AfHEA Board of Trustees

Dr. Renée Tania BISSOUMA-LEDJOU
Dr. Renée Tania BISSOUMA-LEDJOU

Dr. Renée Tania BISSOUMA-LEDJOU (Chairperson of the Board of Trustees)

Pharmacist specialized in Public and Community Health. Field of expertise

  • Drafting, analysis, monitoring and evaluation of health policies and strategies
  • Fund raising for health sector and economies of Heath system
  • Pharmaceutical policy
  • Health system strengthening for achievement of the universal coverage

She worked in the pharmaceutical private sector particularly in the drug supply chain and inventory management. She also managed other health related products for 4 years before switching to the public sector where she served as a district Pharmacist then as Deputy Director in charge of Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire.

In 2014, she joined the World Health Organization (WHO) where she served as a Consultant on health system Policies and Partnerships in the Côte d’Ivoire’s office for 6 years. Since June 2020, she is the Health Policy Coordinator in the Cameroon WHO country office. She is also supporting WHO Africa region countries in Strengthening Health Systems for the Universal Health Coverage for the WHO Africa Regional Office.

Some of her publications (2015) Monitoring of Progress on Universal Coverage in Cote d’Ivoire: Basic situational Analysis - Tania Bissouma-Ledjou et al. https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/202070/9789290312185.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y (2019) Budget Analysis and Public spending efficiency in the health sector in Cote d’ivoire- Bissouma-Ledjou Tania et al. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/325688

 
Dr. Jane Chuma (Vice Chair)
Dr. Jane Chuma (Vice Chair)

Dr. Jane Chuma (Vice Chair) is a Senior Health Economist at the World Bank, where she leads the World Bank’s support to the Kenyan health sector. Before joining the World Bank, Jane founded and led the Health Economics Research Unit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program.

Her interest includes implementation and evaluation of different health financing models for universal health coverage, Health Systems Strengthening and Capacity Building.

 
Dr. Chris Atim Executive Director – AfHEA
Dr. Chris Atim Executive Director – AfHEA
 

Dr. Chris Atim Executive Director – AfHEA

Dr. Chris Atim is a Health Economist with more than twenty years of experience working on health systems financing worldwide. He lives in Accra and is Results for Development’s Senior Program Director responsible for health systems and financing work in Ghana and Nigeria.

Dr. Atim’s main projects in Ghana include the Maternal and Child Survival Program, the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project and Systems for Health, all funded by USAID. In 2015, he led the Presidential “Blue Ribbon Committee” set up to review Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and make recommendations to increase its efficiency and financial sustainability. In Nigeria, Dr. Atim leads a large health financing project at federal and state levels funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also led the readiness assessment of the Niger State Contributory Health Financing Scheme. Dr Atim is the founding Executive Director of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA).

Prof. John Ele-Ojo Ataguba
Prof. John Ele-Ojo Ataguba
Prof. John Ele-Ojo Ataguba is an Associate Professor and Director of the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town.  He was the interim South African Research Leader (Chair) in Health and Wealth (2018-2020).  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA).  He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare, a research fellow for the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) network and was a Mellon Mandela Fellow (20016/17) at Harvard University, USA.  John has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town and he has several years of research and teaching experience in many African countries.  Currently, he teaches topics in health financing, quantitative health economics and applied microeconomics to graduate students at the University of Cape Town.  John is the recipient of several competitive awards, both locally and internationally and he has also served as an advisor nationally, and to international agencies including the World Health Organization. His research interests in economics include poverty, inequality, equity in health and health care, social determinants of health, health financing and the economics of ageing. He has published widely in the field of health economics, and he serves as an editorial board member of the journal Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, and BMC Health Services Research.
 
Dr. Logan Brenzel
Dr. Logan Brenzel

 

Dr. Logan Brenzel is a Senior Program Officer, Health Systems, Global Delivery Programs. Logan currently leads and manages a portfolio of grants related to health resource tracking, health systems evidence-to-policy, sustainability and institutional development of countries transitioning from donor support, and costing and financing of immunization and primary health care. She is a health economist with more than 35 years of health financing and development experience worldwide. At the World Bank, Logan supported policy and technical engagement on financing and health systems with Gavi, and spear-headed introduction of results-based financing. She served as health financing advisor to the Minister of Health in Ethiopia and led USAID’s program of health care reform in Latin America. Logan has a PhD in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health; and Human Biology and Humanities degrees from Stanford University.

