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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

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. Masood Ahmed Abbasi

National Campaigns Manager, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi

National Campaigns Manager, 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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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.

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.

FARHANA AHMAD, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

FARHANA AHMAD, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Farhana Ahmad is a medical school graduate who has been working for improved public health and women’s empowerment for nearly twenty years. She became the National Coordinator of WRA Bangladesh in 2005, previously holding positions with CARE Bangladesh, USAID, and Save the Children. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Ahmad served as the course coordinator for a trainer’s project on hospital hygiene and infection control in the Ob-Gyn unit of a large hospital.

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.

 

Natasha Philips

 Volunteer, WRA European Network

Natasha Philips

 Volunteer, WRA European Network

As a volunteer with the WRA European Network, Natasha Philips is actively supporting the Alliance to ensure the voices of pregnant migrant and refugee women are heard through film, photography, social and traditional media, and pressing for change in policies which are putting women and their babies at risk. Natasha joined the alliance in 2016 and has been involved in project managing the delivery of “Spaces of Sanctuary” photography exhibition in Hull.

Natasha has a BA in women’s studies, post graduate degree in health education and, subsequently earned a master’s in leadership in health and social care. Natasha has spent most of her career within public health working to address population based health inequality across sexual and reproductive healthcare. She was drawn to the Alliance because as a mother, she wants to ensure that all women receive safe maternity care and felt she had skills that she could offer to support the alliance to work towards achieving this in the UK.

When not at work Natasha enjoys time with her family and is currently training for her first marathon.

Deepa Jha

Senior Program Officer, C3, WRA India

Deepa Jha

Senior Program Officer, C3, WRA India

Deepa Jha is a maternal health advocate and works as a Senior Program Officer at C3, the secretariat of WRA India. She works on maternal health advocacy projects and manages the secretariat of WRAI. She has over 12 years of experience and has been part of WRA India since 2008. Deepa leads the communication between WRA India’s five state alliances and the WRA global secretariat. She works on campaign efforts aimed at both policy makers and implementers to reduce the needless maternal deaths in India. Prior to WRA India, Deepa worked at a grassroots NGO and in the corporate social responsibility sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service.

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 Rubainto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubainto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubainto 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

National Coordinator, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku

National Coordinator, WRA Kenya

As the National Coordinator for WRA Kenya, Angela provides the vision for the alliance and translates that vision into clear strategies and goals, then unites members to accomplish them. Angela is a highly regarded, transformational leader and program manager in the Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health sector, bringing more than 13 years of dedicated work toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths in Kenya, throughout Africa and around the world. She has worked for AAHI, AMREF, Christian Aid, as an Independent Technical Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, and 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.

Angela was first drawn to WRA while working in South Sudan and in the East African region where she experienced the sad reality of mothers and newborns dying daily from preventable causes. Moved by high maternal and newborn mortalities in her own country, Angela mobilized other likeminded players in Kenya and founded the WRA Kenya in 2009.

Angela holds Master’s degrees in health and in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and midwifery.

Larry Liza

National Advocacy, WRA Kenya

Larry Liza

National Advocacy, WRA Kenya

Larry Liza is a Kenya born poet who has recited poems since the age of four – more than two decades –  in Kenya, UK, USA, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He was appointed in 2010 as a National Advocacy Champion for Safe Motherhood by WRA Kenya, and a Global Champion by the WRA Global Secretariat in 2014, championing maternal health as a performing poet and writer.

Larry’s work focuses on the socio-eco-political and spiritual realms and he’s been described as Africa’s finest poet North of Limpopo and South of the Sahara. A household name in Kenya, he has touched thousands of lives with his electrifying and unique presentations.

Larry has graced different meetings including presidential functions organized by the While Ribbon Alliances in Kenya, International Women’s week celebrations in London, International Women’s Day celebrations organized by the United Nations and more. He has won numerous awards for his works including the Media FOCUS on AFRICA and the Building Bridges for Peace Award for his efforts working toward peace in Kenyan communities.

