The CHAs 3rd Biennial Conference held in Bagamoyo, Tanzania in January 2007 established the Africa CHA Platform Secretariat through the “Declaration of Commitment”.
The ACHAP Governance structure has the following key organs:
Dr. Peter Kwame Yeboah, Chairman
Peter is the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), the largest private-not-for-profit and non-state provider of health services in Ghana. With over two decades of experience in the faith-based and national health systems, Peter’s acquired expertise includes Health Systems Strengthening/Development, Social Policy, Health Policy Planning & Financing, and Community Based Primary Health Care.
Peter holds two post-graduate degrees; a joint Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a Master of Public Health/ICHD from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)-Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Nkatha Njeru, ACHAP Secretariat Coordinator/C.E.O
Nkatha Njeru, MPH is an experienced public health professional who has worked with the faith sector in Kenya and regionally for the past 17 years. She has extensive experience in health systems strengthening where she has worked to support non-profit organisations (especially faith-based sector) in organizational capacity development, Policy formulation, strategic planning, human resources for health, as well as health financing. She is experienced in project design, coordination and management having provided project leadership and oversight for funding from various donor agencies and governments. She is the team leader for the Africa Christian health Associations Platform (ACHAP), an umbrella organization for Christian health Associations (CHAS) with membership in more than 30 African Countries whose mandate is to support health care systems of CHA members.
Mwai Makoka, World Council of Churches Representative
Mwai Makoka, MBBS, is a Programme Executive for Health and Healing at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He qualified as a Doctor of Medicine in Malawi in 2002, and received further training in public health microbiology and infectious diseases in the U.S. Besides clinical practice, Dr. Makoka has worked in academia and the national HIV programme, and was previously Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Malawi. Dr. Makoka also serves on the boards of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) and Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH).
Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye, Eastern Africa Region Representative
Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye, MD (MUK), DPH (LSHTM), Msc.PH (LSHTM) is the Executive Director of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB). He has previously served for ten years as the CEO and Medical superintendent of Kisiizi Hospital, and Director of the Joint Medical Store and its subsidiary for-profit companies.
His work includes promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies (FP), Health systems Strengthening, strengthening partnerships, and putting to scale innovative interventions towards attainment of the SDGs.
Dr. Tumwesigye holds among others a Presidential Honor; “The Presidential Distinguished Services award for his outstanding contribution to health services in Uganda”.
Dr. Djékadoum Ndilta, Central Africa Region Representative
Dr. Djékadoum Ndilta, is a medical doctor and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health. He is the Executive Director of the Evangelical Association for Health in Chad- Association Evangélique pour la Santé au Tchad (AEST) and manages the Evangelical Hospital of Koyom.
Dr Ndilta has coordinated several health projects in HIV/AIDS, malaria, hygiene, pharmaceutical management in church health facilities, and maternal and child health. He is involved in various field research projects, notably on malaria and geo helminths. He also served as a board member EPN from 2008 to 2014.
Dr. Samuel Mwenda, Host CHA
Dr. Samuel Mwenda is the General Secretary of the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK). Prior to his time at CHAK, Dr. Mwenda served for six years at the CEO of the 250-bed mission hospital (Maua Methodist Hospital) in rural Kenya. He has also worked as a medical officer for the Kenya Ministry of Health. He is a member of Board of Directors of MEDS, and chairs the Board of the Institute of Family Medicine in Kenya, and has previously served as a board member of IMA World health.
Michael Idah, Western Africa Region Representative
Michael Idah is the Country Director / Secretary General of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN). He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health Administration and has extensive experienced in public health, disability inclusion, and community development.
Vuyelwa Sidile-Chitimbire, Southern Africa Region Representative
Vuyelwa Chitimbire is the Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Association of Church-Related Hospitals (ZACH). She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology, and Advanced Hospitals Management from Adelphi University, and Arnold and Marie Shwartz School of Sciences, Brooklyn, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the health sector.
She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) specialising in the management, planning, appraisal, and reform of the health sector, systems analysis, change management, institutional strengthening, and project management. Vuyelwa has previously served as President of the Zimbabwe National Institute of Consultants.
Richard Ngeci, Drug Supply Organizations Representative
Richard Neci is the Executive Director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN). He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kinshasa, an advanced diploma in humanitarian Logistics from ISS-DRC and a Postgraduate Certificate of Management from Cumbria University. He also serves as President of the Provincial Council of Pharmacists, and was previously Managing Director of the Dépôt Central Médico-Pharmaceutique 8e CEPAC (DCMP 8th CEPAC) in DRC.