National Alliances

WRA National Alliances are comprised of dedicated members, organizations and individuals, who all play a part in advancing the agreed-upon agenda in that country. The structure of each National Alliance varies, based on country need, however, all are coordinated by a National Secretariat responsible for convening and coordinating members around a common strategy and maintaining day to day operations. Secretariats may be comprised of a small number of staff and volunteers and are usually led by a National Coordinator. WRA National Alliances are autonomous, with their own governing structures.

National Secretariat

Chukure Victor Hamza

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Chukure Victor Hamza

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

CHUKURE VICTOR HAMZA, is a lawyer and a member of prestigious Nigerian Bar Association. Born in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State in June 1983,  Chukure started his career in Law in 2011 after graduation from Nigeria Law school. He began building his career in law during his National youth service at the State Counsel with the Federal Ministry of Justice, Lafia. In 2012, Chukure moved on to become Associate Counsel, Ucheaguwa Enuma & Co., Alpha Oye Chambers. 2015, He worked as Associate Counsel, for Femi S. Akinbinu & Co chambers. He is currently Company Secretary and Legal Adviser to Trexcorp Group of Companies limited and its subsidiaries, and a Lead Partner, Magen Attorneys Abuja Nigeria.

Dr Francis Ohanyido

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr Francis Ohanyido

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr Francis Ohanyido has a track record of significant leadership in global health management of two-decades, with experience spanning both Governmental and non-Governmental sectors. He has technical expertise on the subject matter of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health plus nutrition (MNCAH+N);.

He is President and Senior Fellow of the West African Academy of Public Health (WAAPH) and chairs Health Workforce Committee of the Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), the largest health-focused NGO coalition in Nigeria and is also a key member of the MNCH Core Technical Committee for Nigeria under FMOH. He has served as Vice-Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance, Nigeria. He is a strong advocate for sustainable development and a key convener of the UN SDGs Professional Support Group for Africa.

Dr. Ohanyido is a public health physician with a medical degree from Nigeria (MBBS), a postgraduate diploma in hospital & health administration, another postgraduate training in Public Health and Business Administration. He is an alumnus of the United Nations University’s 10th  e-Governance class and the Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health’s Health Outcomes Research programme. He is a 2006 CMDS Global Scholar, a Fellow of Academy of Public Health (FAPH), Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), UK and Member of the Science Advisory Board (USA) . He is currently a faculty of the “Supercourse” of Epidemiology at WHO Collaborating Center of the University of Pittsburgh and was part of the global team that worked to develop the Research Methods of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt. He is happily married with children.

Dr. Adaeze Oreh

Board Secretary, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Adaeze Oreh

Board Secretary, WRA Nigeria

Dr Adaeze Oreh is a Family Physician with the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. She holds an MBBS degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in International Health Management from Imperial College and Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in addition to certification in Leadership and Management from both Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health and University of Washington.

She has over 16 years’ experience in healthcare service delivery and health systems management across the private and public health sectors in Nigeria. Between 2009 and 2014, she was the programme manager in charge of Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nassarawa and Niger States for the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) a United States' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health. Her role was critical to national policy formulation, data analytics and management, operations supervision, quality assurance and emergency preparedness and response.

Dr Oreh is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Society of Public Health and sits on the Governing Council of Nigeria’s first private university of Medical Sciences. She is a health systems contributor for several publications including Premium Times and The Guardian addressing health inequities and universal health coverage. Dr Adaeze Oreh was recently selected as one of 25 recipients of the Aspen New Voices Fellowship for 2019 by the Aspen Institute - an initiative that recognises change makers in global health and development sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer of the Society of Family Physicians FCT Abuja and Keffi Zone and spoke at the 74th United Nations General Assembly Universal Health Coverage Pavilion in New York.

Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara works at the Nigeria Country office of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a National Consultant, Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Interventions (PEN) where she engages with high level stakeholders in the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders to provide policy advisory support on NCD prevention and control in Nigeria.

She also provides programmatic and technical assistance to WHO sub-recipients and awardees on NCD related projects such as oral health, mental health and diabetes. She has over 10 years of professional experience and excellent track record in leading large-scale programs in health, agriculture, mining, gender, education and livelihood, with evidenced proficiency in developing and implementing health development strategies and action plans, collaborating with diverse teams and stakeholders to improve health and socio-economic outcomes in difficult and resource constrained settings.

She acquired a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery at University of Calabar and Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Beatrice is married with Children.

