HIFA Country Representatives

“I am honoured to represent HIFA in Eritrea. Being one of the beneficiaries of the flow of information from both HIFA and CHILD2015, I hope I can contribute something to reach the goals of the forum”
Toumzghi Sengal, physician assistant, Eritrea, 2014

HIFA Country Representatives are volunteers who are committed to help achieve the HIFA vision in their country. They are critically important in (1) raising awareness about the importance of access to healthcare knowledge, and (2) engaging new members in their country to join the HIFA forums. Guidelines for Country Representatives are available here.

HIFA Country Representatives are supported in their work by a volunteer global coordinator, currently Deborah Jackson. Deborah is based in the UK and formerly worked as a Research Assistant at the Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford. Her email address is crc [AT] hifa2015.org

Deborah Jackson, UK











HIFA Country Representatives are provided with technical support to:
1. Distribute the HIFA2015 Leaflet (PDF, 260kb) by email to colleagues and networks, and print out the leaflet for distribution at meetings and conferences.
2. Prepare and give presentations to their colleagues and conferences, about HIFA and the special importance of availability and use of healthcare information in their country. A generic Powerpoint presentation (2.1Mb) is available here: Introduction to HIFA. Examples of presentations given by HIFA Country Representatives are shown below.
3. Enrol new members at meetings and conferences. Please download and print copies of the HIFA and CHILD2015 sign-up sheet here and invite people to add their details. Then take a scan or photo of the sheet(s) and email it/them to admin@hifa2015.org
4. Display the HIFA logo on websites and communications.

If you have been a member of the HIFA Forum for at least 3 months and would like to discuss the possibility of becoming a HIFA Country Representative, please contact the HIFA Coordinator (Neil Pakenham-Walsh). If you are not yet a member of the HIFA Forum, please join.

HIFA currently has 121 Country Representatives in 57 countries:

• Afghanistan: Farhan Abdul Rauf
• Bangladesh: Shariful Islam, Jenifer Binta Yeasin
• Bhutan: Pandup Tshering
• Burundi: Benedicte Dundaguza
• Cameroon: Didier Demassosso (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2014), Gwewasang Martin, James Mbungyuh Tseyah
• Canada: Mickey Rostoker
• China: Lily King
• Croatia: Irina Ibraghimova
• Democratic Republic of Congo: Andre Shongo Diamba, Jess-Alfred Nondho
• Denmark: Per Kallestrup
• Dominican Republic: Demian Herrera (HIFA Commendation 2014)
• Egypt: Randa Abu-Youssef, Nermine El-Bahtimy
• Eritrea: Toumzghi Sengal
• Ethiopia: Getachew Bayissa, Workineh Getahun
• Ghana: Eben Afari-Kumah, Gladys Ofosu Dadzie, Solomon Sulemani
• Haiti: Fiona Stephenson
• Honduras: Jackeline Alger (HIFA Special Mention 2014)
• India: Mittal Abhishek, Soumyadeep Bhaumik (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012), Tamoghna Biswas, Pranab Chatterjee, Vivek Chhabra, Nisha Dahiya, Gopal Ghosh, Manish Kumar, Dharmesh Lal, Ashok Kumar Maity, Ramachandran Murali, Anantha Naik Nagappa, Murali Prasad, Chopperla S K Dattatreya Sitaram, Sankalp Yadav (HIFA Commendation 2014)
• Indonesia: Jum’atil Fajar
• Iran: Reza Assadi
• Italy: Paola De Castro (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012)
• Kenya: Muthoni Gichohi, James Kimani, Beatrice Muraguri
• Kosovo: Hektor Binishi
• Liberia: Sahr Joseph Nyuma
• Macedonia: Elisaveta Stikova
• Madagascar: Irene Randriamampianina, Hanitriniony Raoninah
• Malawi: Bernard Chilombe
• Malaysia: Dennis McMahon, Zuhanariah Mohd Nordin
• Mali: Abdrahamane Anne
• Mauritius: Shakeel Panchoo
• Micronesia: Denitha Palemar
• Morocco: Younes Cherradi
• Mozambique: Flatiel Vilanculos
• Myanmar: Wunna Tun
• Namibia: Steve Kabamba
• Nepal: Tara Ballav Adhikari (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012), Amrit Banstola, Bishwa Raj Dawadi, Yadav Prasad Joshi, Kumar Paudel, Sudarshan Paudel, Roman Shrestha
• Nigeria: Olayinka Akanke Abosede, Grace Ajuwon, Olayinka Ayankogbe, Princess E.O. Nwafor-Orizu (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2011), Francis Ohanyido, Ekezie Ralueke Oluchukwu (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2013), Olukayode Yinka Oluyemi, Isaiah Oluwatobi Owolabi
• Oman: Afzal Siddique
• Pakistan: Kashif Adnan, Immad Ali, Akhtar Amin, Majid Khan Kakakhel, Shafaat Khan, Usma Khan, Numan Majeed (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012), Maryam Noor Malik, Salman Bin Naeem, Mahwish Nasim, Anis Rehman
• Philippines: Dennis Amando, Jake Darpine Banggay, Chiongbian Formoso, Patrick Soria
• Qatar: Tatjana Martinoska
• Republic of the Congo: Pascal Mouhouelo
• Russia: Vasiliy Vlassov
• Rwanda: Jean Bosco Gasherebuka, Emmanuel Ngabire
• St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Rosalind Ambrose
• Somalia: Abdi Abdirashid Hashi
• South Africa: Volene Werely
• South Sudan: Wycliffe Matende
• Sri Lanka: Saroj Jayasinghe
• Tanzania: Haruna Hussein, Jackton Kaijage (HIFA Commendation 2014), Heka Mapunda, Massimo Serventi
• Trinidad & Tobago: Sonia V Roache-Barker
• Uganda: Jane Akora, Alison Kinengyere, Julius Omara (HIFA Commendation 2014), Richard Ssenono, Daniel Stern, Geoffrey Taasi
• United Arab Emirates: Syed Abdal Ahmad Khan
• USA: Bill Cayley, Kimberly Harding
• West Bank/Gaza: Barbara Stilwell
• Zambia: Christine Kanyengo
• Zimbabwe: Agnes Chikonzo, Charles Dhewa

