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.
Kathryn Brooks, MPH, is a Senior Project Manager for IHI based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and supports IHI’s work in Ethiopia by leading a partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health to design a quality improvement initiative focused on improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes. She is also part of the operational teams supporting two areas of IHI’s work: the Triple Aim and Maternal and Infant Health. Previously, she was a research assistant for the Center for Global Health and Development at Boston University.
Amrita Dasgupta, MPH, is a Research Associate on the IHI Results and Evaluation Team and a Project Manager for IHI's Africa Region. In her current role, she advises and evaluates major health improvement initiatives worldwide, focusing on the design of improvement initiatives. She is also responsible for project operations for IHI’s work in Namibia. Previously, she served as a consultant for The Global Fund, and for state governments in Louisiana and Massachusetts on issues of child and adolescent health. Ms. Dasgupta is a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Cornell University.
Patience Kudzai Manyau is the Executive Assistant to Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, Head of Africa Region for IHI, and provides executive-level assistance and facilitates administrative roles throughout the African region. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, she is also responsible for managing complex calendars and travel plans for the IHI Africa Team, logistical planning for courses in Africa, and handling expenses of staff and faculty. Before joining IHI, she worked at a computer services company.
Cleola Payne is a Project Coordinator for IHI based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She supports IHI’s work in Ghana that is focused on improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes. She also supports the IHI Improvement Scholars Program in collaboration with AIAMC and the accountable care organizations that aim to provide high-quality care to Medicare patients. Ms. Payne is a community organizer in Cambridge and part of The Port Café, a pop-up café that honors the time, treasure, and talent of all people and lays the foundation for a strong and loving community. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wheaton College (MA).
Angelina Sassi is a Project Coordinator for IHI’s Africa Region. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, she supports quality improvement projects in Ethiopia and South Africa. Before joining IHI, Ms. Sassi worked in Cape Town, South Africa, with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and in Boston, MA, with Partners In Health and with the HIV Regional Resource Network Program at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a degree in Biology and minors in Health Science and Social Entrepreneurship.
Rima Sheehab is a Project Coordinator for IHI’s Africa Region. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, she supports quality improvement projects in Liberia, Malawi, South Africa, and Uganda, as well as the Innovations Network in North America. Ms. Sheehab has a strong background in analyzing health through the lenses of social justice and equity, and understanding how the intersections of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic factors can create health disparities. Before joining IHI, she worked at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston, Massachusetts, doing recruitment and community education for HIV clinical trials. Ms. Sheehab also volunteered at Vision of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Lusaka, Zambia, to teach basic reproductive health education. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services (with a specialization in Community Health) and minors in Health Sciences and Global Social Entrepreneurship.
Dechen Sherpa, MBA, MA, is the Manager for Business Development at IHI, focusing in the Africa region. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, she is responsible for customers’ needs assessment; designing, testing, and bringing new products to market; developing business models and detailed project budgets; and helping the regional lead meet annual strategic goals and revenue targets. She brings global perspective and varied experience, having worked in Asia with the United Nations and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development on issues related to women’s health and climate change. Her most recent experience prior to joining IHI was with the technology company EMC2.
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.
Faith Yuh, MPA, is a Project Manager and Research Associate for IHI based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She supports IHI’s work in improving maternal and newborn outcomes in Malawi, the Collaborative Support for Health project in Liberia, and results and evaluation for the Africa region. She brings experiences from multiple sectors, having previously worked in research for international NGOs and multilateral organizations and project management for a foreign policy think tank. Prior to working in global development, she was an associate for the accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Yuh received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and her BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Ethiopia Project Office Team
Mehiret Abate is a Senior Project Officer for the Ethiopia Health Care Quality Initiative. In this role, she supports the prototype collaborative woreda (district) in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and is based in Sodo, SNNPR. Ms. Abate holds a Diploma in Midwifery from Hawassa University and is pursuing an MPH at Addis Continental Institute of Public Health. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. Abate worked as a Continuing Education Coordinator with the Ethio-Canada MNCH Project, as an assistant lecturer and Midwife Department Head at the Arba Minch College of Health Sciences, and as a Midwife Advisor with the Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMA).
