Executive Director – Itai Rusike
Rusike is a Public Health Activist with almost 2 decades of experience organizing involvement of communities in health actions in Zimbabwe. Having joined the organisation at its inception in late 1997 and risen through the ranks from a Field Officer, Health Education Officer and Programme Manager. He is the Deputy-Chairperson of the Public Health Advisory Board Zimbabwe since 2010; Member of the National Steering Committee on Results Based Financing (RBF) in Zimbabwe; Editorial Committee Member of the Health Matters Magazine in Zimbabwe. He is a Steering Committee Member of the Regional Network for Equity in Health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET) coordinating the primary health care cluster. Itai is the Chairperson for the Peoples Health Movement Zimbabwe, an active member in the Africa civil society platform and the African Platform for Universal Health Coverage.
Team Leader – Nonjabulo Mahlangu
Nonjabulo Mahlangu has over ten years’ experience in supporting the rights of youths with emphasis to girls and young women to access quality reproductive and maternal health services. She is a strong advocate for greater recognition of the rights of women for more and better access to quality SRH, MNCH, HIV and AIDS services and protection against sexual and gender based violence.
Mahlangu has extensive experience in working at community level with community structures in promoting community participation in health and improving the quality of life through empowering communities on their health rights and responsibilities.
A trained teacher, Mahlangu has vast experience in organising discussion forums, policy dialogues, exhibitions, and commemorations as well as experience in designing, managing and implementing community mobilization programs for generating demand for quality RH/MNCH services. She also has vast experience in proposal development, implementation and financial administration of projects.
She dedicated to empowering youths especially girls and young women to be aware of their health rights and responsibilities by ensuring that they can claim and demand for their Sexual and reproductive health rights and makes use of existing health care services.
Programme Officer – Faith Kowo
Kowo holds a Bachelor’s degree Honours in Local Government Studies from the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. She has 3 years’ experience working with communities through health centre committees. Her experience at CWGH, working with communities has increased her zeal to see an empowered community demanding the right to health so as attain universal health coverage.
Kowo has a strong understanding of the public health system in Zimbabwe and has worked with health staff at various levels from the health centre, district and provincial levels enhancing community participation. She has trained various health centre committees in the country on various modules including advocacy, health planning and working with health staff. Kowo has a strong understanding of policy documents and strategies supporting community participation in health and have been working being guided by such policies.
To enhance her knowledge and skills in public health and working with communities, she is on her final year studying for a Master’s degree in Development Studies through Women University in Africa. She has strength in advocacy and community mobilisation.
Programme Officer – Esther Sharara
Sharara is also a programmes officer implementing a project on Community Monitoring and Public Accountability on HIV/AIDS Resources and Services. Sharara, who studied at the University of Zimbabwe, is also the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for various programs that are being implemented by CWGH. Professionally, she is a development practitioner with experience in Gender &HIV/AIDS issues, Public and Social Accountability, Community Mobilisation and Monitoring & Evaluation of projects. She has done published research work on Strengthening Community Based Systems for HIV/AIDS. Sharara, who joined CWGH in 2010 as an intern, has gained regional and international experience, having travelled and attended learning and networking conferences in East, West and Southern Africa, Asia and Europe. Post study, Sharara joined a food manufacturing company in the Quality Assurance and Research& Development departments before joining the NGO sector.
Programme Officer – Tafadzwanashe Nkrumah
Tafadzwanashe is a program officer at CWGH who holds a Bachelors degree in Health Services Management (Honors) with Africa University. He is a public health enthusiast whose passion is to see healthy communities that go beyond claiming their rights to health but also taking responsibility for their health. He is particularly interested in learning how community engagement, locally driven solutions, and unique contexts(political, cultural, geographical) play a role in reducing health inequities and improving health outcomes. His work experience portfolio includes training – MPs, Health Centre Committees and researchers, community programming and research on health issues. He enjoys travelling, reading, chess and rafting.
