Col (Rtd) Dr. Marc Sebaganji

Col (Rtd), Chairman
Dr. Marc

Col (Rtd) Dr. Sebaganji, has over three decades of professional experience in the management of health
services across various countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Mali, Somalia, and Ethiopia.
Col (Rtd). Dr. Sebaganji is a Medical Doctor, a Lawyer and a Colonel (Rtd) from Rwanda Defense Forces.
Throughout his career, Col (Rtd). Dr. Sebaganji had more than 26 years serving as a military in the
Rwandan Defense Forces across national and international areas facing serious medical challenges
especially in Darfur, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan and Somalia.
In addition, Col (Rtd). Dr. Sebaganji worked for more than 10 years as a judge in the military jurisdictions
working on the management and judgement of civil and criminal cases in Rwanda. As a Medical Doctor
and Lawyer, Col (Rtd). Dr. Sebaganji served as the legal advisor to both the Rwanda Medical Court and
the National Prosecution Authority handling medical malpractice cases.
Currently, Col (Rtd). Dr. Sebaganji works as an Adviser in the office of United Nations Institute for
Training and Research (UNITAR) in Bamako-Mali.

Ahmed Abajobir

MPH- Treasurer
Ahmed

Mr. Abajobir has a wide range of experience in senior-level leadership and management positions with international NGOs. He has led and managed programs in HIV/AIDs, sexual and reproductive health, malaria, tuberculosis, eye health, disability, inclusive education, health systems strengthening and micro-finance, among other topics.

Most recently, Mr. Abajobir served as the Ethiopian Country Manager for the Australian based Fred Hollows Foundation, where he led and managed the country’s eye health program from its inception to its scale-up, with an annual budget of over $15 million USD, funded jointly by USAID, DfID and the Australian DFAT. Prior to this, Mr. Abajobir served as the Country Director for Drew Cares International in Rwanda, the Country Director for Project HOPE in Mozambique and the Program and Project Manager for Save the Children in Mozambique. He has also provided leadership, management and technical oversight to an Africa Region HIV/AIDS program based in Malawi, and served as a technical specialist for global programs based in the U.S.

Mr. Abajobir holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Leeds in the UK, a Diploma in Health Promotion from the University of Tampere in Finland, and a Bachelor of Science in Life Science from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Dr. Judy T. Orikiiriza

Secretary
Judy

Dr. Orikiiriza (MB.Ch.B, MMED, PhDc) is an experienced senior clinician with over 10 years of practice in Pediatrics and Child Health. For the past decade, she has worked at the Rwanda Military Hospital in various capacities, including as the Head of the Pediatrics and Child Health Department and spearheading the foundation of the Research Department, and currently as a Senior Pediatric researcher. Under her leadership, the hospital’s laboratory rose to achieve a four-star accreditation through the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation Program. As a result, her work was recognized and awarded with the first clinician-laboratory championship award.

Dr. Orikiiriza also works as a research fellow associated with the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, at Makerere University, as well as with the Umea Infectious Diseases Institute in Sweden.

Dr. Orikiiriza’s research primarily seeks to understand the immunopathogenesis of co-infections such as malaria-pneumococcal, Tuberculosis in HIV-infected and -exposed children, malnutrition in HIV, and Hepatitis B and C in children. She has published work on metabolomics, proteomics and lipidomics of diseases, particularly of malaria.

Dr. Orikiiriza earned her PhD in Immunology from Trinity College in Dublin, focusing her thesis on the role of nutrition as a determinant of clinical, immunological and pharmacological outcomes in HIV-infected children.

Eugene Sangano, MBA, MSc

Executive Director
Eugene

Eugene Sangano, MBA, MSc, is the lead Co-Founder and the inaugural Executive Director of Alliance for Healthy Communities. A global health leader with over 20 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Eugene has held numerous managerial roles in program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as in the general management of programs and technical hands-on work. Eugene also serves as Principal Investigator/Project Director to the U.S. DOD HIV Prevention Program in the Rwandan Defence Forces.

Prior to joining AHC, Eugene worked with Drew Cares International in Rwanda since 2007 and served as the Country Director from 2013 to 2017. Previously, Eugene worked at Population Service International from 2004 to 2007.

Eugene holds a Master of Business Administration from The Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, a Master of Science in Global Healthy Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rwanda (formerly known as the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology).

Charles Hilliard, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor
Charles

Dr. Charles L. Hilliard is a clinical psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and Clinical Director of SPECTRUM Community Services and Research, a mental health center in South Los Angeles serving individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Hilliard has dedicated himself to developing, establishing and leading HIV prevention, treatment and care programs in South Los Angeles, Rwanda and Zambia, particularly through the twin principles of capacity building and developing local leadership. For the past 23 years he has focused his clinical and research activities on mental health, HIV and under resourced communities, including the incarcerated, post-incarcerated, men who have sex with men, and adolescent girls and young women.

Eugene Rugira, MD

Clinical Services Director
Dr. Eugene

As the Director of Clinical Services at AHC, Eugene Rugira, MD, coordinates all clinical aspects of the HIV prevention, care and treatment program. Using data and behavior analysis for decision making, Dr. Rugira ensures activities are adapted to the needs of AHC’s clients.

Prior to joining AHC, Dr. Rugira worked as the Prevention Senior Officer at the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), where he focused on biomedical HIV prevention interventions such voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMC), early infant medical circumcision (EIMC) and Prevention with Positives (PwP).

University of Rwanda”]Dr. Rugira graduated from the University of Rwanda with a degree in General Medicine.

