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Executive Members

New Governing Board

SAA CONDUCTS BOARD ELECTIONS

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), custodian of the International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) recently organized the elections of the new board of the governing council members for a term of four-year. The elections were conducted electronically and transparently with all active members of SAA, casting their vote for a candidate within their constituencies. The SAA electorate is grouped into five regions across the African continent: Northern Region, Southern Region, Eastern Region, Western Region and Central Region.

The SAA constitution in its articles 10.1 and 10.1.2 provide for elections to be held every four years to vote new members in or reinstate existing members of the board.

The SAA election software was used to credibly conduct the Administrative Council elections held from November 15th to 2nd December, 2013.

It is with great excitement that The SAA congratulates its active members who diligently participated in the democratic process by voting nine out of fourteen candidates to the Administrative council.

 

NEWLY ELECTED ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS

Regions Northern   Region Southern   Region Eastern Region Western   Region Central Region
Countries 1. Egypt 1. Zambia

2. Zimbabwe

1. Kenya

2. Ethiopia

1. Cote D’Ivoire

2. Nigeria

3. Burkina Faso

1. Gabon
Officers 1. Dr. Ahmed Ihab 1. Dr. Namwinga Chintu

2. Mrs. Lois Chingandu

1. Dr. Omonge Enoch

2. Dr. Yigeremu Abebe

1. Prof. Serge Paul Eholie

2. Prof. John Idoko

3. Prof. Seni Kouanda

1. Dr. Amissa Briana Bongo Ondimba

 

Administrative Council Elections – procedure

To be nominated as candidate for SAA’s Board election, the candidate must:

  • be a registered and active member of SAA for three (3) consecutive years
  • Have attended at least three past ICASA’s.
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years work experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, STIs, Sexual &Reproductive Health or other related issues. read more

 

When one is nominated to run for an Administrative Council office, the active registered members of SAA from that region have the power to vote for him.

A candidate is elected as SAA Board Member when he or she gets the highest votes of its constituency.

The representatives elected in each zone constitute the Administrative Council of SAA for a term of four-years

The elected Administrative members during their 1st ordinary Board meeting will select through a democratic voting system their six executive board members for the here after positions President, Vice President, Secretary General, Deputy SG, Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer.

 

SAA Administrative Council 2014-2017

ihabDr. Ahmed Ihab

Dr. Ihab Ahmed Abdelrahman, MD, Ph.D. with a major in health policy, epidemiologist with fellowship in applied field epidemiology with CDC Atlanta and Atlanta University, over 23 years’ experience in the medical field with 17 years’ experience in epidemiology and over 14 years’ experience in HIV and AIDS response, had over 30 years’ experiences in management, training, computer, electronics engineering, authoring and research fields, a former Consultant to the assistant of the Health Minister, National AIDS program manager, and Vice President of SAA, a member of WHO HIV Clinical Guideline Development Group 2012 to 2013.

bongoDr. Amissa Briana Bongo Ondimba

Amissa Briana BONGO ONDIMBA, née le 27 septembre 1982 à Long Beach (Etats-Unis), poursuit ses études universitaires à l’Université de Georgetown aux Etats-Unis où elle obtient son diplôme de Bachelor. Titulaire d’un Master en Santé Publique de l’Université de Southern California, elle intègre le Ministère de la Santé du Gabon en 2007. En 2012, elle est nommée Directeur Général à la Direction Générale de la Prévention du Sida. Aujourd’hui, elle continue à diriger cette Direction qui protège la population gabonaise contre les IST et le VIH/sida et qui lutte contre toute discrimination et stigmatisation des personnes vivant avec le VIH.

seniProf. Seni Kouanda

Seni KOUANDA is a Medical epidemiologist, senior research fellow and coordinator of HIV and reproductive health unit, Public Health Department at Institute of research inhealth Sciences (IRSS).Seni is the deputy director of African Institute of Public Health (IASP) based in Ouagadougou and President of HIV epidemiological surveillance committee, MOH. He is also the president of National Ethic Committee, Burkina Faso.

johnProf. John Idoko

Professor John Idoko trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases and immunology of infections and has been an HIV physician since 1995.

He was Principal Investigator of the Harvard University/AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN) Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR0 program at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), situated in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in the north-central region of Nigeria. The antiretroviral clinic (ART) at JUTH cares for about 12,000 patients with HIV, representing one of the largest clinics in Nigeria. The program in JUTH has a “Hub and Spoke” network of decentralized and integrated services delivering comprehensive HIV services TB, Malaria and sexual and reproductive health.

