Batsirai Makunike-Chikwinya is a Medical Doctor with extensive Public Health and Senior Program Management experience in a wide range of settings. Dr. Chikwinya began her Public health career in epidemic disease control for the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe, then moved into a research collaborative between the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Zimbabwe focused on women’s health. Dr. Chikwinya spent seven years with the World Health Organisation as a National Professional Officer covering HIV/AIDS and health systems program support. Besides her experience in the Zimbabwe health sector, Dr. Chikwinya also worked in Botswana as Director of Programs for I-TECH Botswana. She managed the technical programs for PMTCT and pediatric HIV care and treatment at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation in Zimbabwe. Dr. Chikwinya is an effective and diplomatic communicator and has excellent working relationships with senior colleagues including donors, government officials, technical counterparts and members of the community. Dr Chikwinya served as I-TECH Country Director for two CDC- funded cooperative agreements, including a comprehensive HIV clinical services grant at 373 health facilities in five provinces in Zimbabwe. In calendar 2020, she transitioned to Executive Director for Zim-TTECH.
Dr Gloria Gonese
Dr Gloria Mutukwa Gonese MBChB, MPH (UZ)
Dr Gloria Gonese is a Public Health Specialist with more than 20 years of clinical, epidemiology, programmatic and health systems strengthening experience. She is a Medical Doctor by profession serving as Head of Programs in Zimbabwe Technical Assistance, Training and Education Centre for Health (Zim-TTECH)’s Zimbabwe Partnership to Accelerate AIDS Control (ZimPAAC) Care and Treatment Program. Gloria is also a Zim-TTECH Trustee Board member. In her current role as Head of Program, she provides leadership- guiding ZimPAAC’s strategic approach and providing technical leadership to ZimPAAC’s HIV Care and Treatment Program in line with the Zimbabwe National TB & HIV/AIDS program and US Government treatment and care priorities. Her scope of work also includes providing leadership in program design, budget formulation, and budget monitoring.
Previous work experience includes serving as Health Services Director for Chitungwiza town from 2012-2015, where she oversaw managing Environmental and Health Programmes. Prior to her stint as Health services Director she worked as Departmental Medical Officer for Harare City, where she was overseeing delivery of health services in the South-Western district in Harare City. Additionally, in 2009 she served as a Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Community Medicine, where she
coordinated Occupational Health modules.
Dr. Lincoln Sunganai Charimari
Dr. Lincoln Sunganai Charimari is a physician with postgraduate training in primary health care and currently works as the Incident Manager for the COVID-19 response in WHO, Zimbabwe. With a passion for primary health care, prevention and control of malaria and emergency preparedness and response, he has previously worked in various technical, management and leadership positions in the public and private sectors in Zimbabwe and internationally. Starting his career as a junior medical officer at Mpilo Central Hospital in 1988, Dr Charimari rose through the ranks to District Medical Officer of Karoi District (1990 – 1993), Provincial Medical Officer for Epidemiology and Disease Control of Mashonaland West Province (1994 – 1996) and to Provincial Medical Director of Mashonaland Central Province (1996 – 2001). He served for two and half years (2001 – 2003) as a medical officer at the Colin Saunders Hospital of Triangle Limited, a large private sector sugar producer in south eastern Zimbabwe that caters for a worker and dependent population of 40, 000 people. From November 2003 to September 2014, he was with WHO Zimbabwe as country team adviser for malaria and for disease prevention and control. From October 2008 to December 2009, he doubled up as adviser on issues related to health systems strengthening. Dr Charimari was coordinator of the joint WHO – Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Cholera Command and Control Centre (C4) from 2008 to 2012. In this role he coordinated the WHO response to the largest cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe in which 98, 591 cases and 4, 288 deaths were reported between August 2008 and July 2009. He also worked as health cluster coordinator between 2011 and 2012. With WHO Zimbabwe he gained valuable international experience with assignments in South Africa (case management focal person for the external malaria programme review, 2009) Uganda (adaptation of IDSR technical guidelines, 2011) Lesotho (training of trainers in IDSR, 2012) and Sierra Leone (coordinator of WHO ebola response team to Kailahun district, 14 July – 08 August 2014). He also participated at international meetings and completing some training courses. From September 2014 to January 2019, he served as WHO medical officer for malaria prevention and control in South Sudan where he provided guidance and technical assistance on malaria to the WHO country team, Ministry of Health and malaria stakeholders in the country. This included responding to malaria emergencies in the complex humanitarian environment of South Sudan. In both Zimbabwe and South Sudan Dr Charimari was successful in leading and advising on resource mobilization from the Global Fund and periodically served as Officer in Charge in the absence of the respective WHO representatives. Dr Charimari’s wide experience has given him the abilities to work in multicultural environments and with a wide variety of partners; manage epidemiological surveillance systems and malaria prevention and control programmes; manage emergency response programmes to major disease outbreaks in resource constrained environments; health planning, policy development, analysis and evaluation; and write up resource mobilization proposals and negotiating with partners for support. Having
completed the Writing Effectively Programme for WHO between July 2017 and January 2018, Dr Charimari is skilled in written communication.