HIFA Country Representatives in Africa

Haruna Hussein, Tanzania

Grace Ajuwon, Nigeria

Beatrice Muraguri, Kenya

Francis Ohanyido, Nigeria

Isaiah Owolabi, Nigeria

Princess Uju Nwafor-Orizu, Nigeria

Alison Kinengyere, Uganda

Eben Afari-Kumah, Ghana

Volene Werely, South Africa

James Tseyah, Cameroon

Shakeel Panchoo, Mauritius

Olukayode Yinka Oluyemi, Nigeria

Didier Demassosso, Cameroon

Jess-Alfred Nondho, DR Congo

Workineh Getahun, Ethiopia

Charles Dhewa, Zimbabwe

Toumzghi Sengal, Eritrea

Sahr Joseph Nyuma, Liberia

Pascal Mouhouelo, Republic of the Congo

 

Gladys Dadzie, Ghana

Wycliffe Matende, South Sudan

Daniel Stern, Uganda


Jackton Kaijage, Tanzania


Julius Omara, Uganda























































































Flatiel Vilanculos, Mozambique

Geoffrey Taasi, Uganda












Olayinka Akanke Abosede is a consultant in Community Health (Primary Health Care) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Chairman of the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board. She is a Fellow of the Nigerian College of Physicians and the West African College of Physicians. She is also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow Alumnus (International Health at the Johns Hopkins University) and has been Resident Advisor to US based International Partners, Project Hope and Wellstart International. She is interested in sustainable community-based health interventions, poverty amelioration and early life education for under-fives. yinkabosede02 AT yahoo.com

Eben Afari-Kumah is a PhD candidate at the Accra Institute of Technology, Ghana. He is also a Research Scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana, and an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Ghana (School of Public Health and Business School). His Master’s Dissertation was on “Developing patient data mining system for the University of Ghana Hospital. Eben is currently researching into the adoption, use and sustainabilty of Telemedicine in Ghana. eben.afari AT gmail.com

Grace Ajuwon is the Reference and Information Services Librarian at the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, Nigeria. agajuwon AT yahoo.com

Jane Amongi Akora is Librarian at WHO Country Office, Uganda. akoraj AT ug.afro.who.int

Abdrahamane Anne is librarian at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako, Mali. girlajo AT gmail.com

Olayinka O. Ayankogbe is Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine and Head, Family Medicine Unit, Department Of Community Health and Primary care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos and also Consultant in charge of Family Medicine Unit, Primary Care Health Center, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Pakoto, Ogun state. His interests are in Primary Health Care, Adolescent care, quality improvement and Public/Private partnerships and ICPC-2 (International Classification of Primary Care). yinayanks AT yahoo.com

Getachew Bayissa is Head, Department of Information Science, Jimma University, Ethiopia, and is affiliated with University Library.

