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Country Leadership

Priscilla Banda – Country Representative, Zambia

Priscilla leads our work in Zambia, which includes overseeing in-country programme activities while expanding the presence of m2m and securing funding. In this capacity, she works closely with the Ministry of Health, other partners in the USAID SAFE consortium and other key implementing partners. Priscilla brings a wealth of experience to her role – she has been working for U.S. Government-funded programmes for over 22 years in Zambia’s health sector. Before becoming a Country Representative for m2m Zambia, she served as Country Director for number of organisations, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) and National Alliance for State and Territorial Aids Directors (NASTAD).

Chileshe Chilangwa – Country Director, Malawi

Chileshe has over 22 years of experience in managing public health and development programs. Most recently as the Deputy Country Director for FHI 360 Zambia, she provided leadership and management to the portfolio of HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, and nutrition projects, overseeing the programmatic, technical, finance, compliance, and human resources functions of the office and developing the country strategy with the Country Director. She also served as the Chief of Party for USAID’s $36 million flagship national prevention project, the Zambia-led Prevention Initiative. Prior to this, Chileshe founded and spent 14 years as the Executive Director for Hodi, a national organization created to empower rural communities.

Dr. Shungu Gwarinda, Ph.D – Country Director, South Africa

ShunguGwarindaShungu 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

FridaKabasoFrida 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.

Ilda Kuleba – Country Director, Mozambique

ShunguGwarindaIlda has over 10 years’ experience working in public health and joined m2m from PSI Mozambique where she served as Director of Programs, implementing a family planning project spanning six provinces. Previously Ilda worked with PSI in Angola as a Chief of Party for an HIV key populations project. She also has experience working for USAID and in the private sector. Ilda holds a Bachelor degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Master degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In her role as Country Director for m2m in Mozambique, Ilda is responsible for the implementation and strategic leadership of the programme in the country, while ensuring alignment and integration with Ministry of Health plans.

Ncobile Maseko – Project Director, Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland)

Ncobile joined m2m as a Senior Programmes Manager in December 2014. She has over 12 years experience in community development, focusing on HIV/AIDS programmes including Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) issues and child rights. Since starting at m2m, she has progressed to become the Senior Technical Advisor for m2m eSwatini and oversees the day-to-day implementation of the RISE II project in eSwatini, including coordination of project activities with the Ministry of Health and other PEPFAR partners. Ncobile has prior experience in monitoring and evaluation, programme management and promoting development initiatives in areas relating to Gender and Advocacy, Child Protection, HIV/AIDS (including PMTCT) and Economic Development. She has also previously worked at World Vision International, both in South Africa and eSwatini. 

Dr. Betty Mirembe – Country Director, Uganda

Betty is a medical doctor with postgraduate training in public health. She has 15 years of medical field experience, 12 of which have been in the implementation of diverse programmes in Uganda, including HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Prior to joining m2m, Betty served as the eMTCT/Paediatric HIV Programme Manager at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she provided technical assistance to Uganda’s national ministry of Health in the design and strategic implementation of PMTCT, early infant diagnosis (EID), paediatric HIV testing, care and treatment programmes as well as paediatric TB programmes, across all sites in the country. Before CHAI, Betty was a Technical Advisor for PMTCT at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundations (EGPAF), and a Coordinator of Studies and Programmes, respectively, implemented by the Makerere University-John Hopkins University Collaboration and the UN World Food Programme.

Charles Muruka – Programme Specialist, Kenya

Charles is a career public health specialist who joined m2m Kenya in September 2013. His first role at m2m was as the Kenya Mentor Mother Programme (KMMP) Manager. In that role, Charles acted as the liaison between m2m and Kenya’s Ministry of Health on the integration of m2m’s Mentor Mother Model into the national health system. In his current position as Programme Specialist, his responsibilities include overseeing m2m Kenya’s operations and project implementation while acting as the focal person with partners, funders and other stakeholders in the country. Prior to joining m2m Kenya, Charles worked with Save the Children International for its health and nutrition programme in Kenya.