Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, Head of Africa Region, provides strategic technical and relationship guidance for IHI’s work in Africa while also securing new business opportunities in the region. Prior to this role, he was IHI’s Senior Technical Director for the Africa region, leading
Project Fives Alive! in Ghana to deliver a large-scale quality improvement project in more than 80 percent of public sector hospitals and 30 percent of Ghanaian sub-districts, contributing to a 34 percent reduction in facility-based child deaths. He also supported the design of a large-scale improvement initiative in Ethiopia. Additionally, he is leading IHI’s ongoing support to the Liberian Health Ministry’s health system rebuilding efforts post Ebola. A public health physician, Quality Improvement Advisor, and a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey also has years of clinical and management experience in frontline district medical practice. Before joining IHI, he conducted high-level trainings and short-term consultancies in quality improvement with organizations in Saudi Arabia, India, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, and the US. He serves on the governing board of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority and the Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences. He is based in Accra, Ghana.
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 Country 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, is a Director for Regional Projects in Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also a Senior Improvement Advisor on multiple projects. She joined IHI in 2012 and provides strategic guidance, assists with program design, and offers technical assistance to organizations on their quality improvement initiatives. She supports multiple projects in the Southern African region: Improving Preterm Outcomes in Malawi with MaiKhanda Partnership; eMTCT and TB collaboration with Aurum Institute; eMTCT with South to South; HIV and TB with CAPRISA in South Africa; and Partnership for HIV-Free Survival in South Africa, Lesotho, and Mozambique. She also assists with improvement initiatives in Nigeria and Ethiopia. She is a faculty lead for the Quality Improvement Leadership Methods (QILM) Course and Leading and Facilitating Quality Improvement (L&FQI) Course in Africa. Prior to joining IHI, she worked 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.
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.