Regional Operation Team

The Regional Operation Team at The Global Health Network plays a pivotal role in coordinating and organisingthe network's activities within the region.Working from the University of Oxford and various sites in the African region, the team has avital role in executing the various activities planned as part of the programme in the region and country centres. This includes developing and executing action plans, developing monitoring and evaluation plans and day-to-day consultation with institutions, networks and consortia under the region

Frank Kagoro

Dr. Frank Kagoro is a Senior Regional Manager at The Global Health Network. He is the Data Science and Pathfinder Projects Lead and also the Regional Manager for Africa. Frank is a research physician and a spatial epidemiologist with experience in public health research, clinical trials, surveillance, visualization for policymaking and antimalarial drug resistance surveillance. He is part of the Epidemiology Department of the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Bangkok and a research fellow at the Centre for Optimising Antimalarial Therapy (CCOAT) of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Christine Kirima

Christine Kirima is a global health researcher and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at The Global Health Network with a Master's in Global Health Science and Epidemiology. She has extensive experience tackling inequalities in health research, specifically working on research capacity strengthening programmes to promote access to skills and knowledge among underserved communities in resource-constrained settings.

Leonard Numfor Nkah

Leonard Numfor Nkah, MPH: Masters’ degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Catholic University of Central Africa-UCAC, and two other Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation and Sustainable Development (APDD) with the Université de Renne1 (France) and University of Yaounde-2 (Cameroon). Leonard is working with The Global Health Network (TGHN) as African Research Capacity and Knowledge Coordinator. He previously coordinated the Program on Immunization Leadership and Management Program (EPI_LAMP) Cohort 2. A Global Health Leadership Initiative (GHLI) in Yale, in partnership with PATH and the University of Yaoundé I as a consortium sponsored by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The African Advanced Vaccinology course (Afro-ADVAC) which aims at decision-makers in the field of vaccinology, as well as the team implementing a Multi-country Randomized control Trial at FMBS with Fondation Merieux.  He assists as a project manager with the Central African Network on Clinical Trials (CANTAM) part of EDCTP Networks of Excellence (NoEs) and oversees the management and implementation activities within each work package. Leonard jointly manages the African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT) to reduce the public health and socio-economic impact of re-emerging and epidemic-prone infectious diseases through building a sustainable clinical and laboratory research preparedness and response network across sub-Saharan Africa with TGHN.

Godwin Pius Ohemu

Godwin Pius Ohemu is a dedicated professional with a background in Microbiology Technology from the University of Port Harcourt. Currently, he serves as a Graduate Assistant at the AMR Community of Practice of The Global Health Network, University of Oxford. In this role, Godwin provides valuable digital support for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research initiatives across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Godwin's commitment to addressing AMR on a global scale is evident through his various roles as a 2022 Foundation Mérieux Fellow (FMx), an AMR Ambassador, and a member of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. His passion lies in raising awareness about the causes and consequences of AMR, while actively promoting strategies to combat antimicrobial misuse, encompassing stewardship, surveillance, and the One Health approach. Through his extensive involvement in research, publications, and conference presentations, Godwin has significantly contributed to the advancement of the AMR field. With unwavering determination and creativity, he aspires to become a prominent figure in the fight against AMR, driving innovation and fostering collaboration for improved global health outcomes.

Faith Nawagi

Faith Nawagi is a  Ph.D. Scholar in Health Profession Education (HPE) at Makerere University.   She pursued her master's in International Public Health (Global Health) from Euclid University, Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics from University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from Makerere University Uganda. She has extensive experience in Health workforce domains in Africa, international projects development and implementation, development of global health training curriculum, short term elective curriculum training, teaching global health, designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating multicounty and multisite projects. She has extensive experience in quantitative data analysis, scientific and grant writing. She has received various grants and been a PI and Co-PI on various research projects whose outcomes are published in various scientific journals. She has profound experience in developing, managing, and implementing multi-country health and workforce programs in Africa.

