The central NCD Synergies team supports a large network of care providers delivering direct services across PIH-supported countries. Four of these sites – Haiti, Liberia, Malawi and Rwanda – are part of grant-funded work focused on integrated “Pen-Plus” services for severe, chronic NCDs such as type 1 diabetes and advanced rheumatic heart disease in low-income countries. In addition, the NCD Synergies team supports experts providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia and Malawi. See below site leadership from this partnership. Please see here for information about Partner In Health’s NCD, Mental Health, and Surgery work.
Dr. Christian Rusangwa, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Chronic Diseases, Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health Rwanda
Christian Rusangwa, MD is a trained physician with passion for global health working for Partners In Health as a Deputy Chief Medical Officer in charge of Chronic Care, and finishing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Liverpool. In his current role he is also a member of the senior leadership team at Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima; where he is responsible for providing support and guidance in the area of district health system strengthening building in relation to the decentralization of NCDs care based on the Rwandan Ministry of Health Sector Strategic Plan III and PIH strategic plan.
His role includes supporting the provision of NCDs care at the district hospitals and health centers in Rwinkwavu, Kirehe and Burera. In his capacity as the Deputy CMO Christian also works with the Rwanda Biomedical Center NCDs and Mental health divisions to devise strategies to expand specialty care in primary healthcare system. He has been co-leading an innovation project on the integration of mental health in primary care service funded by the Grand Challenge Canada. He is involved in several implementation research activities as Principal investigator and co-investigator and won an emerging young talent in research award in 2015 and received an exemplary leader award at Partners In Health in 2014.
For the past 10 years he has been involved in several public health endeavors from the community level as a grassroots activist volunteering for Rwanda Village Concept Project in 2005, then worked as an intern and later on as attending physician at Kirehe and Butaro hospital between 2010 and 2012 respectively. In 2011 He got involved with the Clinton Health Access Initiative on study looking at the unit cost of providing ARVs in Rwanda. In Mid to late 2012, He served as a camp physician in a Congolese refugee camp hosting about 14,000 refugees. Where He had the task of leading the provision of care for refugees and ensure adequate referrals are in place. He is interested in implementation science and get involved in community service as a volunteer in his spare time.
Gedeon Ngoga, Director for Integrated NCDs, Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health Rwanda
Gedeon Ngoga is the Director for Integrated Non Communicable Diseases (iNCDs) at Partners In Health /Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB). In this role, he accompanies the Ministry of Health NCD program, supporting the national scale up efforts of integrated NCD services. Mr. Ngoga holds a bachelor of Health Studies from the University of the West of Scotland, UK and a masters of public health (MPH). Over the last decade, Gedeon’s work has focused on NCD care and supervision, training, and mentorship NCD nurses at the three PIH supported district hospitals in the areas of diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, chronic respiratory diseases, and palliative care. This has included clinical duties as well as a wide programmatic and leadership role for the NCD program. Mr. Ngoga is currently focused on health care system strengthening for NCD care delivery through integration of comprehensive NCD care in the rural public health facilities and related operational research.
Dr. Todd Ruderman, NCD Physician, Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo/Partners In Health Malawi
Dr Todd Ruderman, D.O. is the NCD Physician for Partners in Health in Malawi. He has previously worked with PIH at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center with Navajo Nation and Indian Health Services. Dr Ruderman has also volunteered with Partners in Health in Neno, Malawi and Partners in Hope in Lilongwe, Malawi, where he focused on primary care and student education. Dr Ruderman received his BA in Biology form Colgate University and his DO from the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine from the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine. His current interests include education and implementation of primary health care systems.
Noel Kasomakera, Technical Advisor
Noel Taonga Kasomekera is a public health specialist with a Preventive Health background currently working with Partners In Health as a Technical Assistant seconded to the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Malawi in the Non Communicable Disease Unit. Furthermore, the National Coordinator for the Non Communicable Disease and Injuries Poverty Commission. Noel currently hold a MSc in Public Health from Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom 2010-2011) and a BSc in Environmental Health from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic (Malawi 2003-2007).
With over nine years’ experience of strategic leadership and technical expertise in Maternal Child Health, Malaria, Family Planning and District Health Information Systems, Noel worked to steer head the local governments in democratic accountability and transparency on health through a DFID project and strengthening of the health system in seven districts. Noel has held different positions as a Director of Programmes for Family Planning Association of Malawi, District Team Lead for Maternal Child Health Project, Community Mobilization Project focusing on the Essential Health Packages and The Acute Respiratory Infection/Pneumonia Project and Technical Assistant as a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Supervisor.
Dr. Abdissa Kabeto, Clinical Director Maryland County, Partners In Health Liberia
Abdissa K. Kabeto is a Public Health Specialist with experience spanning patient clinical care, academia, and national public health systems. He has completed an undergraduate degree in Medicine from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in 2008, and Masters in Public Health from Yonsei University in South Korea in 2013.
Prior to joining global health, he worked as a clinician at a rural public hospital in Ethiopia, later working as a lecturer and co-founding dean of the then new school of medicine and health sciences at Adama University in Ethiopia. He has also led communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control programs at national level with a position of a division director at Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.
