AHEAD Members


Members are associated practitioners  who can effectively represent us within a consultancy team or are able to advocate on behalf of Africa AHEAD through their direct experience and understanding of the CHC Model of Development. They are typically self employed or employed part time hence  available for short term consultancies. They are nominated by the Founders and Trustees on the basis of their comittment to development and their understanding and direct success in implementing the CHC Model.

WATER AND SANITATION ADVISOR: Brian Mathew. PhD. Cranfield University

Brian has been working mainly in Africa for the past 25 years,  managing and evaluating water, sanitation and hygiene programmes: as Country Representative for WaterAid in Tanzania; with DFID in Zimbabwe, and for Price Waterhouse Coopers on the Five Cities Water Programme in Mozambique; and Government of Malawi on their National Sanitation Policy. His main focus is on the engineering / social interface as well as capacity building WASH staff and institutions, as well as promoting the use of productive water and ecosan for better nutrition and poverty reduction. In 1997, he was the first to replicate the CHC strategy successfully in a DFID project in Bikita (see publications).  He is currently working East Timor with World Vision piloting the CHC Model.

Experience: Africa: Zambia, Angola, Sudan, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Ethiopia. Asia: East Timor Latin America and the Caribbean: Honduras, Guyana

Languages: English (mother tongue), Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic (Basic)


Experience advising on rural livelihoods and the process of pro-poor policy and decentralised service delivery for the past 15 years, Liz has developed integrated programmes for DFID, implementing multi-Sector wide approaches in developing countries (Agriculture, ENR and Forestry) promoting  institutional and organisational change for natural resource management, environment and development, M&E and rural governance.

 Experience: Africa: Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sénégal, South Africa Asia: Bangladesh, IndiaIndonesia

HIV/AIDS AND MALARIA TRAINER AND RESEARCHER: Dr. Moniqe Oliff. PhD Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 2004.

Monique is a family health nurse practitioner with a doctorate in international public health, with 14 years experience throughout East and Southern Africa, providing quality technical assistance that addresses reproductive health, maternal and child health, nutrition, malaria and HIV/AIDS both in rural and urban contexts alongside quality implementation research that brings research closer to practice. As a nurse practitioner and public health specialist, she can provide practical training that builds the capacity, confidence and motivation of frontline health workers, while also addressing sustainable ways to strengthen health systems within resource poor settings.

Experience: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa

Languages: English (mother tongue), French, Kiswahili.

POLICY AND STRATEGY  ADVISOR: Jeremy Colin. M.Sc in Water and Environmental Management for developing countries, Loughborough, UK.

Jeremy  has undertake numerous assignments in water and sanitation sector in the past 13 years particularly in policy and strategy development, sector reform and decentralisation, strengthening service delivery to the poor, conducting evaluations, research and documentation, programme design and multi-stakeholder planning processes. Currently based in the UK as a freelance consultant.

African experience: Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa.

Asia: Indonesia, Laos, India, Bangladesh, Nepal.

Languages: English, French, Hindi/Urdu

HYGIENE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE  ADVISOR: Lene Jensen. M.A. International Public Health, George Washington University.  2004.

Lene’s  primary focus in the past 9 years has been on the effective use of behavior change communication to improve public health, as well as experience in designing and delivering innovative sanitation and hygiene promotion projects involving the hardware, financing, and software aspects of rural sanitation as well as facilitating strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships in the WASH sector. She has worked extensively for the World Bank based in Washington, USA and was advisor to the Ministry of Health in Vietnam where she facilitated the introduction of  a successful CHC pilot programme.

Experience: South America: Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Panama.

Asia: Vietnam.  Africa: Senegal and Tanzania.

Languages: Danish (mother tongue), English, Spanish, French, German.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH RESEARCHER: Dr. Rebecca King. PhD Social Anthropology University of Cambridge.  2004.

Currently a teaching fellow in the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development (University of Leeds) lecturing on Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health, Rebecca’s  experience for the past 8 years, has been  mainly  in qualitative research methods, focusing on health education  for maternal, neonatal and child survival, tobacco control and ACSM for TB control, as well as school feeding, food security and livelihoods programmes. Direct experience in CHC Programme design in Guinea Bissau,  developing the manual and materials as well as management of the programme,  training, monitoring and evaluation.