Prince Ebenezer Adjei 

Prince Ebenezer Adjei is a biomedical engineer and AI researcher specialized in healthcare applications. He currently serves as a lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering program at KNUST and an AI healthcare specialist within the Global Health and Infectious Disease (GHID) group at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR). Prince's research focuses on developing AI-powered computer vision models for diagnostic medicine, and cost-effectiveness analysis of clinical interventions. With a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from KNUST, along with a Master's degree in Biometrics from Paris 12 Val de Marne University, France, Prince brings a strong academic background to his work. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology, China, where he is developing deep learning techniques for colorectal cancer diagnosis, therapy, and prognostication. Prince has also worked extensively with renowned medical equipment brands, primarily focusing on the installation, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment across Ghana and the sub-region. Notable projects include the New Mother and Baby Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, the University of Ghana Medical Center in Accra, Tamale Teaching Hospital in Tamale, Centre Hospitalier Adventiste d’Ophtalmologie, Lome and the HopXchange Hospital in Kumasi. Prince is dedicated to advancing AI research and implementation in healthcare. He believes that AI can improve accessibility and efficiency in healthcare delivery, particulary in resource constrained settings.

Country Center Coordinators

The Country Center Coordinators at The Global Health Network are the dedicated leaders responsible for fostering and facilitating essential connections between the network's initiatives and activities within specific countries, institutions or consortia. Operating from the research and organisations in the African continent, they bring a deep understanding of both global health challenges and country-specific dynamics. By working with the established country or institutional centres with TGHN regional operational team’s support, the Country Center Coordinators serve as catalysts for knowledge exchange, innovation, and sustainable development at the intersection of global and local health efforts.

Dr. John Amuasi

Dr. John Amuasi lectures at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he heads the Global Health Department of the School of Public Health. Dr. Amuasi is also Group Leader of the Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine and the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Amuasi’s research mainly involves clinical and field epidemiologic studies on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, snakebite and other NTDs. Dr. Amuasi co-chairs the Lancet One Health Commission and has served is a technical advisor/contributor/speaker to the WHO, Africa CDC, African Academy of Sciences, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the US National Academy of Science, and several other Global Health organizations. He is currently leading both hospital and field-based studies on COVID-19, including drug and vaccine trials.

Louis Mnyema Ng'oma

Louis Mnyema Ng'oma Professionally is a Nurse Midwife, Health systems manager, and Health Researcher. I have a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Management, a B.A. Degree in Health Systems Management, Advanced Diploma in Project Management and a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery. Currently, I am the National Health Coordinator for Anglican Council in Malawi and Global Health Network Country Coordinator. I have more than 18 years of working experience in several positions such as Community and Clinical Research programs. I have worked in both the government health ministry and the NGO health sector. My role is to coordinate health services in 21 health facilities, coordinate community health programs, monitor the health program performance, and a resource mobilization member for Anglican Council in Malawi.

Dr. Olarenwaju Ibigbami

Dr. Olarenwaju Ibigbami is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mental Health, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist (Child and Adolescent) at the Department of Mental Health, Wesley Guild Hospital Unit of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ilesha, Nigeria. Dr. Ibigbami is a medical graduate of OAU and a fellow of the Faculty of Psychiatry, West African College of Physicians. His clinical practice focuses on the management of mental illnesses among children, adolescents, and young adults, utilizing psychiatric and psychotherapeutic interventions. His research contributions are centered around mental health issues among children, adolescents, and young adults, including undergraduates and patients with major mental illnesses. His work covers topics such as the relationship between personality traits, risky sexual behavior, and alcohol use among undergraduates, correlates of alcohol use among students, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in Nigeria. Dr. Ibigbami is dedicated to supporting early career researchers and promoting interdisciplinary research to address crucial mental health and well-being questions. He has published book chapters and journal articles in local and international publications and serves as a reviewer for various prestigious journals in the field of mental health.

EDCTP NoE Coordinators 

This team is composed of regional managers of theEDCTP (European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership) Networks of Excellence (NoEs)as collaborators and acts as a link with The Global Health Network. The NoEs are across the Africa region representing centralCANTAM (Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, east – EACCR, southTESA (Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa) and west WANETAM (West African Network for Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria). 

Rodrigues Matcheve

Rodrigues is the Projects Coordinator based at Manhiça Health Research Centre in Mozambique. His expertise focuses on strategic administrative and financial management in corporate organizations, Grants and Projects Management. Rodrigues is also devoted to Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation processes and stimulating networking between the project beneficiaries to further strengthen and build up collaborations between the research centres and universities. He significantly contributes to the generation and provision of key information to assist different users in making decisions. He has a special interest in Heath economics and Policy, Strategic project planning and Grant Management system. Previously, he served as Head of Finance and Administrative Manager, and currently acting as a Project Manager and Coordinator officer for the multinational projects in Africa Southern Region TESA). He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance & Accounting from the University of Liverpool (UoL), United Kingdom.

