efforts for Universal Health                  implementation.
             Coverage.

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  Cross learning and fertilization
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                                             Develop inputs for global
  from current country vertical               antimicrobial resistance
            programs.                    governance; how to keep the
                                           political momentum on AMR
                                         high up on the global agenda,
                                            improve intergovernmental
                                          agency coordination, ensure
                                          accountability and sustained
                                          financial resources to support
                                                regional AMR efforts.

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Day 1                                   TUESDAY JULY 23RD 2019

07:30-08:30   Registration

08:30-09:30   Session 1
              Welcome, Opening Remarks, Introductions, Conference Objectives and
              Overview

               • Mirfin M. Mpundu - Head of ReAct Africa, Executive Director Ecumenical
                 Pharmaceutical Network (EPN)
               • Viviana Muñoz Tellez - Coordinator, Health, Intellectual Property and
                 Development Programme South Centre.
               • Laetitia Gahimbare – World Health Organization, Africa Region
               • Marc Sprenger - AMR Director - World Health Organization HQ
               • Otto Cars - ReAct Founder and Senior Advisor
               • Official Opening - Dr. Rashid Abdi Aman - Chief Administrative Secretary,
                 Ministry of Health, Kenya

09:30-11:00   Plenary
              Session 2
              Part 1 – Setting the scene - A reflection of AMR, SDGs and UHC
              Moderator- Mirfin Mpundu

               • AMR and National Action Plans – Marlon Banda, Director of
                 Pharmaceutical Services Churches Health Association of Zambia & Board
                 Chairman EPN
               • Combating Antimicrobial Resistance to Achieve Sustainable Development
                 Goals, South African perspective – Olga Perovic, AMR Lead, National
                 Institute for Communicable Diseases South Africa
               • AMR and UHC – Andreas Sandgren, Deputy Head of Office, Policy Advisor
                 ReAct Europe
               • Global Health Security Agenda – Francis Kofi Aboagye-Nyame,
                 Management Sciences for Health, MTaPs Program Director

11:00-11:30   Tea Break

11:30-13:00   Plenary
              Session 2
              Part 2- Setting the Scene

               • One Health- AMR- IACG Co-convener – Anthony So, ReAct North America
                 (recording)
               • AMR in the UN and related processes – Viviana Muñoz Tellez - Coordinator,
                 Health, Intellectual Property and Development Programme, South Centre
               • IACG Recommendations to the United Nations General Assembly – Martha
                 Gyansa-Lutterodt , Director, Technical Coordination, MOH Ghana

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13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-14:30   Session 3
              How AMR is affecting people in your country and what is your country progress in
              implementing NAP from last conference?
              Moderator - Mercy Korir , Medical Journalist, KTN
              Plenary- Panel Discussion

               • Ghana – Boi Kikimoto - Head-Public Health & Food Safety, AMR Focal Point
               • Malawi – Watipaso Kasambara – AMR Coordinator Malawi
               • Madagascar – Carmen Randriamanampisoa, Assistante Technique à la
                 Direction de la Veille Sanitaire, de la Surveillance Epidémiologique et
                 Riposte
               • Sudan – Mirghani Yousif - Head, Medication Safety Research

14:30-15:10   Breakout Sessions
              Group Discussions Chairs:

               • Japhet Opintan - Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana
               • Yara Mohsen - Infectious disease Clinical Pharmacist in charge of the AMS
                 Program- Joint Commission Accredited Hospital, Egypt
               • Steve Kisembo - Medical Director- Bethesda Hopital/CBCA, DRC
               • Kusu Ndinda - Country Project Director, MSH/ MTaPS, Kenya

15:10-15:30   Plenary- Feedback

              Feedback from group discussions

15:30-16:00   Tea Break

16:00-16:30   Session 4
              Perspectives on context of issue:
              Exploration and prioritization of AMR within UHC at country level
              Moderator - Mercy Korir , Medical Journalist, KTN

              Plenary- Panel Discussion
                • Cameroon – Deli Vandi, Director Department of Drugs, Pharmacy and
                  Laboratories
                • Ghana – Peter Yeboah, Executive Director Churches Health Association of
                  Ghana
                • Tanzania – Elizabeth Shekalaghe, Registrar Pharmacy Council
                • Kenya – Evelyn Wesangula, MOH Kenya, AMR Focal Point

16:30-17:10   Breakout Sessions

              Group discussions: Chaired by presenters above

17:10-17:30   Plenary - Feedback

              Feedback from group discussions

17:30-19:00   Reception -Wellcome Trust

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Day 2                             WEDNESDAY JULY 24TH 2019

08:30-08:50   Plenary
              Recap of Day 1 & Highlights, ReAct Activities 2018 & 2019 – Tracy Muraya, ReAct
              Africa

08:50-09:20   Support from Agencies
               • Fleming Fund- Lucy Andrews, Head of Fleming Fund
               • Wellcome Trust – Jeremy Knox, Policy & Advocacy Lead, AMR

09:20-10:05   Session 5
              Plenary
              Moderator – Julian Nyamupachitu, ReAct Africa

               • Diagnostics – Revathi Gunturu, Head of Clinical Microbiology, Aga Khan
                 University Hospital Nairobi
               • Quality of medicines – Philip Nguyen, Director, Quality Institute, US
                 Pharmacopeial Convention(USP); Advisor, MedsWeCanTrust Campaign
                 (MWCT)
               • Experience of regulation of quality of medicines within the UHC context-
                 Zivanai Anthony Makoni, Senior Regulatory Officer, Medicines Control
                 Authority of Zimbabwe
               • Developing empiric treatments for neonatal sepsis – Monique Wasunna,
                 Director DNDi
10:05-11:00   Breakout Sessions- 3 Groups (Diagnostics; Quality of medicines; Developing
              empiric treatments for neonatal sepsis)
              Group discussions

11:00-11:30   Tea Break and Poster Presentations -Question & Answer Sessions

11:30-12:30   Plenary
              Session 5
              Part 2- One Health -
              Moderator – Ann Mawathe, Africa Health Editor, BBC Africa

