About the WCEA
WCEA is a social impact technology company focused on assisting low and middle income countries to build capacity in the training of healthcare professionals through the use of technology. This is achieved through partnerships with local stakeholders, NGO’s, local and global education providers.
We want to ensure that nurses, midwives, clinical officers, physicians and pharmacists have access to CPD/CME education and information to guarantee they are continually improving their skill set, enabling them to deliver better patient care to improve health outcomes.
Given the pressure on human resources for healthcare in low- and middle-income countries, a more skilled workforce is imperative.
Meet the Team
The Advisory Committee with 150+ years of combined experience working at the highest level in the Nursing and Midwifery profession, provide overall project direction and governance, to ensure we succeed in our combined mission.
Nursing & Midwifery WCEA Advisory Committee
Senior Technical Advisor Jhpiego
Provides senior project support to Jhpiego country teams and the USAID Momentum Country and Global Leadership project. Previously had overall responsibility for driving Jhpiego’s Nursing & Midwifery Strategy
Judith A. Oulton
Co-Chair, Covid-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses and Nurse-Midwives
Judith Oulton is an international consultant and a past CEO of the International Council of Nurses, the Florence Nightingale International Foundation, and the Canadian Nurses Association. Oulton also serves on the board of The Gretta Foundation.
Franklin A. Shaffer
President of CGFNS International
Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International, Inc., an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification of nurses and healthcare professionals worldwide.
Project Director at the University of Montreal - International Health Unit
Geneviève Rouleau is a project director and principal coordinator at the University of Montreal’s School of Public Health - International health unit. She has worked on a number of global health projects and partnerships to support higher education and health systems development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and South Asia.
Former Director for Nursing and Midwifery Services MOH Malawi
Tulipoka Nellie Soko was a Director for Nursing and Midwifery Services at the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Malawi until her retirement in May, 2020. While at the Ministry, Tulipoka was responsible for providing strategic leadership in Nursing and Midwifery services
Dean, School of Nursing, Kampala International University, Uganda. Concurrently a PhD student at University of South Africa and implementor of AAN’s first local facemask production project.
Strategically directing and leading all operations of the Lesotho Nursing Council since 2009 to date; which is mandated to protect the public by regulating Nursing and Midwifery Education and practice in Lesotho.
Ms. Keoagetse Kebelaele Kgwabi
President of The East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing
Ms. Keoagetse has been employed by the Government of Botswana for the past 29 years now. She served in all levels of health systems starting from primary, secondary and tertiary.
Deputy Director, Nursing with Lagos State Ministry of Health
Mrs. Sola Akęti is currently working with Jiphiego on Midwifery Landscape on Pre Service Experience towards Y2030 Universal Health coverage.
WCEA, Programme Director
Craig Fitzpatrick is the ONE World Programme Director, managing relationships and coordinating activity with key stakeholders.
The WCEA Country Consultants are on the ground, providing local insights into capacity building requirements and liaisons with the stakeholders.
WCEA Country Consultants (Nursing/Midwifery)
Raluke Ekezie is multiple award-winning nurse, the Global Research Nurses (GRN) Africa Regional Lead University under The Global Health Network (TGHN) of Oxford UK and has trained 2000 nurses.
Senior Nursing Officer/Safety Officer/Surveillance COVID-19 EPI-WHO Regional Reference Lab Entebbe
ICN official delegate in WHA 72, Geneva. Former GASNN Membership director. ENNSSA cofounder committee general coordinator and 1st president 2009.
Agnes is a senior nurse lecturer at the Ndola College of Nursing and Midwifery. She previously has run health centres.
Certified Nurse Midwife with a Master’s Degree in Education (Med, ADNE, RM, RN), a Certification in Population, Development, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
Until 2020 Moneko worked at Child Legacy International Hospital as a Senior Nursing Officer and she is currently working as the Unit Matron of Bwaila labour ward. Moneko is experienced in mentorship and CPD programs.
Clinical/Public Health Nurse (BSc Hons in Nursing Education) with 16 plus years of experience. Dedicated to the transformation and excellence of the healthcare practices, patient centered care and community services.
Aminkeng Z. Leke
For over 12 years, Leke worked in various administrative roles at Biaka University Institute of Buea-Cameroon, including teaching of nurses and other health professionals.
Thabo Ishmael Lejone
A nurse clinician with more than 8 years of experience in HIV/AIDS, TB, selected NCDs and health System strengthening at district level and national level. Broad knowledge of principles, practice, methodology and hands on experience in HIV/AIDS and TB management.
Practicing Nurse and Midwife with over 40 years of experience in the public and private sector. Currently working with Jhpiego for the past 15 years as Senior Regional Technical Advisor for various projects in the Africa Region and beyond.
Dr. Michel N. Maboh
Maboh M. Nkwati is the Founder and President of Health Research Foundation Buea, and also Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Innovation, Cooperation and International Collaboration at Biaka University Institute of Cameroon.
Abili Moses Billy
A Health Information Specialist with background in MIS and Master of Science in Health Informatics training, Certified PRINCE2 Associate; CISA, CISM, ITIL, CCNA. 15+ years of over all Information CTS implementation experience in Health, Manufacturing, Banking, and Education; 9 Years of management experience in leading change and implementing Mission Critical IT Projects.