Mr. Jacob Mukamba
Mr. Mukamba is a finance and operational expert with over 17 years of experience overseeing and managing financial, operational, and sub-award management systems. Among other educational qualifications, Mr. Mukamba holds an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe and BCom Honors in Accounting from University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also a Registered Public Accountant and is a Fellow ACCA.
He previously worked as the Head of Finance and Administration for Zimbabwe Technical Assistance, Training and Education Center for Health (Zim-TTECH) 2017-2020. His career, which spans 17 years, commenced at KPMG Zimbabwe, where he did his articles training as an Audit Senior. He previously served as Controller at the Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe, Finance Manager for Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum; and Financial & Management Accountant for Meikles Hotel.
Mr. Mukamba has served on several Boards in the development sector in Zimbabwe.
Professor Rose Agatha. Kambarami
Professor Rose Agatha. Kambarami MB.ChB, DCH, MSc Epidemiology, FRCP(UK) paediatrics
Prof. Rose Kambarami is a paediatrician and an epidemiologist by training. She received her medical degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, the College of Medicine of South Africa, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the UK, and the University of Newcastle in Australia. She is an experienced, associate professor of paediatrics and child health, trainer, grant recipient, project manager, researcher and a global health and development technical and management expert with over 40 years of relevant, professional work experience.
As a faculty member at the University of Zimbabwe (20years), she has taught and mentored hundreds of undergraduate and post graduate medical students in the areas of neonatology, paediatrics and child health as well as clinical epidemiology and research methods. She led the setting up of the University of Zimbabwe Clinical Epidemiology Resource and Training Centre and as the professorial HIV/AIDS chair, set up the University’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Support Centre for staff and students. She has over 20 years’ experience as a senior management and technical leader in public health programmes in Zimbabwe and the Southern African region. Specifically, Prof. Kambarami has technical experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child health (MNCH).
She is well-known for her leadership in the national HIV/AIDS health worker trainings and establishment of national OI/ART clinics through the US Centres for Disease Prevention and Control funded HIV/AIDS Quality Of Care (HAQOCI) project and for piloting and scaling up Kangaroo Mother Care in Zimbabwe with funding support from UNICEF and WHO. She has presented and published in reviewed journals mainly covering several topics on maternal, perinatal, newborn and child health.
Rose was the Country Director the USAID funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) project in Zimbabwe, Chair of the JSI R&T Board of Directors in Zimbabwe and Chairperson of the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ). She continues to provide honorary services and supports undergraduate and post graduate teaching, examinations and research at the College of Health Sciences University of Zimbabwe. Rose currently serves on the WHO Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group, National COVID 19 Technical Advisory Group of Experts, Zim-TTECH Trust Board of Trustees, Bantwana Trust Board of Trustees and the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe Trust Executive Committee.