Agnes Chikonzo is a HIFA Country Representative and medical librarian at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. achikonzo AT uzlib.uz.ac.zw

Bernard Chilombe is a librarian with the Medical Research Institution Malawi and works with the North Carolina Project Malawi. chibernard AT gmail.com

Gladys Ofosu Dadzie is an Enrolled Nurse at the Airport Clinic Ltd in Ghana. Professional interests: General nursing care, Emergency nursing and Public health education. gladysgh2007 AT yahoo.com

Didier Demassosso is a school counsellor trained at the University of Bamenda, graduating student in clinical psychology from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. His scientific interests include: Clinical Psychology, Counseling psychology, School Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Environmental Psychology and Cyber psychology. He has created a blog called ICT and Kulture which aims at promoting ICT knowledge and ICT awareness to women and children using ICT (basically the internet). With this portal, he entails to inform and educate people mostly of the developing countries about ICT and related issues of equal relevance such as ICT and health, ICT and culture, ICT and the environment and so on. The use of ICT has greatly improved on healthcare in most parts of Africa and the world. Didier believes its effective savvy and use within developing countries can be of great help to disseminate information that can save lives. With respect to research Didier is presently very interested in trauma within sexual violence, information treatment, the mind and environment. He is also working on several research projects in the fields of psychology (clinical psychology, school psychology, clinical psychology, environmental psychology and cyberpsychology). With respect to these fields he is actively seeking for more and varied research experience. Recently he co-authoured in a peer-reviewed journal on one of a most fundamental construct that of nostalgia. Professionally he is interested in Clinical Psychology and Counseling psychology (research, practice, and teaching). Didier Demassosso is the current holder of the title HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2014. didier.demassosso AT gmail.com

Charles Dhewa is Managing Director of Knowledge Transfer Africa, Zimbabwe. dhewac AT yahoo.co.uk

Andre Shongo Diamba is a medical doctor, currently in GLOBAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND DEVELOPMENT training, a master in public health program at Tulane University, school of health and tropical medicine, New Orleans, USA. Previously, Andre worked as coordinator at PISRF- Programme Integrale de sante reproduction et familial (Integrated program of reproductive health and Family), a DRC participative NGO of family planning and reproductive health who provide awareness and care in favor of women and children of low social area , and toward this group to whole community. PISRF undertake sociological, public health and biomedical research in the matter, it encourage the humanitarian and research project and open his availability to all. Andre has a tremendous experience in providing community reproductive health projects such information, communication education; provide care and leading the research. He has participated at many international conferences in the field of reproductive health and population, health, environment. Andre is interesting to provide the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in the DRC and very engaging, He pleads for public private partnership and the improving of use of mobile phone as a network able to raise the awareness of reproductive health and support the country commitment to do progress in this matter. He received the HIFA2015 Country Representatives certificate of achievement at 2013, and is writing two books as help memory to facilitate the one- to- one members contact. Andre can be contacted at pisrfrdcATyahoo.fr

Benedicte Dundaguza is Documentalist at WHO, Bujumbura, Burundi. bdundaguza AT yahoo.com

Jean Bosco Gasherebuka works with World Health Organization/Rwanda as Health Information and Promotion Officer. His interests include Health Promotion, Health Community, School Health, Fighting against tobacco and other non communicable diseases and Health Information in general. gasherebukab AT rw.afro.who.int

Workineh Getahun is a pharmacist working at MSH/SIAPS- Ethiopia as Senior Technical Adviser for Drug and Therapeutics Committee/Drug Information Services(DTC/DIS). Duties include provision of technical assistance to stakeholders in the country to strengthen pharmaceutical services and promote rational use of medicines through the establishment and strengthening of DTCs and DIS at health facilities. workineh_2004 AT yahoo.com

Muthoni Gichohi works with Family Health Options Kenya and is the programme manager (Library and Information Services). Main interests: Administration, management and dissemination of multimedia health information to the medics, paramedics, patients, the aged, the disabled and other clients interested in health related information. mgichohi AT fhok.org

Haruna Hussein is Chief Librarian at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Tanzania. He is a HIFA Country Representative for Tanzania. harunahus AT yahoo.com

Steve N Kabamba is a Medical Officer at Swakopmund District Hospital, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia. His professional interests include Child and Maternal Health. stevekabamba AT gmail.com

Jackton Kaijage M.Lib. (Information Systems and Services for Health Care), PG Dip. in Librarianship (University of Wales, Aberystywyth, UK), B.Ed. (Teachers’ Education) (Hons.) (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Grade IIIA Teaching Certificate (Morogoro Teachers’ Training College, Morogoro, Tanzania). Mr. Kaijage is the Chief Librarian, Kibaha Public Library (KPL), Directorate of Education Services (DES), Kibaha Education Centre (KEC). He is also involved in doing research carried out by KEC and facilitating short courses designed by KEC in view to address development problems namely: ignorance; diseases and poverty. He often offers Kiswahili to English and English to Kiswahili translation services. jackliv AT yahoo.com

