Who we are

Ensuring access to safe and quality-assured medicines at affordable prices while guarding their appropriate use demands a systems approach for sustainable results. USAID, through its partners, has been working on the front lines to strengthen pharmaceutical systems in low- and middle-income countries for decades. Over the years, these efforts have led to the development of innovative approaches and tools, and a substantive body of evidence for effective strategies. MTaPS builds on the successes of the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program (2011-2018), which globally cemented the pharmaceutical systems strengthening (PSS) approach and its pivotal role in health systems strengthening. 

MTaPS is implemented by a consortium, blending experience from prior USAID-funded PSS initiatives with updated and local expertise to effectively and sustainably help countries develop stronger pharmaceutical systems.   

The MTaPS Consortium

The MTaPS Consortium, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), comprises core, global expert, and capacity resource partners. The program approach embeds training of capacity resource partners to strengthen local expertise in countries and ensure that improvements are sustainable.

 

Consortium Lead 

 

 

Our Staff

Francis Aboagye-Nyame Program Director

Francis Aboagye-Nyame

Program Director

 

Mr. Aboagye-Nyame provides strategic vision and leadership to the $169 million, USAID-funded Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Systems (MTaPS) program, collaborating closely with USAID, country governments, implementing agencies, and partners on pharmaceutical systems strengthening activities to meet its goals. A thought leader on pharmaceutical management with over 25 years of experience, he was previously the Program Director of the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, and guided the $244 million program’s efforts to strengthen pharmaceutical systems in over 40 countries.

Mr. Aboagye-Nyame also held senior leadership and management positions on the USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS), Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project, and RPM Plus programs, including Technical Deputy Director and then Program Director of the $229 million SPS program. He has direct knowledge of country challenges—prior to joining MSH, he spent over 10 years with Ghana’s Ministry of Health, serving as a Deputy Program Manager of the Ghana National Drugs Program, a five-year, $8 million pharmaceutical systems strengthening project and the Head of the Procurement Unit of the Ghana Ministry of Health.

Mr. Aboagye-Nyame holds an MSc. in pharmaceutical analysis and quality control and an MBA in finance. He is a fellow of the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, and the Ghana College of Pharmacists.

Nicole Barcikowski Deputy Program Director

Nicole Barcikowski

Deputy Program Director

Ms. Barcikowski leads MTaPS program implementation at the country and regional levels, coordinating regional and country-based activities, and ensuring improved program performance. She is a public health professional with over twenty years’ experience as a thought leader, manager, and implementer of global, regional, and country-level health programs, working with diverse teams operating in complex environments to improve health systems and service delivery.  Previously, Ms. Barcikowski was Deputy Director of the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project, where she was ultimately responsible for country program performance, compliance, and results. She provided technical guidance on the project’s overall strategic direction and oversaw the project’s quality assurance system. As Director of Programs for the Health Systems 20/20 project, also funded by USAID, Ms. Barcikowski provided leadership, management and technical support in design, implementation and evaluation. She received an M.S. in international affairs, and a B.S. in health and human sciences, from Ohio University.

Javier Guzman Technical Director

Javier Guzman

Technical Director

Dr. Guzman has worked in public health policy and practice for 17 years as a physician, researcher, analyst, and policy maker. Trained as a physician, he worked for several years in planning and implementation of primary health care projects in Colombia and as a postgraduate clinical fellow in pediatrics at the Royal London Hospital. He was Director of Medicines and Health Technologies at Colombia’s Ministry of Health, and Director General of the Colombian Food and Drug Surveillance Institute, where he led the development and implementation of the organization’s 2016–2018 strategic plan and also the modernization of information systems related to market authorization, inspections, and quality control. As Director of Research for global health nongovernmental organizations in the United Kingdom and Australia, he has managed portfolios of multi-million dollar health consulting and research projects focusing on pharmaceutical policy, pharmaceutical systems strengthening, and diseases that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries. In addition to his medical degree, Mr. Guzman has an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Emmanuel Nfor Deputy Technical Director

Emmanuel Nfor

Deputy Technical Director

Emmanuel Nfor provides global technical leadership and strategic direction to MTaPS... Previously, he was Principal Technical Advisor for supply chain management for SIAPS. An expert in that field with over 17 years of experience, Mr. Nfor previously served as supply chain manager at the Global Fund, where he led the rollout of an innovative financing model that resulted in widespread availability of malaria medicines, even in hard-to-reach areas, and sharp reductions in price. Mr. Nfor is a pharmacist with a master’s of business administration in health, population, and nutrition.