Dr. Hafizuddin Faqiree, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Hafizuddin Faqiree, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Hafiz Faqiree has more than 10 years’ experience working with national and international organizations, including Adventist Development and Relieve Agency, Bakhtar Development Network, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Oxfam Novib, Nutrition and Education International, Marie Stopes International and Futures Group. His previous managerial positions include Program Manager, Project Director, National Coordinator and Health and Nutrition Program Manager.

Hafiz graduated from Ningarhar Medical Faculty in August 2005 and has experience working in the fields of basic and emergency health, reproductive health, water, sanitation & hygiene, nutrition and advocacy

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Dr. Leila C. Varkey

Quality of Care Lead, WRA India

Dr. Leila C. Varkey

Quality of Care Lead, WRA India

Dr. Leila Caleb Varkey has passionately dedicated her career to improving the health of women and children in low-resource communities, especially in rural India, for the last 31 years. She as a health worker and nursing tutor before commencing doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore USA in 1990. Leila is a founder member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Society of Midwives in India, both of which began at the end of the 1990s when maternal mortality in India was found to be very high. Leila currently serves as Senior Advisor, Reproductive Maternal Child and Newborn Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), India.  She also leads WRA India’s advocacy work on Quality of Care, which has been instrumental in promoting engagement of elected representatives and women themselves in demanding increased investment in human resources, infrastructure and budget allocation for reproductive, maternal and child health – especially in states which are under-resourced and continue to have high maternal mortality.   

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi

General Secretary, Executive Council, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi

General Secretary, Executive Council, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi a leading public-sector reform expert, with over 27 years of experience in building institutional capacity to improve public sector delivery, monitoring and evaluation. This includes 10 years as a National Level Team Leader and key expert on donor funded international projects; 5 years as Provincial Lead implementing and overseeing donor funded projects; and, 12 years as a civil servant in Pakistan.

Dr. Abbasi achieved a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Health Services Academy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 1999 and Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Sindh in 1988. His career exhibits a good mix of working in the public and private sectors in both humanitarian and development settings. His most recent job was as Nutritionist with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP). Dr. Abbasi has experience working with Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO in the areas of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition, Family Planning, Health System Strengthening, Advocacy, and Project Management that includes program development, planning, and implementation. He has worked with Ministry of Health for almost 12 years at district level and has executed primary health care assignments.

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat, MD

Board Member, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat, MD

Board Member, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat graduated from Khost Medical Faculty in 2001 and has more than 16 years’ experience working in a variety of health positions, including 10 years in senior-level project management positions with and alongside national and international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, European Union, and UN organizations. A self- motivated and values-driven executive, he thrives in challenging environments. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nasarat holds a doctor of medicine and holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health Administration and a master’s in international public health.

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Dr. Samina Naeem Khalid 

Executive Council Member, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Samina Naeem Khalid 

Executive Council Member, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Samina is a maternal, newborn and child health consultant, heading the Reproductive Health Research Center in Islamabad. She is Joint Secretary & Member of the Executive Council of WRA Pakistan. A medical doctor, Khalid holds an MPhil, PhD & Postgraduate Fellowship in Gynae & Reproductive Medicine with specialized training in ART from Cleveland Clinic, USA. She is a Clinician & Researcher having more than 23 years of work experience. She has organized multiple large-scale public health conferences and technical training workshops. Her scope of work includes MNCH Programs with USAID, UNICEF, WHO, White Ribbon Alliance- Pakistan, John Hopkins University, MdM & Ipas, and she has been actively involved in the What Women Want campaign – from initial conceptualizing to strategic outreach – which mobilized more than 250,000 responses from women and girls in Pakistan. 

Eya Mwenifumbo-Gondwe

Programs & Advocacy Manager, WRA Malawi

Eya Mwenifumbo-Gondwe

Programs & Advocacy Manager, WRA Malawi

Eya Mwenifumbo Gondwe comes to White Ribbon Alliance with 13 years of progressive work in health systems strengthening specifically in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and Child health. She has worked on different projects with multiple donors to strengthen RMNCH in health facilities owned by Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) for over 6 years.

Eya holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a post graduate University certificate in midwifery from Kamuzu College of Nursing. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Malawi College of Medicine. Eya is a passionate, highly motivated, vibrant team player who strongly believes that no mother should die whilst giving birth.

