Miriam Mhazo has supported HIV interventions throughout Southern Africa for almost two decades. After an extensive period teaching children with special needs, Miriam utilised her training expertise to enter the health sector, designing HIV counselling courses and training materials. The knowledge she acquired of HCT techniques and approaches enabled her to assume leadership of HCT programmes in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and to assist Population Services International establish HCT services in Mali and Lesotho. She has also spearheaded the formulation of innovative health communications, contributed to outreach efforts and leveraged networks to expand HCT sites. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Birmingham University in the UK.
Lindiwe Kabasa has over twenty years’ experience in financial management. Before joining SFH in Aug 2015 she worked for JSI and IDEA, and has held posts in Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. Her diverse roles have incorporated corporate services, including HR, budgeting, finance, IT, procurement, host country agreements, legal services, auditing, and donor relations. She is a certified ISO – Quality Standard Internal Auditor. Her priority since taking up her position at SFH has been improving internal controls and enhancing the performance of the support services team. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Internal Auditing from UNISA.
Cynthia Nhlapo's understanding of the public health sector is based on several years’ experience in the Gauteng Department of Health and the National Department of Health. She was directly involved in the establishment and expansion of HIV counselling and services and the development of guidelines to ensure standard approaches countrywide. Cynthia was also responsible for gender mainstreaming in the Department of Health. At SFH, Cynthia was initially Senior Manager for MMC and helped pioneer this programme. She holds a BA (Social Work) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Lebo Maluleka joined SFH in 2007 as the sole human resources practitioner and has seen the department grow fivefold while the organisation as a whole expanded from 80 to 203 staff members. Lebo has managed the change processes related to rapid expansion and led capacity building in a cost-effective way through PSI/University. She is also responsible for supporting ESAHR (Eastern and Southern African HR Network) network activities, facilitating the participation of staff in online working groups, and liaises closely with PSI’s Global HR Director on funding requirements and planning of group HR events. She has a National Diploma in HR Management from the University of Johannesburg and is studying towards a BCom (Hons).
Ncamsile Nhlabathi has worked in the field of HIV and AIDS – in both the private and public sectors – for the last 15 years. She has performed almost every role in HIV counselling and testing services, from direct counselling to site management and national programme management, and launched SFH’s home-based testing programme. She has been part of New Start HCT programme from inception and has been part of its growth where it is now synonymous with high quality services and a well-recognized brand. While at the national Department of Health, she oversaw the programme for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She has also worked with various corporate partners and has an excellent grasp of the respective roles and approaches of government and the private sector in the field of HIV prevention. Ncamsile has a BA, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of South Africa and is currently studying towards MBA.
Lisa Mulenga is a medical doctor with qualifications in community medicine, public health and health management. Her experience prior to joining SFH included a period as Programmes Manager for the Catholic Medical Mission Board, where she managed implementation of MMC and home-based HCT, and leadership of the Biomedical HIV Prevention Team for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in SA, where her responsibilities included grant management and programme evaluation. She also served as Chief Innovation Officer at Africa Health Placementswhere she wasresponsible for the planning capability of the organization. The purpose of this function was to take stakeholder requirements and through innovative analysis of data, input from people and research, define pragmatic solutions. Lisa completed her MBcHB degree at Humboldt University in Germany, went on to do a Diploma in Community Medicine at the University of Heidelburg in Germany, added a Master's in Public Health from Wits University and a Diploma in Health Management from the Foundation for Professional Development.
Lethu Dlamini's position involves planning and management of the distribution of millions of government-sponsored Choice condoms each year through non-clinical distribution points. Partnerships with the Department of Health, the South African Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS, and South African Breweries are critical to this distribution system. Lethu joined SFH in 2008 as Regional Sales Manager for KwaZulu-Natal and undertook the social marketing of the Lovers Plus and Trust condoms through commercial wholesalers and retailers. He assumed the position of Public Sector Manager in 2010, the year in which a record 150 million condoms were distributed by SFH. He holds a National Diploma in Marketing and a BTech in Business Administration, both from the Durban University of Technology.
Tasha Govender was previously Training Manager for SFH and in this position she steered the accreditation of SFH with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority. She also designed and managed quality training programmes on behaviour change communication and contributed to peer education activities and materials. Her current position involves oversight of the "Families Matter! Program" (FMP); a School-based Sexuality Education activity; and an HIV prevention activity for the South African National Defence Force. Tasha holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Social Services from the University of South Africa.
Zandile Amoo is a Learning and Development Specialist and has undertaken adult learning and training – at a senior level – in a variety of organisations. She started her career at the health NGO, Human Health Development Trust, proceeded to lecture at a TVET college and was then appointed Corporate Learning Development Executive for the Educor group. In 2009 she joined SFH as a training officer and left after three years to spend some time at Raizcorp before re-joining SFH in her current position. Zandile has a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Management College of South Africa.
Tessa Meyer brought to SFH more than 10 years’ experience of private sector marketing and brand-building experience when she joined the organization. As Senior Brand Development Manager for Unilever, she managed brand strategy for Africa, the Middle East and China. This involved the use of innovative research-based approaches to enter untapped markets and the expertise of local teams to define marketing approaches. Tessa holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in Marketing Management from the University of South Africa and an MA in Intercultural Conflict Management from Alice Salomon University in Berlin.
Emmanuel Anyachebelu has used his skills in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of HIV, TB and malaria projects to benefit a range of international donors and implementing partners, including the South African Medical Research Council and Department of Health, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, USAID and Unicef. While at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Emmanuel managed the design, review and implementation of M&E for care and treatment interventions, including those dealing with TB/HIV co-infection and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Emmanuel is currently enhancing the quality of programs data and its use at Society for Family Health (SFH) through implementation of mHealth technologies. He holds a BSC in Parasitology from NnamdiAzikiwe University in Nigeria and a Master’s in Public Health – specializing in epidemiology and biostatistics – from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Sifiso's background is in financial accounting and financial management. He has spent most of his career at the United Nations, working for different UN agencies and in different projects. Business process improvement is one of Sifiso’spassions therefore it is no coincidence that his current role at SFH includes managing the Information Communication Technology (ICT) , Procurement, Warehouse, Fleet and Travel support departments. His education background includes a B.Com (Accounting) from Wits University, Johannesburg. Currently he is pursuing a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, UK that is offered through the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) program.
Thidzhielwi Mphotwana is a certified internal auditor. In addition to his internal audit role at SFH, he serves on the PSI Global Internal Audit Group. Thidzhielwispent six years as an auditor and assistant audit manager in the office of the Auditor-General of South Africa. There he conducted audits of various government departments and public entities, including The Presidency, the departments of Trade and Industry, Justice and Constitutional Development, and Minerals and Energy, and the National Prosecuting Authority. He also worked as a risk manager at the Small Enterprise Development Agency. In addition his qualification as a CIA, he holds a BCom Accounting from the University of Venda