The Secretariat is currently staffed with a Senior Program Manager, Administrative/Human Resource Officer, and a Finance Manager. A National Service Person supports the Secretariat in the role as Finance & Administrative Assistant. The recruitment of an Executive Director is underway and the full team is envisaged to be in place by the end of the first half of the year 2020. See below the bio-sketches of the staff at post.

Ireneous N. Dasoberi, Senior Program Manager

Ireneous has academic qualification in MSc Health Services Planning and Management; and MPhil Economics. He has about 10 years of experience in health project management and in health care Quality Improvement (QI), capacity building and application.

He served in various leadership positions during the implementation of Project Fives Alives! (PFA!), a large-scale maternal & child health project in Ghana, which contributed to improving maternal & child health outcomes. Serving in the position of Deputy Director of PFA!, he played a critical role in the strategic planning of the project scale-up and implementation nation-wide.

With Ubora Quality Institute as a Senior Improvement Advisor, Ireneous managed a project to initiate the integration and sustainability of QI in the Ghanaian healthcare system; and also provided QI project design and capacity building support to an Institute for Healthcare Improvement - Ethiopian Ministry of Health large-scale project for improving maternal and newborn health using a Quality Improvement approach. Other initiatives Ireneous supported as a Quality Improvement consultant include:
• A Preterm Birth Initiative in Uganda - a partnership between the UCSF and Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
• A Maikhanda Foundation project on reducing mortality of low birth weight babies in Malawi
• An Adaptive Learning Collaborative for maternal and newborn health services improvement in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana

Clara Efua Sam-Woode, Administrative/Human Resource Officer

She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Parasitology both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana. She has previously worked as a Graduate and Research Assistant in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, KNUST where she supervised undergraduate laboratory work and tutorial sessions. She also worked as the Project Assistant on the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative Program under the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). In this role, she ensured the timely delivery of project goals and activities, liaised with consultants and stakeholders and organized workshops and mentoring sessions for trainees on the project. She also served as the College Research Administrator of the College of Health Sciences at KNUST and coordinated the activities of externally funded research projects in the College. She also provided administrative support for researchers in their proposals for funding.

Clara is currently working as the Human Resource Administrative Officer and is responsible for providing administrative and HR support to the AFREhealth Secretariat as well as AFREhealth office bearers.

Yvette Boakye, Finance Manager

Yvette Boakye has over 18 years’ experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas including compliance, business process, accounting, auditing, financial reporting and grant financial management. In addition to her 12 years tenure at KITE, she has held various finance and accounting positions working with Cedar Point Company Ltd, Asante Wiredu and Associates (Chartered Accountants), Precious Metals Refinery and Schneider Electric Ghana Ltd.

Yvette’s non-profit experience encompasses grant accounting and financial management of projects involving local and international partners and donors, grant audits, budget planning and administration, grant financial reporting, and project support. With her strong financial background and experience, Yvette Boakye is dedicated to the financial well-being of the organisations she works with.

Yvette Boakye is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant Ghana. She is also a member of the Audit Committee of Manhyia Government Hospital and a member of the Association of women accountants Ghana (AWAG).

Barbara Appiah, National Service Person (as Administrative & Finance Assistant)

Barbara Ama Pokuaa Appiah graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2019, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Banking and Finance. Barbara carried out her student dissertation to explore the impact of external debt on the economic growth of Ghana.

She has previously served the Ghana Grid Company from 2017 to 2018 as an Assistant Treasurer in the Finance Department. By virtue of her positive work attitude, good interpersonal relationship, loyalty and dedication to work, she was given the opportunity to serve again at the Payroll Department for another year in the same company. Barbara is a goal getter, result oriented a well-organized person who seeks to make a positive impact in all endeavours.

Barbara loves to give back to her community. She once mobilized the youth to undertake communal labor in a clean-up to improve the sanity of her community for the well-being of its inhabitants. She likes to read to learn, research, and explore.