              • Are there any synergies within the One Health Concept and UHC – Emmanuel
                Kabali, AMR Coordinator, FAO, Zimbabwe
              • Where are we and where should we be in the animal sector – Allan Azegele,
                Deputy Director Veterinary Services, AMR Focal Point, Ministry of Agriculture,
                Kenya
              • AMR and the environment – Mirza Alas, Programme Officer, Development,
                Innovation and Intellectual Property Programme, South Centre
              • OIE Strategies, Activities and Best Practices on the One Health Agenda-
                Jane Lwoyero, Programme Officer, World Organization for Animal Health
                (OIE), Kenya

12:30-13:30   Lunch and Poster Presentations -Question & Answer Sessions

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13:30-14:10   Session 6
              Plenary- Case studies on UHC: Examples of UHC Implementation
              Moderator – Tracy Muraya, ReAct Africa

               • Thailand – Satya Sivaraman, Communications Coordinator, ReAct Asia
                 Pacific
               • Nigeria – Abubakar Aliyu JAFIYA, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
               • Ethiopia – Yidnekachew Degefaw, Team Coordinator , MOH Ethiopia
               • Kenya – Nancy Njeru, Officer at MOH Kenya, Department of Universal
                 Health Coverage
14:10-1500    Breakout Sessions chaired by presenters above

15:00-15:30   Plenary - Feedback

              Feedback from group discussions

15:30-16:00   Tea Break

16:00-16:30   Plenary
              Session 7
              Preventing and managing infections
              Moderator - Oladipo Aboderin Professor/ Honorary Consultant, Obafemi
              Awolowo University, Nigeria

               • IPC, WASH, Immunization in UHC – Philip Mathew, ReAct Asia Pacific
               • Implementing national Antimicrobial Stewardship programs in LMICs – Mirfin
                 Mpundu
               • Surveillance One Health – Otridah Kapona, Laboratory Scientist, AMR
                 National Focal Point & Coordinator, Zambia
               • Role of training in UHC – Freddy Kitutu, Lecturer, Pharmacy Department,
                 Makerere University Uganda

16:30-17:10   Breakout Sessions

              Group discussions
17:10-17:30   Plenary - Feedback

              Feedback from group discussions

17:30-19:30   Reception #MedsWeCanTrust Campaign

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Day 3                                     THURSDAY JULY 25TH 2019
08:30-08:45   Recap of Day 2 – Mirza Alas, Programme Officer, Development, Innovation and
                                  Intellectual Property Programme, South Centre.

08:45-09:30   Plenary
              Session 8
              Sustainable financing / financing mechanisms for UHC – Mirza Alas

               • Financing model example –Andrew Mulwa, Minister of Health, Makueni
                 County
               • Financing model from a Faith-based Hospital – Ken Muma, Director
                 General, Kijabe Hospital Kenya

09:30-10:00   Plenary
              Session 9
              Country Updates/ Examples on One Health Approach
              Moderator - Ann Mawathe, Africa Health Editor, BBC Africa
              Panel Discussion

               • Sudan – Hassan Abdelrahman Ataelseed Abdelrahman, Secretary General,
                 Sudan National Medicine & Poisons Board
               • Kenya – Allan Azegele, Deputy Director Veterinary Services, AMR Focal
                 Point, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
               • Uganda – Denis Byarugaba, Professor , Makerere University
10:00-10:40   Breakout Sessions

              Group discussions

10:40-11:00   Plenary-Feedback

              Feedback from group discussions

11:00-11:30   Tea Break

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11:30-12:10   Session 10
              What are the commonalities and approaches to move forward
              Moderator - Mathew Phillip, ReAct Asia Pacific
              Breakout Sessions
              Group discussions Chairs:

               • Borna Nyaoke-Anoke – Clinical Trial Manager, DNDi
               • AMR and UHC – Andreas Sandgren, Deputy Head of Office, Policy Advisor
                 ReAct Europe
               • Christian Mugabo – Co-founder, Co-Chair and Country director
                 International Students’ Partnership for Antibiotic Resistance Education
                 (ISPARE), Rwanda
               • Linus Ndegwa – Division of Global Health Protection, Centers for Disease
                 Control and Prevention, Kenya

12:10-13:00   Plenary

              Feedback from group discussions

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-15:00   Plenary
              Session 11
              Beyond the conference what next?
              What are the next steps to achieve AMR, UHC & SDGs Agendas in African
              Countries Panel Discussion.
              Moderator – Mercy Korir, Medical Journalist, KTN

               • Mirza Alas – Programme Officer, Development, Innovation and Intellectual
                 Property Programme, South Centre South Centre
               • Mirfin Mpundu – ReAct Africa, Head of ReAct Africa, Executive Director
                 Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN)
               • Martha Gyansa-Lutterrodt - Director, Technical Coordination, MOH, Ghana
               • Allan Azegele – Deputy Director Veterinary Services, AMR Focal Point,
                 Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
               • Laetitia Gahimbare – World Health Organization, Africa Region
               • Emmanuel Kabali - AMR Coordinator, FAO, Zimbabwe

15:00-15:30   Vote of thanks
              Official Closing - Laetitia Gahimbare – World Health Organization, Africa Region

15:30-16:00   Farewell Tea

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PARTICIPANTS BIOS

Abubakar Aliyiu Jafiya
Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Jafiya is an Assistant Director Surveillance and Epidemiology, Nigeria
Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and member of the Antimicrobial Resistance National
Technical working group. Before joining NCDC he worked with Borno State Government
for more than twenty years where he rose to the rank of Chief Veterinary Officer and
was seconded to the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) to support the
polio eradication efforts of the Nigerian Government in 2013. He was a Health Systems
Strengthening Consultant for Mcking Consulting USA for three years. Born 52 years ago, Dr
Jafiya graduated from University of Maiduguri in 1990 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from ABU Zaria, Nigeria. He has three
publications and several local and international conference papers. He is married and
blessed with four children.

