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Asengwile Mwendamele

Asengwile Mwandemele

Asen Mwandemele is a Health Information Systems (HIS) Software Developer. He is a member of the UCSF Global Health Informatics Hub and has a Computer Science background from the University of Namibia. Focusing on programming data collection tools and analytics in global health, Asen has worked on online, offline and hybrid data collection and analysis tools for HIV and Malaria projects in Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi, Tanzania, Thailand and Indonesia. In Namibia, he works closely with the IT and Health Information Systems (HIS) team at the Ministry of Health & Social Services. His competencies are in data collection and analysis, server setup and maintenance, cloud technologies, web services, and mobile application development.

Praise Zimunya

Praise Zimunya

Praise joined Global Programs in 2016 working as M&E Data Analyst working on the HIV Quality improvement data management system (HIVQUAL) and HIV Data Reviews which are platforms for facilitating RM&E-focused, data quality control procedures in the MoHSS in Namibia.

She is currently working on the Namibia PTracker Project on which Global Programs is working with the MoHSS Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program to design, develop and implement a patient- level electronic data capture and reporting system that will strengthen the PMTCT program’s monitoring and evaluation to achieve quality improvement and to ultimately validate Namibia’s progress towards eliminating mother-to-child-transmission (e-MTCT) of HIV. Her role includes providing support for improvement strategies for data collection, data quality assessment and improvement. She also supports the informatics and development team with systems testing and providing feedback to further improve the system. Along with development of training materials, SOP’s and manuals, she provides support and ongoing capacity building for health workers on P-Tracker implementation.

Prior to this role, she worked in monitoring, evaluation and reporting roles on health and nutrition and malaria programs with UMCOR in Zimbabwe.

Praise has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with Africa University, Zimbabwe and is currently studying for a master’s degree in International Development Studies with the University of Birmingham, UK.

Kornelia Penda

Kornelia Penda

Administration and FInance Assistant

Penda assists the finance and administration department and ensures the office is environmentally friendly. She previously worked for Regus Business Centre as an office assistant.

Henry Ntuku

Henry Ntuku, MD, PhD

High Risk Population Surveillance Specialist

Ntuku is a trained medical doctor and a public health specialist with interest in the design, planning and implementation of interventions for malaria control and elimination. He leads the field implementation and overall coordination of multiple malaria high-risk population studies in Namibia and other partner countries including Senegal and Laos. In that role, he works with in-country partner institutions including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, University of Namibia, (Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership for Africa, Health Poverty Action to support national malaria programs in identifying and understanding specific characteristics of populations at high-risk for malaria, selecting and targeting tailored surveillance and response interventions to ultimately reduce malaria transmission. Ntuku joined MEI and Global Programs in 2016 and has led the effective implementation of a multi-partner, multi-year randomized control trial investigating innovative malaria response strategies, including reactive targeted presumptive treatment and reactive vector control to interrupt transmission.

Previously, Ntuku worked for six years, successively for the Kinshasa school of Public and The Swiss Tropical and Public Institute to characterize the epidemiology of malaria and evaluate the implementation of key control interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ntuku has a MD from the University of Kinshasa in the DRC and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute/University of Basel in Switzerland.

Julie Neidel

Julie Neidel

Quality Program Manager, HEALTHQUAL

Neidel is a registered nurse by profession, soon completing her master’s in business management in quality systems, healthcare and hospital management. She has vast experience in management of health programs, continuous quality management of healthcare services, organizational capacity development, communication and knowledge management. Her current work entails supporting the national quality management program at the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services in coordinating quality management initiatives at all levels of healthcare. Neidel is a member and fellow of the International Society for Quality in healthcare (ISQua).

Priscilla Mudzingwa

Priscilla Mudzingwa

Director of Finance and Operations

Priscilla Mudzingwa is responsible for overseeing the management of human resources, finance, administration and logistics for all programs and projects.

She previously worked for ITECH Namibia as director of finance and for SASCCAL Regional Secretariat as director finance and administration and has seven years’ experience in leadership positions.

Mudzingwa is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and has a Bachelor of Science in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University, an MBA in strategic planning from Herriot Watt University. She is working part-time on a law degree at Free State University in South Africa

Esme Kisting

Esme Kisting

Project Support Manager

Esme Kisting provides administrative support to all projects and performs procurement and logistics duties at Global Programs Namibia office.

She worked previously at FNB for 16 years as the administration department manager and at MoHSS/CDC COAG programs from 2010 to 2016 before joining Global Programs.

Kisting has completed Grade 12 at Dr Lemmer High School, Rehoboth, Namibia.