Since 2015, he has been working with African Humanitarian Action a partner to UNCR as a health and WASH program coordinator for Ivorian refugees living in Liberia. In this endeavor, he worked closely with district, county and national health system to prevent the spread of Ebola in to refugee camps in Liberia. After the aftermath of EVD outbreak in West Africa, Dr. Abdissa joined PIH Liberia in August 2016, spearheading the restoration and strengthening of health systems in South East Liberia, providing essential packages of health services for communities. Dr. Abdissa has been working as clinical program manager for PIH Liberia, coordinating the implementation of comprehensive health services in Maryland County. He was recently promoted to a position of Director for Maryland County, shouldering additional responsibility to realize the vision of PIH is southeast Liberia.
Cyrus Randolph, NCD and Malnutrition Physician’s Assistant, Partners In Health Liberia
Cyrus Randolph is a licensed Physician Assistant (PA) with more than eight years working experienced within the clinical department in preventive and curative health management. Cyrus worked as a Nurse Aide from 2009 in a health sector that has limited human resource capacity. He was given the opportunity to perform many tasks that led to his enrollment in Physician Assistant School in 2010 and graduated in 2013 from Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) in Liberia.
Prior to his graduation, he worked as a volunteer screener in John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital, Redemption Hospital and James Davies Hospital and served as Officer-In-Charge for Karmah Medical Clinic and Bethesda Clinic in Liberia.
Upon obtaining his PA license in 2013, he worked at the GW Harley Hospital in Sanniquille, Nimba County for six months. He later got a contract with International Rescue Committee (IRC) in 2014, February, Maryland County as Officer-In-Charge of UNHCR health project for the Ivorian refugees living in the Wlebo refugee camp. He retained his position with African Humanitarian Action (AHA) from January 2015 to June 2017 managing the clinic, facilitating several trainings and supervising the WASH project.
Cyrus joined PIH in July 2017 as the NCD and Malnutrition Physician Assistant. Has has been charged with the responsibility to support PIH goals in implementing quality health services to the less fortunate in Liberia, focused primarily on Maryland County, as well as working with the MOH and other partners in the country.
Dr. Waking Jean-Baptiste, Clinical Mentor NCD Program, Zanmi Lasante/Partners In Health
Waking Jean-Baptiste is a Haitian doctor who has been involved in the fight against chronic diseases from the very beginning as a medical professional in a country where access to health care is very limited for the huge majority of the population. Waking is recognized as one of the first contributors in the establishment of the Chronic Disease Program at Zanmi Lasante. He is the current clinical mentor of this program for the Zanmi Lasante network and provides regular medical follow-up of about a thousand hypertensive and diabetic patients for the most part at the University Hospital of Mirebalais.
He firmly believes that the economic and geographical access of patients with chronic diseases to regular medical follow-up can significantly reduce the rate of deaths and early complications attributable to these conditions. He also believes in a more advanced inclusion and capacity building of general practitioners in his country in perennial preventive care programs for patients with noncommunicable diseases. He is co-author of studies carried out on the descriptive epidemiology of heart failure as a common cause of hospitalization in rural Haiti. He also contributed to the achievement of the “PIH Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic Non-communicable Diseases”.
Dr. Darius Fenelon, Program Manager NCDs, Zanmi Lasante/Partners In Health
Dr. Fenelon is currently the NCD Program Manager for Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL). He also serves as Technical Director for the HIV/TB Program under a PEPFAR grant. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Fenelon was the Mental Health Grant Manager for PIH/ZL. Dr Fenelon is an experienced HIV/TB clinician and a results-oriented public health professional with over 12 years leading health programs that trigger global health delivery in Haiti. With proven leadership skills in management, supervision, and direct services that inspire others to perform in the context of limited resources, he has been key in accelerating progress towards universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services for programs focused on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Cholera, NCDs, and Mental Health. As a Fulbright scholar, he earned a graduate degree in public health from the University of South Carolina, specializing in Health Services Policy and Management. Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the Haitian healthcare system, his overall experience and his excellent communication skills in French, English and Haitian Creole, he has been involved in the implementation of many projects granted by bilateral and multilateral funders.
Dr. Wubaye Walelgne, Technical Advisor
Wubaye Walelgne is the NCD Technical Advisor to the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and a consultant working for PIH, supported by NCD Synergies. He was born and educated in Ethiopia and is now a Medical Doctor by training with a postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Internal Medicine at Addis Ababa University.
Dr. Wubaye has extensive experience in clinical and program management of tropical health problems in East Africa (Ethiopia and South Sudan) for a total of 19 years and has been working in the public sector for a total of 6 years. Starting at the primary health care level then in tertiary hospitals, Dr. Wubaye now teaches at the Medical school in Addis Ababa. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant Internist starting in 2006 up to his current practice of clinical medicine. He also worked in International NGOs like Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University-ICAP and KNCV TB Foundation for the past 10 years.
Dr. Wubaye has programmatic experience in chronic diseases like Tuberculosis and MDR TB, HIV and Diabetes. His interest is in establishing a robust chronic care service at primary health service level for NCDs that are increasingly affecting resource limited settings like his home country.