Faridah Luyiga

Communication Manager, WRA Uganda

Faridah Luyiga

Communication Manager, WRA Uganda

Faridah has worked with WRA since March 2014, when she began as WRA Uganda's Communications Officer. In 2016, Faridah added the responsibilities of Communication Manager for the Global Secretariat, working specifically to support the National Alliances.

Prior to her time at WRA, Faridah was an independent media consultant where she managed media and public relations for various clients. Faridah also spent time as a journalist with the Daily Monitor newspaper where she served as health editor, as the acting editor of Full Woman Magazine and editor of Rainbow Magazine.

Faridah has a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master of Business of Administration from Makerere University, where she also served as Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Program at their School of Public Health. As a fellow, Faridah was hosted by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda where she was the to-go-to person on communication-related matters.

Geraldine Nyaku

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Geraldine Nyaku

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Geraldine Nyaku holds a BA Law degree from the University of Johannesburg and a post-graduate certificate on Women’s Rights in Africa from the Center of Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She is an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Southern Africa (SA). She is a women’s rights activist who has been working in the civic society for the past six years. She has extensive experience in advocacy, lobbying for children and women’s rights, conducting trainings on gender based violence, women’s rights, the constitution and its compliance with legislative policies and facilitation. She has worked with diverse communities at grassroots level and with different government structures from local authorities to ministries and policy makers to advocate for the rights of women and children. She believes that White Ribbon Alliance is a great platform for advancing women and newborn’s rights and to contribute towards social change and community development. She hopes to bring her multifaceted leadership style and innovative solutions to improve and promote maternal and new born health and rights both in the national and global alliance.

Gloria Adoyi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Gloria Adoyi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Gloria Adoyi works under the reproductive health unit of Nigeria’s Population Council as a Program Manager. Through her role in Population Council, she successfully facilitated the harmonization of National training manuals and job aids for different cadre of service providers on the prevention and management of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in Nigeria. She is an advocate for improved budget allocation to maternal health.

Gloria has vast knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation having nurtured her years of experience in budget monitoring, tracking and analysis in Maternal Health for over 14 years in Nigeria. She has expertise in quality improvement in maternal and child health having been trained at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine, UK. She is skilled at managing collaborative projects with bilateral donors, foundations and Ministries of Health.

She has a degree in Microbiology from Bayero University Kano State and MSC in Pharmaceutical Microbiology, at the School of Postgraduate Studies, Bayero University Kano.

Hadija Dorayi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hadija Dorayi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hadija Dorayi served as the Technical Assistant to the office of the Vice President on Sustainable Development Goals Projects. Before her appointment at the office of the Vice president, she was the Nigeria Lead for Population Refference Bereau, a Washington based NGO that supports Federal Ministry of health with training and advocacy materials on maternal /child health and nutrition.

Hadiza has also worked as an Output Lead for UK Department for International Development, DFIDs voices for change, where she was responsible for mentoring adolescent girls to become future leaders and agents of change. This includes boosting their leadership skills, self confidence and creating the right enviromment for them to make informed descisions about their lives and their future.

Hadiza worked with Save the Children International as head of campaign and communications, she advocated for improved laws and policies and helped prioritize childrens’ issues at Federal and State levels. In collaboration with the UN Millenium Campaign, she coordinated the inclusion of Nigerian Civil Society voices into the Global Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs). As a hobby, Hadiza produces video documentaries on sustainanle development issues. Her documentaries have been screened at International conferences such as the UN General Assembly in New York, launch of the State of the World's Mother's Report in London, the high level meeting on Sustainable Development in Bali, the Immunization Conference in Addis Ababa and a screening for Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote at the lauch of Routine Immunisation Strategy in Abuja.

She is a graduate of Law from University of Abuja, with a Masters degree in Law. She is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN).

Hauwa K. Yerima

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hauwa K. Yerima

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hauwa is a Program Associate with the MacArthur Foundation, Africa Office in Abuja. She is responsible for processing grants to ensure effective compliance with grantmaking guidelines in the pre and post grant processes. The grant areas which she facilitates include: strengthening  the criminal justice architecture, reducing corruption in the education and electricity sectors, supporting media and journalism to  carry out in-depth corruption investigations , exposing corruption and sharing information on anti -corruption efforts, as well as support for entertainment and faith-based organizations to use their work to influence attitudes and behaviors with a view to promoting accountability.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Hauwa was a Program Officer at the Zero Corruption Coalition, an organization committed to the re-establishment of the culture of transparency, accountability, integrity and respect for human dignity, in order to attain good governance and social justice. While with ZCC, she was responsible for project conceptualization, implementation and monitoring of anti-corruption and accountability programs amongst other programs. She also coordinated the drafting of bills to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, Independent and Corrupt Practices and Other Related Matters (ICPC) Act, and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