Finance and Admin – Takada Masiyiwa
Takada Masiyiwa joined CWGH in July 2013. Takada holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from Solusi University. He brought in a wealth of 10 years post qualification experience working in audit, financial consultancy, mining and non-governmental organisations. Takada started off his career as a finance intern at CWGH in 2004 and worked for such organisations such as ZIMASCO, Beta Holding and Guarantee Trust.
Information and Communications Officer – Caiphas Chimhete
Caiphas Chimhete is trained journalist with vast experience in the print media and communications sector. He is responsible for the group’s internal and external communications. Chimhete joined CWGH in June 2014 from ALPHA Media Holdings – publishers of the NewsDay, The Standard and the Zimbabwe Independent – where he was Group News Editor. A member of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Chimhete has also worked for a number of media houses including the now defunct Zimbabwe Mirror and the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) where he was a Senior Researcher.
Provincial Engagement Coordinator – Kundai Chebundo
A dynamic, diplomatic, innovative, keen learner and development practitioner, Kundai Chebundo strongly believe in continued building of experience in public health, research, communication, use of participatory methods and knowledge management towards working for the welfare of the society. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honors in Political Science Degree with the University of Zimbabwe. Chebundo joined the organization as an intern in early 2011 and rose through the ranks from a Field Officer to Provincial Engagement Coordinator, a position she currently holds. She has gained vast experience working at community level in promoting community participation in health towards improving the quality of life through empowering communities on their health rights and responsibilities.
Transport & Logistics – Takemore Mwandera
Takemore Mwandera is responsible for the group’s transport and logistics, having studied transport and management. He joined the organization in 2013 after having worked for different companies including Van Wholesalers where he was a manager. Mr Mwandera, who did his “O” at Shingirirayi High School in Mazowe, also has a passion for photography.
Intern – Tanyaradzwa Munouya
Tanyaradzwa Munouya: is currently doing her internship and a student at Midlands State University studying English and Communication. By way of exposure, she has developed passion for maternal and new born health, focusing on the implementation of high impact, low cost and scalable interventions that save lives. She has also been involved in training of some health structures at local level for instance Health Centre Committees and Community Monitors with the drive to realise high community participation and a community that have an understanding that health is everyone’s responsibility and right.
Intern – Penelope Mandeya
Nyasha Mandeya holds a Bachelor in Social Sciences (Psychology and Sociology) Degree from the Africa University. Through extensive community exposure, she has developed a passion for working with communities to promote community participation and making sure that voices of the communities are heard. Mandeya has been involved in issues of Public Accountability through the engagement of duty barriers such as Parliamentarians and councilors. She enjoys travelling and reading.
Intern – Wendy Muperi
Wendy Muperi is an intern at Community Working Group on Health (CWGH). Before joining The CWGH, Wendy worked for Zimpapers and Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe as a reporter. In 2014, Wendy co-founded the Health Journalists Association of Zimbabwe (HeJAZ) where she is now a trustee. She holds a Diploma in Journalism and Communications from the Christian College of Southern Africa. Currently she is studying towards an Honours in Political Science with the University of Zimbabwe courtesy of a United States (US) embassy scholarship. Wendy is an alumna and also a mentor of the US Women Journalists Mentoring programme (WJMP). She discovered her passion for humanitarian work during her time in the newsroom. Wendy is driven by the desire to resolve challenges hindering delivery of quality and accessible health services for the general wellbeing of the Zimbabwean society.
-Mutasa Edgar Tatenda
Mutasa Edgar Tatenda, currently studying for a Master of Science in Disaster Management, holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Counselling, Post-graduate diploma in Development and Disaster Management, Diploma in Secondary Education and a Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Nurse Aid Certificate.
He has 14 years of experience working with communities through Health Centre Committees (HCCs) and has a desire to see empowered communities which can demand the right to health and enjoy Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Mutasa has knowledge of training HCCs and Village Health Workers (VHWs) as a mechanism for community participation as well as a strong understanding of policies and strategies supporting community participation in health. His other strength lies in advocacy and community mobilisation.