Christophe Sesso Gbeleou

IH Country Director, Kara Team

Christophe Sesso Gbeleou

IH Country Director, Kara Team

After witnessing numerous devastating cases of AIDS in his neighborhood, Christophe Sesso was moved to collaborate with local doctors and people living with HIV/AIDS to create the Association Espoir pour Demain (AED-Lidaw) in 2001. In 2003, Christophe worked with U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Kevin Fiori Jr. to create Integrate Health to support AED to reinforce initiatives of community and the primary health system. From 1992 to 2004, Christophe worked for the Ministry of Health at the regional and national level supporting primary healthcare. Christophe Sesso advocates strongly for IH’s mission as it works with the existing system, supporting the system’s delivery of accessibly and quality services, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Molly Lauria

Research Director, Kara Team

Molly Lauria

Research Director, Kara Team

Molly joined the IH team in 2017 as Research Director. She brings with her a long-held commitment to research that focuses on implementation science approaches to understanding and improving health systems to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and the implementation of effective programs. Prior to joining IH, Molly held professional roles in global health program evaluation, implementation, and management at the community and national level in Mali, Rwanda, and the United States. She received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French from Connecticut College.

Élise Warga

Director of Operations, Kara Team

Élise Warga

Director of Operations, Kara Team

Living with HIV, Elise attests that Integrate Health and AED-Lidaw saved her life, which fuels her indefatigable motivation to continue the fight to improve healthcare in Togo. In 2004, Elise volunteered to manage IH’s procurement of the first antiretroviral medications provided outside of Togo’s capital city. Elise, who grew up with a straw roof over her head, has managed over $1.3 million in IH funding since that first round of ARVs arrived. Elise is an amazing example of the potential that can be unlocked through investment in local capacity building and looks forward to seeing IH’s expansion bring opportunities to more communities in Togo. 

Andrew Lopez

Chief Partnerships Officer, Lomé Team

Andrew Lopez

Chief Partnerships Officer, Lomé Team

Residing in Togo since 2009, Andrew has nearly a decade of on-the-ground development experience. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Masters in Social Work. Soon after, he moved to Togo to work for the United States Peace Corps, where he worked on health and youth development initiatives. He later joined Integrate Health in 2012 as its Program Director, where he supported local staff in program management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and communication. In 2016, Andrew became IH’s Chief Partnerships Officer. As IH scales its approach on the national level, he is the main liaison with the Togolese Ministry of Health and international development partners.

Roger Atana

Assistant to the Country Director, Kara Team

Roger Atana

Assistant to the Country Director, Kara Team

Roger joined IH’s team following years serving his community through education and communication. Roger received his BA in American literature at the University of Kara in 2015 and a second degree in communication and marketing with the African Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA) in 2016. He served as ALMA’s Chief Communications Officer from 2013-2016 before joining IH. He also worked at the Adele Junior Secondary School in Kara as an English teacher from 2015-2016. IH’s commitment to saving lives and reinforcing the existing health system drew Roger to join and contribute to aiding his community.

N’Danikou Sylvain Adivignon

Accountant, Kara Team

N’Danikou Sylvain Adivignon

Accountant, Kara Team

Sylvain has been with IH and AED since 2011, when he was placed with IH via a Togolese volunteer organization, and has remained ever since due to the invaluable work experience he is gaining while supporting IH’s mission. Sylvain credits IH with incredible staff mentorship and leadership, particularly with the support of US-based executives. He believes IH’s provision of free care for pediatrics is an essential component for improving health across Togo, and he looks forward to continuing to aid IH in expanding its services to more communities.

Danielle Boyda

Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, Kara Team

Danielle Boyda

Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, Kara Team

Danielle joined the IH team in 2017 as Coordinator of Maternal and Child Health, bringing a strong commitment to fostering evidence-based, community solutions to maternal and child health problems. She received her master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. From 2013-2016, Danielle worked with HIV program development and scale in Botswana, and co-founded young1ove, an evidence-based youth-led HIV prevention organization in Botswana. Since 2009, she has work and research experience in several Sub-Saharan African countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. With IH, Danielle seeks to ensure that the MCH program has efficient, sustainable systems in place to facilitate the program expansion.

