Dr. Shungu Gwarinda, Ph.D – Country Director, South Africa
Shungu is responsible for the strategic leadership of m2m South Africa. The programme operates 89 sites in six provinces, and provides the Ministry of Health with technical support strategies to establish a Mentor Mother programme in the public health system. Before this, she was Programme Support Manager working with several m2m countries. Prior to joining m2m, Shungu managed a project at the University of Fort Hare’s Department of Public Administration to build the capacity of civil service students in South Sudan. She also coordinated a public management capacity-building project for Eastern Cape Provincial Legislators and support staff. Earlier in her career, Shungu spent two years teaching in Zimbabwe.
Frida Kabaso – Country Director, Lesotho
Frida has more than 15 years experience in HIV coordinated response and development work. Before joining m2m as Senior Technical Advisor, Frida was the Country Director for both ActionAid Lesotho and Voluntary Services Overseas. Earlier in her career, she was Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programme Manager with VSO Zambia, where she was involved with the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. As m2m Country Director, Frida leads the strengthening of community mobilisation and demand creation for uptake of PMTCT services. She also provides leadership on creating synergy between health facilities and communities in the HIV and AIDS coordinated response, and ensures collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders and AIDS development partners.
Sibongile Maseko – Country Director, Swaziland
Sibongile has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS programming, monitoring and evaluation, communicable disease prevention and control, and organisational development. Prior to joining m2m in 2011, Sibongile worked at Center for Development and Population Activities covering South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Zambia, the Governments of Swaziland and Zanzibar, WHO, UNDP, and NERCHA. In 2004, she was nominated by the Government of Swaziland and WHO to serve as a volunteer Chairperson of polio eradication in Swaziland, a role she continues to hold. As Country Director, Sibongile oversees 57 health facility-based and 15 community-based sites located in all four regions of the country, serving approximately 2,000 HIV-positive women every month.
Country Director, Uganda
A new Country Director will be appointed shortly.
Country Director, Malawi
A new Country Director will begin 1 March 2017.
Milker Simba – Country Director, Kenya
Milker has worked as a public health specialist since 1997. As a Registered Nurse early in her career, she became involved with HIV through a training to develop the first STI/HIV/AIDS instruction manual for the Kenya Medical Training College. In 2004, Milker moved into programme management with a focus on PMTCT, and later played an instrumental role in taking m2m’s Kenya programme from a small pilot to the nationally-adopted Kenya Mentor Mother Program (KMMP). As the Project Director and current Acting Country Representative, Milker’s responsibilities include overseeing all direct service delivery at 20 model sites and building the capacity of the 20 Implementing Partners who run over 300 KMMP sites across Kenya.