Milton D'Silva Director, Finance & Administration

Milton D'Silva

Director, Finance & Administration

Milton D’Silva serves as the Finance and Operations Director of MTaPS and is responsible for overall financial management, control, reporting, and operational aspects of the program. He has been with MSH since November, 2011 and has more than 25 years of experience in financial management, operations, and administration of USAID-funded contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements.   He has in-depth knowledge of US Federal regulations and procurement procedures (FAR, CFR, ADS, and AIDAR) and an extensive knowledge of proposal pricing and program design. He served as Finance and Operations Manager for numerous contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants funded by the US Government and other donors. Mr. D’Silva holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is fluent in English, Bengali, and Hindi.

Rajita Majumdar Strategic Communications Lead

Rajita Majumdar

Strategic Communications Lead

Ms. Majumdar has more than 15 years of experience spearheading communications strategies to advance missions of US government programs, international nonprofits, and private-sector enterprises. She has worked across multiple sectors in sustainable development, including health, renewable energy, and the environment and agriculture sectors, giving her a unique edge in understanding the crosscutting challenges and the communications needs around them. Her result-driven strategies have effectively engaged stakeholders in more than 40 countries and helped organizations build distinctive brands. She led corporate communications at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, a global nonprofit within the UN framework, where she helped shape a cohesive narrative for the center’s varied work areas, successfully raising its profile with donors, partners, and stakeholders. Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Majumdar led communications and knowledge management for the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a network of more than 30 member countries. She implemented an integrated strategy with a multitude of partners, including the World Bank, USAID, the Gates Foundation, and countries, that significantly grew the network’s brand and positioned it as a leading program in the global health space.

Norbert Aime Pehe Senior Manager

Norbert Aime Pehe

Senior Manager

Mr. Pehe serves as Senior Manager for West and Central Africa. He provides administrative, financial, and operational support to the respective country teams. He has been with MSH since January 2019 and has more than 31 years of experience in international development and pharmaceutical services, with in-depth knowledge of public health logistics management (system assessment, design, and implementation; strategic planning; quantification and procurement planning; curriculum development and training; and monitoring and evaluation of public health supply chains). He also served as Logistics Advisor, Country Team Leader, Senior Program Manager, and Country Director at John Snow Inc. and as System Strengthening Manager at Chemonics. Mr. Pehe holds a master’s degree in economics. 

Niranjan Konduri Principal Technical Advisor

Niranjan Konduri

Principal Technical Advisor

Niranjan Konduri is a Principal Technical Advisor for MTaPS. His expertise is in cross-cutting access to medicines initiatives and pharmaceutical systems strengthening activities. Mr. Konduri recently led a team for WHO that conducted multicountry research on national policies, legislative and regulatory system approaches for market authorization, licensing, post-market surveillance, and prescribing and use of antimicrobials in 13 representative low- and middle-income and high-income WHO member states. In collaboration with his colleagues at all levels in diverse country settings, Mr. Konduri provides strategic oversight in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the Global Health Security Agenda action package on antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention and control, and multisectoral stakeholder coordination.

Zubayer Hussain Senior Manager

Zubayer Hussain

Senior Manager

Zubayer Hussain has worked in health systems, including pharmaceutical systems strengthening, for more than two decades. Currently, he is a Senior Manager for MTaPS, providing management and technical support to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Jordan. He supervises field-based Country Project Directors to deliver quality results in health systems strengthening and pharmaceutical management, including support for improved procurement and supply chain functions, pharmaceutical management information, regulatory functions, pharmaceutical services, and the national TB control program. Mr. Hussain is also the technical strategy lead for a DFID-supported project that aims to improve access to affordable, quality pharmaceutical services in private retail drug outlets in Bangladesh. Previously, he was the Country Program Director for SIAPS projects in Bangladesh. He has held advisory and leadership positions at global organizations such as CARE International, HLSP (Mott Macdonald Group), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank and for bilateral organizations such as the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. He has a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery.