Hauwa holds a Law degree from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Science Degree (MSc) in counter fraud and counter corruption studies from the University of Portsmouth

Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu

Executive Director, WRA Malawi

Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu

Executive Director, WRA Malawi

Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu comes to WRA Malawi with more than 15 years of professional work and experience which includes a combination of technical expertise with passionate advocacy and organizational leadership to elevate the most vulnerable: women, orphans, people living with HIV and others whose voices too often go unheard. He brings a wealth of experience in overseeing successful start-up and implementation of public health projects, most notably in contributing to the successful bidding process for $6 million USAID funding for GOAL.

Hester is completing his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Development) with UNICAF University and has a Master in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands). Hester is a Fellow in HIV Leadership and Management with the College of Medicine, a constituent of the University of Malawi. He also serves as the Vice Board Chairperson to Future SACCO Limited and a Board Member to South Malawi Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Ihatsham Akram

Executive Council Member, WRA Pakistan

Ihatsham Akram

Executive Council Member, WRA Pakistan

A founding member of WRA Pakistan, Mr. Ihatsham Akram served as the National Coordinator for 6 years before joining the Executive Council. A passionate champion of reproductive, newborn and child health, he has been instrumental in different policy reforms in Pakistan, including ensuring the inclusion of Misoprostol, Magnesium Sulphate, Cholorohyxedine in the essential drug list of first level care facilities in the health system of Pakistan.  

Ihatsham has led citizen engagement for individual and community empowerment around voicing health demands with duty bearers at national, provincial and district levels. He has steered reforms such as the inclusion of patient rights and respectful maternity care in key maternal health policiesHe has also led several research studies that have contributed to vital policy changes. 

Ihatsham has played a critical role in securing safe motherhood and child health champions to speak with news and entertainment media, parliamentarians, national, provincial & district governments, departments, academia and civil society. He possesses national and international experience of developing & implementing several advocacy, behavioral change communication and citizen engagement strategies. He has served in a variety of roles for respected development organizations such as Palladium, Save the Children, British Council, National Rural Support Program, and the Ministry of Health Pakistan & Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan.  

Ihatsham possesses Master Degrees in Public Health and Governance & Public policy. When not at work, he enjoys reading, sports, sightseeing, movie and live music. 

Jayne Arinze-Egemonye

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Jayne Arinze-Egemonye

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

JAYNE ARINZE-EGEMONYE has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State. She is one of the pioneer staffs of White Ribbon Alliance, for safe Motherhood Nigeria (WRAN), as the alliance member, she started her career in January 2010 working as a Program and Communications Assistant with (WRAN).  While working with WRAN, she was the first national youth representative for the 2012 and 2014 National Family Planning Conference.

Over the years, Jane has fully evolved in her development profession, with vast experience in programm design and management. As a result-driven development expert, Jayne is skilled at data analysis and visualization and is proficient in project strategy development. Her Monitoring and Evaluation skills earned her the position of a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer    with Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CSSUNN) where she does budget and policy analysis with focus on governance, gender, nutrition, reproductive and maternal, newborn and child health

In 2017, she designed “a Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning strategy” to support scale-up nutrition through the implementation of Nigeria’s “Health Sector Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition in selected States in Nigeria”. She is married with children and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Poverty and Development at University of Sussex.

Kay King

National Coordinator, WRA UK

Kay King

National Coordinator, WRA UK

Kay King joined White Ribbon Alliance UK, as National Coordinator at the start of 2020. Kay has worked for 14 years in charity development and fundraising and is also a practicing doula. Having worked to support several leading UK maternity organisations with their governance, finances and change agendas through her career Kay will be joining WRA UK to oversee the organisations growth into new partnerships and projects. Kay has spent many years of her working life in South Africa, during which time she worked to support maternity initiatives and poverty alleviation campaigns in the Eastern Cape. Kay is a Yoga teacher and is mother to 2 young children.

Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba

Core-Committee Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba

Core-Committee Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba is a Nurse Educator, Public Health specialist and a National trainer on Sexual and Gender based Violence. She is the current National Treasurer for the Zimbabwean East Central and Southern College of Nurses (ECSACON), and a Health consultant.

