Right to Care Zambia Board Chairperson
Professor Peter Mwaba
Dr Peter Mwaba is affiliated to the University of Zambia – University College London Medical School (UNZA-UCLMS) project. He has been part of UNZA-UCLMS since its inception. Under this project, he has been involved in several clinical trials, four of which have changed world policy. These studies have been on TB, TB-HIV, and respiratory infections that include: the C0-trimoxazole study, paediatric autopsy study, and ADAT study. He has also done studies in basic science to develop and evaluate a rapid diagnostic test for TB using urine.
Qualifications:BSC HB, MBCHB, MMED-Internal Medicine, FRCP, PhD
Additional:SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor University Of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIGHT TO CARE ZAMBIA BOARD. CEO at Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) PLC
Ms Mukwandi Chibesakunda
Mrs Mukwandi Chibesakunda was appointed as the first female CEO at National Savings and Credit (NATSAVE) Bank in January 2018. She was also the first female president of the Zambia Institute of Banking and Finance and has wide experience in various financial service industry roles.
She started her career as a graduate associate in Standard Chartered Bank where she was promoted to management and director roles over a 15-year period.
She has held various executive roles at Stanbic Bank, Access Bank and the Bank of Zambia. She has also been a non-executive board member of the Zambia Revenue Authority, Vision Fund and The Global Fund country coordinating mechanism. She is currently board committee member of the Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board, The Livestock Development Trust Board, the strategic committee of the Mulungushi conference centre and the CDC Africa list in Zambia.
Dr. Kawaye Kamanga
Dr. Kawaye Kamanga is a leading public health and social development specialist. He is well known for his work in community, social and health planning and structural health systems reforms in a number of countries. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Zambia and a Master of Community Health from the University of Liverpool. He graduated with a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1985.
Since completing his studies, he has held numerous senior positions in teaching, public health programme management, policy and stakeholder relations. These include:
- Chairman, Public Service Commission, Cabinet Office, Lusaka
- Medical Officer, World Health Organisation (WHO)
- WHO/ADB Health Specialist in the Republic of the Gambia
- Head of Department for Community Medicine at the University of Zambia
- Consultant Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Lesotho
- Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Zambia and
- Director, Department of Health, Housing and Social Services, Kitwe City Council, Zambia (1985 – 1986).
Dr. Kamanga has undertaken several consultancies in African countries, working for organisations that include:
- Harmonising Partners Support to Reproductive Health in Kenya
- Columbia University, International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs in the Kingdom of Lesotho
- The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Republic of Botswana
- The Zambia’s government when he helped develop the Zambia National Health Strategic Plan (2006 – 2010) and
- HLPS Ltd, Starz Programme in Zambia.
He has published several papers and sat on several boards and committees of public and academic organisations. These include Zambia’s National Provident Fund, the Tropical Diseases Research Centre, the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, the Zambian Food and Drug Board, and the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
Dr. Kamanga is a member of the Zambian Medical Association, the American Public Health Association and the National Council for International Health.
Chief executive officer
Professor Ian Sanne
Professor Ian Sanne is the founding director and chief executive officer of Right to Care. He is an Associate Professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of the Witwatersrand and Adjunct Professor at the Center for International Development at Boston University.
He is also division head of the Clinical HIV Research Unit (CHRU), the international vice-chair of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (NIH), and a director of the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO).
Prof Sanne sits on the board of the South African national prioritisation and guideline committee for HIV and TB. He is a member of the executive committee of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a member of numerous scientific committees.
Qualifications:MBBCh, FCP (SA), FRCP (Lon), DTM&H
Executive director, group finance director
Nonhlanhla Nyewula joined Right to Care in August 2017 and is responsible for Right to Care’s financial strategy and performance and its risk management strategy.
She has a wealth of financial experience and considerable business acumen. Her experience crosses a range of sectors and covers start-ups and mature organizations.
She is a former chief financial officer of Kalagadi Manganese (Pty) Ltd, a black, woman-owned manganese mining company, and Mhlathuze Water Board. Ms Nyewula has also worked at IBM, Deloitte and Unilever.
She also holds a mining tax certificate (UNISA).
Qualifications:BSc (UKZN), BComm (Hons)(UKZN), CA (SA), Mining Tax Certificate (UNISA), Certified Director (IoDSA)
Dr Benson Ujila Chirwa
Deputy Chief of Party, Right to Care Zambia
Dr Benson Ujila Chirwa has made significant contributions to the health sector in the Southern African Development Community, notably in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Before joining Right to Care Zambia, he was previously Country Director of the Kethimpilo External Quality Improvement Programme (EQUIP) in Zimbabwe. He also served as Senior Medical Superintendent at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka and was Technical Adviser for the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Chirwa was a member of the team that initiated health reforms in Zambia. As Director General of the National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council, he operationalized the National AIDS Council Act of 2000 by putting in place a structure that delivered on the mandate of the Council. He also demonstrated leadership of the national AIDS response by coordinating stakeholders including political leadership, cooperating partners, civil society organizations and people living with AIDS. Under his leadership at Right to Care Zambia, he consistently achieved targets from 2018 to 2020 as part of the goal to reach HIV epidemic control. This can be attributed to targeted HIV testing through PITC, index trailing, exposed infants, partner notification services, as well as reaching key populations through moonlighting. He also played a key role in reducing new infections by scaling up PrEP, VMMC and condom promotion. He has published in several peer reviewed journals.