Mohan Joshi Senior Principal Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Services

Mohan Joshi

Senior Principal Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Services

Dr. Mohan P. Joshi has more than three decades of health experience, with a focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), rational medicine use, drug use review, drug information, hospital formularies, Drug and Therapeutics Committees, medicine adherence, pharmacovigilance, clinical pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, curriculum review, and medical education. He was formerly Principal Technical Advisor and technical lead for the SIAPS Program, responsible for providing technical guidance and oversight in the planning and implementation of rational medicine use and AMR-related activities. From 2003 to 2011, he headed the AMR portfolio under the SPS and RPM Plus Programs. He also served as SPS country program manager for Jordan and Vietnam. Before joining MSH, Dr. Joshi worked as the assistant dean, professor, and head of clinical pharmacology and director of the Drug Information Center at the Tribhuvan University (TU) Institute of Medicine and TU Teaching Hospital in Nepal. He was also a member of the International Health Expert Advisory Panel of the US Pharmacopeia. Dr. Joshi’s first degree is in medicine and his postgraduate degrees are in clinical pharmacology and pharmacology.

Kate Kikule Principal Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Systems

Kate Kikule

Principal Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Systems

Kate Kikule is the Principal Technical Advisor for the pharmaceutical regulatory systems portfolio, with expertise in regulation of medicines and health technologies. Ms. Kikule supports country programs by providing technical assistance to strengthen medicine regulatory functions, including medicine registration, regulatory inspections, licensing of premises, market surveillance, and pharmacovigilance. She also provides technical guidance for the development and implementation of policies, regulations, guidelines, and tools for strong and effective pharmaceutical regulatory systems. She is an experienced public health professional and pharmacist with more 20 years of experience in medicine regulation in emerging and low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Ms. Kikule holds a bachelor of pharmacy (Hons) from the University of Dar-es- Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, and an MPH specializing in health economics from the University of Capetown, South Africa. She speaks English, intermediate French, Swahili, and Luganda.

Jane Briggs Senior Principal Technical Advisor

Jane Briggs

Senior Principal Technical Advisor

Jane Briggs leads the MNCH portfolio by providing technical support to initiatives aimed at improving access to and use of medicines for maternal and child health at the global and country levels. A pharmacist with more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Briggs has been with MSH since 2001, primarily working in the area of child health. Prior to joining MSH, she worked as a research assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and also worked in Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda. She started her career in health and development as a district pharmacist in Tanzania, going from clinic to clinic on a motorbike. In addition to her pharmacy degree, she holds a master's degree in community health. She is a native English speaker and is fluent in French, Spanish, and Swahili.

 
Helena Walkowiak Senior Principal Technical Advisor

Helena Walkowiak

Senior Principal Technical Advisor

Helena Walkowiak is the technical lead for governance. In this role, she supports MTaPS’ technical leadership activities and provides technical guidance in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of activities to help countries strengthen governance and increase transparency at all levels of the pharmaceutical system. She has 20 years of experience in technical assistance in pharmaceutical system strengthening in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean, helping countries to assess and strengthen pharmaceutical systems, scale up HIV programs, build pharmaceutical management capacity, and improve the provision of medication-related patient care services. She has extensive experience working collaboratively with high-level government officials and stakeholders to design, implement, and track the effects of improvement strategies. Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Walkowiak worked as the expatriate chief pharmacist for the Republic of Palau and the Cayman Islands. In addition to her degree as a pharmacist, Ms. Walkowiak has an MPH with a focus on developing countries.

Dinah Tjipura Senior Manager

Dinah Tjipura

Senior Manager

Ms. Dinah Tjipura is a Senior Manager for the MTaPS program and is responsible for managing projects in East Africa. Ms. Tjipura has more than 20 years of professional experience in pharmaceutical management in resource-constrained settings. She has significant experience in managing country-level implementation of USAID-funded projects through the SPS and SIAPS Projects. She has provided direct supervision and management and technical oversight to ensure effective program management in Africa and has extensive professional experience, combining both technical and managerial expertise to the benefit and support of country project directors and other field office-based staff. Prior to joining MSH, she had proven capacity to develop and manage pharmaceutical budgets of more than $50 million and to comply with government finance regulations and treasury instructions. She has a track record of successfully managing government procurement and introducing and achieving efficiencies in public-sector pharmaceutical procurement and selection of suppliers for both medicines and general health procurement. Ms. Tjipura played a key role in establishing the first School of Medicines and School of Pharmacy of the University of Namibia and has acquired technical programmatic expertise through years of experience in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and the development and implementation of a national medicines policy, standard treatment guidelines, and essential medicines lists.  

