Imelda Mahaka is the Country Director for Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust (PZAT). She provides strategic direction, overall oversight, coordination and support for the implementation of PZAT programs. She has been involved in policy work in the areas of HIV treatment optimization and scale up including access to diagnostic and monitoring and community engagement. Formerly with the UZ-CHS Research Programme and Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project, Imelda has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS, SRH behavioural research, using quantitative and qualitative methods, especially working with adolescents. Imelda is a certified Social Worker, project manager and researcher; with a passion for working with and contributing to improved health outcomes for adolescents, women and other priority population groups. She is a member of AfroCAB and CHAI-UNITAID Optimal ARV Project Community Advisory Board, working towards empowered communities.
Dr. Joseph Murungu
Senior Technical Advisor
A medical doctor with postgraduate training in public health and a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, Joseph Murungu is the Senior Technical Advisor for Pangaea. He serves in the board as an ex officio member and technical advisory board. Joseph is experienced in the design, management and coordination of public health programmes towards responsive health systems. Prior to joining Pangaea, Joseph worked at different levels of the health delivery system in Zimbabwe, including coordination of the national HIV care & treatment programme. During the 8 years he was with the programme, the number of people accessing HIV treatment increased from 125,000 to 954,000. Joseph has a passion for strengthening health systems towards the provision of quality, patient centred care.
Senior Programs Manager
Ms Definate Nhamo is currently doing her PhD, holds an MSc in Strategic Management and a BA hons in Sociology. She has spent over a decade working on increasing access to Sexual Reproductive Health services (SRH) and facilitating HIV/AIDS care and treatment to female adolescents in Zimbabwe – both research and program delivery settings. She was the 2014 AVAC fellow for Zimbabwe and her work continued to focus on improving SRH access to young women including HIV prevention technologies. She is very passionate about improving SRH access as well as increasing new HIV prevention technologies’ (oral PrEP and vaginal rings) access to young women. She is involved in the Global Fund concept note writing –in Zimbabwe. She is a member of the HPTN scientific committee and is passionate about moving products and interventions from research to roll out, does work in policy advocacy and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Finance and Admin Manager
Portia Chingombe, (ACCA) is the Finance & Admin Manager of PZAT and is a certified accountant who provides oversight for all financial, budgetary, risk management and administrative issues. She has over 8 years’ experience dealing with various donors such as USAID, CDC, Bill & Melinda gates, DFID, CIDA and CIFF. Portia previously worked for EGPAF and ITECH where she gained vast experience in the NGO sector.
Portia holds a 1st degree in Accounting Science from Oxford Brookes University, an Honours Degree in Banking and Finance from Bindura University and a Master’s Degree in Business Admin from NUST and is a member of ACCA.
Senior Program Manager
A Nurse/Midwife and Development Practitioner who has served in different capacities within MOHCC and NGO sector. He is experienced in program design and coordination of integrated health care services related to HIV, TB, SRH and IMNCI. Currently serving as a program director for WILD4LFE program in Binga and Hwange districts. Prior to joining W4L he worked as a Provincial HIV/STI coordinator and Reproductive health officer for Mat North for 8years, joined EGPAF as a district focal person for PMTCT for two years covering Tsholotsho and Hwange districts before joining BEAT AIDS PROJECT ZIMBABWE as a technical officer for PMTCT and ART in Hwange district. During my service in HIV programming we realised the accreditation of all the districts and clinics in Matabeleland North Province to be ART initiating sites and the scale up of ART which saw huge numbers of patients put into treatment. I have strong passion for training and clinical mentoring approaches that bring about change that affect lives of our clients.
Barbra Ncube is a Programme Coordinator at PZAT. She holds a Master of Science degree in Governance and Leadership and has over 10 years’ experience coordinating, facilitating and implementing development projects in diverse communities around Zimbabwe. Barbra provides Monitoring, Evaluation, Results and Learning (MERL) support to COMPASS Africa; a North-South collaboration of civil society organizations working in the global North and in East and Southern Africa to strengthen the HIV response. Barbra is highly accomplished in community work, with specialist skills in Training management, Counselling, Prevention work and Qualitative research. She has vast experience in community mobilization, life skills training, M&E, gender and advocacy. Barbra has also worked with PZAT as a research consultant, whose assignment entailed conducting qualitative interviews for purposes of assessing project implementation, identifying key themes and developing qualitative codes for data analysis. She also coordinated and led a research team in collecting data from 15 health facilities in four Provinces; for Pangaea’s Landscaping of HIV Service Delivery in Zimbabwe research study. Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in knowledge management including documentation. She also understands strategy and had played a big role in the vision planning for PZAT.