Dr. Bernard Kikaire

Dr. Bernard Kikaire is a medical epidemiologist. He received his medical training from Makerere University, before joining the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London for an MSc in Epidemiology. Bernard, has just completed his PhD from Trinity College, in which he explored the effect of nutritional status and nutritional supplementation on clinical, nutritional and immunological outcomes of HIV infected adults initiating ART in Uganda. Dr. Kikaire’s passion in the area of HIV care research. He has over 15 years of experience in HIV care research having worked as in several research positions at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Research Unit. He worked with the Development of AntiRetroviral Therapy for Africa (DART) study which was funded by the Medical Research Council, UK. This was ground breaking study in the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in resource limited settings such as Sub-Saharan Africa. He also worked on the Strategic Timing for Antiretroviral Therapy (START) study, and NIH funded study. This study led to the recommendation of test and treat strategy for HIV infection. He has also worked with several pharmaceutical HIV drug trials including Rilpivrine from Jansen and Jansen, and Pregabalin from Pfizer. Bernard also has experience in leading and managing cohorts, having managed the HIV Pre-ART Cohort at the MRC/UVRI HIV care clinic in Uganda. This was a cohort of HIV infected long term non-progressors, and slow progressors who were followed up longitudinally for over 10 years. Bernard has vast experience in clinical trials conduct, management, and research ethics having been a member of the UVRI research and ethics Committee for three years. Bernard is a certified GCP trainer from South Africa. Dr. Kikaire, has interest in Implementation research, which he picked while he worked with The Regional integration of Health Services in East Central Uganda (RHITES –EC), a USAID funded project. In this project, he worked as the advisor and coordinator for operations research. He as subsequently attended a six weeks online training in Implementation research organized by WHO-TDR, and looks forward to conducting several implementation research projects in the field of HIV care. He also has vast experience as a leader, having been in several leadership positions while at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Research unit in Uganda.

Emily Nyanzi Kabuye

Emmily is a policy and management economist by training. She has had an excellent working relationship in health planning, research, and capacity building initiatives for the last 18 years. Currently, she is the Project Manager for the EDCTP funded Eastern Africa Consortium for Clinical Research EACCR3 (2010- to date). Previously, Emily worked with the UVRI Research and Capacity Building and Networking office as a coordinator for the short term and long term CAPTN-Canada; ACERE and IANPHI Grants since July 2010. She possesses excellent analytical; computing and reporting skills and she is very organized. She possess several research management certificates (2013-2018) monitoring and evaluation (2010-2018) and effective policy communication. Emily graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Economic Policy and Management (2005) - Makerere University. She has a passion for translating health research into policy obtained from working closely with the health policy and planning department at Ministry of health-Uganda for seven years before joining the Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO)/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). At UNHRO/UVRI, Emily serves on the following committees:- The strategic planning and project committee, Training, Institutional Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee as a member representing management and the HIV/AIDs committees. She desires to see research findings translated into health policy and improved welfare and reduced poverty levels of the communities in Africa. She has research interests in HIV/AIDS, Adolescent health, Maternal and child health, Malaria, TB, NIDs and capacity building initiatives. Emily is a Rotarian treasurer in good standing and enjoys working voluntarily in communities and a church person.

Jolivet MAYELA

Jolivet holds a master's degree in public health and a diploma in project monitoring and evaluation. After an experience as a health facility administrator, Jolivet is currently the Central Africa Clinical Research Network (CANTAM, Network of Excellence funded by EDCTP in Central Africa) project Manager. He is also responsible for the capacity building activities of National Regulatory Authorities (ANR) and Ethics Committees (EC) in Central Africa, in particular by managing the Africlinique (A European-African network for strengthening the regulatory capacity for clinical research and pharmacovigilance in Central Africa: implementation of harmonized procedures, efficient guidelines and training programs; and AfriEthique (A European-African network for strengthening the Ethics capacity for clinical research review in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Central Africa, Chad, and the Republic of Congo; ) programs. Jolivet works closely with the Congolese Ministry of Health, where he supports the Research Department of the Health Information Directorate, as well as the NRA as a member of the national causality assessment committee and a resource person for strengthening the national pharmacovigilance system.