Maceline was drawn to WRA Zimbabwe due to the notable work on respectful maternity care, which promotes safe delivery and optimal health maintenance of the mother throughout the reproductive life, and ensures a significant decline in both neonatal morbidity and mortality. She also has a passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Right advocacy.

Newton Kalua

Communications Intern, WRA Malawi

Newton Kalua

Communications Intern, WRA Malawi

Newton Kalua was born in Blantyre, Malawi, in 1995. In 2017 he got awarded a certificate in journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), and in 2018 he received a diploma in journalism at the very same institution.

During MIJ’s diploma attachments, in pursuit of his diploma, he was posted at MIJ FM from May to June, 2018 and at Luso Television from June to August, 2018. Soon after completing his diploma programme at MIJ he secured his first full time job as an online reporter at Dot Solutions (where he was posting stories on its websites; faceofmalawi.com and Malawi-sports.com) in September, 2018, where he worked for about a year. From there he joined Music Crossroads Malawi as a Communications volunteer, and currently, he is working at White Ribbon Alliance- Malawi as a Communications intern.

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

National Coordinator, WRA Nepal

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

National Coordinator, WRA Nepal

As the National Coordinator and General Secretary of Safe Motherhood Network Federation (SMNF/WRA Nepal) Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal and WRA Nepal, which he joined in 2005. He previously served as a National Secretary General of Nepal Jaycees, one of the National Organization of (JCI) Junior Chamber International, a non-profit international non-governmental organization of young people.

He mobilizes youth and communities in Kirtipur for social change. He loves facilitating programs and events at the community, national and global level. He carefully and efficiently orchestrated a successful opening ceremony of WRA Global meeting which was held at Kathmandu in 2017, with participation from Nepal's Prime Minister, the First Lady, representatives from the Ministry of Health, and other high-level individuals. During this ceremony he acted as the event moderator.

In addition to his voluntary work advocating for safe motherhood, he is involved in many business organizations. He received EMBA from Himalayan WhiteHouse Int'l College, Purbanchal University and he is the chief of District Lions Leadership Institute of Lions Clubs International, District 325 A2 Nepal.

 

Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo

Chairperson- Core Committee, WRA Zimbabwe

Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo

Chairperson- Core Committee, WRA Zimbabwe

Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo is a Legal Practitioner by profession and a Human Rights activist specialising in Women's Rights. She has an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand. She is passionate about advancing the rights of women and girls and looks forward to a Zimbabwe where women are empowered, equipped and safe from all forms of abuse. Through WRAZ Rumbi would like to contribute to a Zimbabwe where women realize their Sexual reproductive Health rights, because every woman has a right to safe motherhood. She is married to Kudzaishe Moyo and has a daughter named Thandiwe Noa.

Said Shamsul Islam Shams, MD

Board Chair, WRA Afghanistan

Said Shamsul Islam Shams, MD

Board Chair, WRA Afghanistan

With more than 17-years’ experience working with various international organizations, Dr. Shams provides technical, administrative and leadership support to a variety of health, research and women’s empowerment projects in Afghanistan. As a women’s health advocate, he has helped develop programs, policies and strategies, and conducted capacity assessments and other evaluations at the organizational and individual level. He has organized trainings in Afghanistan and abroad. He has a broad network of local and national partners and enjoys working across sectors to bring about social change.

Sandra Mwarania

Advocacy & Program Manager, WRA Kenya

Sandra Mwarania

Advocacy & Program Manager, WRA Kenya

Sandra is a pan-african youth advocate and fearless campaigner for women’s health and rights. She has been instrumental developing progressive policies, strategies and campaigns, including contributing to thought leadership on effective youth engagement and gender diversity mainstreaming. Sandra’s combined background and experience in anthropology, development, and activism continues to influence her engagements with the community, including young people, women and those experiencing injustices. She is currently the Advocacy and Program Manager at White Ribbon Alliance Kenya and a member of Amnesty International’s global youth collective.

Dr. Arefin Amal Islam, MD

Exec. Committee Chair, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Arefin Amal Islam, MD

Exec. Committee Chair, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Arefin Amal Islam is the Project Director of the Improving Community Health Workers Project of Save the Children in Bangladesh. Dr. Islam (MBBS, MPH) has 29 years’ experience in health and family planning at the United Nations and other local and international organizations. He was in the leading position of the World Health Organization-led polio eradication team in Bangladesh and led Chemonic’s technical team for the International’s Smiling Sun Franchise Program, a large NGO health service delivery program in Bangladesh, funded and supported by the United States Agency for International Development.  At WHO he led the surveillance team and worked as a consultant for the Reaching Every District program and was Divisional Coordinator and National Surveillance Coordinator in the Immunization and Vaccine Development program there. Dr Arefin held previous positions with Helen Keller International, Family Planning Association of Bangladesh, and Kumudini Trust of Bangladesh. He has been the chair of the Executive Committee of WRA Bangladesh since 2012.