Larry is the Director of the World Customs Organization for East & Southern Africa in their regional office for capacity building, seconded from Kenya Revenue Authority. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from the University of Nairobi.

Patricia Chamia

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WRA Kenya

Patricia Chamia

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WRA Kenya

As the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for WRA Kenya, Patricia Chamia supports the development of key partnerships and projects for the Alliance. Patricia has more than 25 years of technical experience in program development and management across civil society in Kenya, and works with faith communities as a key driver for social change in the country and region. Patricia currently leads the health and well-being program with the Interreligious Council of Kenya where she oversees national programming and brokering partnerships among different stakeholders for the organization, a key strength that she brings to the Alliance. She has a wealth of experience in advocating for vulnerable groups, including women, girls and children, grounded in human rights. Patricia is currently pursuing a PhD in community health, holds a Master’s of Public Health and Epidemiology and a BA in Social Work. A passionate advocate for girls and women, her leadership, communication, organization and team-work skills are exemplified by her ability to lead and motivate people for positive change.

Patricia’s interest in WRA came after frequent encounters with WRA Kenya volunteer members while working in different parts of the country, and was moved by stories in the media about maternal deaths and became interested in what WRA Kenya was doing to address them. She became a member of WRA in 2014 and has worked passionately to establish its strong operating principles.

Enock Mnyenyembe

Communication Officer, WRA Malawi

Enock Mnyenyembe

Communication Officer, WRA Malawi

As Communication Officer for WRA Malawi, Enock Mnyenyembe creates and implements the overall communication strategy. He serves as the link between WRA Malawi and the media, coordinating press conferences and keeping the media up to date on organizational activities and vital information around maternal and newborn health in Malawi. Enock mentors citizen journalists, working with them to identify, write and edit stories that are then shared with the media, partners and others. Enock also helps implement WRA Malawi projects and documents project activities with video and photography.

Enock joined WRA Malawi in 2016 after working as a reporter for eight years with FM Power 101 Malawi and the Malawi Guardian Newspaper. He also worked as the Communication Officer for Phunzirani Development Organization which focuses on human rights and good governance.

He first got involved with WRA Malawi as a volunteer after noticing the difficulty pregnant women had accessing health services in his home village of Bayani in Mzimba and Mzuzu city where he was staying. He committed himself to help reduce the suffering expectant women face through his radio stories and to hold leaders and service providers accountable for not fulfilling their promises of providing quality health services to women and newborns.

Enock holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Cultural Studies from University of Malawi. Enock was one of WRA Malawi’s first Citizen Journalists, attending WRA’s Citizen Journalism Training in Uganda in 2015, and continued writing stories on maternal and newborn health.

Outside of work, Enock enjoys watching football, reading newspapers, following online news, reading books and charting with his family and friends during weekends and holidays.

Lennie Adeline Kamwendo

Secretary, Board of Directors, WRA Malawi

Lennie Adeline Kamwendo

Secretary, Board of Directors, WRA Malawi

Lennie Kamwendo is a veteran registered midwife who provides leadership as a board member of WRA Malawi, currently serving as the board secretary. Lennie is a trainer for Malawi's Maternal Death Surveillance and Response team of Assessors.  She teaches midwifery students part-time at Kamuzu College of Nursing.

Lennie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Development in Nursing from the University of Ulster at Colerain and a Master’s Degree in Perinatal Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional work and experience includes 28 years teaching midwifery at the University of Malawi, Founder of the Association of Malawian Midwives, and an instrumental leader in establishing White Ribbon Alliance in Malawi. She has served on the Board of Directors for the WRA Global Secretariat and as Chairperson of the WRA National Alliance Council.

Lennie is an author and advocate for childbearing women and midwives. For recreation, Lennie spends time watching soap operas, listening to music and dancing.