Comfort Ogar Principal Technical Advisor

Comfort Ogar

Principal Technical Advisor

Comfort Ogar leads MTaPS’ pharmacovigilance (PV) work. In this role, she supports low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia to establish or strengthen their PV systems. Prior to joining MSH, she worked for 16 years as a medicine regulator with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria, where she was instrumental in establishing the national PV system, including PV in public health programs and post-marketing surveillance. Ms. Ogar’s international experience includes working as an External Consultant with the National ADR Centre in Vietnam, where she supported strengthening the PV system in the country through capacity building and the development of guidelines and other documents. She also consulted for WHO on PV issues in Asian countries. She is one of the pioneers of active PV in Africa through the Cohort Event Monitoring program implemented in Nigeria and continues to support countries to establish active monitoring systems. Ms. Ogar also supports other regulatory system strengthening efforts for MTaPS and supported the implementation of the HIV project in Nigeria. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Carol Tyroler Gender Advisor

Carol Tyroler

Gender Advisor

Carol Tyroler is an experienced gender professional with three decades of leadership and management experience in more than 40 countries directing signature programs and field operations for notable development, research, and private-sector institutions. Ms. Tyroler brings a track record of success drawn from wide-ranging experiences at the country and global levels, where she has worked with individuals, families, and communities; civil society organizations; the private sector; government agencies; and foundations to overcome challenges to gender equality in areas such as health, food security, nutrition, market competitiveness, climate change, and sustainable livelihoods. Ms. Tyroler has master’s degrees from Duke University in international economic development policy and business and the environment. She earned her BA from the University of Illinois in cultural anthropology.

Andre Zagorski Senior Principal Technical Advisor

Andre Zagorski

Senior Principal Technical Advisor

Andre Zagorski is a Senior Principal Technical Advisor. He develops strategies and interventions to ensure universal access to quality medicines, pharmaceutical services, and new technologies in line with donor and global goals. Mr. Zagorski has over 25 years of global TB, infectious disease, and essential medicines project management experience in Europe, Asia, and Africa. His technical areas of expertise include: health systems strengthening; medicines policy and regulation; market management; safety of medicines; antimicrobial resistance; rational use of medicines; quality assurance; supply chain management; introduction and programmatic implementation of new medicines and regimens; development and use of pharmaceutical management tools; management information systems; monitoring and evaluation; and capacity building. 

In his current position, Mr. Zagorski is in charge of the Global Health Security Agenda portfolio of activities in 12 countries, including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. He is guiding COVID-19 response activities, including the development and monitoring of country-level work plans, to ensure that support is of the highest technical quality, consistent with USAID requirements and mandates. 

Mr. Zagorski holds a Master’s degree from Moscow State University and is fluent in English and Russian.

Seydou Doumbia Technical Strategy Lead, Francophone Africa

Seydou Doumbia

Technical Strategy Lead, Francophone Africa

Seydou Doumbia is based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He has 20 years of experience in strategic leadership and management of larger health programs in complex environments, including strengthening health systems and direct assistance to Ministries of Health across Africa. He provided leadership and high-level management in the design and implementation of the most complete supply chain management systems project in PMI- and PEPFAR-focus countries, managing all malaria, HIV/AIDS, and family planning relief supplies from product selection to active distribution to all major health institutions in many developing countries in Africa. Previously, Dr. Doumbia was a Principal Technical Advisor on the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) project. Before rejoining MSH, Dr. Doumbia served for two years as a Senior Supply Chain Advisor in USAID/DRC in the Office of Health. He has a doctorate of pharmacy with a specialization in public health. 

Birna Trap Country Project Director, Nepal

Birna Trap

Country Project Director, Nepal

Birna Trap has more than 35 years of pharmaceutical management expertise. She has assisted in developing national drug policy, sector reviews, drug administration and regulation, hospital pharmacy, health financing, rational drug use, capacity building, and health system strengthening in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Trap has a solid public administration and public health background based on 10 years in the Drug Regulatory Affairs Ministry of Health in Denmark, 3 years as WHO’s pharmaceutical advisor at the Regional Office for Southeast Asia, more than 5 years as the head of the Essential Drugs Programme in Zimbabwe (Danida), and 10 years in medicines and technologies programs in Uganda (USAID) and Nepal (MTaPS). Dr. Trap provided strategic, operational, and technical leadership in programs focused on reforming the pharmaceutical sector and implemented by numerous donors and UN agencies. She has strong strategic managerial and leadership skill and considerable practical hands-on experience and is an experienced M&E expert with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Jebun Nessa Rahman Country Project Director, Bangladesh

