Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, Executive Director and Head of Africa Region, provides strategic, technical, and relationship guidance for IHI’s work in Africa. In 2018, he was elected as a Foundation member of the International Academy of Quality & Safety of ISQua. He is also an assistant editor of the International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, a public health physician, Quality Improvement Advisor, and an ISQua Fellow. Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey has years of clinical and management experiences in frontline district medical practice. As Vice President of the Ghana Medical Association, he won the Special Commendation Award for meritorious service to the Association and to the medical profession in Ghana. He is a 2017 Rockefeller Global Fellow for Social Innovation and also serves on the Steering Committee of the South Africa Tuberculous Quality Improvement initiative.
Joe Mando is Director of Africa Operations at IHI, based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has more than 20 years of public health experience with expertise in the use of Lean Six Sigma to support practice transformation and enhance operational and mission effectiveness. While supporting the OGAC, he was instrumental to the development of PEPFAR’s quality assurance standards (SIMS) and the PEPFAR Quality Strategy. As a consultant, he helped local organizations in East Africa as well as state and city public health bureaus in the US transform their business processes to conform with accreditation requirements. This involved developing and conducting organizational capacity assessments, facilitating the identification of key performance indicators, developing reporting mechanisms with associated dashboards, and facilitating quality improvement projects in response to indication of suboptimal performance. His core competencies extend to facilitating the delivery of patient-centered care. He supported cancer treatment hospitals in the US and in East Africa to integrate Patient Navigation in pursuit of the patient-centered care model. He also served as a consultant to the US Military Health Agency, supporting the integration of pharmacy services and the CMS and supporting value-based payment models.
Hema Magge, MD, MS, is Executive Director for IHI’s work in Ethiopia and she is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In this role, she leads the Ethiopia Health Care Quality Initiative by supporting the Ministry of Health in implementing the National Health Care Quality Strategy; launching large-scale, results-focused Collaboratives to improve outcomes for mothers and newborns; and activating a culture for continuous improvement within the health system. Previously the Director of Pediatrics for Partners In Health in Rwanda (PIH/IMB), she led programmatic work and operational research that focused on bridging the delivery gap in child and neonatal health services in resource-limited settings. She currently holds academic appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
Maureen Fatsani Tshabalala, RNM, BBA, MPH, the Director for Regional Projects in Southern Africa. She leads a team of staff members and provides strategic, technical, and relationship guidance to partners, including Departments of Health. She oversees operational and technical aspects of the projects under her purview as well as assists with program design and proposal writing. She has extensively worked as a senior Improvement Advisor on multiple projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Liberia, Uganda, Ghana, and Ethiopia. She also serves as one of the faculty leads for IHI’s Africa Professional Development Programs, Quality Improvement Leadership Methods (QILM) course and Leading and Facilitating Quality Improvement (L&FQI) course. She has assisted in IHI’s Middle East region with capability building in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and India. Before joining IHI, she worked for four years for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) as a Quality Improvement Manager, leading quality improvement efforts in twelve districts within five provinces in South Africa. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Emmanuel Aiyenigba is the Technical Director on the IHI Africa Hospital Patient Safety Initaive. Based in Nigeria, he is a physician with more than 12 years of experience in public health and health systems design. A Certified Professional of Project Management, Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety, Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, Scrum, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he combines his passion for teaching with a wide array of methodologies as he supports teams, organizations, and governments in the creation of resilient systems. He is a member, Fellow, and Expert of the International Society for Healthcare Quality (ISQua), and serves as Faculty/Improvement Advisor to the incredible work the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) does on the Africa continent.
Abiyou Kiflie, MD, MPH, is the Deputy Country Director for IHI’s work in Ethiopia. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he is responsible for directing the design and implementation of a BMGF-funded quality improvement project within Ethiopia aimed at utilizing QI for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, building QI capability, and working toward building a culture of QI within Ethiopia’s health system. Previously, he worked with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Jhpiego, and Tulane International as a quality improvement advisor and earlier he was a clinician and medical director at Debre-Tabor Hospital, one of the public hospitals in Ethiopia.