Professor Idoko was President Nigerian AIDS Research Network, Chairman Nigerian National Antiretroviral Committee and currently Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). In addition, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos (1994-1998) and Special Consultant to the Petroleum Special Trust Fund (PTF). He is Co-Chair of the newly established West African Infectious Diseases Institute (WAIDI) and serves on several boards including the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

His research interests include clinical trials of antiretroviral drugs, adherence to ART, Tuberculosis, hepatitis co-infection, resistance to ART, social and behaviour issues in HIV and models for scaling out comprehensive HIV services. He has over 70 publications in peer reviewed journals and contributed to several books.

 

eholieProf. Serge Paul Eholie 

Professeur Titulaire des Universités au Département de Dermatologie-Infectiologie de l’Unité de Formation et de Recherche des Sciences Médicales d’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Praticien Hospitalier au Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Treichville, à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Spécialiste en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales
Coordonnateur Adjoint du site en Côte d’Ivoire de l’Agence Nationale Française de Recherche sur le SIDA et les Hépatites Virales (ANRS)

Formateur aux cours et séminaires organisés par le Programme National de Prise en Charge des Personnes Vivant avec le VIH en Côte d’Ivoire (PNPEC) sur la prise en charge médicale des personnes vivant avec le VIH

Formateur pour le Programme National de Lutte contre le Paludisme.

  • Membre de la Société Ivoirienne de Pathologie Infectieuse et Tropicale.
  • Membre de la Société Africaine de Pathologie Infectieuse (SAPI)
  • Membre du comité consultatif international de sélection des projets du Programme   Sécuriser Le Futur de la fondation Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Président du Réseau Africain des Praticiens assurant la prise en charge globale des personnes vivant avec le VH/SIDA (RESAPSI)
  • Membre du comité scientifique de l’ONG SOLTHIS
  • Expert auprès de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé
  • Coordonateur de la rédaction du mémento thérapeutique du VIH/SIDA en Afrique subsaharienne ; du mémento thérapeutique du paludisme en Afrique ; du mémento du Bon Usage des Antibiotiques en Afriaue..
  • Vice président de l’Alliance Francophone des Acteurs de Santé Contre le VIH
  • (AFRAVIH)
  • Facilitateur pour le Ministère de la Lutte contre le SIDA et Family Health International (FHI) pour la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA en milieu du travail en Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Consultant principal pour l’Atelier Régional de Consensus sur l’Harmonisation du Continuum des soins et de la politique d’accès aux traitements des IST/VIH/SIDA le long du corridor Abidjan-Lagos, Accra, (Ghana), 13-15 juin 2005.
  • Consultant pour l’Atelier Atelier technique de révision des Stratégies thérapeutiques antirétrovirales en Côte d’Ivoire, Bassam, 12 – 15 février 2008.
  • Consultant principal pour l’Atelier Régional d’Actualisation de la Politique Harmonisée de prévention et de prise en charge des IST/VIH/SIDA le long du corridor de migration Abidjan-Lagos. Lomé (Togo), 07-08 janvier 2009.
  • Consultant pour l’Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé pour la rédaction du Document de Synthèse sur l’Harmonisation de la Prise en Charge des PVVIH dans les pays de la CEDEAO (2009);
  • Membre du groupe d’experts de l’OMS pour la révision des stratégies thérapeutiques antirétrovirales de l’adulte et l’adolescent dans les pays à revenus faibles ou moyens. (recommandations 2006, 2010 , 2013)
  • Consultant pour l’Atelier de Consensus sur l’Administration du Cotrimoxazole chez les personnes dépistées VIH positif en Côte d’ivoire, Bassam 29-30 Janvier 2010
  • Consultant pour l’atelier de révision sur les stratégies thérapeutiques antirétrovirales et la prévention de l’infection à VIH en Côte d’Ivoire, Yamoussoukro28-30 Juillet 2010.
  • Consultant pour le Projet Corridor Abidjan-Lagos pour la rédaction du document de Normes et Procédures et la Charte Ethique sur le continuum de soins des patients mobiles le long du corridor de migration Abidjan-Lagos
  • Consultant pour l’Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé pour la cartographie des centres de référence sur la prise en charge et le diagnostic de l’infection à VIH en Afrique de l’Ouest.

 

abebeDr. Yigeremu Abebe  

I was born in Ethiopia, in March 15, 1953. I received my undergraduate degree at Addis Ababa University medical faculty in 1982. I was assigned to work in the Military Health services as general practitioner for 2 years and joined a postgraduate program in internal medicine in the same medical school and received my postgraduate diploma in internal medicine in 1988. When I was working my residency program I presented for the first time in the country about the potential threat of HIV/AIDS epidemic to Ethiopia. Since that time I have dedicated my life to fight this epidemic. I have been working in HIV/AIDS sector at all levels: policy level, treating patients, teaching medical students, training medical professionals and others, research, program management, governance and advocacy.