Nancy Kamwendo

National Coordinator, WRA Malawi

Nancy Kamwendo

National Coordinator, WRA Malawi

As National Coordinator, Nancy leads all of WRA Malawi’s planning efforts, developing and implementing costed annual work plans for the alliance. She is a member of the Malawi Ministry of Health Quality Management Technical Working group, the Safe Motherhood Sub-committee and the family planning committee of the Reproductive Health Directorate. Nancy joined WRA Malawi in 2015 as a Respectful Maternity Care project officer and was appointed to the National Coordinator position in May 2016.

Nancy is a registered nurse and midwife who rose to community nurse and midwife specialist after obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Community Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing. Nancy has 26 years’ experience working as a registered nurse and midwife in leadership positions including research nurse team leader at the University of North Carolina project in Malawi, and as a lecturer in community nursing and midwifery at Nkhoma College of Nursing and Midwifery. From 2010 to 2013, she coordinated the Christian Association of Malawi and Centers for Disease Control HIV Project at Mua hospital, while also serving as a senior community nurse midwife, acting as a link between the community and the hospital. Nancy is a member of the Association of Malawian Midwives and is passionate about empowering communities to demand their rights for reproductive health.

Outside of work, Nancy is a committed member of the Catholic Women Organization, previously serving as the Dedza Diocese CWO Chairperson and enjoys listening to gospel music. The first born in a family of seven and the first woman to graduate college in her village, Nancy is a role model to many.

Bishnu Raj Nepal

Vice President, SMNF, Nepal

Bishnu Raj Nepal

Vice President, SMNF, Nepal

As Vice President of SMNF/WRA Nepal, Mr. Bishnu Raj Nepal is involved in various activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal, with a focus on office and HR management, program planning & coordination and policy making. Mr. Nepal join SMNF Nepal in the year 2000.

Bishnu also represents the Community Development Center Nuwakot in the field of safe motherhood and related areas. Bishnu has master degree in Political Science and Education.

In addition to his advocacy for safe motherhood, Bishnu is involved in many organizations and in university groups.

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

General Secretary, SMNF, Nepal

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

General Secretary, SMNF, Nepal

As the General Secretary of SMNF, 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.

Rabindra mobilizes youth and communities in Kirtipur for social change. He loves facilitating programs and events at the community, national and global level.

In addition to his voluntary work advocating for safe motherhood, Rabindra is involved in many business organizations.

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Sunil Shrestha

National Coordinator, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha

National Coordinator, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha serves as National Coordinator for WRA Nepal and Treasurer 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.

Miss Tariah Adams

Comm. & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Miss Tariah Adams

Comm. & 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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Mr. Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Mr. 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.

Ms. OreOluwa Ojo

Senior Program Manager, WRA Nigeria

Ms. OreOluwa Ojo

Senior Program Manager, WRA Nigeria

As the Senior Program Manager of WRA Nigeria, OreOluwa Ojo leads the development and implementation of the citizen led accountability campaign and project strategy.

In 2008, while undergoing the compulsory youth service program in Abarma community, Zamfara State in the North-Western region of Nigeria, shocked at the pathetic living condition of the citizens, she swung into action by mobilizing resources to improve the living conditions of the citizens and advocating for the achievement of the MDGs. All these community development projects that she embarked upon, led to her winning the National Youth Service Corps/Millennium Development Goals best advocate of the year award as well as the State Chairman’s honors award. Her experience in Abarma changed her perspective and directed her career path to development. Having discovered her passion, she later earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters of Public Health degree.

OreOluwa has worked with the National Youth Service Corps/Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Project, Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria, African Regional Health Education Center, Center for Preventive Health and Research, Adolescent Health and Information Projects, and the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and training. Her work experience spans research, community mobilization, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, behavior change communication, and human capacity development and enhancement.