Pernille Høj

Program Director, Kara Team

Pernille Høj

Program Director, Kara Team

Pernille started working at IH in 2016 as Coordinator of the new Maternal and Child Health program and has worked as Program Director since late 2017. Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Pernille received her bachelor’s degree in international development and Journalism from Roskilde University in 2013. Pernille has several years of experience working with social movements and organization, and she has initiated and worked on capacity-building projects in Zimbabwe and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In 2016, Pernille earned a master’s degree in International Development and Management from Lund University in Sweden and conducted her fieldwork in Dakar, Senegal. With IH, Pernille acts as a primary liaison between IH and the public health sector in the IH scale-up by recruiting community health workers, conducting community meetings, and overseeing the process of expanding and implementing IH’s programming across new districts.

B. Florent Kegbing

Assistant to the Research Coordinator, Kara Team

B. Florent Kegbing

Assistant to the Research Coordinator, Kara Team

Florent provides logistical support to IH’s Research Coordinator on a periodic basis since 2015, whenever IH is leading a large-scale research project. After receiving his university degree in French Language from the University of Kara in 2016, Florent has been working in project management in Kara. In 2015, after volunteering for AED in pediatric support since 2009, he joined IH’s research team for the initial household data survey. Florent has a strong drive for improving health in Togo, particularly maternal and child health, and looks forward to supporting IH’s push for project implementation and best-practices research.

Tsolegnagbo P. Kossi

IT Specialist, Kara Team

Tsolegnagbo P. Kossi

IT Specialist, Kara Team

Kossi started working at IH in 2015 as an IT specialist. He received a certificate in IT from the Center of Informatics Maintenance and Multimedia in 2014, a certificate in Advanced Xcel Programming at the Emergent Technologies Center of Kara in 2014, and degree from the University of Kara in Finance and Accounting in 2015. Outside of IH, Kossi teaches courses in accounting software and runs his own training center where he teaches web design. He was motivated to join IH to further his IT abilities and explore opportunities to use technology in the field of health. At IH, he is in charge of facilitating the use of technology in programs, particularly in community-based programming. He looks forward to IH’s new use of mobile technology for community health workers!

Agnes Miziou

Research Coordinator, Kara Team

Agnes Miziou

Research Coordinator, Kara Team

Agnes has been working with IH and AED since 2005, when she started volunteering with youth programming until 2013. From 2013 to 2015, she worked at Compassion International, before joining the group of researchers at IH in 2015 as research coordinator. Agnes is currently pursuing a university degree in program management and planning, monitoring, evaluation, and local development, inspired by the work she has been involved in with IH and AED. Working with IH gives her hope for Togo’s future, as IH’s vision to give free and accessible care to vulnerable populations creates an incredible momentum for change. Agnes looks forward to supporting IH’s research as it discovers and implements the best healthcare for Togo.

Modestine Hodalou Pitekelabou

Data Coordinator, Kara Team

Modestine Hodalou Pitekelabou

Data Coordinator, Kara Team

After several years working for the Global Fund, Modestine joined IH in 2018 as Data Coordinator. Modestine worked at IH’s partner organization, AED, from 2015-2017 as a Global Fund monitoring and evaluation employee working with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, collecting reports from field agents, processing data for the Global Fund, and liaising with community-based agents. Modestine received her degree in sociology from the University of Kara in 2017. IH’s dedication to providing the best quality care for every patient and the staff collaboration attracted her to join the IH team.

Etonam Sowou

Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Kara Team

Etonam Sowou

Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Kara Team

Etonam joined the IH team in 2016 after years of experience in NGO management, project management, and monitoring and evaluation across Togo.  After receiving his Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Lomé with a concentration in public health education, Etonam interned for the Togolese Federation of NGOs in administrative and project management. From 2012 to 2016, he worked as a Psychosocial Counselor, then Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for another local non-profit focused on people living with HIV, before joining IH’s M&E Team. In his role as Director, Etonam loves having the opportunity to be involved in the entire range of work that IH does by helping each team realize their goals.