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Prof. Irene Akua Agyapong
Prof. Irene Akua Agyapong

Prof. Irene Akua Agyapong is a Public Health Physician currently with the Research and Development Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Public Health Faculty of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons of which she is a foundation fellow.  She was Ghana Health Service Regional Director of Health for the Greater Accra region of Ghana 2004 to 2012.  She was first chair of the Board of Health Systems Global (2012 – 2014) and Professor Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity, University Medical Centre, Utrecht in the Netherlands (2008 – 2010).  She spent three years full time secondment between October 2012 and December 2015 in the University of Ghana School of Public Health, where she had previously taught and supervised students part time since its inception in 1994. She has been Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Implementation Research Platform of the World Health Organization and a member of the American National Academy of Medicine Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future.  She was awarded the Arnold Kaluzny distinguished alumni award of the Public Health Leadership program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.  She is a member of the Independent Advisory Committee for the Global Burden of Disease.  She has published extensively in the field of health policy and systems research.  She is Honorary Professor in the Division of Health Systems and Policy of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine of the University of Cape Town. She has a Medical degree (MBChB 1986) from the University of Ghana Medical School; a Masters in Community Health (1991) from the University of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine UK; and a Doctor of Public Health (2000) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill).

 
Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe
Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe
 

Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe is medically qualified but also has MSc and PhD in Health Economics. He is a Professor of Health Economics & Policy at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, the Director of Research in the University, the Coordinator of the Health Policy Research Group and the President of the Nigerian Health Economics Association. He is also the Director of the Nigerian National Centre on Health Systems, which is part of the African Health Observatory Platform (AHOP) on Health Systems. He is currently a Professor of Health Economics & Policy and Pharmacoeconomics & Pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Nigeria. He was a member of the Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RESYST) Consortium and is currently a member of the Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Consortium; the Community-led Responsive & Effective Urban Health Systems (ChORUS) RPC and the JHSRI Accountability-in-Action project. was also a member of the Consortium on Health Policy. Prof. Onwujekwe has extensive expertise in investigating and finding solutions to weaknesses in various aspects of health systems in both Nigeria and the broader Sub-Sahara Africa. He has consulted widely for many national and international organizations and has working experiences in Nigeria, Sudan, Malawi, South Sudan, Oman and the UK. He has published    more than 300 academic and policy papers. His detailed profile is at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Obinna_Onwujekwe.

Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei
Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei

Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei (Ghana)

Graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana obtaining a BSc. in Human Biology (1986), MB.CH.B in Medicine and Surgery (1989). Served within the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services (1990-1999); and obtained an M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology, University of Ghana (1999). Appointed as the first Specialist Clinical Psychologist (1999-2002) of the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services and during this period served in Lebanon, Liberia and Sierra Leone alongside the troops. Was in charge of the providing support, training and psychological services for service personnel, civilian staff and their families.

Appointed as the first Policy Adviser HIV/AIDS, Department of Peace Keeping Operations’ Mission MONUC, DRC (2002-2006); and the first Adviser HIV/AIDS, Security and Humanitarian, UNAIDS regional Office (AUC and ECA), Ethiopia (2006-2007); where she developed the HIV policy and oversaw its implementation for peacekeeping mission, conflict and humanitarian settings.

She was UNFPA’s Resident Representative to the DRC (one of UNFPA largest operations in Africa) (2007-2009) where she oversaw the delivery of UNFPA’s program through its 11 sub-offices and across the 10 regions of the DRC; and then Regional Advisor HIV and AIDS, East and Southern Regional Office of UNFPA (2009-2015) implementation UNFPA’s program on HIV and AIDS and provided support for the 46 countries of the UNFPA Africa region.

Her experience is in management, advocacy, policy and strategic development. She has extensive experience in the areas of Health and development, Population, Nutrition, Gender, Health Economics and Humanitarian Issues.  She has supported policy development with a focus on vulnerable populations, particularly women and children's health in non-conflict, conflict and humanitarian Settings. She has a number of publications to her name.