Abdhalah Ziraba
Dr. Ziraba is an epidemiologist and medical doctor with over 15 years’ research experience.
He is the head, Health and Systems for Health research unit, at the African population and
Health Research Center overseeing the unit’s scientific productivity. He has published over
30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and over 15 major reports. Ziraba has a PhD in
Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine, a Masters (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and a Bachelors in Medicine and
Surgery from Makerere University. Research interests include, health services research,
infectious diseases, health and demographic surveillance, and impact evaluations.

Adeyinka John Odebode
Adeyinka John Odebode, PhD is a Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of
Environment and Natural Science, Kabale University, Uganda. His Research emphasis
are on public health burden of human fungal diseases because fungal infections are
understudied and under-diagnosed compared with other infectious diseases, despite
their contribution to so many deaths every year. He also has research interest in Antifungal
resistance, just as antibiotics have become less effective as bacteria have become more
resistant to them, the same is happening with anti-fungal drugs albeit to a lesser extent.
The greatest challenge is that there is much less awareness of Antifungal resistance
problem which drives his passion for research in this area because We’re beginning to
see more cases of drug-resistant strains of Aspergillus. Thus, it is necessary to gain a better
insight into the antifungal resistance mechanisms and their clinical impact.

 Aissi K. Alain

 From Benin Health Ministry. 40 years old, married and father of 4 children. PhD in
 Environmental Health and a Diploma in Hygiene, Prevention and Control of Infections.
 Active participant as AMR Focal Point in the process of implementing a National AMR
 Plan following the One Health approach. Member of the Mobile Response Team to
 Epidemics and Health Emergencies currently recruited as a specialist in the REDISSE III
 Project Management Unit.

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Andreas Sandgren
Dr. Andreas Sandgren, Deputy Head of ReAct Europe, Policy Advisor.
As a Policy Advisor at ReAct, Andreas Sandgren follows the international policy debate
on antibiotic resistance and provides support to the development of policy analysis and
advocacy activities. Before joining ReAct he has worked as a freelance consultant in
public health, a tuberculosis expert at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and
Control (ECDC), and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard School of Public
Health. Andreas holds a PhD in infection biology from Karolinska Institute and a MSc in
medical sciences from Uppsala University.

Andrea Vogt
Andrea works as a communications professional advising global foundations, not-
for-profits and institutions. She oversees GHS’s support to the Medicines We Can Trust
campaign, a global movement to raise awareness of and inspire collective action for
quality medicines. Since joining GHS, Andrea has worked on advocacy campaigns for
family planning, vaccines, nutrition, global health innovation and access to medicines.
Prior to joining GHS, she worked on the United Nations’ Ebola Team, where she established
protocols, training and evaluation methods to ensure the safety of UN staff during the
wake of the 2014 Ebola crisis. Andrea has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology of Global
Health from Georgetown University.

Audu Rauf
Currently the Registrar of Pharmacy Council, Ghana. A pharmacist by training, with
specialization in Clinical Pharmacy, PhD, MSc, BPharm. A Fellow of Ghana College of
Pharmacists, Member of WAPCP, Member of American College of Clinical Pharmacists,
ACCP, Member of International Pharmaceutical Federation, FIP. Has served as temporal
consultant to World Health Organization.
A member of the Governing Board of Food and Drug Authority, FDA, Ghana.

Badreldin Saeed Hagnour
Background: Pharmacist Bsc Msc MD pharmacy Work: Ministry of Health Sudan
Position: National Focal Point for AMR Human
Achievements: Coordinated the development of Sudan National Action Plan On AMR
with various stakeholders-Animal and agriculture Environment etc. in coordination with
Animal Focal Point And
WHO Khartoum Office.
AMR Activities in collaboration with WHO and EMRO. eg Global surveillance of AMR
System ,TRCYCLIC and behavior change program( TAP) In addition to World Antibiotic
Awareness week (WAAW)

Borna Nyaoke-Anoke
Dr. Borna Nyaoke-Anoke is a clinical researcher and public health specialist. She is a
medical doctor by profession having graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and
Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree from The University of Nairobi. She has completed
the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Program with the Harvard Medical
School and has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Systems
Management from the University of Liverpool.
Dr. Borna currently works as the Clinical Trials Manager at Drugs for Neglected Diseases
initiative (DNDi), a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and
development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected
diseases. At DNDi, Dr. Borna manages the Phase-II Mycetoma clinical trial in Khartoum,
Sudan. She is also the Clinical Trials Manager for the Global Antibiotic Research &
Development Partnership (GARDP), a joint initiative by the World Health Organization
(WHO) and DNDi for the Pharmacokinetic and Observational studies in neonatal sepsis in
Kenya and Uganda.

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Bashiru Boi Kikimoto
My name is Dr. Bashiru Boi Kikimoto, I hold a DVM MSc. Vet. Med, MSc. Molecular Biology
and Biotechnology and a PhD in veterinary Public Health. Currently I am the head of the
Public Health & Food Safety Unit and the head of the National AMR Ref Laboratory for
Animal Health which is also the national food Safety Laboratory for Animal Health. I started
as a veterinary officer and rose through the ranks till deputy Director of veterinary services
until 2012 when I was recognized by Veterinary Council of Ghana as Veterinary Medical
Specialist.I have been part of AMR platform of Ghana since 2012 and participated in
the drafting and adoption of Ghana’s AMR Policy and NAP documents. I am the OIE
AMR Focal point for Animal health and also the contact person for FAO and WHO on
AMR for veterinary services. Have participated in many international AMR conferences
in India, Rome, Morocco, Kenya and had cycle trainings by OIE on AMU data collection
mechanisms. Have served as member of Board of Directors for FDA from 2010-2017.Have
served as Chairman of National Codex Committee of Ghana from 2014-2016.Currently
involved with Fleming fund AMR programmes and am the Animal Health technical lead
for MottMacDonalds project for Ghana. Currently carrying out AST for certain isolates
from poultry samples in the National AMR reference laboratory as a preparation for
standardization of protocols and equipment.