Samwel Ligmas Koyo
Senior Nursing Officer from Tanzania Ministry of Health, Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Clinical Section, National (Nurse Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Therapy(NIMART) Coordinator
Dr. Unice Goshomi
Dr Unice Goshomi is a senior midwifery Lecturer and the Research Chairperson at the Women’s University in Africa. (PhD Midwifery-University of Manchester, MSc Maternal Child Health-UZ, Hons Degree Nursing Sciences-ZOU, PGD in Adult Education-UZ, Diploma in Midwifery and General Nursing, Diploma in Pediatric Nutrition-Boston University)
A nurse and activist in global Youth Nursing empowerment, a Homecare Nurse in Jeddah- Saudi Arabia, BSN from Ain Shams University -Egypt Newal has experience in International Cooperation field and nursing policy and advocacy, a Former member in ENSSA and currently the 2nd president of ANNSI.
Dr. Cynthia Chasokela
Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services for Zimbabwe 1996 - 2020 responsible for: Nursing and Midwifery Education, Human Resources for Health, Services and administration, Community Health Services. Dr. Chasokela is a National IPC - (was the inaugural IPC Pillar Chair for the Covid- 19 National Response Team) and was the National Village Health Worker Programme manager.
(RN, RM, RPHN, RME, PGDE, MSc. Nursing, MWACN); Midwife Educator at the Osun State School of Post-Basic Midwifery, Osogbo, Facilitator, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Mrs. Omishakin is also a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Nursing Science, Redeemer's University Ede Osun State, Nigeria (specialized in Maternal and Child health Nursing & Nursing administration).
Ayolugbe Chizoba Stella
Mrs.Stella is a Registered Nurse/Midwife, Registered Accident and Emergency Nurse, Registered Public Health Nurse and a Graduate Nurse,(RN,RAEN,RM,RPHN,BnSc). She is currently working at Iyienu Mission Hospital Ogidi.
Mrs. Msaka is a nursing professional registered by MNC of Malawi. She currently serves as the Senior Nursing Officer at the Malawi MOH. She has 7 years of experience working in MOH in providing requisite nursing services. She currently works at Lilongwe DHO where she coordinates nursing services as well as COVID-I9 services & CPD.
WCEA Country Consultant (Medical)
Magnifique Irakoze MD, Mmed is an Obstetrician Gynecologist at Kigali University Teach Hospital (CHUK); Lecturer at University of Rwanda, School Of Medicine and Pharmacy; Member of Rwanda Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologist; Associate member RCOG; Rwanda Medical Association Board Member.
WCEA Country Consultants (Medical)
Dr. Mininim Oseji
Dr. Mininim Oseji is a Consultant Public Health and Community Physician, the Permanent Secretary of the Delta State Ministry of Environment, Medical Director of Berachah Community Clinic, Asaba; the Executive Director of Public Health Impact Research Centre and the Immediate Past National President of the Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN).
WCEA African Medical Student Consultant
Karim Arif Karim
Karim is the President of the Medical Students' Association of Malawi: I am a highly motivated medical student who believes in inter-personal and team-building activities, approaching challenges with creativity and the ability to innovate as required for the greater good of the health of humanity.
WCEA Global Nursing Advisor
Jill Iliffe is Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF), a position she has held since 2008. The CNMF is a federation of national nursing and midwifery organizations in Commonwealth countries.
WCEA Medical Advisory Board
Dr. David Ntirushwa
President of Rwanda Medical Association and advisor to the Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecology. He is also the past 2nd Vice President of the Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Samson Chisele
Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist working at the University Teaching Women and Newborn Hospital in Zambia's Capital, Lusaka.
Prof. Abdulfatai Olokoba
MBBS, DTMH, Cert HPM, MBA, MPH, FWACP (Internal Medicine). Chairman, National NMA CME/CPD Committee.
Dr. Simon Kigondu
Medical doctor specialising as an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently the Hon.President of the Kenya Medical Association.
Chiudzu, Grace Mary
A Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist for Bwaila maternity, Lilongwe. The current chairperson of the Medical Association of Malawi.
Dr. Julius Masanika
Julius Masanika is a Tanzanian Medical Doctor, a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam with MSc. in Infectious Diseases of the University of London (UoL) and London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Dr. Yeshitila Hailu is a Chief Public Health Specialist with more than 28 years both clinical & Public health experiences at various institutions-both governmental and non governmental institutions.
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What Our Stakeholders Say
Before SONAM started this initiative, nurses and midwives had expressed uncertainty about how to take care of Covid-19 patients. With the intense fear of contagion and threat to mental and psychological wellbeing served as a motivation for us to develop courses that can be reached by a large proportion of nurses and midwives.
I am happy to share our experience working with WCEA as the Midwives Association of Zambia. It has been a very interesting journey from the time we got to know you about 3 to 4 years ago. You were consistent with your communication with us and we tried our best to put things in place so that our Midwives can have an opportunity to access the platform.
WCEA opened up opportunities for Namibian nurses to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge through online courses. Through this platform, interactivity and network opportunities for all are generated. Namibian nurses embrace with open arms technological solutions and appreciate WCEA initiative for this new education platform.
Dr Ndapeua Shifiona
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