Dr Grace Makgoka is a qualified medical doctor by profession with vast experience in the medical field. She graduated at the University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA) in 2003 and obtained her Diploma in HIV Management in 2011. Having worked at least 3 hospitals in Limpopo and Gauteng after qualify almost 10 years ago. Dr Grace Makgoka worked as an HIV Clinician in Cullinan for at least 3 years before she was promoted to Head of Health Science Faculty at the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD). She also works at Mamelodi hospital focusing mainly on Gender Based Violence cases.
She is credited with having worked with numerous partners in both national and international countries in developing and training heath care professionals in the field of HIV, TB and Gender Based Violence.
She is also very passionate about the nurse mentorship programme which has seen nurses empowered in improving health care system in South Africa.
She is a champion of women empowered in all aspects. An epitome of what liberated and empowered women should achieve.
Dr. Malebo Maponyane is a qualified medical doctor with 14 years experience as a medical practitioner behind her as well as a postgraduate diploma in public health and other post graduate qualifications. She has been working extensively in the region (Southern Africa) in the aresa of HIV services scale-up since 2004. She has led the implementation of ART programs, male circumcision, community-based counseling and testing, male involvement, PMTCT, and TB projects in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and other regions of South Africa.
She managed HIV treatment scale-up and integration of services for the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (2004-2006) in 22 sites including Swaziland and Botswana locations. Dr. Malebo has also worked for the WITS Health Consortium (2006-2008) in reproductive health and HIV services covering the North West Province of South Africa. At WITS, she provided training and technical support to 7 hospitals on integration of HIV, RH and other services. She brings over 20 years’ experience in public health.
Her most recent experience involves managing the Catholic Medical Mission Board’s South Africa Office as Country Director and Principal Investigator (2008-2014). The Global Fund, CDC, USAID, and corporate grants funded CMMB’s projects in South Africa. In most of her roles, Malebo has focused on training and equipping FBO and Ministry of Health facilities, as well as community-based partners, in the delivery of essential services.
She has recently (2013) consulted with the ministry of health in Lesotho under a contract with EDC on the improvement of primary healthcare facilities in the country and is currently providing technical support to Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation as a private public health consultant. She speaks English and five other regional languages.
Dr. Nomfundo Nhlapho is a Founder and Director of Classic Investment Holdings. A holding company with three major Business units namely: Classic Health Consulting, Classic Communication and Classic Mining and Resources.
She received her MBChB from the University of Natal Medical School in 2002 and also holds a Diploma in HIV Management from the College of Medicine SA (2006). In 2012 she completed her Masters in Business Administration through Milpark Business School.
Her career in Business dates back to 1994 where she was one of the Director of Nolinhle Trading, a Communications Company that was responsible for rebranding of Gauteng and Buffalo City Municipalities for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Her career in HIV Medicine (with a specific interest in Paediatric HIV Management) dates back to 2006 where she was a Project Manager of a Project that Purported to enhance Paediatric HIV Care and Management in NDoH Antiretroviral (ARV) rollout sites, which included skills transfer Health Systems Improvement (IHI).
Classic Health Consulting currently partners with several HIV organisations countrywide on HIV Training Projects and Health System Improvement Projects. Her company Classic Health currently has an operational HIV only practice based in Casternhof Life Hospital in Midrand; Whilst Classic mining has established Strategic Partnership in South Africa, Europe and South America. Classic Communication on the other hand continues to operate within the Branding, Communications and Event Management space.
Dr. Sibongile Kubheka graduated at Wits Medical School as a medical doctor in 2000. She has since progressed to study further in pharmacology and has a Masters in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Pretoria. Her interest in HIV led her to complete her Diploma in HIV Management in 2005.
Her clinical work experience extends from working at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital to working in the United Kingdom as a Resident Medical Doctor. She has also had extensive experience in clinical research working as a Clinical Research Investigator in HIV. She joined the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2007 and has since worked for companies such as Eli Lilly South Africa, MSD Pty Ltd and Novartis South Africa. She is currently the Medical Director for GlaxoSmithKline and an Executive Member of the GlaxoSmithKline Pty Ltd Board since 2009.
Dr Kubheka is also part of the Leadership Team based in South Africa that works with the business collaboration between Aspen Pharmacare and GlaxoSmithKline to drive the access to medicines for patients.
In May 2011, Dr. Nono Simelela was appointed as Special Advisor to the Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council, HE, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, the Former Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. In this role, Dr Simelela played an advisory role on all HIV/TB and other health issues and supported the Deputy President in leading the multisectoral response to the dual epidemics of HIV and TB in South Africa. She is currently the Social Policy Advisor to the recently appointed Deputy President HE Cyril Ramaphosa.
Prior to this appointment, Dr Simelela was the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). SANAC, which is chaired by the Deputy President of the Republic, is responsible for coordinating the national response to HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB and for overseeing the country’s progress towards reaching the targets of the National Strategic Plan (the NSP). The overarching targets of the NSP are to initiate 80 percent of those needing treatment onto antiretrovirals and to halve the number of new infections.
Despite the challenges, Dr. Simelela said she was drawn to her new post at SANAC primarily because it would offer her a chance to work in a sector she feels passionately about, and in what she called a “conscious environment” at a time when the new political leadership has committed to overcoming the dual HIV and TB pandemics.
Prior to SANAC Nono was Director of Technical Knowledge and Support at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London, a position she held from July 2004. While at the IPPF Dr. Simelela played a key role in developing and implementing its Strategic Framework, according to five priority areas: Access, Adolescents/Young People, Abortion, Advocacy and HIV/AIDS. The strategy directs and drive the work of the Federation over a ten year period. At IPPF, Dr. Simelela worked with senior technical advisers from an international pool of renowned experts in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights. The team represented an impressive range of expert knowledge, with a Medical Advisor for Abortion, a Medical Officer, Senior Advisers on Young People, HIV/AIDS, Gender and Rights.
Dr. Simelela also represented IPPF at technical meetings of global institutions such as the World Health Organization. She was also the head of IPPF’s International Medical Advisory Panel (IMAP), providing technical advice to the Federation on a range of SRH matters. Recently, she formed part of IPPF’s delegation at the African Union meeting of Ministers of Health in Mozambique, where she played a critical role in highlighting the need for African governments to focus on financial resources on sexual and reproductive health.
Prior to joining IPPF, Dr. Simelela was the Head of the National HIV/AIDS/TB Programme at the Department of Health in South Africa. Here she spearheaded early national programmes in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission programme and in increasing access to VCT and anti-retroviral regimens in South Africa. She also introduced nationwide programmes addressing the stigma and discrimination that negatively affects people living with HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Simelela joined the National Department of Health after qualifying as the country’s first black female gynecologist. She worked for more than 20 years in the Department of Health, initially as a senior lecturer and clinician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Medical University of Southern Africa, and has had a distinguished career both in government and as a medical doctor. She is passionate about ensuring access to health care for the poorest and most vulnerable in South Africa and on the African continent and hopes that she can bring her local and international experience of HIV into SANAC to assist it in coordinating the national response.
Siviwe Mila is a final year medical student at the University of Stellenbosch. She comes from Cala a small town in the Eastern Cape. Throughout school she displayed leadership qualities. One of her greatest desires is to empower others in all aspects mostly education.
She has been also active at a tertiary level. She has completed a number of short courses in leadership; she also was the ambassador of the University of Stellenbosch at local and international levels. In the 2013/2014 she was a member of the Tygerberg Student Representative council.
In November 2014 she was elected as one of the board members of the new dynamic MWASA. She is a good communicator and is very enthusiastic about MWASA.
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