Executive Director – Itai Rusike
ITAI RUSIKE: Executive Director, Community Working Group on Health –Zimbabwe: Itai is a public health activist with over 20 years’ experience organizing involvement of communities in health actions in Zimbabwe. Having joined the organisation at its inception in early 1998 and risen through the ranks from a Field Officer, Health Education Officer and Programme Manager.
He is the immediate past Deputy-Chairperson of the Public Health Advisory Board in Zimbabwe and a National Maternal Deaths Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) Committee Member. National Steering Committee Member of the Health Development Fund (HDF) representing national NGOs, he is also a member of the National Validation Committee for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis (EMTCT) in Zimbabwe.
He is a Steering Committee Member of the Regional Network for Equity in Health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET), co-ordinating the Social Empowerment Cluster for Primary Health Care oriented health systems. Itai is the immediate past Member of the Advisory Group for the UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) and Board Member for the World AIDS Campaign (WACI Health). Itai is a member of the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Africa. He is also a member of the WHO Social Participation Technical Network (SPTN) and Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Global Financing Facility (GFF CSO Platform)
Itai has got several publications on Social Participation, Primary Health Care, Health Financing, Health Governance, Health Rights and Health Systems Strengthening.
He holds tertiary level qualifications in, Community Journalism, Health Financing and Research Methods
MOBILE: +263 772 363 991
SKYPE: Itai Josh Rusike
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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 – 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.
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.
Programme Officer -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.
Programme Officer – Mandy Mathias
Ms Mathias has over 12 years working with youths on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Psycho-Social Support, Economic Empowerment and Life Skills development. She has also actively worked on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Programs, Health Systems Strengthening and Social Accountability Monitoring. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Development Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University, a Diploma with the National University of Science and Technology on Development Studies, Diploma on Personnel Management with the Institute of Personnel Management of Zimbabwe, Certificate in Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring with the Rhodes University, Diploma in Secretarial Studies, Certificate in Working with children, families and communities affected by HIV and AIDS, conflict, poverty and displacement in Africa from the University of Kwazulu Natal, Certificate Psycho Social Tools and Techniques from REPSSI and Certificate in Public Health from the University of Zimbabwe/Training and Research Support Centre. She is a strong advocate for youth participation and actively works to promote social inclusion of youth issues especially at community level through dialogue with local and traditional leadership for space and platforms for youth voices to be heard. She believes in mentorship and life skills development for youths and promotes the promotion of gender equity and justice for young women especially for rural areas
Programme Officer – Mongi Khumalo
Mongi Khumalo has over 10 years of experience in the NGO environment as a volunteer, intern and project officer, working with children, youths and communities on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Life skills and Entrepreneurship, community health systems strengthening, social accountability monitoring and responsiveness to SRHR and HIV resources. Mongi has a passion to meaningfully contribute to the development of communities through empowering and capacity development of young people with comprehensive SRH information, life skills, for them to make informed decisions regarding their sexuality. Mongi has a strong background in working with community structures in promoting community participation in health and improving the health services delivery on Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH). The Strengthening Social Accountability Monitoring and Responsiveness to SRHR and HIV resources and services provided him with experience in working with CSOs to gather evidence on access and utilisation of SRHR services and utilizing available spaces to engage stakeholders and policy makers. Mongi is an extrovert with good communication and facilitation skills. Holder of a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Development Studies with Lupane State University, A certificate in HIV & AIDS Counseling with UNISA, certificate in Working with children, families and communities affected by HIV&AIDS, conflict, poverty and displacement in Africa with University of Kwazulu Natal. He also holds several certificates such as the Youth Leadership and Development with Africa University and institute of peace, leadership and governance, Gender support and proposal development supported by United Nations Development Fund (UNIFEM) and Gender Support Program (GSP). He has proficient computer skills in Micro soft word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point, internet and SPSS statistics.