Catherine Theuri
Catherine Wangui Theuri (Kenya) is a development professional with over 10 years
experience in health systems strengthening and policy formulation. She has been
involved in capacity assessments and capacity development initiatives with National
and County Government Health Sectors, Civil Society Organizations and the Faith Sector
in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana and South Sudan. She holds a Master of Science
(Education for Sustainability) from the London South Bank University, a Master of Arts
(Biblical Counseling) from The Nairobi International School of Theology and a Bachelor of
Education from The Kenyatta University.

Chipupu Kandeke
Chipupu Kandeke is a Health Systems Pharmacist with more than 25 years of experience
in the public (Ministry of Health), NGO (Churches Health Association Zambia) and private
(retail and wholesale) pharmaceutical sectors in Zambia. He holds a BSc Pharmacy from
University of Dar Es Salam, a Master of Science in Health Systems Management from
University of London and is pursuing a PhD in Management (Strategic). He is currently
Health Systems Pharmacist/Managing Consultant at Elevate Pharmacy Consulting.
Elevate consults with public, private national and international NGOs in health and
pharmaceutical management issues. His interest in attending the meeting is to advocate
for the development of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in community/retail
pharmacies in Zambia.

 Christian Mugabo

 Christian MUGABO graduated from university of Rwanda, School of Medicine and
 Pharmacy with Bachelor of Science with Honors in Pharmacy, He is a registered
 Pharmacist, He is a member of National Pharmacy Council, He is the Deputy Chairperson
 of the 65th International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) World Congress, He
 is the Founder, Co-chair and country director of the International Students’ Partnership
 for Antibiotic Resistance Education (ISPARE) that mirrors Objective One of the World
 Health Organizations Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Drug Resistance (2015), He
 initiated Antibiotic Surveillance among University Students of Rwanda. He was the former
 Speaker, information and Publication officer of Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students’
 Association (RPSA), Monitoring and evaluation of Rwanda community Promoters
 (RVCP) just to mention few, He was taking part in organization of conferences including
 this coming IPSF World Congress, Vice- Chairperson of 7th World Healthcare Students’
 Symposium, RPSA international Annual Symposiums and Global Health Courses in
 Africa among others, He was taking part in health campaigns including awareness on
 Antimicrobial resistance, rational medicine use, just to mention few.

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Chrissy M.W Chulu
 Chrissy M.W Chulu is a pharmacist and serves as a Medicines Inspections Officer
 (MIO) for Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board. She earned a MSc. in Pharmacy
 Administration from University of the Western Cape and a BSc in Pharmacy (Hons) from
 the College of Medicine of the University of Malawi. In addition to working as a MIO, she
 has engaged in various managerial roles and responsibilities such as deputising head of
 inspectorate section, coordinating regulatory programmes (Post Marketing Surveillance,
 Pharmacovigilance and Internship) which she has effectively delivered and is WHO focal
 person on Substandard and Falsified Medical products (SFM) in Malawi.

 Cohen Andove
 Cohen Andove is the current President of the Pharmacy Student’s Association of Kenya
 (KEPhSA). He served as the chair of the USIU-Africa Pharmacy Association where he
 carried out several initiatives that culminated in him being voted as the best club leader
 for the year 2018 at his university. Andove aspires to play a role in formulating health policy
 that will help make health affordable and accessible. He will run a football tournament
 in December this year in his native Western, Kenya that aims to promote awareness on
 aspects such as drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and AMR.

 Collins Mitambo
 Dr. Collins Mitambo is the Acting Director of Research in the Ministry of Health and
 Population. He also serves as the Head of Secretariat for the National Health Sciences
 Research Committee. He is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) a decision
 making body of the Ministry of Health. Dr Mitambo is one of the members of the Taskforce
 which drafted the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance. Dr Mitambo has
 disseminated papers on antimicrobial resistance on several scientific forums.

Cyprien Baribwira
Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity CIHEB) of University of Maryland
School of Medicine – Rwanda: Country Director
I have spent the last 30 years working in sub-Sahara Africa (mainly in Burundi, DRC, Rwanda)
as lecturer, clinician, oversight of public health programming and researcher.
My focus is about ID and malnutrition in children.
Since 2009 I joined University of Maryland (Baltimore) HIV programs in supporting Rwanda
HIV programming and where currently I am Principal Investigator/Project director of a 5
years grant for health system strengthening.
I am AMR pioneer in Rwanda and member of React - Africa node.

Daniel Ndambasia
Dr. Ndambasia was born in Chililabombwe and did his GCE education at Mpelembe
Secondary School. He went on to study for his Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine at the
University of Zambia. He has worked for the University of Zambia as House Surgeon, the
Lusaka Apex University and is currently employed by the Zambia Medicines Regulatory
Authority as a Registration Officer. He is also the ZAMRA focal point person on Antimicrobial
Resistance.

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Dennis Amonde
Dennis Amonde is a Head of Programs and M&E with Ace Africa Kenya. He has first
degree in Environmental Science from Egerton University. A post graduate degree
in Community health and development is on course at Great Lakes University. Other
academic qualifications are in; M&E, participatory assessment, grant writing, financial
management, board governance, children and HIV/AIDS program management from
University of Nairobi, Egerton University, Aga Khan health services and Mango UK. He has
over 14 years of experience in Community health work in Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo,
Somalia, and Ethiopia. Experience includes work in project management, project
baselines, evaluation and research, grant writing, report writing, environmental impact
assessment, volunteer management, capacity building, strategic planning and M&E. Prior
to his current role, he was the deputy country director of Ace Africa Kenya. He is currently
supporting pilot project on promoting the proper use of antibiotics and appreciation of
the microbial World through Child to Child schools in Kenya. He is also heading other Ace
Africa programs on livelihoods, child protection, governance and maternal health in 9
counties in Kenya.

