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REJOICE THABSILE MANYATHI

Date of birth :  26 May1957
Nationality :  SWAZI – Female and married

I hold the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Business Studies -University of Botswana and Swaziland  1978
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree – University of Botswana and Swaziland 1981
  • Higher Diploma in Computer Auditing- University of the Witwatersrand(WITS)1998
  • Advanced  Diploma in Restorative Justice- Queens university CANADA 2012
  • The Oddysey Diploma -Institute of Leadership Formation  (Singapore)2011
  • Masters In Business Administration -Finance (ESAMI) 2015
  • Advanced Diploma in Church Growth 2019

I have attained several special courses’ qualifications since joining the Central Bank of Eswatini in 1981 until retirement in 2017, relevant to my auditing career

RETIRED CITIZEN from Central Bank of Swaziland where I was Head Internal Auditor.


Dr. Angela Benson

Dr.  Angela Benson is passionate about Global Health having graduated from the A.M. Dogliotti Medical College, University of Liberia with a degree in doctor of Medicine in 1978 and did a post-graduate training in Child Health at National University of Ireland, Dublin in 1986 followed by an International’s degree in Public Health at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadassah, Israel with specialization in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in 1990 . Dr. Benson has vast experience in the Health sector management and health system strengthening having worked in the Public Health sector, the Private Health sector and the United Nations Organizations of UNICEF and WHO for several years.

Dr. Benson was the Foundation Manager for the Flagship Ministry of Health’s Program (Fixed Amount Reimbursement Allowance-FARA) supported by USAID.  She provided technical, managerial and administrative oversight in 2012. She joined the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS).as Asst. Secretary General in 2013 and later became the Secretary General with the Executive Members provided oversight for the training and service of residents.  She was instrumental in the successful graduation/induction of the first cohort of 13 Medical Specialists trained in Liberia.  She served in WHO and rose from the post of an epidemiologist to become a WHO Representative in Lesotho, Southern Africa and later as WHO Africa’s Regional Adviser on Emergency and Humanitarian Action, where she provided technical advice and guidance on critical Health issues to National Governments in WHO African Region.

She an Examiner of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) with focus on Post-graduate qualifications for Membership and Fellowship in Community Medicine since 2016.

Dr Angela Benson co-founded the Global Health Innovations and Action Foundation (GHIA Foundation), an International Non- Governmental Organization with the Focus of helping to reduce disease burden among women and children with a mission of ensuring that women live healthier and longer lives by providing Technical support to National Governments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She is a member of several National and International Professional and service  Organizations including the AFREHealth Consortium, Public Health Association,  Fellow of the Liberia College of Physicians & Surgeons (FLCPS), Fellow of the West African College of Physician (FWACP)  and Member of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA)  She has co-author and published Medical Articles and Chapters in the Situation Analysis of the Health of Women and Children in Liberia; The Investment Plan of Building  a Resilient Health System in Liberia , Post-Ebola (2015 -2021).  She is a 15+ years member of Rotary  International , a service Organization and has served as President in Lesotho, President at the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Liberia and currently a Technical Cadre of the Rotary Foundation.

She is married to Dr. Jimi O. Benson, a Family Physician and they have three adult children, several fostered children and four grand-children.  Dr. Angela Benson is a born-again Christian who fears the Lord and keeps Him as Lord and Master of her life living an exemplary life in her community of Paynesville, Liberia.

The COO of GHIA Foundation is Dr. Charles Maas

Charles Maas MD, MPH

BIO For GHIA BOARD

Physician with a career spanning clinical medicine and public health leadership positions.

Board Experience

  1. 4 D (For Deus – God). Non-profit Christian organization serving Eastern Europe. Board member, 2013 to present
  2. Love INC (In the Name of Christ). Non-profit organization serving the Sacramento, California, area. Board member, 2005 to 2014.
  3. Iris Foundation for Mental Health, National Advisory Committee member, 2002-2009.