Tahera Ahmed

Exec. Committee Advisor, WRA Bangladesh

Tahera Ahmed

Exec. Committee Advisor, WRA Bangladesh

Professor Tahera Ahmed has 30 years’ experience working with UNFPA on reproductive health and population issues. As an advisor to the Executive Committee of WRA Bangladesh, she works closely with the members on technical and other issues. Ahmed also teaches masters level students and executives at the Department of Public Health at North South University, the largest and oldest private university of Bangladesh. She is editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics and current member/former Vice President of the Association of Former UN Staff of Bangladesh. She has an impressive educational background with degrees and certificates from esteemed institutions around the world. Professor Ahmed has been recognized with many awards, including the Advani Braganza Award for her support in the development of the Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Bangladesh.

Brigid McConville

Creative Director, WRA UK

Brigid McConville

Creative Director, WRA UK

Brigid McConville is a prize- winning writer who first met the White Ribbon Alliance while making a film, 'My Sister, My Self', in India in 2004. She was working as a journalist, covering stories about the rights of women and girls. Inspired by the passion and achievements of WRA members, she found ways to make their voices heard through the media, connecting them with influential and creative supporters.

McConville was elected to the Global Board of Directors in 2006. She subsequently joined the staff as director of the new UK office in 2008. She is now creative director of the European Network and continues to write books and make films.

 

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, PhD

National Coordinator, WRA India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, PhD

National Coordinator, WRA India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi is the National Coordinator of WRA India. She is the executive director of the NGO Center for Catalyzing Change (C3, formerly CEDPA India). Aparajita is a political scientist with 25 years of experience in programming, advocacy and defining strategies for policy issues, especially on young people’s health and rights. She is passionate about women’s health issues and has been an advocate for safe motherhood, firmly believing that surviving childbirth is a fundamental right of every woman.  Aparajita has been leading WRA India’s advocacy for safe motherhood for the last 16 years. She has also been involved in safe motherhood advocacy in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.  She has received recognition for her work in various forums, including by The Guardian, which in 2011 named Aparajita as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women.

She holds a PhD (International Politics), from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post graduate diploma in Journalism.

Dina Dewi Landini

Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia

Dina Dewi Landini

Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia

Dina Dewi Landini is a volunteer with WRA Indonesia, known locally as PPI. Born into a family of medical doctors, Dina chose a different path, graduating with a degree in architectural engineering. She worked as an architect and interior designer and later pursued advanced studies in business administration at the University of Dallas, Texas. Dina’s second childbirth was challenging, with intense contractions for more than 24 hours; a competent midwife helped her get through it. After that, in 2005, Dina accompanied her mother to a capacity building meeting organized by White Ribbon Alliance in India. She was inspired by its vision and mission and decided to help. Like many WRA volunteers who have families and careers, Dina must balance her schedule carefully and often uses her personal leave to do her work for WRA Indonesia (PPI). Dina oversees youth involvement for PPI, but often supports other efforts, and is a valued member of the WRA Indonesia team.

Ibu Giwo Rubianto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubianto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubianto almost lost her life while giving birth to her third child in 1997. That event set a new course for Giwo, who decided to use her considerable skills as an organizational leader to advocate for maternal and newborn health with White Ribbon Alliance, known in Indonesia as PPI. Giwo currently serves as the President of the National Council of Indonesian Women and previously served as Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission. She is also a member of several other NGOs working to improve the lives and health of women and children.

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

As a volunteer communication and media strategist for the WRA Kenya, Angel leads the design and execution of WRA Kenya’s communications strategy. Angel is a highly driven and passionate communications professional who has vast interests in the media and corporate communications fields. She has an extensive understanding of how the media industry in Kenya and beyond work, allowing her to consult and formulate communication strategies for organizations and conduct media trainings for corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals. She is passionate about maternal health, youth and women’s empowerment.

Angel is currently the Head of Corporate Communications at Simba Corporation, a motor and hospitality group operating in Kenya. Prior to this, she worked at Ogilvy PR’s Nairobi office as a Senior Account Manager for three years following a successful seven-year career as a news and features journalist with Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Citizen TV.