 
Mr. Kibwika-Muyinda
Mr. Kibwika-Muyinda

Mr. Kibwika-Muyinda born on 31st December 1954 is a trained lawyer, an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and courts subordinate thereto and has practiced law in Tanzania and Uganda and provided legal consultancy services in other countries including Mauritius, Lesotho and Swaziland. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Planning and Administration as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Health Management, Planning and Policy with specialization in Health Economics for Developing Countries. His dissertation at Post-Graduation Diploma level was on ‘Resource Allocation for Primary Healthcare in Uganda’ and ‘Balancing Equity, Efficiency and Effectiveness: Policy Options for Financing of Health Services in Uganda’ at Master’s level. He has taught Health Economics at Makerere School of Public Health and Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi. Mr. Kibwika-Muyinda has a professional career stretching over 40 years working at senior policy and management level of the health sector within Uganda, at regional and international levels including six years at the East Central and Southern African Community (ECSA-HC) as Director of Operations and Institutional Development. He has provided technical support and carried out consultancy work, operational and health systems research at national, regional and international level for governments, non-governmental organizations and international agencies in areas of health and social policy, strategic, business and operational planning, health services management, human resources management, health care financing and financial management, healthcare laws, legislation and regulation health management information systems, quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation. He is an experienced trainer and has carried out in-service training for senior, middle and operational level health managers and lectured at various institutions of higher learning including the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds, U.K, Makerere University Institute of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Busoga University, Iganga, Uganda Management Institute, Kampala and College of Business Education, Dar Es Salaam.

Mr. Kibwika-Muyinda is married with children.  He retired from the Uganda Public Service in 2004 and currently lives in his home town of Iganga where he practices agriculture mainly focusing on hass avocado and other food crops.

 
Dr. Amina Nomtondo OUEDRAOGO epouse ZOUNGRANA
Dr. Amina Nomtondo OUEDRAOGO epouse ZOUNGRANA
 

Dr. Amina Nomtondo OUEDRAOGO epouse ZOUNGRANA is a lecturer and research professional in dermatology-venereology at Joseph Ki-Zerbo University and dermatologist at the Yalgado Ouédraogo teaching hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Before this position, she worked respectively in the national program for the control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (PN MTN) in Burkina Faso, and she was also the health program manager for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and served as a consultant for the Hélite public health agency in Dakar. She was the founding president of the Burkina Faso College of Health Economics (CoBES) in 2010 and its current past-president. She holds a Ph.D. in Medicine, a Specialty Certificate   in Dermatology-Venereology, a Masters in Health Economics (CESAG), a Masters in Management in Health Programs (CESAG) and a university degree in allergology (Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France). She has ten years of experience in dermatology-venereology and cost evaluation. She is a member of the technical committee for the vigilance of medical installations, in vitro diagnostic devices and labile blood products; And also member of the expert committee in charge of evaluating applications for approval of herbal medicines, medicines from the traditional pharmacopoeia, nutritional supplements and other special foodstuffs, cosmetic plants and personal hygiene. She is the author and co-author of about fifty scientific articles.

Prof. Kara Hanson
Prof. Kara Hanson

Prof. Kara Hanson is Professor of Health System Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research has focused primarily on the economics of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. She has researched hospital reforms in Uganda and Zambia, focusing on the implications of two-tier pricing for equity of access to hospital services; the role of the private sector in health systems, and in identifying the opportunities and limitations of the private sector in improving the efficiency, quality and responsiveness of health systems; and health financing reforms, particularly the way that strategic purchasing can help to improve health system outcomes. Her current research addresses regulation of emerging models of private sector provision, such as e-pharmacy and the health system harms of excess market fragmentation.  She was the founding director of the Centre for Health Economics in London (CHIL) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/chil) and previously co-directed RESYST, a DFID-funded research consortium (https://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk).  She is an elected board member of the International Health Economics Association and of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

 
Dr. Serge Mayaka
Dr. Serge Mayaka

Dr. Serge Mayaka has been a medical doctor for 20 years, graduated in Health Economics from the School of Public Health of Kinshasa (University of Kinshasa/DRC) in 2005 and in Health Policy from the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp (ITM/Belgium) in 2011.

Dr. Mayaka has worked since 2001 at all levels of the health pyramid of the DR Congo.

He then successively held the following positions: national expert in health economics at the project monitoring unit of the Ministry of Health of the DRC (2005-2006), in charge of emergency projects at UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)/DRC (2006-2008) and national expert in health economics at the 9th European Development Fund in DRC (2008-2010).

Since September 2015, he obtained a PhD on health financing at the Catholic University of Leuven (UCL/Belgium), in collaboration with ITM/Antwerp.

Currently, he is Associate Professor at the School of Public Health in Kinshasa where he teaches courses on Health Financing and Universal Health Coverage, as well as Management and Leadership in Health; he is also coordinator of the short course in Health Policy at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM/Belgium).

He has carried out several consultancies for the European Union, the World Bank, Médecins du Monde, Cordaid, GIZ, WHO, UNFPA, etc. in different countries (Burundi, Rwanda, DRCongo, Ivory Coast, Comoros, Chad, Benin, Ghana, Senegal).

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