African experience: Liberia and Guinea Bissau

Asian experience: Nepal, Bhutan.

Languages: English (mother tongue),  Nepali (spoken), Kriol (spoken).

COMMUNITY HEALTH CLUB TRAINER AND RESEARCHER: Jason Rosenfeld. M.Sc. in Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA.  2007

Jason has  been involved in African development for the past 11 years. He researched  malaria in Zambia, and school water, sanitation and hygiene in Kenya, before  joining Africa AHEAD as an intern in South Africa in 2008. After a year managing CHC programme in Kwa Zulu Natal,  he joined Zimbabwe AHEAD, developing training material, proposal writing and conducting research using cell phone surveys, with field experience in training,  and managing  CHC projects and as well as innovative research into  hygiene behaviour change. He is currently lecturing at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and managing a CHC Project in Dominican Republic.

Experience: Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa,  Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic.

Language: English (Mother tongue), Spanish, Dagbane.

PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING ADVISOR: Zachary Bigirimana: Masters of Public Health Tulane University, USA. 1988

Currently Dean of Environmental Health Sciences Department of   the Kigali Health Institute (KHI) Rwanda and one of the Directors for Regional AIDS Training Network (RATN) based in Nairobi and networking 25 member  institutions of 10 Countries. He  is a part time Technical Advisor to the Environmental Health Desk of Ministry of Health Rwanda and a National Trainer at Health Manpower Development Centre, Uganda. Twenty years experience in Management of Health Services, Rural Social Development and Human Resources Development,  Food   Hygiene and Inspection. Skillful trainer in Participatory Approaches, the Community Health Club Approach, Project Planning.

Languages: English, Kinyarwanda , Rukiga, Luganda (Mother tongue)

Kate Brogan, A post Masters  Intern with  Zimbabwe AHEAD in 2010 was an exemplary volunteer:  since then she has been working as a Project Manager for  IMC in London and has successfully advocated for the CHC Approach  resulting in a partnership for a forthcoming project in Zimbabwe.


Juliana Kamanda, a PhD colleague researching hygiene behaviour change at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who  has been instrumental in supporting Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone to understand the CHC Approach resulting in the interest to scale up this approach.

Justin Otai is a long time colleague at the Ministry of Health, Uganda,  who has successfully replicated the CHC Approach in other projects in Lira,  since he first co-facilitated at a CHC training  with the CEO of Africa AHEAD starting a groundbreaking programme in the refugee camps in  Guru in  2003.




Research Volunteers are emerging professionals in Public Health, in the process of researching or  recently qualified with a Masters or PhD, prepared to offer their time and expertise as a volunteer. They are seconded as interns to local organisations in developing countries to assist in advocacy  and build capacity, provide training, and fund-raising, and conduct research in the CHC Approach. They provide constant new insights into the CHC Methodology through their research as it is adapted in different countries and contexts, co-publishing with Africa AHEAD Associated Practitioners.

They are  self funded, as an intern, but are well placed to taken on work in Africa AHEAD projects should the opportunity arise. If they successfully complete this work, they may be invited to become Associated Practitioners.


The following are duly recognised:

Josephine Mutandiro (Zimbabwe) : Research and poster on herbal remedies: Co-author of manual for CHC Approach, Zimbabwe

Andrew Muringaniza (Zimbabwe) : 15 years field experience: Case Study : Tsholotsho and Chipinge project, Zimbabwe

Regis Matimati (Zimbabwe): (Diploma from Institute of Water and Sanitation Development) Thesis on CHCs in Makoni District

Nancy Maksimovski (South  Africa ): (M.Sc. Cape Town, 2009). Public Health. Poster on Africa AHEAD Project (KZN, S.Africa)

Luke Whaley (U.K.)  (M.Sc. 2010, Cranfield), Community Water and Sanitation field work in Chipinge and Chiredzi district; thesis comparing the CLTS and CHC Approach in Zimbabwe

Matthew Waterkeyn (U.K.) (B.Eng.M.Sc. 2010, Cranfield)  Environmental Water Management: mapped the geographical position of  CHCs in Zimbabwe since 1995

Patty Determan (USA) Intern with Zimbabwe AHEAD (2012) and Knowledge Management Officer (2013): organised the household inventory and data capture for all CHCs