Work Experience

  1. Child/Adolescent mental health physician, 2001 to 2013, full time; 2013 to present, half-time, California
  2. General pediatrics physician 1981 – 2005 in California
  3. Medical Director, Tulare County, California, 1979-1981.
  4. Director/Health Officer Fresno County, California, , 1974-1979.
  5. Medical Director/Health Officer, Trinidad, Colorado, 1973 to 1974.
  6. Pediatrician, US Army, Okinawa, Japan 1970 to 1973.

Leadership Experience

Member/Chair of various regional and state public and private health organizations, 1972-2015

Volunteer Experience

  1. Mental health physician to a Christian residential treatment facility, 2013 to present.
  2. Neighbor Volunteer working with Afghanistan refugees, World Relief Resettlement Agency, 2017 to present.
  3. Short term missionary to Braila, Romania, 2003 to 2007.
  4. Men’s weekly Bible study member/leader, 1985 to present.

Family

  1. Married to Elissa, 1980 to present . Twin daughters.
  2. First marriage, 1963 to 1975. Two daughters.
  3. 13 grandchildren ages 1 year to 23 years

Address:

C/o Dr. Angela Benson
Benson Hospital, Duport Road, Paynesville
Liberia


Charles Maas MD, MPH

I am a physician with a career spanning clinical medicine and public health leadership positions.  It is an honor and great opportunity to be considered for the GHIA Foundation Board. 

Board Experience

  • 4 D (For Deus – God). Non-profit Christian organization serving Eastern Europe.  Board member, 2013 to present
  • Love INC (In the Name of Christ). Non-profit organization serving the Sacramento, California, area.  Board member, 2005 to 2014.
  • Iris Foundation for Mental Health, National Advisory Committee member, 2002-2009.

 

Work Experience

  • Child/Adolescent mental health physician, 2001 to 2013, full time; 2013 to present, half-time.
  • General pediatrics physician 1981 – 2005.
  • Medical Director, Tulare County, California, 1979-1981.
  • Director/Health Officer Fresno County, California, , 1974-1979.
  • Medical Director/Health Officer, Trinidad, Colorado, 1973 to 1974.
  • Pediatrician, US Army, Okinawa, Japan 1970 to 1973.

Leadership Experience

  • Member/Chair of various regional and state public and private health organizations, 1972-2015

Volunteer Experience

  • Mental health physician to a Christian residential treatment facility, 2013 to present.
  • Neighbor Volunteer working with Afghanistan refugees, World Relief Resettlement Agency, 2017 to present.
  • Short term missionary to Braila, Romania, 2003 to 2007.
  • Men’s weekly Bible study member/leader, 1985 to present.

Family

  • Married to Elissa, 1980 to present . Twin daughters.
  • First marriage, 1963 to 1975. Two daughters.
  • 13 grandchildren ages 1 year to 23 years.

Dr. Bernice T. Dahn

Dr. Bernice T. Dahn is the Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Liberia. She served as the Minister of Health for the Republic of Liberia from 2015-2018. For almost nine years prior, Dr. Dahn served as the Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Republic of Liberia. In these roles, Dr. Dahn led the re-establishment of the Ministry of Health and the rebuilding of Liberia’s post-conflict health care delivery system. Internationally, Dr. Dahn has served as a Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility.

In all fora, Dr. Dahn has been a resolute advocate for donor alignment to government-led plans and for mutual transparency and accountability in aid relationships. As CMO, she negotiated the Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States’ first direct government-to-government funding mechanism, successfully instituting an innovative approach to bilateral development aid in Liberia. She also led a paradigm shift from NGO-controlled resources to government leadership in the health sector; built County Health Teams’ capacity for managing donor funds (contracting in and out health services by the MOH), giving the Government of Liberia more control of donor funds and improved ownership of its development agendas.