Christine Kanyengo is Deputy University Librarian at the School of Medicine, University of Zambia. mkanyengo AT yahoo.co.uk

James Kimani is East Africa Regional Representative, Book Aid International. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya. olekimani AT yahoo.com

Alison Kinengyere is Serials librarian at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda. alisonk AT chs.mak.ac.ug

Heka Mapunda is an Information Resources Officer at Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health-Ifakara, Tanzania. Professional interests: To search, organize, process, and disseminate update health information and knowledge for users. hekamap2002 AT yahoo.co.uk

Gwewasang Martin is a Clinician in private practice with a generalist background in clinical public health management, administration and training, and has specialized in NGO management and micro-clinic development and medical leadership management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career for the benefit of patients since 1995. He is the Founder & CEO of Adele Reproductive Health Foundation and Co-founder of the Youth Policy Group for Reproductive Health (YPG) project in Cameroon Through the project of the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning, he is working with public health frontline professionals and volunteers to develop a package of interventions to make reproductive health/family planning training a standard part of medical education, as a means to promote a rights-based approach to care and would like to expand this to an international level. He would welcome contact from others with a similar interest in order to work collaboratively. Professional: family medicine, Global Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, school and community health, abuse and gender-based violence. adele_healthcentre AT yahoo.fr

Wycliffe Matende works with Integrated Service Delivery Project / Action Africa Help International (ISDP/AAH), South Sudan. wmatende AT yahoo.com

Pascal Mouhouelo is Head Librarian at WHO/AFRO. He is also a trainer for biomedical researchers using the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, which offers free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. He is also Coordinator of the African Index Medicus and the lead author of a PLOS Medicine 2006 article “Where There Is No Internet: Delivering Health Information via the Blue Trunk Libraries.” which describes a practical way to address the local absence of internet and contemporary medical textbooks in many African health care settings. mouhouelop AT afro.who.int

Beatrice Muraguri is Health Information Officer with the Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya. bemura68 AT yahoo.com

Emmanuel Ngabire is a Teacher at the National University of Rwanda. Professional interests: Quality Health Care for All. Health Promotion. engabire AT nur.ac.rw

Jess-Alfred Nondho is a Midwife and President of the GVP-MASAR/RDC (Volunteer Group for the Promotion of Risk-Free Maternity in the Democratic Republic of Congo). nondho AT yahoo.fr

Princess Uju Nwafor-Orizu (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2011) – is a Medical Librarian at the Medical Library, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Anambra State Nigeria. hovoa2001 AT yahoo.com

Sahr Joseph Nyuma is Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Plan International in Liberia. Professional interests: Public Health, Epidemiology. nyumasahrjoseph80 AT gmail.com

Francis Ohanyido is a Harvard postgraduate alumnus, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK). He is a seasoned Public Health Physician with a Health System Strengthening, Project Management, Malaria and Reproductive Health background. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Public Health and now and i-Novate 2100 Adjunct Professor of Project Management, and has worked at various times with WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, USAID, Avallain | Google and so forth. He served as rapporteur for the UN Professional Support Group for MDGs in Africa a non-state Think-Tank. He has also been a pioneer advocate for Health Information Technology use in Africa, and was part of the core team that institutionalised the Pan-African Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth (PACTe). He holds advocacy positions as a Facilitator on the National Health Sector Reform Coalition (NHSRC) in Nigeria, Country Representative of HIFA, Chair of the International Public Health Forum (IPHF), and member of the Core Technical Committee of the national level of the Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health (IMNCH) partnership chaired by FMoH. In the past, he had served as Special Advisor to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health. He currently heads Synergy PMP a for-profit development-oriented project, information and knowledge management organisation as the Chief of Party /Team Leader, Nigeria. http://www.synergypmp.org.ng ohanyido AT doctor.com

Ekezie Ralueke Oluchukwu is a Nurse / Care Coordinator at Precious Health Care Ltd, Nigeria. Professional interests: Administration, Speech, Implementation, Primary Health Care,Home Care, Research. ekezier AT yahoo.com, Founder/CEO: Blue Torch Home Care Ltd. Ekezie is HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2013. www.bluetorchhomecare.org ralueke AT bluetorchhomecare.org

Olukayode Yinka Oluyemi is a Urological Surgeon at Bliss Hospital, Ijoku, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Scholar of the Societie Internationale d’Urologie (2011). He was formerly at Division of Urological Surgery, Department of Surgery, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Nigeria. His professional interests include Endourology and Urolaparoscopy; Medical Education, Management and Financial Analysis. oluyemi AT urologist.md