Dennis Tumwesigye, MA

HR & Operations Director
Dennis

As HR and Operations Director, Dennis ensures that the relationship between AHC and all staff is managed within a clear and appropriate framework. Dennis also coordinates AHC’s back-office operations to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Administrative, Finance and Program Departments.

Prior to joining AHC, Dennis served as Finance Manager and later Human Resources and Finance Director at Drew Cares International in Rwanda, from 2010 to 2017. Dennis has held numerous positions at leading companies in Rwanda, including as Senior Tax consultant at KPS Associates, Head of Audit Unit at Rwanda Revenue Authority, Head of Personnel and Administrative Unit for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Rwanda, and Lead Personnel Development for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Rwanda.

Dennis graduated from the University of Rwanda with a Bachelor’s degree in Management, as well as from Makerere University in Uganda with a degree in Economic Policy Management. In November 2018, Dennis will earn his Master of Business Administration and Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Monique Niyonzima

Prevention Coordinator
Monique

Monique works as AHC’s HIV/AIDs Prevention Coordinator, where she primarily focuses on psycho-social support of people living with HIV and prevention activities including positive behavior change communication. She also spearheads AHC’s Anti-AIDs Clubs, which aims to sensitize and mobilize communities to increase HIV related knowledge, reduce sexual risk behavior and change overall attitudes for healthier living.

Prior to joining AHC, Monique was the HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordinator for Drew Cares International in Rwanda since 2011. Earlier in her career, Monique worked as an Investigator at Family Health International and Care International supporting their family planning and gender-based violence programs.

Monique earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work Studies and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Therapy from the University of Rwanda.

Edouard Mashyaringa, MBA

Former SI and Operations Director at AHC
Edouard

Edouard served as SI and Operations Director for AHC from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. He led the development and implementation of AHC’s overall monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategy and framework. In this role, Edouard ensured that key information and feedback are reported to project stakeholders, builds the capacity of key decision makers to communicate and manage information more effectively, and develops systems and policies that facilitate communication between the technical team and other departments. Edouard also coordinated the operations support unit of the organisation.

With over 12 years of M&E experience, Edouard has held positions across a range of programs, including as the Strategic Information and M&E Manager at Drew Cares International, and the M&E Manager at Global Health Communities. Prior to this, Edouard supported UNFPA in Rwanda as its Information Technology and Data Manager, and also in the Central Africa Republic and Nigeria as the M&E Data Manager consultant on a UNFPA-UNAIDS HIV/AIDS Prevention, Women and Gender Balance Promotion program.

Edouard holds a B.A in Computer Science, and an MBA with a focus on Project Management, both from the University of Rwanda.

Sam Rusine

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist
Sam

Sam works as AHC’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist(MELS), where he supports activities related to the collection and management of patient data, developing monitoring and evaluation strategies and plans, supporting program implementation, including documenting lessons learned and feedback gathered from M&E. He supports the creation of new qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation tools for AHC. He is responsible for aggregating data to be reported to donors, partners, and the Government of Rwanda agencies.
Prior joining AHC, Sam worked as Quality Assurance officer for 3 years at Britam Insurance Company, where he worked with the medical section of the organization to provide technical and strategic support in designing and implementation of medical insurance schemes for the organization, including scheme funds management through health financing strategies to improve healthcare coverage and efficiency. He worked and supported healthcare providers in Rwanda and in the region to serve Britam clients and conducted regular membership education for organizations enrolled in the medical cover. Previously, Sam also was part of the research team that conducted the first-ever Rwanda National Oral Health Survey 2016, a research collaboration between the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, University of Rwanda, Tufts University and Harvard university schools of dental medicine to determine the burden oral diseases in Rwanda.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Dentistry from the University of Rwanda and a Master of Science in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity.

Jean Claude Masabo

Driver
Jean

Jean Claude Masabo works as AHC’s primary driver, where he provides reliable transportation to help keep critical programs moving. Beyond staff and equipment transportation, Jean Claude also supports other office messenger work.

Fidèle Niyonsaba

Driver
Fidèle

Fidèle works as AHC Driver, where he works with all staff to provide transportation to keep the program moving. In addition to that, Fidèle provides transportation for equipment needed for AHC’s daily operations.
Before joining AHC, Fidèle worked as the primary driver for PSI and SFH for more than 10 years.

Norma S. Mtume, MA, MFT

Technical Advisor
Norma

Mrs. Mtume has over 45 years of experience in planning, implementing and administering safety net programs. She is the retired Co-Founder and Chief Financial and Operations Officer of SHIELDS for Families, a 27-year-old nonprofit serving families in South Los Angeles, as well as the co-founder to three community clinics and three social service agencies in the U.S. She also served as a Community Instructor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for seven years.

Currently, Mrs. Mtume works as a Community Engagement Advisor on an e-cigarette research study and a project aiming to imbed smoking cessation services in county medical and mental health clinics in Los Angeles. She also serves as a national mentor for SAMHSA’s Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute, mentoring women across the nation.

In 2012, Mrs. Mtume received the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals “Maya Angelou Award” for inspirational leadership in community health care and for working to eliminate health care disparities. She was awarded the California Black Women’s Health Project 2012 “Women Who Dared: Our Legacy and Our Future Award” for leadership in the field of women’s health. Most recently, in 2017, she was honored with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Alpha Omega Pearl Foundation Award for Community Service in the Areas of Health and Education.

Mrs. Mtume holds a Masters in Health Sciences and Safety Studies from California State University at Los Angeles, as well as a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy, with a focus on African American families, from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.