In the Army Health services I started working as general practitioner, then as internist, as medical director of the referral hospital in Addis Ababa and finally for 5 years as head of the health services of the Ethiopian Army. In the Army, I made all efforts to show that the defense members and their families are under continuous threat of the epidemic. I organized the best prevention and treatment program for the Army. I wrote AIDS policy for the Army. I was working with different partner organizations such as JHU, DOD, CDC, UNFPA, etc to effectively implement the Army AIDS program. At the national level I led a number of committees that wrote the national policy on AIDS, the ART policy, a number of guidelines and protocols of HIV/AIDS.

In 2004 I briefly joined CDC and worked in coordinating PEPFAR planning process in its earliest phase. I contributed to the planning process and learnt a lot for myself too.

After I was released from the Army 10 years back, I organized and led the state-of-the-art free HIV care/ART center at one of the government hospitals (ALERT) in collaboration with the Ethiopian diasporas in North America, the Christian Children Fund of Canada, the Clinton Foundation, JHU, a number of NGOs working on home based care, and the World Food Program. This free care program is selected as best program by the government since it is comprehensive and community based care addressing basic needs of patients and ensuring adherence in home environment. In a matter of 2 years more than 5000 persons living with virus have been enrolled in the care program. Currently, the center is providing care to more than 10,000 adults and 1000 children living with the virus.

Since September 1, 2006, I have moved to Clinton Health Access Initiative, Ethiopian office, as country director, in order to lead and manage the sacred mission of the organization: “Save lives of people suffering from HIV/AIDS and other treatable/preventable communicable diseases”.

Among recognitions of my work in HIV/AIDS sector is the award of “Hero in Medicine” given to me in 2004 by International Association of Physicians in AIDS care (IAPAC).

In 2011, I chaired the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA). It was the most successful ICASA ever organized with nearly 10,000 international and local delegates.

For more than 10 years I have been closely assisting FHAPCO, from its inception to its present status. The legal document of the formation of FHAPCO was developed by a committee led by the Prime Minister’s Office Legal Advisor and I. I joined the legal advisor to defend the legal document at the Council of Ministers. I played important role in organizing the office at the beginning. I am now serving as member of the FHAPCO Management Board representing myself (as recognition of my contribution in HIV/AIDS response in Ethiopia).

chintuDr. Namwinga Chintu

Dr Namwinga Chintu a pediatrician by training is the Executive Director of Population Services International’s local affiliate Society for Family Health. Prior to joining SFH, Dr Chintu was the Deputy Director at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia where she was responsible for strategic leadership and of a large NGO involved in research and health care delivery. She received her medical degree from the University of Zambia and later specialized in Pediatrics and Child Health. As a Beit Fellow, she received her second Maters degree in Tropical Pediatrics from the University of Liverpool.

She has served as Associate Professor under the Department of Paediatrics University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a program technical lead she was responsible for overseeing the support of a large prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program whose impact and research findings helped to influence and inform policy and practice in Zambia. She actively participates in research around HIV in relation to maternal and child health, HIV prevention and primary care.

 

loisMrs. Lois Chingandu  

Lois Chingandu is the executive director of SAfAIDS. A nurse and midwife by profession, Lois has a Masters in community development from the university of Zimbabwe and a post graduate certificate on managing health programs in developing countries from Harvard University.

Lois has over 25 years of experience in designing, managing and implementing HIV, SRH and Gender and culture programs in Africa. Lois has worked for Profit, PACT, Futures International and for SAfAIDS in varying capacities. Lois is recognized internationally as an advocate for women’s rights and is the Vice Chair of the UN High Level task force for Women and Girls that engages with the highest political leaders and first ladies in Africa to improve the lives of women and girls. Lois has a passion for building community capacities to address their own challenges with support from development organizations.

 

enoch

Dr. Omonge Enoch

 

 

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New board members at the SAA head quarter Accra Ghana

 

SAA Executive Council

This board election is the 2nd organized by the SAA permanent Secretariat (head quarters in Ghana) since its establishment in 2006, by Prof Femi Soyinka

After the election of the New Governing Board of the Society for AIDS in Africa, the outgoing SAA President Prof. Robert Soudre convened all the elected administrative council members to the SAA permanent secretariat in Accra – Ghana on 3rd April, 2014.

The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate the election of a new executive board for the SAA as mandated by article 10.2 of the SAA constitution, which states, “The administrative council shall elect from among its members an executive council comprising of a President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer”. Prof. Robert Soudre also used the opportunity to hand over to the newly elected executives.

 

Download Report of the Executive Council Election

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

ihab Dr. Ahmed Ehab
President  
bongo Dr. Amissa Briana Bongo Ondimba
Vice President
seni Prof. Seni Kouanda
Secretary General
enoch Dr. Omonge Enoch
Deputy Secretary General
chintu Dr. Namwinga Chintu
Treasurer
eholie Prof. Serge Paul Eholie
Deputy Treasurer