As a journalist, Angel cut a niche for herself in the field of maternal and newborn health, winning several UN recognized awards. She is skilled in technology and digital communications, and has multiple social media outlets where she enjoys an enviable following.

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Angela Nguku

Executive Director, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku

Executive Director, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku is the Executive Director for the White Ribbon Alliance Kenya. She has 14 years of dedicated experience working toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths and adolescent health in Kenya, throughout Africa, and around the world.

Angela has worked for AAHI, AMREF, a Christian Aid-led global consortium, and as an Independent Technical and Advocacy Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, as well as an international trainer, mentor and coach.

A passionate midwife, Angela advocates for accountability for the health of mothers, newborns, adolescents and youth, and for midwives’ voices to be heard. She is an advisory member of the People’s Voice Advisory Board of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDGs Era, the Advisory Group for the Global Action Plan, and the Deliver for Good Campaign in Kenya. In addition, she is a task force member of the CSO Coordination Group of the Global Financing Facility in Kenya, as well as the Kenya SDGs Forum.

Sunil Shrestha

Treasurer, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha

Treasurer, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha serves as the General Treasurer for WRA Nepal and Safe Motherhood Network Nepal (SMNF), and is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF, which he joined in 2005 after spending 20 years in the health care sector. Sunil represents SMNF as an Executive Board Member of the Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition Nepal, a movement for scaling up nutrition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health care management and is a very motivated social service volunteer and active member of Lions Club Kathmandu.

When not advocating for safe motherhood or volunteering in the community, Sunil manages a medical equipment business.

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi-Emmanuel is a Public Health Physician and has worked in both public and private health institutions for over 17 years. Her experience spans a broad spectrum from clinical service delivery, preventive medicine, social mobilization, advocacy to technical leadership, management and international experience. She is familiar with clinical and non-clinical strategies; has strong technical expertise in Reproductive Health, Maternal Newborn & Child Health, and HIV/AIDS fostering linkages, integration and ensuring synergy. Nanna has worked closely with high level policy makers both at state and national levels to advocate and consolidate the rights of every childbearing women in Nigeria.

From her days as a Masters Student in Community Medicine at University of Liverpool, Nanna has championed and been a leading voice for maternal, newborn, and child health issues. In 2009, she organized a study tour to India as a cross-learning platform for the promotion of safe motherhood. Participants included representatives of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, parliamentarians, policy makers, community-based organizations, and regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and Representatives of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria.

Nanna’s wealth of experience ranges from being a house officer at Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, a medical officer at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Quality Improvement Advisor at NURHI, and Registrar at Lagos State Teaching Hospital. Her professional affiliations include the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Medical Association, TB and Poverty Subgroup, Association of Public Health Physicians and National Reproductive Health Working Group.

Tariah Adams

Communications & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Tariah Adams

Communications & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Ms. Tariah Adams is the Communication & Advocacy Officer for WRA Nigeria where she takes the lead in strategic communication and is involved in nearly every aspect of their work to engage citizens, business leaders, media and government for community-level and system-wide change for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria.

With a degree in Public Administration and a background in radio production and presentation spanning about a decade, Ms. Adams has worked as a publicist, script writer, content developer and image maker.  She has produced and presented popular programs like “Girls Talk,” a program looking at issues that affect the girl child on Aso FM Abuja, Breeze FM and other leading radio stations.

Tariah is adept at identifying stories that persuade decisions makers to drive social accountability processes across communities. She works directly with the citizens, amplifying their voices and highlighting the specific actions that should be taken by government to embrace citizen-led accountability for RMNCAH.

Tariah joined the Alliance in 2016 because of WRA’s unique approach of engaging women at the community level to speak out and demand their rights. Becoming a mother as a teen, she intimately understands the issues and appreciates that she can be a voice for millions of women in communities who believe their thoughts and opinions do not count.

When not working Tariah loves to read, swim and watch movies with the girls.

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Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Mr. Tonte Ibraye has more than 11 years’ experience in maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and improving the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by AIDS. Tonte was appointed National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria in November 2010. Under his leadership, WRA Nigeria has successfully pushed for the approval of three policies to improve maternal health in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to family planning, maternal death surveillance and reviews, and respectful maternity care. He also led WRA Nigeria to join in the call for passing the National Health Bill, which became law in 2014.

He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the National Reproductive Health Working Group.

