Vaka Health Foundation

Yangama Jokwiro

CO- FOUNDER

BSc Nursing Science, Masters of Physiology, Master of Public Health, and Ph.D. Candidate Yangama is a Registered General Nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience. Yangama was born in Zimbabwe and completed his nursing degree at the University of Zimbabwe. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings progressing to leadership roles in community nursing and acute care nursing. He has spent most of his clinical nursing in emergency departments. Yangama has always been passionate about capacity building and professional development starting his teaching career at the University of Zimbabwe while completing a Masters in Physiology. Over the last 6 years, Yangama has worked in Australia and at the University of La Trobe’s School of Rural Health (ranked #5 in the world on the UNSDG’s for Health and Wellbeing). He is currently a Senior Lecturer at La University Rural Health School. He co-founded MyCpdZw with Dr Admore Jokwiro to improve continuous professional development in Zimbabwe. The application was a success, with more than 29000 professional nurses and adoption of the program by both the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe. Yangama brings expert knowledge and personal experience of nursing in some of the world’s most challenging conditions. He understands what nurses need to know to be effective and provide compassionate healthcare to reduce “stress of conscience”. This phenomenon drastically reduces the ability of nurses to provide effective care. Yangama is in the final stages of his PhD in nursing on the stress of conscience and its impact on providing quality care.

Dr Admore Jokwiro

CO-FOUNDER

MBChB, MSc e-health, Public Health Informatics Dr Jokwiro is a medical doctor from Zimbabwe with nearly 10 years’ experience working in the public sector and for much of those ten years as District Medical Officer for Nyanga. He has experience in public health program management, implementation and management of health information systems and eHealth services. His interest is health informatics and particularly public health informatics. He has experience in design and implementation of web and mobile applications such as MyCpdZw and MyCpdUg(clinical decision support and continuing medical education). Other applications he has designed are Malaria Commcare (clinical decision support and tracker of community case management of malaria) and District Pharmacy Manager(to track medicine stock status at primary care facilities).In 2015 he introduced a telemedicine service for Nyanga District which has now been expanded to six clinics. His is working to enable the use of IT in healthcare for data driven decision making and improved efficiencies as well access to health services. In 2019 Dr Jokwiro completed the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship at Emory University where he took courses in Public Health and Health Informatics as well as a work student experience with the branch of health informatics within the Center Of Global Health Division of HIV and TB. In 2020 he served as the Provincial Programs Manager for the Zimbabwe Health Interventions and currently is now serving as a Public Health Informatics Fellow for CDC seconded to the Utah Department Of Health.

Peter Williams

DIRECTOR AND PHILANTHROPIST

Peter is a successful explorationist, geoscientist, educator, serial entrepreneur, artist and philanthropist in the global arena. He has had roles at the highest executive technical management level in one of the most globally successful, multi-billion-dollar Exploration and Mining companies (WMC Resources) and been a “UNICORN” co-founder of an ASX top 100 Listed company (Independence Group, Mkt Cap $10.5b). Peter has been involved in the development and commercialization of new global technology, operating in the areas of finance, internet, geophysics and geochemistry. He has been a director and technical innovator in large underground Mines and has been closely involved with small scale gold mining in West Africa, focusing on how to mine in a sustainable, responsible, environmentally acceptable manner. Peter is the co-founder and Chairman of TOWARDS a BETTER FUTURE FOUNDATION a philanthropic foundation which supports indigenous relationship building, innovative education and human rights. He is the co-founder of I.TTG.O (the Institute to Teng Tuuma Geoscience in Ouagadougou), a private educational Institution in Burkina Faso and is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia. He is a Councillor for Amnesty International 2020 Council, being the first-ever from the extractive industries. Peter is a graduate of the University of South Australia and the Colorado School of Mines and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM)

Associate Professor Mimmie Claudine Chi Watts PhD

Associate Professor Mimmie Claudine Chi Watts PhD

Director

Dr Watts is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Public Health, and Leadership and Director Industry Cooperation, Federation University Australia. Assoc Professor Watts coordinates the Master of Health Leadership and the Master of Health Services Management, that she also lectures into at Federation University, Australia. She has some twenty years’ experience in the health and higher education sectors, with 16 years primarily in the higher education sector as a university lecturer. Assoc/Prof Watts is a council member of the African Science Research Innovation Council (ASRIC), African Union Commission and the ASRIC Chair, Australia Chapter. Assoc/Prof Watts has a track record in academia, leadership and governance, and extensive board experience as a non-Executive director. Assoc/Prof Watts has a PhD in Public Health from La Trobe University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne. She trained as RN, prior to that she studied natural/pure sciences. She completed the Emerging Executive Women in Health Leadership Program at Harvard University, USA. Assoc Professor Watts currently serves on the Boards of Queen Elizabeth Centre - Public Hospital; the VAKA Health Foundation which is focussed on improving health outcomes for people in Africa. Assoc Professor Watts is the author of ‘Sahara Piercing the Thatch Ceiling’ and other refereed journal articles, with great impact.