Haregeweyni Alemu, MSC, RN, is a Senior Project Officer for the Ethiopia Health Care Quality Initiative. In this role, she supports the prototype collaborative woreda (district) in the Tigray region and is based in Tanqua Abergele, Tigray. Mrs. Alemu holds degrees in Management and Public Health, has an advanced certificate in International Health Care Administration, and is a registered nurse. Before joining the IHI Ethiopia team, she worked as a comprehensive nursing care provider at Mekelle & Asmara Kagnew Hospitals, as a clinical mentor and public health coach for mid-level health professions at Mekelle University, and was among the senior leaders at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
Abera Biadgo, MPH, is a Senior Project Officer for the Ethiopia Health Care Quality Initiative. In this role, Mr. Biadgo supports the prototype collaborative woreda in the Amhara region and is based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. He holds degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Nursing (BSC) from Gondar University and a Diploma in Nursing from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine: Centralized School of Nursing. Prior to working with IHI, Mr. Biadgo has worked as a field nurse, a Maternal and Newborn Health Specialist, and as an Immunization and Quality Improvement Advisor.
Befikadu Bitewulign, MPH, is a Senior Project Officer for the Ethiopian Health Care Quality Initiative and is based in Assella, Oromia, Ethiopia. Through this position, Mr. Bitewulign supports the prototype collaborative woreda in the Oromia region. Mr. Bitewulign holds degrees in Public Health and Nursing, both from Jimma University & Hawassa University respectively. Before joining the IHI Africa team, Mr. Bitewulign worked as a Maternal and Newborn Health Project Officer with Jhpiego–Ethiopia, as a Newborn Care Field Supervisor with the Ethiopian Pediatrics Society, and as a Regional (Oromia) M&E officer for Save the Children International–Ethiopia and Team Leader with the International Medical Corps.
Meseret Gebreselassie is the Administrative and Finance Assistant for the IHI Ethiopia Project Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her work supports the financial and administrative office operations for the Ethiopian Health Care Quality Initiative. Ms. Gebreselassie holds a degree in accounting and a diploma in secretarial science and office management. Prior to joining the IHI Africa team, she held secretarial positions at PESC Information Technology College and Gift Real Estate. She also worked as an Administrative Assistant for The Noble and Trustworthy House, PLC.
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.
Andarge Lakew is the Finance Manager at the IHI Ethiopia Project Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through this position, Mr. Lakew supports the fiscal operations of the Ethiopian Health Care Quality Initiative. He holds degrees in Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University. Prior to working with IHI, Mr. Lakew worked as an accountant for Samaritan’s Purse–International Relief, as the General Accounts and Financial Reporting Section Head for Columbia University, ICAP Ethiopia, and then later as the Associate Finance Director, also at Columbia University, ICAP Ethiopia.
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.
Zewdie Mulissa, MD, MPH, is a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer for IHI’s work in Ethiopia. In this role, he supports the Ethiopian Health Care Quality Initiative and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before joining the IHI Ethiopia team, Dr. Mulissa has worked as a general practitioner at Gimbie Adventist hospital, Arba Minch Hospital and Dr. B Cossar Clinic. He also served as a Senior Model SRH Clinic Director at Jimma Model Clinic (JMC) of Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) and as the Central M&E Advisor at CU-ICAP Ethiopia. Dr. Mulissa holds MD and MPH degrees from Jimma University.
Henok Wondemagegne is the Human Resources and Operations Manager at the IHI Ethiopia Project Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through this position, Mr. Henok leads the human resources management and supports operations for the Ethiopian Health Care Quality Initiative. He holds Masters Degrees in Public Management and Policy, and BA degrees in Public Administration and Development Management, and Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the IHI Ethiopia Project Office, Mr. Henok led the Human Resources and Administration Department with the International Medical Corps, worked as the Director of Human Resources and Contractual Management with Info Mind Solutions, and was previously the Deputy Human Resources Director with the ZTE (H.K) Limited Ethiopian Branch.