In 2013, Dr. Dahn spearheaded the establishment of postgraduate medical residency programs in general surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics & gynecology. During the early stages of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014 Dr. Dahn coordinated the national response to the epidemic, including development of treatment protocols and infection prevention and control standards, trainings, resource mobilization, and partner coordination. Upon establishment of the Incident Management System, she focused on community-based initiatives and restoration of routine health services. Post outbreak, Dr. Dahn oversaw the development of Liberia’s Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System, including the National Health Workforce Program. She also launched a National Community Health Services Policy (2016), creating a new cadre of Community Health Assistants, and permanently transitioning Liberia’s community health system from a series of fragmented, under-performing community health volunteer programs to a nationally unified and high-quality Community Health Assistant program.

Having left the MOH in 2018, Dr. Dahn continues to serve at the forefront of Liberia’s advocacy for constructive aid practices. She became the Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Liberia in January 2019. Having taught medical students as a faculty member at her alma mater, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, for thirteen years, Dr. Dahn is now focused on improving academic and administrative systems at the college, with a vision of establishing a world-class health sciences education system.


Emmanuel  Kweku Ekyinabah  B.Sc (Hons), MD, MLCP, MWACP

Title:

  • Specialist Physician
  • Internal Medicine Department
  • John F Kennedy Medical Center
  • Monrovia, Libeia

Education

1987-1994  Bachelor of Science, cum laude   Major Biology

T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science  & Technology

University of Liberia ,Monrovia,

Liberia, West Africa

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine

University of Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa

Post Graduate   Training Faculty  Of Internal Medicine

Liberia  College of Physician & Surgeons

Faculty Of Internal MedicineWest African  College of Physicians

Diagnostic Ultrasound  Course Certificate

Thomas Jefferson  University Hospital

Philadelphia,USA

August 2013

Medical Oncology  Chemotherapy Clinical Training   Course  Certificate

Levine Cancer Institute

Carolinas Medical Center

Charlotte, North CarolinaUSA

Currently. Specialist Physician

 Internal Medicine Department

John F Kennedy Medical Center

Commissioner

The Liberia Noncommunicable Diseases & Injuries(NCDI) Poverty Commission

1st Vice Chair

Diabetes & Endocrine Society Of Liberia (DESoL)


JOHANNAH SEHLIWE (DEDE) SIKOSANA

Ms. Sikosana, otherwise affectionately known as Dede, is a self-motivated, highly accomplished and results driven individual with an outstanding track record within the various industry sectors that include, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Public Relations, Retail and Customer Service.

She is a Public Relations graduate from the Public Relations Institute of South Africa, and also boasts the following qualifications, viz; Medical Sales Representative Diploma; Palliative Care Certificate; Community Health and Occupational Health and Safety.

After obtaining her Matric qualification in 1988 from Thulare Secondary School in Soweto, Dede continued her education and attained N3 Commercial Certificate from Isidingo Technical College and an N6 Commercial Certificate from the Germiston Technical College.

Her accomplishments include achieving:

  • EMA Special Recognition Award 2013 for the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) SAP Axon Mobile 8.0IT Program Implementation;
  • Global Marketing Award 2015 for Driving Healthcare Worker Safety Initiatives in South Africa with Associates across Becton Dickinson;
  • EMA Special Recognition Award 2016 for singlehandedly managing the Salesforce.com CRM program for Becton Dickinson (South Africa)

Dede’s career started earnestly with the Conference Corporation, a PR and Events Management company based in Sandton, Johannesburg where she performed the role of Marketing Assistant. This was followed by stints at Afric Oil and Moribo Holdings as Marketing Co-Ordinator and Executive PA to the Chairman respectively.

In 1998 Dede joined Bayer Healthcare as a Management Assistant to the Group Product Executive, this was followed by a long career in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry with Janssen-Cilag, Genop
Healthcare, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Novartis and Beckton Dickinson. During this period Dede attended and was accredited for various continuous development training and in-house development programmes.

Dede excels in developing innovative solutions to problems, with strong planning and execution skills. This attribute saw her being awarded the Global Marketing Award for three consecutive periods for her role in
managing the successful implementation and management of the Salesforce.com CRM programme at Becton Dickinson (BD) Africa region.

Dede is a consummate professional with exceptional interpersonal skills, a team player who is able to work independently, with an undying passion for customer satisfaction.