Mathew O'Hara

DIRECTOR

Mr O’Hara is a Chartered Accountant with extensive professional experience in financial accounting, governance and capital markets and is currently employed by, and acting as a Director, Company Secretary or Chief Financial Officer of several ASX-listed and private companies. Prior to these roles, he spent more than a decade working as an associate director at an international accounting firm in both the Corporate Finance/Advisory and Audit divisions, gaining significant experience with both publicly listed and private clients across a diverse range of industries, including mining & metals, oil & gas, technology and infrastructure. He had a particular focus in audit, M&A, valuations, financial modelling, due diligence and financial reporting.

Yvet Tugari

Product Lead

Yvet Turugari is the Digital Health Lead for MyCpdZw overseeing the day-to-day operations of the network and its expansion. She is a health informatician who qualified as an MD in 2018 from the university of Zimbabwe. She graduated with a master’s in health informatics at the prestigious Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm Sweden in 2022. Dr Turugari has worked on several digital health projects in Zimbabwe such as the digital health strategy formulation, HIV and Care Treatment Project Macro database, Covid-19 Surveillance, Telemedicine and UX design. She served as a Research Editor at Polygeia Stockholm, and she is passionate about women’s empowerment and education.

Edward Zimbudzi

Research Lead

Dr Edward Zimbudzi (RN, MSc. International Health, PhD) Edward has varied renal experience, which spans two continents, multiple health networks and esteemed international and local institutions. He has held roles in administration, clinical research and academia. Edward received several prestigious national and international awards in recognition of the clinical and scientific impact of his research, which focuses on patient activation, self-management and health-related quality of life among patients with comorbid diabetes and chronic kidney disease. His work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Perseverance Chikide

Communications Lead

Dr Perseverance Chikide is a Medical Doctor practising in Zimbabwe for the past three years and currently pursuing a master’s in data science with Chinhoyi University. He works as a Project Consultant at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute, where he is involved in a project to decentralize COVID care in Zimbabwe (DCCZ). He is involved in COVID-19 management training with for other medical professionals all around the country. Dr Chikide is involved in several other trainings and digital health projects including first-aid training, weekly health discussions on a popular local radio station, and MyCpdZw helpline support. Perseverance is passionate about expanding healthcare access in his country, which fuels his interest in health technology and telemedicine, a field in which he has worked for several years

Dr Tapiwa Eugenia Muhamba-Mundida

Recruitment Lead

Dr Tapiwa Eugenia Muhamba-Mundida is a Medical Doctor from Zimbabwe with a special interest in Occupational health and safety, currently doing her postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University. She has experience in Business Administration, Marketing and Entrepreneurship after attaining an MBA degree from Regent Business School. She was the laureate for the Women In Africa Initiative 2019 and attended an entrepreneurship training boot camp in Marrakech, Morocco. Her skills have been applied at Zimbabwe Telemedicine Network where she is the CEO and a Co-Innovator. She is also the leader of the Marketing team for MyCpdZw which is a digital eHealth solutions and continuous health education provider. Dr Muhamba has also taken part in Telemedicine projects and the digitization of the healthcare system.

Dr Masego Gilbert

Content Development Lead

Dr Masego Gilbert earned an MSc Global Health from University of Manchester, an Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from University of West Indies, School of Medicine, and a Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Dr Gilbert has more than 12 years’ experience in leadership positions and medical education. She is Hubert Humphrey Fellow for 2019-2020, at Emory University on Health Policy and Management. She completed her internship and started working at Princess Marina Hospital as a Medical Doctor for 3 years. She left public service to join Botswana Red Cross Society under Refugee Health and Psychosocial Support for 5 years as the HIV/AIDS Clinical Services Project Director. In 2016 she moved to FHI360 as a Senior Technical Advisor for Clinical Services, an international non-governmental organization, working on increasing healthcare access for key populations highly affected by HIV and addressing structural barriers to accessing health. Working with vulnerable and marginalized populations ignited her passion to work with government, donor communities, and civil society organizations to improve healthcare access to key populations and impoverished communities. Dr Gilbert is a champion of continuous medical education, took on the additional role of Internship Coordinator, overseeing medical interns and their weekly lectures and a trained Trainer of Trainees for BEST trauma training for the hospital Critical care team. She lectured at an Institute of Health Sciences, teaching the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Currently, she provides technical assistance to Ministry of Health and Wellness on Health (MoHW) on Key populations Health, conducting in-service training on Key population sensitization and Clinical Competency for healthcare workers, and developing of clinical guidelines for HIV care. Dr Gilbert is also active in Research and has published several abstracts and articles on differentiated service delivery models for improving HIV Care services and healthcare access for all. She is part of a global movement Girls for Girls, where women in leadership provide mentorship and empowers young women to run for public office.