Diana Koh Gahn-Smith
My name is Diana Koh Gahn-Smith and I am from Liberia. I am a Pharmacist who works
with the Ministry of Health as the National Antimicrobial Resistance Focal Point in my
country. The Ministry of Health is situated within Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. I
worked as a Hospital Pharmacist at one of the major referral hospitals for seven years. I
am presently doing a post graduate program in the West African Post Graduate College
of Pharmacy with emphasis in clinical pharmacy.Liberia is located on the West Coast of
Africa with a population of approximately 5 million. The country has approximately thirty
eight (38) hospitals, seventy (70) health centers and seven hundred and thirty four (734)
clinics. These numbers include both public and private health facilities. There are also
approximately one hundred and fifty three (153) whole sale and retail pharmacies and
seven hundred and twenty (720) medicines stores.

Egide Muziganyi
Senior Pharmacist, responsible for production and distribution at BUFMAR one of national
Supply Chain Organization. Prior to BUFMAR, I served for the period of 6 years with role
of Director of District Pharmacy, a decentralized government supply chain organization
responsible for procuring, storage and distribution of medicines and medical consumable
to all Health facilities within the district based catchment area. My carrier began as District
hospital pharmacist for 2 years (2010-2011) where my responsibilities were especially
related to ensure constant availability, ensure rational use of medicines. To this also there
was the responsibility of being drug and therapeutic committee secretary.

Emmanuel Kabali
Emmanuel is Coordinating the FAO Southern Africa component of the AMR project,
with support from the Fleming Fund covering activities in SADC member states with
Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as project focus countries. The project focus areas
include implementation of the GAP in Food and Agriculture sectors, guided by the FAO
Action Plan on AMR 2016 – 2020, and applying the One Health approach. Key activities
undertaken include supporting countries finalize and cost the NAPs on AMR, develop
national AMR surveillance plans, and support the coordination and mobilization of
consensus around SADC AMR regional strategies and actions on AMR. He holds Bachelor
of Veterinary Medicine (UNZA) and MSc in Veterinary Medicine (UNZA), specialization in
Veterinary Pathology (Japan), and MSc in Pharmacy Administration and Policy Regulation
(UWC). He has worked as Veterinary Surgeon for Large Animal and Wildlife Medicine, and
as Pharmaceutical Inspector and Quality Assurance Manager at the Zambia Medicines
Regulatory Authority. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Veterinary Science (University of
Miyazaki) with support from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
His area of research is “Risk Analysis of AMR Transmission at the Wildlife-Livestock-Human
Interface in Zambia”.

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Elizabeth Shekalaghe
Elizabeth Shekalaghe is a Public Health Pharmacist working with the Pharmacy Council
of Tanzania as the Registrar since April 2014. Prior to joining the Pharmacy Council, she
worked with Tanzania Food & Drugs Authority (TFDA) for the past 13 years as a Senior
Pharmacist and Drug Inspector. Since 2008, she was a lead to the Accredited Drug
Dispensing Outlets Program (ADDO) as the Program Manager responsible for the National
rollout coordination until when the program was handled over to the Pharmacy Council
in August 2013. Elizabeth has also worked with TFDA as Drug Registration and Evaluation
Officer. During establishment of the Pharmacy Council, She was seconded from TFDA
to support the initial set up of the Council where she initiated the development of the
Pharmacy Act, 2002 and other relevant documents needed to establish the Pharmacy
Council.Elizabeth holds a MSc. in Leadership, Management and Change from Bradford
University, UK (2009), A Master’s Degree in Public Health from Muhimbili University of
Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania (2005). She is also a holder of Bachelor of Pharmacy
Degree (1999). Elizabeth has a vast experience in working at Pharmaceutical regulatory
environment, working with development partners in health during which was the top
agenda during the time of ADDO implementation..

Erick Venant
Erick Venant is a founder and CEO at Roll Back Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative(RBA
Initiative) a NGO based and registered in Tanzania with special focus on AMR where he
positively contribute to reinforce the organizational values. Erick has recently received the
Diana Award, an International award given to outstanding young people in memory of
Princess Diana. He believes combating AMR requires urgent and collective efforts. In 2017
he led a nationwide AMR awareness campaign which reached 23 regions in Tanzania. In
June 2018,Erick received Pharmacy week award presented by deputy minister of health
in Tanzania.He is also the Co-Founder-International Students Partnership Against Antibiotic
resistance(ISPARE-GLOBAL). Erick is a recent graduate holds a bachelor of Pharmacy
from St.John’s University of Tanzania

Ernest Rwagasana
Currently Director General of BUFMAR since 2006, NGO owned by Christian Churches
(catholic and protestant) in charge of managing that NGO for better supply of essential
medicines, medical consumables and medical equipments for Public and Private Sector
countrywide.
Prior to current position,I was Director General of CAMERWA (named today MPPD) 8
years (1998-2006).
In my earlier career, I served as public servant 15 years in National Energy Company
called ELECTROGAZ (named today REG) in charge of internal audit.

Evelyn Wesangula
Evelyn Wesangula is the National Focal Point for antimicrobial resistance in Kenya
with over ten years working with the Ministry of Health. Evelyn coordinated antibiotic
awareness weeks for five consecutive years in Kenya under the Global Antibiotic
Resistance Partnership multi-sectoral working group leading to the establishment of the
AMR program in Kenya. She has championed the development of the National Policy
and Action Plan for AMR in Kenya and now leads the implementation process. She has
been key in the implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC) interventions at
the country level. She has worked as a consultant with the WHO on developing guidance
on establishing and sustaining multi-sectoral collaboration to support implementation of
National Action Plans. She is a member of the Fleming Fund Technical Advisory Group and
an African Public Health Leaders fellow at the Chatham House Institute and is pursuing
her PHD on antimicrobial stewardship at the University of Nairobi. Evelyn is committed to
overcoming barriers and building partnerships to sustain changes that will reduce the
global burden of AMR.