A political scientist by profession, Tonte has served as the executive director of Live for Tomorrow, and between 2005 and 2008 was rivers state coordinator for the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN). During that time, he pushed for the Rivers State Action Committee on AIDS to be transformed into the Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RiVSACA) through legislation passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Dr. Asma Badar, MD

National Campaigns Mgr., WRA Pakistan

Dr. Asma Badar, MD

National Campaigns Mgr., WRA Pakistan

As National Campaigns Manager of WRA Pakistan, Dr. Asma Badar leads the development and implementation of all its initiatives aimed at providing the right environment for mothers and babies to be healthy and to prosper. She also serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance’s approach and impact.

Dr. Asma joined the Alliance in 2015 after spending more than a decade as a public health specialist. She started her career as a research officer at PIMS Cardiac Research Cell. Subsequent positions include Heartfile, HelpAge International, and Save the Children, where she championed reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, among other related issues.

Dr. Asma earned a MBBS and later acquired a master's degree in nutrition and project management.

When not at work, Dr. Asma enjoys parties, sightseeing, cooking and interior designing.

Rose Mlay

National Coordinator, WRA Tanzania

Rose Mlay

National Coordinator, WRA Tanzania

As National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania, Rose Mlay leads in organizational strengthening and sustainability as well as building membership to advocate for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania.

Since 2005, her work as National Coordinator has led her to form a coalition of NGOs, associations, institutions, media, UN and parliamentarians. The Alliance began by identifying contributing factors and solutions to help the 30 women and 180 newborns dying in childbirth every day in Tanzania and proved that the way to resolve this daily tragedy is through comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC). On this basis, Rose led the Alliance into advocating for a specific budget line for CEmONC by targeting high profile politicians. WRA Tanzania’s work led – for the first time ever – to the creation of a budget line for CEmONC in 2015.

Through Rose’s leadership of WRA Tanzania’s 2015-2018 campaign for an increased budget for CEmONC countrywide, we saw a 52.7% increase in CEmONC budget in the 2017/2018 health budget when compared to the 2016/2017.

Rose holds a MN, BSCN from Dalhousie University and was a lecturer at MUHAS.  Rose is one of the editors of the Africa Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and is the founder of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ).  Rose is a mother of three and in her private time she enjoys Bible Study and Gospel Music.

David Ssebuggwawo

Board Member, WRA Uganda

David Ssebuggwawo

Board Member, WRA Uganda

Sebuggwawo David is one of the founding members of White Ribbon Alliance Uganda. He has led the recruitment of more than 3,000 members in Uganda and the establishment of the 14 WRA Uganda regional teams through which it implements its work across the country. David has supported many projects on maternal and neonatal health advocacy and accountability in Uganda including Saving Lives at Birth, Midwifery Career Promotion in secondary schools in Uganda, Act Now to End Teenage Pregnancy, among others.

Currently, David is a member of the National Steering Committee of CSOs on RMNCAH, Administrator at WRA Uganda National Secretariat and he supports the Health System Advocacy Project with support from Amref Health Africa.

Away from work, David loves spending time with children at church.

Robina Biteyi

National Coordinator, WRA Uganda

Robina Biteyi

National Coordinator, WRA Uganda

As the National Coordinator for WRA Uganda, Robina Biteyi provides overall leadership and guidance to staff and members to ensure achievement of the organization’s mission by; translating that vision into clear strategies and achievable goals and uniting members around the vision, strategies, and goals, while adapting them to the shifting contexts. She was motivated to join the WRA movement because of her desire to ensure that women and children survive and prosper.

Robina Biteyi is a public health nurse with a Masters’ Degree in community health from the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool. United Kingdom. She has more than 30 years’ experience in maternal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS in both Uganda and Kenya.

For 20 years, Robina worked with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), an international health non-governmental organization, where she developed and managed health projects and programs. Robina’s major interest is maternal and reproductive health with a special interest in advocacy and accountability.

When not at work, Robina enjoys interacting with family and young people. She loves walking as a hobby.

Caroline Maposhere

Board Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere

Board Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere is a registered nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counselling studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents and religious leaders on sexual diversity and training health care providers on how to be sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups like teen mothers and LGBTQ people.

Caroline works as a freelance consultant for various civil society organizations and has been a US Peace Corps Pre-Service Technical Trainer on HIV in more than 10 countries. She is "Aunty" on radio, TV and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for WRA Zimbabwe.

Skype: caroline.maposhere

 

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