OreOluwa joined White Ribbon Alliance to lend her voice to the cause of women and children’s health because she believes that women and children’s health are the fulcrum, the pivot point of a functioning health system. Her hobbies include spending time with children, reading novels and listening to music.

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Aftab Hamid

Communication Officer, WRA Pakistan

Aftab Hamid

Communication Officer, WRA Pakistan

As Communication Officer of the WRA Pakistan, Aftab Hamid leads the development and implementation of its advocacy & communications strategy and serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance’s approach and impact. Aftab joined the Alliance in 2015 after spending nearly a decade as a communications leader for development organizations including the British Council.

Aftab has a master’s degree in project management & public health and rich professional experience including standalone and crosscutting communication work. He’s lead and supported on communication & advocacy strategies, the management of key events, creative commissions and content initiatives. He has accordingly developed communication strategies, behavioral change communication strategies, briefs, toolkits, press releases. Aftab has overseen creative design products and print publications, developed digital platforms including websites and information management systems, undertaken event and fieldwork photography, produced documentaries & scripted radio & TV talk shows and managed social media. He has been involved in making research tools, conducting interviews, group discussions and surveys, analyzing data, producing reports, and presenting findings through infographics.

Aftab was drawn to the Alliance because he is passionate about creating positive change in Pakistan’s health systems while contributing to global efforts to improve women and children’s health.

When not at work, Aftab enjoys outdoor & travel adventures, watching movies and making fun videos with his friends and family.

Mr. Ihatsham Akram

National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan

Mr. Ihatsham Akram

National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan

A founding member of WRA Pakistan, Mr. Ihatsham Akram has been National Coordinator since 2013. He bears the overall responsibility for the development, coordination and implementation of the country program, and plays a pivotal role building new structures, developing new projects and finding new partners. 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, and Cholorohyxedine in the essential drug list of first level care facilities in the health system.

Ihatsham has led citizen engagement activities 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 policies. He 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 and district governments, departments, academia, and civil society. He possesses national and international experience in developing and implementing advocacy and behavioral change communications 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 and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan.

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

Dr. Britt-Marie Landgren

Chairwoman, WRA Sweden

Dr. Britt-Marie Landgren

Chairwoman, WRA Sweden

Dr. Britt-Marie Landgren is a Professor Emerita at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. After receiving her MD in 1969, she went on to achieve a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1977. She has tutored 17 PhD students, who will all have passed their examinations by 2018. She is a recurrent author, including three OB/GYN medical textbooks, two midwifery textbooks and countless scientific articles and book chapters. She sits on the scientific committees of 12 international congresses and three more as their General Secretary. Her passion for women’s health is undeniable. She has been a member and Chairman of WRA Sweden since 2007.

Solvig Ekblad

WRA Sweden

Solvig Ekblad

WRA Sweden

Solvig Ekblad is an affiliated professor in multicultural health and care research and head of Cultural Medicine Unit at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), Karolinska Institutet [www.ki.se], Stockholm, Sweden and has been trained as a certified psychologist. She works part-time as a clinician in primary care in a suburb of Stockholm where social disadvantaged groups are living. Her dissertation in psychiatry, which she defended at KI, 1986, was entitled “Social Determinants of Aggressive Behavior in a Sample of Chinese Primary School Children.” She has been a visiting professor at Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society, Sweden and at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSSP), where lectures in their Global Mental Health II seminar.

Anna Edberg

National Coordinator, WRA Sweden

Anna Edberg

National Coordinator, WRA Sweden

Anna Edberg has a Master’s Degree in human rights. She has been volunteering with WRA since 2010 and in 2012 became the National Coordinator for WRA Sweden. Anna now works as a garden designer, whilst working part-time with refugees and asylum seekers in Sweden. Anna acts as a liaison between them and local government officials, to ensure that they have access to the appropriate social services, such as housing and education. Anna enjoys being able to work on her two passions of gardening and the strong belief in supporting people to be the best they can be.