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Francis Kofi Nyame
Francis (Kofi)Aboagye-Nyame,B.Pharm(Hons)MScMBAMPSGhFGCPharmFPCPharm is the
Program Director of the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services Program
(MTaPS), a USAID funded contract for strengthening pharmaceutical systems. Previously,
he was the Program Director of the SIAPS program and guided efforts to strengthen
pharmaceutical systems in LMICs. He has held senior positions on the SPS, SCMS and RPM
Plus projects, including Technical Deputy Director and then Program Director of the SPS
program. Before joining MSH, he worked as Deputy Program Manager of the Ghana
National Drugs Program and Head of Ghana Ministry of Health’s Procurement Unit.

Freddy Kitutu
Freddy Eric Kitutu is a Lecturer, Health Systems Pharmacist and Researcher at Makerere
University in Uganda. He has a doctoral degree in Medical Science from Uppsala
University of Sweden. He teaches on courses for undergraduate pharmacy students
and postgraduate pharmacy, medical and public health students. He is involved in
pharmaceutical and health systems interventions to improve adequate access to life-
saving medicines and health technologies, with particular bias to under-five children
in rural areas. He has provided technical advice to the WHO, the Uganda Ministry of
Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, the Uganda National Drug
Authority and other Universities on topics including essential medicines lists, standard
treatment guidelines and antimicrobial consumption and stewardship. He has done work
in Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda and visited multiple other countries. His research
and work have produced five first author scientific articles and over fifteen co-author
articles in peer-reviewed journals on various topics related to pharmaceutical systems
strengthening. He also currently serves as the antimicrobial consumption and use program
lead at Makerere University Pharmacy Department, working closely with government to
implement relevant activities prioritized in the AMR National Action Plan 2018 to 2023.

Greville Saruti
I am a medical Doctor, originally from Congo. I am currently doing my Masters in Family
Medicine at Kabarak University, Nakuru. I did my undergraduate in DRCongo, where
I graduated and finished my internship in 2015. I am based in PCEA Chogoria Mission
Hospital for some clinical rotations as part of my masters.
I am doing my thesis project in the line of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions and the
title is: Prevalence and Determinants of antibiotic prescriptions for Upper Respiratory Tract
Infection among under-fives in outpatient clinics in Tharaka Nithi County. I am fluent in
French, English, Swahili and Lingala.

Gunturu Revathi
Prof Gunturu Revathi is Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Aga Khan
University, Nairobi, visiting faculty at the University of Nairobi and the Jomo Kenyatta
University of Science and Technology. She has 25 years of professional experience having
worked in the Cytology Research Center at the Maulana Azad Medical College, New
Delhi, Dept. of Microbiology at University College of Medical Sciences
-New Delhi before moving to Kenya. She was head of the department of laboratory
medicine at the Kenyatta National Hospital for 8 years while being a faculty member
of the Department of Medical Microbiology at the College of Health Sciences, Nairobi
.She is a visiting scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute where she is engaged in
collaborative research projects. She is on various National advisory committees such as
KAPTLD, Technical advisory committee for National Program for Tuberculosis and Leprosy,
National committee on Infection prevention and control, Kenya National committee on
Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Research (IPDRPC), National working group for Clinical
Management and Referral guidelines and National Antimicrobial Stewardship committee
and the National technical working group for AMR surveillance of the Ministry of Health,
Republic of Kenya.

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Haoua Haroun Saker

My name Haoua Haroun Saker, I was born October 31, 1962 in N’Djamena, I completed
my primary education at the girls’ school, annex downtown school and high school at the
Colegio Nacional Female N’Djamena . I studied in the Soviet Union where I got my PhD in
Pharmacy and today I am a professional pharmacist.
I was Head of Pharmacy Department, Head of Supply to the CPA, currently Director of
Pharmacy at the Ministry of Public Health.
Treasurer to ONPT. In my spare time I like to read, watch TV and visit family.

Hayat Seid
I am Hayat Seid; I received my doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Addis
Ababa university college of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. I worked as a field veterinarian
in one district for one year. In 2012, I joined Addis Ababa University to do my Master
Degree on Veterinary public health and graduated in July 2013. I joined Veterinary Drug
and Feed Administration and Control Authority. Currently I am working as Veterinary Drug
registration and licensing expert as well as AMR focal person. As AMR focal person I am
giving trainings for veterinary professionals, Journalist and general public on rational drug
use and AMR.

Hassan Abdelrahman Ataelseed Abdelrahman
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honor), University of Khartoum, 1996
MSc. in Pharmacy Practices, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Gezira, 2007.
Diploma in Research Methodology and Biostatistics, University of Medical Sciences and
Technology, 2010
DG, Directorate General of Pharmacy, Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan
Secretariat General, NMPB, Khartoum, Sudan (Acting)
Minister of Health and Population, River Nile State (RNS), Sudan (2015 – 2016) Minister of
Health, Northern State (NS), Sudan (2010 – 2015)
General Manager of RDF, Central Medical Supplies (2008 – 2010)
State Manager of Revolving Drugs Fund (RDF), Northern State, Sudan (2002 – 2005)

Hezron Kiptum
Hezron holds a Degree in Information and Communication Technology. He is the
Communications and Information Technology (IT) Assistant at the EPN. He is responsible for
planning and delivery of IT services, providing technical support and ensuring smoothing
running of operations on the areas information technology. He also plays communications
roles including website, social media management among others

Inweregbu Ugochi Stellamaris
Inweregbu Ugochi Stellamaris is a Scientific Officer with the Nigeria Center for Disease
Control (NCDC). She is a member of the AMR Secretariat team at NCDC and has
supported AMR activities since 2017.She was actively involved in the development of
AMR Surveillance guidelines and supports the annual commemoration of the National
Antibiotics Awareness week in Nigeria. She also supports coordination of AMR activities in
the country which include workshops, meetings, conferences, symposium and trainings.
Inweregbu Ugochi Stellamaris also assists the Director, Department of Prevention and
Program Coordination in NCDC in coordinating activities of the department.