Jebun Nessa Rahman

Country Project Director, Bangladesh

Dr. Rahman has been contributing successfully in the development and implementation of donor-funded (USAID, UNFPA, Gates Foundation) health, population, and nutrition program in Bangladesh for more than 30 years. She is able to articulate easy solutions for partners by improving skills and maintaining close collaboration and coordination with all relevant Government of Bangladesh authorities and other stakeholders. Her key expertise includes:  

  • Project design, planning, management, and implementation related to maternal heath, family planning, child and adolescent health, nutrition, and midwifery  
  • Maintaining functional coordination with key Government of Bangladesh authorities and other stakeholders, including policy makers and parliament members
  • Partner management (NGOs, the private sector, government, and CSAs)
  • Finance, administration, and office and staff management to run a country office
  • Working with national and international organization in the area of reproductive health, maternal health, family planning, and health systems strengthening
Robert Tuala Tuala Di Lukanda Country Project Director, Democratic Republic of Congo

Robert Tuala Tuala Di Lukanda

Country Project Director, Democratic Republic of Congo

Robert Tuala Tuala has more than two decades of health experience with a focus on pharmaceutical system strengthening and supply chain. Mr. Tuala Tuala is the Country Project Director for MTaPS in DRC, where he provides strategic vision and leadership in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, rational medicine use, logistics management information systems, the development of standard treatment guidelines, the establishment of Drug and Therapeutics Committees, pharmacovigilance, and curriculum review and development. Prior to joining MSH, Mr. Tuala Tuala worked as Technical Director for the USAID-funded Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance (GHSC-TA) program, implemented by Chemonics International, and as Senior Technical Advisor and Provincial Coordinator for the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) project, implemented by MSH, where he provided technical leadership and management support for smooth implementation of the project’s activities in 10 USAID-supported provinces in DRC. A pharmacist by profession, Mr. Tuala Tuala holds a BSc.(Pharm) from the University of Kinshasa/DRC and an MBA from Management College of Southern Africa – Johannesburg/SA and has completed many other post-graduate training programs, including a mini-master degree in Global Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University/USA.  

Negussu Mekonnen Country Project Director, Ethiopia

Negussu Mekonnen

Country Project Director, Ethiopia

Dr. Mekonnen has more than 35 years of combined experience in academia and public health. He taught pharmacology and toxicology at the School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University, for 13 years, where he was Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, as well as Dean of the School of Pharmacy. He has served on the board of many government institutions and was the lead consultant of the expert committee that prepared the first Ethiopian Standard Treatment Guidelines. He has received various awards and certificates, including a gold medal and a certificate of merit for “outstanding contribution to the development of pharmaceutical services in Ethiopia” by the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association. He was the Chief of Party for three successive USAID-funded and MSH-implemented programs in Ethiopia—RPM Plus, SPS, and SIAPS—in addition to coordinating other MSH programs and leading the country team. Dr. Mekonnen has a master’s degree in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmacology.

Henri Kaboré Country Project Director, Burkina Faso

Henri Kaboré

Country Project Director, Burkina Faso

Dr. Kaboré is MTaPS’ Country Project Director for Burkina Faso. He is a doctor of veterinary medicine with 27 years of experience. Prior to working for MTaPS, he worked as a Regional Epidemiologist for Western and Central Africa with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, based in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Kaboré spent more than eight years working with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) as a Regional Epidemiologist for Western and Central Africa based at the AU-IBAR Regional Office in Bamako, where he was responsible for strengthening the Regional Animal Health Centre’s capacity in training, monitoring, and evaluation of projects being implemented at the country level. He was also appointed as the Regional Coordinator of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance Programme in Africa for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He later coordinated the One Health for West Africa Project, covering the ECOWAS region, providing general coordination of project activities, and ensuring day-to-day management of the project. He earned his MSc and PhD in public health epidemiology within the Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Medicine of Laval University, Canada.