Anna Sawaki

Comm. and Media Officer, WRA Tanzania

Anna Sawaki

Comm. and Media Officer, WRA Tanzania

As the communication and media officer of the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania, Anna Sawaki leads on strategic communication and media plans. She joined the Alliance in December 2016 with eight years’ experience in communication and advocacy work from both local and international organizations, including Women’s Dignity and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Anna has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication. Anna brings to the Alliance her competency and experience in communication and media work, as well as her passion to work and help women and children.

When not at work, Anna likes to watch football, listen to and sing gospel music, and spend time with her husband and two children.

Robert Mtunguja

Head of Finance and Admin., WRA Tanzania

Robert Mtunguja

Head of Finance and Admin., WRA Tanzania

Robert joined the Alliance in July 2016 and brings to the team his financial and administration capabilities. He has more than 15 years’ experience in accounting, finance and administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Commerce (Accounting) and is currently working toward his MBA (Finance and Accounting) and CPA(T).

Before joining WRA Tanzania, Robert worked with African Wildlife Foundation as the finance and administration officer, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as operations officer, and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as zonal program accountant.

When not at work, Robert likes to play football and read books. He is the father of two children.

 

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

Founding Member, WRA Uganda

David Ssebuggwawo

Founding 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.

Obed Kabanda

Board Chair, WRA Uganda

Obed Kabanda

Board Chair, WRA Uganda

Obed Kabanda is a professional public health leader with more than 17 years of experience in organizational management and leadership. Obed is a founder and CEO of Action for Community Development – ACODEV, which operates in Uganda and Rwanda and is expanding to Malawi, Tanzania and Eastern DRC. He recently won the 2015 Angel for Africa Award for support capacity building and mentoring other organizations on the continent. He also won the 2015 Codes Fellowship hosted in Mexico, and the Global Leaders Fellowship in Seattle, Washington. In 2013, he was recognized as Change Project of the Year for Safe Motherhood in Uganda by Save the Mothers International.

Obed holds an MSci in public health leadership, a bachelor’s degree in community development and leadership, and a post-graduate diploma in leadership development for health. He holds several other certifications and has been awarded numerous fellowships.

 

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

Consultant, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere

Consultant, 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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Christina Rawdon

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Christina Rawdon

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Christina is a nurse-midwife and a midwifery educator with a PhD.  She is the current Editor-in-Chief for the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health where she is responsible for reviewing articles for publication and contributing to the journal’s editorials. Christina also acts as a freelance research consultant and country focal lead for the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN), an ICM competency-based midwifery education trainer and co-supervisor for students on PhD studies.

Christina was drawn WRA because she identifies first and foremost as a woman and believes childbearing women matter and their right to live a healthy, fulfilled life is core to the survival of any community.

George Mandongwe

Program Officer, WRA Zimbabwe

George Mandongwe

Program Officer, WRA Zimbabwe

George is a nurse/midwife with an honors degree in psychology. He has wide experience working with communities in the areas of primary health care, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS. He has strong advocacy and social mobilization skills at the community level, acquired and demonstrated over seven years of practice at public hospitals, with local authorities and as part of several non-governmental organizations.

George has been with WRA Zimbabwe since December 2016, campaigning for childbearing women’s rights in respectful maternity care and empowering women with knowledge and skills through its community-based self-care initiative focusing on birth preparedness and complication prevention readiness.

 

Stephen Peter Munjanja

WRA Zimbabwe

Professor Stephen Munjanja is a clinician, lecturer and researcher at the University of Zimbabwe. He is a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist who is a consultant at Harare Central Hospital. He has published papers in antenatal care and obstetric epidemiology, and contributed chapters to several books. He has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe, and has participated in several World Health Organization consultations. Currently he is a member of the Women’s Health and Human Rights committee of the Federation of International Societies in Gynecologist and Obstetrics (FIGO). Prof Munjanja enjoys being with his family outside his work.

 

 

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