Jean Pierre K. N’Guessan

Jean is Programme Manager at the Institute of Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF) in Dakar, Senegal. He is the Project Manager of the West African Network for TB, AIDS and Malaria (WANETAM) headquartered at IRESSEF. His career spans more than 21 years of experience in the management of development projects. Jean Pierre is a recognized Research Management Professional (RMP) by the International Professional Recognition Council (IPRC) and member of the IPRC STARS Programme. He is keen on promoting Research Management as a profession. He joined the West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) of which he is the Public Relations Officer.

TGHN and NoEs Communications Team

This is a team of communication officers represented by the EDCTP Networks of Excellence (NoEs)led by the East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR) and  The Global Health Network (TGHN) to drive the African regional communication strategy. This includes training the NoEs and TGHN African audience in best practices of communication, developing regional newsletter issues that feature stories across institutions and driving the science communication skills broadly. 

Zainab Al-Rawni

Zainab works with The Global Health Network team and collaborators to plan and implement effective communications strategies to promote and increase uptake of research capacity building resources, activities and opportunities across the world. She manages social media channels and newsletters, produces digital content and print material and manages online events.

Dennis Ssesanga

Dennis is a public health technologist, and science communicator who strives to use information communication technology (ICT) to improve the health of his community. He is a global health corps alumni previously attached to Intrahealth International where he spearheaded the activation and adoption of the Education Management Information System(EMIS) under the USAID-funded Strengthening Human Resources for Health(SHRH) Project. The EMIS is an ICT management tool that “integrates people, technology and practices in the process of collecting, capturing and processing data from different sources to generate information to aid informed decision making for operation and managerial functions of the education and sports sector. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Clarke International University. He currently works at Uganda Virus Research Institute(UVRI) as the Knowledge Management Officer supporting the EACCR/EDCTP program.

Haddy Jonga

Haddy is a development communications practitioner and sexual and reproductive rights specialist. She is the current Project Communications Manager at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). In this role, she leads the implementation of communications strategies to create visibility for the West Africa Network for Tuberculosis, AIDs and Malaria (WANETAM). Prior to joining the MRCG, she worked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in The Gambia as Programme Analyst – Communications. Due to her proven track record as a Communications Analyst at UNFPA and the recognition of her work throughout the agency, she extended strategic communications and visibility support to the UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office as well as Country Offices such as Mauritania and Ghana. Keen in using communication as a tool for advocacy and social transformation, she led communication efforts for the in-country implementation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia, projects funded by the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund, the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund on Human Security, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and ChinaAid, among others.

Haddy was also one of the Programme Officers in The Gambia for The Girl Generation (TGG), a DFID-supported programme to build an Africa-led movement to end FGM. Through this role, she supported capacity building efforts for TGG’s membership on Social and Behavioural Change Communications in The Gambia, Kenya and Nigeria. She also supported the rolling out of an End FGM Ambassadorship Programme as well as an End FGM Small Grants Programme in TGG focal countries, which provided resources to grassroots organisations to lead the campaign to end FGM in their communities. She has served in various capacities in National, international, and community-based institutions including the National Child and Youth Advisory Board on Violence against Children, and the Board of Directors of the Child Protection Alliance both in The Gambia. She is currently a Council Member for the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) solidarity network and an executive member of Think Young Women. Haddy’s remarkable track record and vested interest in promoting the rights of women and children, earned her a recognition in 2015 as one of the 27 most outstanding emerging young women leaders of Africa by the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa. Her workS – both paid and voluntary - are driven by her passion for grassroots organising, development communications and rights advocacy from an early age.

TGHN, NoE & IDDO Data Management and Sharing Team

The EDCTP Networks of Excellence (NoEs), The Global Health Network (TGHN), and the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) have developed a program to support training and capacity building in data management and sharing. This team is working together to enhance data competencies and provide resources for data units and personnel in various networks and partner institutions i.e., CANTAM - Central African Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, EACCR - East African Consortium for Clinical Research, TESA - Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa, WANETAM - West African Network for Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria, and others). 

AWAKE - Africa Women Advancing Knowledge and Equity in Global Health Research

AWAKE-Africais a community of practice bringing together African women in public and global health research aimed at fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and mentorship to improve research quality, health equity, and health outcomes for Africa and beyond. Its establishment is driven by a clear recognition of the existing gap in representation, support, and collaboration for African women in the field of global health research.AWAKE will serve as a platform for African women working in or passionate about the field of health research to connect, exchange ideas, and collaborate on research projects that address the unique health needs of Africa and African women.