Cara Smith Gueye

Cara Smith Gueye, PhD, MPH

Associate Director, Namibia Country Programs

Cara Smith Gueye manages the MEI portfolio of work in Namibia, with a particular focus on surveillance operational research and technical and operational support of the entomology and vector control unit of the National Vector-borne Disease Control Program (NVDCP) of Namibia. On these projects. Smith Gueye works closely with the NVDCP, University of Namibia, and serves on the management team of the Namibia Global Programs Office. She also provides strategic and technical support to the Elimination 8 (E8) initiative in Southern Africa.

Prior to managing the Namibia portfolio, Smith Gueye managed the malaria elimination case study series and UCSF’s support of regional malaria elimination initiatives in the Asia Pacific and southern Africa regions. Prior to joining the Global Health Group at the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences, she spent two years with an environmental NGO in California and four years in Cote d'Ivoire and Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer then working as a regional office associate on a maternal and child health initiative in Madagascar.

Smith Gueye has a PhD in public health and epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute/University of Basel and an MPH from University of California, Berkeley.

Mike Grasso

Mike Grasso, MPH

Program Manager and Technical Advisor

Mike Grasso is a member of the UCSF South Africa team, currently providing program management and technical assistance to the Namibia Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) and the Namibia Integrated Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey of Key Populations. His background includes the conceptualization, planning, implementation and results dissemination of several HIV surveillance projects and studies throughout sub-Saharan Africa and San Francisco. He supports strengthening individual and institutional capacity on HIV surveillance, data analysis and data use.

He has a bachelor's degree in sociology from San Francisco State University and a master's in public health from San Jose State University.

Roly Gosling

Roly Gosling, MD, PhD

Director, Malaria Elimination Initiative

Roland (Roly) Gosling, BmedSci, BM, BS, MSc, PhD, is the director of the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and a professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF.

Prior to leading the MEI, Gosling worked in West Africa at the Medical Research Council laboratories in Gambia and spent seven years working in Tanzania, first as faculty for University College London and later for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). During this time he worked on clinical trials for malaria drugs and prevention and tuberculosis treatment. Since joining the Malaria Elimination Initiative in 2011, Gosling has helped the team grow from eight to more than 30 people, with staff based overseas in three countries and projects in many more. MEI has become a global leader in malaria elimination and is responsible for the development of programmatic tools to improve implementation and impact of new (and old) malaria control and elimination strategies, implementing epidemiological studies of malaria in low transmission settings, and setting the vision for future goals and costing that future, amongst a great number of other activities.

Roly has an MD from the University of Nottingham in the UK and an MSc and PhD from LSHTM.

Elsie Eises

Elsie Eises

Malaria Elimination Initiative Project Officer

Elsie Eises works with the Namibia Malaria Elimination Research Partnership (NAMEP), also known as Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI).

She supports the implementation of MEI’s activities by providing administrative support to the project and working collaboratively with the technical team as well as the finance and operations team. Her background includes human resource management, logistics and administration.

Eises has an honours degree in Human Resource Development and Management as well as a certificate in Dispute Resolution. She previously worked at the Bank of Namibia.

Selma Naimhwaka, Masters in Public Health

Recency Study Coordinator

Selma Naimhwaka joined Global Programs in April 2019, and she holds the position of Recency Study Coordinator. Her main role includes working closely with Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) HIV Testing (HTS) Department to coordinate implementation of national HIV Recency activities. Other activities include working close with MoHSS to ensure Recency implementing sites adhere to the approved ethical procedures in the survey protocol and support all aspects of collection and analysis of data including regular support visits to implement quality improvement and quality assurance activities. She is also taking the lead in coordinating training of trainers and regional stepdown trainings, and act as the focal point to coordinate the management of recency related incidences and adverse events.


Prior to this position, she worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), supporting the MoHSS with monitoring and evaluation activities for the Health Extension Program in Namibia, and supporting the Namibian Planned Parenthood Association with M&E activities for the HIV Prevention, HTS and ART Services. Generally, she has about 15 years of working experience in the public health sector in Namibia working in clinical settings of MoHSS and on PEPFAR funded projects.


Selma holds a master’s degree in public health, concertation of International Health and Development which she obtained from Tulane University, New Orleans where she studied as a visiting PEPFAR Fulbright Scholar. She also holds a Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery Science from the University of Namibia, and post-graduate diploma in HIV/AIDS management from the University of Stellenbosch.



Melissa Muuondjo, Bachelor of Accounting (Honours)

Finance and Administration Officer

Melissa Muuondjo offers financial and administrative support for all programs and projects.

She has over 5 years experience of accounting and administration in donor funded projects.Prior to this role she worked as a finance assistant at Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG),bookkeeper at ATA International Training Namibia and Finance Intern at Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA)

Melissa has a Bachelor of Accounting Honours degree from the University of Namibia.