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Jane Lwoyero
Dr. Jane Lwoyero is a Veterinarian working for the OIE Sub-Regional Représentation for
Eastern Africa as a Program Officer on Antimicrobial Resistance. She is the technical
officer supporting the implementation of the OIE Strategy on AMR and the prudent use of
Antimicrobials. She also specializes in One Health and Food Safety.Jane holds a master
of science in Veterinary Public Health (University of Nairobi), diploma in One Health
(Copenhagen University, Denmark) Governance and Food Safety in International Food
Chains (Wageningen UR, Netherlands) and research on antibiotic residues and AMR
(Borlaug Fellowship, Washington State University, USA).

James Mireri
James is a Certified Public Accountant, CPA (K) and holds an MBA (Finance) from
Kenyatta University and has worked with Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network since 2008.
He provides financial support, in requesting and accounting for all funds received into the
organisation. He does monitoring and review of expenditure and provide regular reports
as and when required. He also coordinates all the audits done in the organization. He also
works closely with implementing partners and ensures there is completeness, accuracy
and proper accountability, as well as compliance to laid down policies and procedures.
He is married with 2 children and likes football.

Janet Midega
Janet Midega is a Science program officer in Wellcome’s Drug Resistant Infections (DRI)
team where she is leading research activities within Wellcome’s priority program on DRI.
She provides scientific leadership, program development and management support to
the AMR surveillance and epidemiology program with a focus on determining the global
burden of AMR. She also leads science and policy research which aims at evaluating
how legislative changes banning antibiotic use in animal meat production can reduce
the potential transfer of resistant pathogens between animals and humans; and a
surveillance program on the development of a comprehensive data capture system
for patient-focussed AMR surveillance in LMIC settings. In line with the DRI programmes
interest in accelerating the development of new antibiotics, Janet works closely with
CARB-x based at Boston University, USA to support the discovery and development of
novel antibiotics, as part of Wellcome’s role as an accelerator and support for companies
joining CARBx. Janet has over ten years’ experience in the biology of disease vectors
and genetic epidemiology of malaria, having conducted academic research at Imperial
College, London and University of Oxford, Big Data Institute; in collaboration with the
KEMRI- Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya.

Japheth A. Opintan
Dr. Japheth A. Opintan is a clinical microbiologist and a Senior lecturer at the University of
Ghana, and coordinates the Healthcare Associated Infections Project in Ghana (https://
haiproject.org/). Dr. Opintan served as visiting Research Fellow at several institutions
including the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, University of
Virginia (USA), the Global Health Initiative, Division of BioMed, Brown University (USA), the
Department of Medicine/ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge (UK). Dr. Opintan is
currently the technical lead for the Fleming Country Grant in Ghana and also a member
of the Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC).

Jeremy Knox
Jeremy Knox leads the Wellcome Trust’s expanding policy and advocacy programme on
antimicrobial resistance, as a key part of the organisation’s five- year, £175m commitment
to support the global response to drug-resistant infections through integrated research
and policy activities. He joined Wellcome in July 2017 after eight years working in
government at the UK Department for Health. During this time, Jeremy worked in public
and global health roles, including a two year secondment from 2014 to 2016 to be deputy
head of the small team working on Lord Jim O’Neill’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Having originally studied economics at the University of Nottingham, Jeremy also holds a
master’s degree in Health Policy from Imperial College, London.

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John Edward Msafiri
John Edward Msafiri worked for a number of years as a Laboratory Manager at Nkinga
Regional Referral Hospital in Tabora region, Tanzania. He has been working in Microbiology
department at the same time involved in teaching students from Nkinga Institute of Health
Sciences and junior staff. Currently he is working for quality management system within
the laboratory for international accreditation.

John Jao Majimbo
Chief Pharmacist, Kenya Ports Authority.
Graduated from the Kharkov State Pharmacy Institute, UKRAINE. Member; Pharmaceutical
Society of Kenya and Hospital Pharmacists Association of Kenya Work Place: Kenya Ports
Authority, Medical Department Current Position: Chief Pharmacist, Kenya Ports Authority
Other positions held within the Authority: Chair, Employee Assistance Programme Vice
Chair, Medicines and Therapeutics Committee Co-coordinator, Continuous Professional
Development Programme Member, Board of Governors, Dr. Krapf Memorial Secondary
School, Rabai.

Julian Nyamupachitu
Julian is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist currently responsible for project
implementation and monitoring and evaluation for the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical
Network. Julian is also the Communications coordinator for ReAct Africa where she
is responsible for regular reporting of activities in the region in line with the Global
Communication Plan. Julian also supports in project implementation and monitoring
and evaluation for the various ReAct Africa projects. Before moving to EPN, she was a
consultant with IMA World Health/ACHAP. Julian has vast experience in project planning
and management in various organizations including Standard Chartered Bank and Jon
Pris Foundation.

John Ken Muma
Dr. John Ken Muma is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of AIC Kijabe
Hospital (AICKH).He is a fellow of the college of surgeons of eastern, central and southern
Africa FCS (ECSA) paediatric surgery.He has been a practicing physician for the last 15
years and a paediatric surgeon for the last 4years. He drives health care through system
changes. At a macro level his interests are in universal health care and management
of bellwether surgical conditions in children. At a micro level, he is interested in driving
healthcare through people and culture, and sustainable health care in mission hospitals

Kapona Otridah
Otridah is a Public Health Laboratory Scientist specialized in Communicable Diseases,
with a background in Entomology, Parasitology and Molecular Biology. She spent the
first 5 years of her career working on WHO and CDC funded TB/HIV AIDS Projects as a
Laboratory/Research Scientist specializing in HIV/TB diagnosis and management before
joining the Ministry of Health as Laboratory Scientist-Communicable Diseases in 2015.
Since 2016, she has been working as a Public Health Laboratory Scientist at the Zambia
National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) focusing on Laboratory Systems development
and implementation, and Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance. Otridah has also
been serving as the National Focal Person and Coordinator for AMR. She has overseen
the successful formulation and completion of Zambia’s first Multisectoral National Action
Plan on AMR and is currently coordinating and spearheading its implementation.