Julius Omara is an Assistant Medical Records Officer in charge of the Hospital medical library at Gulu Regional Referral and Teaching Hospital in Uganda. He has a professional interest in library management. Email address: omarajulius AT gmail.com

Isaiah Oluwatobi Owolabi is Project Manager at HACEY (Health Actions Concerning the Environment and You), Nigeria. His professional interests include project management, information technology, writing and editing. toubyke AT yahoo.com

Shakeel Panchoo holds a MSc in Health Care Management, Wales, UK and a MSc Safety Promotion, KI, Sweden. He retired as Head of the Health Information, Education and Communication Unit at the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Mauritius in November 2011 to take employment as Communication Manager on a contract basis at the Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Development.His one year contract has come to term in November 2012. His recent achievement has been the production of a short clip entitled ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ (Mauritius A Sustainable Island) in English, French and Creole versions. This clip is available on www.mid.mu and the French version has been presented at the RIO+20 Earth Summit in Brazil in June 2012. He is now the Managing Director of Tropical Enterprise Co. Ltd which is a Business & Consultancy Company. He is also President of the Health and Safety Promotion Network (NGO). Professional interests include: (i) Health Promotion in view to bring about behaviour modifications in the lifestyles of the population, especially in children by informing and educating them about the benefits of adopting healthy lifestyles since their young age; (ii)Safety Promotion educate both adults and children about safe behaviours at home, in their living environment and on the road, amongst others. shakeelpanchoo AT yahoo.com

Irene Randriamampianina works at the Centre Appareillage Befelatanana, Madagascar. cammad_befela AT yahoo.fr

Hanitriniony Raoninah is a Doctor at Association de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation de Madagascar (AMPR Mada) in Madagascar. Professional interests: Rehabilitation. onyhanitra AT gmail.com

Toumzghi Sengal is a physician assistant and currently works as editor and free lance consultant in Eritrea and East Africa region. toumzghisen11 AT gmail.com

Massimo Serventi is a paediatrician at AISPO (Associazione Italiana per la Solidarieta fra I Popoli), Italy. Professional interests include child malnutrition, pediatric hospitals, drugs for children, sustainability of services for children. massimoser20 AT gmail.com

Andre Shongo works with Programme Integre de Sante de Reproduction et Familiale (Integrated Program of Health of Reproduction and Family)-PISRF. He is a doctor, reproductive health provider and health communicator for the population. The Democratic republic of Congo is one of the few in Africa on progress towards the MDGs. It has been a slump for over a decade due to social instability, then as post-conflict country, the reconstruction program does not start at all, including health. Andre believes that for a large country like DR Congo, located in the heart of Africa and sharing borders with nine countries, it is not significant to leave entire groups of people in ignorance of a global approach. The pr iority is to raise awareness on the MDGs, especially MDG 4,5 and 6, information, education and communication on the health of both beneficiaries and suppliers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by 2015. pisrfrdc AT yahoo.fr

Richard Ssenono is a Librarian at the Infectious Disease Institute in Uganda. ssenono AT idi.co.ug

Daniel Stern is Director of Mobile Monday Kampala, and a co-founder of mHealth Uganda with a passion for helping countries attain MDGs 4 & 5. DanielRStern AT gmail.com

Solomon Bayugo Sulemani is Assistant Librarian (User Services) at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana. sbayugo AT yahoo.com

Geoffrey Taasi is a Health Capacity Development and Communication Specialist, Mentor and Coach at STD/AIDS control Program @ Ministry of Health, Uganda and Director of Behavior Change Communications Limited, Uganda. taasi.taasi AT gmail.com

James Mbungyuh Tseyah is Chief Executive Officer at the Cameroon League for Development. Professional interests: To promote professionalism in Cameroon; Care and support for the Aged; Promote the education and the culture of our nation; Training seminars and workshops; Promote agriculture; Care and support for the under privilege widows and orphans; Promote research; Promote volunteerism; Social theatre; HIV and AIDS sensitisation and prevention. camleadngo AT gmail.com

Flatiel Vilanculos is Documentation Officer for WHO Mozambique. He is also Secretary General of AHILA (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa). vilanculosf AT mz.afro.who.int

Volene Werely is a Manager of health care, Lady Guinevere Academy, South Africa. Professional interests: Health Care, Maternal and child as well as youth; HIV/AIDS. volenew AT gmail.com

HIFA Country Representatives in the Americas

Bill Cayley, USA

Fiona Stephenson, Haiti