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. Egide Mpanumusingo, Director for NCD Program, Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health Rwanda
Dr. Egide has worked for Butaro Hospital for six years as an attending physician at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence with a special focus on gynecology cancers, cervical, and breast related malignancies. For four years, he led the clinical activities at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence where he coordinated patients and workflow to allow better quality patient care. He worked to adapt the center to accommodate the growth in patients from 59 patients in 2012 to more than 3500 in 2014. As a national trainer in Cancer, NCDs, and HIV/TB he supported the MOH in task shifting and decentralizing NCDs service delivery. As of 2013, he was an International Fellow in Palliative Medicine at Ohio Health. Dr. Egide was appointed master trainer in Palliative care by the Rwandan MOH and is one of the pioneers of the program of Home-Based Care Practitioners. Dr. Egide coordinated the implementation of all clinical programs including MCH, infectious diseases, NCDs, and mental health as the Burera District District Clinical Director before being designated by Partners in Health to lead the NCD programs at PIH Rwanda in January 2020. Currently, he’s getting his MPH in Health System and Disease Control at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.
Dr. Egide proudly states his great strength is his empathy; treating each patient as a close friend.
Symaque Dusabeyezu, NCD Program Manager at Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health Rwanda
Symaque Dusabeyezu has been the NCD Program Manager at Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) since 2016. He is a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s degree in General Nursing and has pursued his career through a Master of Public Health course (MPH). Prior to his role as at PIH/IMB, Symaque served in the Ministry of Health district hospital heading the NCD clinic and providing mentorship of satellite 16 health centers. Symaque’s work focused on the decentralization of NCD care, establishing and supporting trainings in the diagnosis and management of NCDs at primary care level. As a compassionate NCD care provider in low resource settings and an educator and growing leader on global NCD health care delivery, Symaque currently focuses on the capacity building of the MOH in Rwanda and in areas of national scale up and sustained quality improvement. This comprises of a variety of interventions such as the development of master trainers, EMR point of care implementation, monitoring and evaluation, NCD awareness, early detection and linkage to care.
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 Kasomekera, 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. Jacquelin Pierre, NCD Program Director, Partners In Health Liberia
Dr. Jaquelin Pierre is the NCD Program Director for PIH Liberia. He is also the Internal Medicine lead and a member of the clinical medicine teaching faculty for the University of Liberia School of Medicine. Prior to his current position, he worked as an Internal Medicine and NCD lead in Hinche, Haiti – a Zanmi Lasante site in one of the poorest regions in Haiti – while also serving as a member of the Internal Medicine Board for Zanmi Lasante/Partners In Health Haiti. He has worked as a global health clinician for 13 years and continuously advocates on behalf of vulnerable people. Dr. Pierre prides himself on always fighting for health equity and social justice, and has worked with colleagues across PIH to strive for the organization’s universal health care goals. He strongly believes in capacity building for sustainable development in low income countries.
Dr. Pierre was the Chief Academic Officer at Sainte Therese Hospital in Hinche, where he taught residents, interns, medical students and social service residents rotating throughout the hospital from 2013 to 2018, and Clinical Professor for the UCCC School of Medicine from 2015 to 2018 at Sainte Therese Hospital. He was also the clinical point person for the Global Health Nursing Fellowship at Sainte Therese Hospital run by the University of California San Francisco and Zanmi Lasante/Partners In Health.
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. 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.