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Kennedy Kibukho
Dr. Kennedy Kibukho is a project management, and monitoring and evaluation expert with
over 15 years’ practical experience. He holds a PhD in Project Planning and Management
(Monitoring and Evaluation specialization), MA (Project Planning and Management) and
Bachelors of Education. Kennedy has extensive experience across several disciplines
including: health, education, water and sanitation, evaluation research, action-research,
sustainable development, transparency and accountability cutting across different
organizations, including World Vision International, RTI International, Norwegian Refugee
Council, Transparency International, and VSO Jitolee. His passion is building program
excellence and effectiveness in sustainable development programming through
research, reflection, learning and documentation of best practices.

Laetitia Gahimbare
Since February 2017, Dr. Laetitia Gahimbare is one the Technical Officers for AMR at
WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo coordinating the development and
implementation of AMR National action Plans in 47 countries. Prior to this assignment, she
was a WHO Consultant in Liberia during the post-Ebola crisis helping to restore normal
laboratory services, including Microbiology testing. Laetitia served 15 years in Rwanda
with the Faculty of Medicine/National University of Rwanda, Referral Hospitals and USAID
funded projects where she contributed to strengthen health systems through lectures,
improved laboratory diagnostics and enhanced logistics system of HIV/AIDS medicines
and Laboratory commodities.

Lineo Grace Nyenye
Lineo Grace Nyenye is a trained pharmacist working at Maluti Adventist Hospital as a
head of department. She started a pharmacovigilance program at the hospital where
she is working. She was also part of steering committee member for establishing national
pharmacovigilance program years later. She is currently the chairperson of Berea
district pharmacy clinical team and secretary for district second line HIV/AIDS advisory
committee for patients failing on first line HAART treatment. She also made a contribution
in 2nd edition ministry of health standard treatment guidelines for Lesotho published 2017.
She is part of hospital antibiotic review team.

Lucy Tirop
Dr. Lucy Tirop is a registered pharmacist and a senior lecturer at the Department of
Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi. She
holds a PhD. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kings College, University of London.
Dr. Tirop offers consultancy services to local pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and the
Pharmacy and Poisons Board. Her research interests include employing nanotechnology
to address drug formulation challenges, pharmaceutical compounding and developing
age-appropriate pediatric medicines.
Dr. Tirop serves as the university resource person for the “Antimicrobial stewardship student
club - University of Nairobi” founded in collaboration with ReAct Africa.

Marlon Banda
Marlon Banda is the current EPN Board Chairman and Director of Pharmaceutical
Services at Christian Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ). Marlon has been Board Chair
since May 2016. He has vast experience in the pharmaceutical field and has attained
several qualifications and experience in the pharmaceutical sector having worked
for UNICEF, Global Fund, John Snow among others. He has expertise in supply chain,
sourcing commodities across programs such as ARVs, ACTs and related products, quality
assurance management and technical assistance provision across the pharmaceutical
sector disciplines.

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MacDonald Chisale
MacDonald Chisale is a holder of BSc degree in Animal Science obtained at Bunda
College of Agriculture in Malawi in the year 2008 and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
obtained at University of Zambia in 2016. He is currently working at Central Veterinary
Laboratory in Malawi as Principal Disease Investigation Officer. His responsibilities include
sample collection, postmortem of different species of animals, sample processing,
laboratory result interpretation and client education on different disease conditions.

Marissa Malchione
Ms. Malchione is a Fellow in Quality of Medical Products at Georgetown University
sponsored by the USP Quality Institute, which aims to establish an evidence base for the
value of quality medicines. Her work focuses on understanding the progress and process
of planning and implementing National Action Plans on AMR in countries that have
incorporated antimicrobial quality assurance into their AMR plans. Through highlighting
successes and elucidating challenges, this work aims to support and inform other
countries’ quality-related NAP activities. She received her Master of Science in Public
Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases from The George Washington
University.

Mercy Korir

Dr. Mercy Korir is results driven, goal-orientated individual. She holds a Bachelor’s degree
in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies
(Development Communication) both from the University of Nairobi. Her 4 year clinical
practice has been intense and extensive in both public and private health sectors in the
country, caring for patients from a range of backgrounds. For the last 3 years, Dr. Korir
has been a medical journalist with KTN News based in Nairobi, uniquely blending in her
medical background to report on health, highlighting health topics that are of interest
to the public and society at large. She does both written and broadcast health stories in
the various platforms by The Standard Group, one of the leading media houses in Kenya.

Medegan Mario Crios
Dr Mario MEDEGAN is a Beninese medical doctor and public health professional
passionate about serving vulnerable populations to address health inequities. He has a
range of experience in humanitarian assistance and has worked in multicultural contexts
across West-Africa. Since 2007 He has served as secretary general of MUSUHUM NGO
whose mission is to plan and implement public health-based humanitarian interventions
with a focus on reducing gender-based disparities and promoting education and health
for girls. He currently supervises three humanitarian dispensaries in Niger and Benin held
by MUSUHUM.

Mirfin Mpundu
Dr. Mirfin Mpundu is the Head of Action on Antibiotic Resistance (ReAct) Africa. ReAct
Africa acts as a catalyst, advocating for and stimulating country, regional and global
engagement on antibiotic resistance by collaborating with broad range of organizations,
individuals and stakeholders. He is a member of several boards and technical working
groups including the World Health Organization Strategic and Technical Advisory Group
(STAG) on antimicrobial resistance. Mirfin is also the Executive Director of the Ecumenical
Pharmaceutical Network (EPN). He is a Registered Clinical pharmacist and Public Health
Specialist with 20+ years of proven experience in public health, pharmaceutical supply
chain management, clinical management, logistics and regulatory pharmacy practice
experience. Mirfin is passionate about the inclusion and participation of Church Health
Facilities within the global health agenda including access to quality-assured medicines
and its rational use.

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