Safoura Berthé Country Project Director, Mali

Safoura Berthé

Country Project Director, Mali

Safoura Berthe, MTaPS Country Project Director in Mali, is a Malian public health specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector. She has a background in program implementation with international organizations, with a particular emphasis on supply chain, quantification, and logistics management information systems. She started her career at the hospital of Gao (Mali) in 1998 as hospital pharmacist, worked as a regional pharmacist in the Kayes region for 10 years, and was chief of the medical laboratory at the hospital of Kayes. Dr Berthe was the first pharmacist of Mali’s NMCP. She worked for the USAID-funded SIAPS program from May 2013 to March 2018 as Senior Technical Advisor, Deputy Director, and ultimately Acting Country Project Director. 
Before joining the MTaPS Mali team in September 2019, she was technical director for Chemonics GHSC-PSM in Mali. She has a Pharm. D degree (Diplome d’Etat) from ENMP of Bamak and a masters in population and health from the Institut Supérieur des Science de la Population of the National University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 2011, she obtained a certificate in planning and management of tropical diseases control programs from the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium.
 

Antoine Ndiaye Country Project Director, Côte d’Ivoire

Antoine Ndiaye

Country Project Director, Côte d’Ivoire

Antoine Ndiaye, Doctor of Pharmacy, MBA, is a seasoned public health manager and leader with more than 20 years of demonstrated experience leading and managing a variety of capacity building, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, commodity security, and maternal and child health projects. In his current position as MTaPS Country Project Director in Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Ndiaye contributes to advancing coordination of the Global Health Security Agenda in the country, empowers public-sector counterparts in decision making and improving leadership, oversees and manages the overall strategy and activity implementation, manages stakeholder relations, and is accountable to achieve program results. Prior to MTaPS, Dr. Ndiaye held various roles, including the Principal Technical Advisor for the Center for Leadership Management (CLM), where he provided technical and/or management support to LMG field support activities in the areas of management and leadership, RH/FP, RHCS, HIV/AIDS, and other technical areas for CLM. Dr. Ndiaye served as Project Director for MSH’s Leadership, Management and Sustainability (LMS) Program in Haiti and as MSH’s Regional Commodity Security Planning Coordinator for the Action for West Africa Regional Project, where he led and coordinated commodity security activities in 21 West and Central Africa countries and worked closely with regional institutions such as CESAG in Senegal and IRSP in Benin. Dr. Ndiaye is a native of Senegal and is fluent in French and English.

Edgar Lusaya Country Project Director, Tanzania

Edgar Lusaya

Country Project Director, Tanzania

Edgar Lusaya is a Tanzanian public health specialist with more 10 years of experience working for donor-funded health projects in Tanzania (USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Women Health Project, and PharmAcess) in progressively responsible positions across the entire Ministry of Health structure, including the national, zonal, regional, and district-level private and public sectors in the areas of family planning; malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health; cervical cancer; and quality management. Dr. Lusaya has worked for both local and international organizations, including the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania; Population Services International; and Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lusaya’s previous assignment was with Jhpiego Tanzania as the Quality and Performance Improvement Advisor, where he supported the USAID Boresha Afya Project—a consortium of three implementing partners (Jhpiego, PATH, and Engender Health)—by leading quality programming for maternal and newborn health, malaria, and family planning for the seven lake and western zone regions of Tanzania. He holds an MD from the University of Dar es Salaam and an MPH from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Health Sciences. He speaks Kiswahili and English.

Ousmane Faye Country Project Director, Senegal

Ousmane Faye

Country Project Director, Senegal

 

Ousmane Faye is the country project director for the Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program in Senegal. In this role, he manages the start-up and overall leadership and management of MTaPS in Senegal and oversees the development and implementation of strategies, the implementation of work plans and monitoring, and reporting.

Before taking on this role, he served as the project director of the Integrated Health Project Plus (IHPplus), a three-year “bridge” project to avoid a gap in services in USAID-supported health zones upon completion of the USAID Health Office’s five-year flagship Integrated Health Project (IHP). IHPplus partnered with the DRC Ministry of Health to strengthen the country's health system at every level focusing on maternal, newborn, and child health, family planning, nutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Over the course of more than 20 years in public health, Ousmane has contributed to the advancement of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health at the strategy and policy level. Ousmane has developed, implemented, and managed numerous successful health programs in Senegal and Rwanda, including the leadership of four projects for USAID and three years of service as the technical director of a UNFPA-funded project.

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