Désiré Dabla

Assistant to the Chief Partnerships Officer, Lomé Team

Désiré Dabla

Assistant to the Chief Partnerships Officer, Lomé Team

Désiré began working for Integrate Health in the beginning of 2017 after an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Lomé’s development office, where he assisted in funding projects in health and agriculture. Before that, he studied sociology at the University in Lomé where he obtained his Masters in 2017. His work at IH consists of managing partner contacts and of the financial and administrative aspects of the Lomé office. Currently writing his thesis on the influence of ICT on the improvement of health systems in Togo, Désiré is fascinated by IH’s integration of technology on the ground and sees in it an avant-garde approach to universal access to care in Togo.

Isidore Eketan

Logistics Officer, Lomé Team

Isidore Eketan

Logistics Officer, Lomé Team

A native of Lomé, Isidore obtained his Bachelors in History from the University of Lomé in 2016. After that, he took a job at a security agency. It was in this capacity that he first joined the team at Integrate Health. In 2017 he was promoted to Logistics Officer. In this role, he oversees fleet management, partner visit preparation, procurement, and mail delivery. Isidore is happy to work at IH because of its contributions to the improvement of the health of rural populations in Togo. He can’t wait to see IH’s work expand to all corners of the country.

Louis François Atchole

Community Health Worker Supervisor, Kara Team

Louis François Atchole

Community Health Worker Supervisor, Kara Team

Driven by a passion for increasing respect and compassion in the treatment of children within healthcare, François joined IH in 2016 as Supervisor of CHWs. After receiving his nursing and obstetrics degree from the National School of Medical Auxiliaries in Kara in 2014, he became a state nurse at a public clinic, where he was also in charge of community activities targeting pediatric care and reproductive health. Driven by a passion for improving the quality of services at the community-level, as CHW Supervisor for IH, Francois is involved in a range of activities outside of supervising IH’s numerous CHWs, including leading community restitutions, conducting medical-social investigations, and supporting IH’s male peer educators.

P. Émile Bobozi

Mentor Coordinator, Kara Team

P. Émile Bobozi

Mentor Coordinator, Kara Team

Emile has been with IH since 2014, when he started as head nurse of the AED clinic, then became Community Health Worker Supervisor, then Clinical Mentor, and is now mentor coordinator. Emile received his license in nursing and obstetrics from the National Medical Auxiliaries School in Kara in 2012, then went on to volunteer at the Kara University Hospital in reanimation, before working for the medical facility of the Central Bank of West African States and then the Medico-Social Clinic of Atchembade. As Mentor Coordinator, Emile is instrumental in the expansion of IH’s programs into new districts, as well as supporting the clinical mentor working in our four pilot sites. He’s motivated by the eagerness of IH to support the health system rather than replace it. His favorite part of IH, however, is getting to run ultrasounds for pregnant women!

Ablavi Stella Kossivi

Clinical Mentor, Kara Team

Ablavi Stella Kossivi

Clinical Mentor, Kara Team

Ablavi Stella joined the IH maternal and child health team in 2017 as a clinical mentor, bringing many years of experience working with patients and clinical staff in Northern Togo. Stella received her Physician’s Assistant license in 2013 from the University of Lomé. From 2014 to 2018, she worked in the field in Sokodé as a National Volunteer for the Togolese Association for Family Well-Being (ATBEF) before managing a government clinic. With IH, Stella is dedicated to capacity-building activities in clinics and communities to provide better care to children and pregnant and postpartum women. She looks forward to helping more community members as the program expands.

Amanda Fenwick-Smith

Princeton in Africa Fellow, Kara Team

Amanda Fenwick-Smith

Princeton in Africa Fellow, Kara Team

Amanda has been with IH since 2017 as a Princeton in Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in International Health in 2017. Amanda has several years of experience working as an Emergency Medical Technician in Washington D.C. for a volunteer EMS corps, where she held numerous administrative and leadership positions. She’s interned at a number of start-ups and public health organizations, including at FHI360 and the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health. At IH, Amanda supports the recently created rural ambulance program, as well as supporting data-entry, grant writing, and other programmatic efforts. Amanda looks forward to seeing IH’s successes as they expand their community-based and systems-strengthening programming to more communities in Togo.

Kendra Davis

Peace Corps Volunteer, Kara Team

Kendra Davis

Peace Corps Volunteer, Kara Team

Kendra joined IH as a third-year Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV), splitting her time between running the Pediatric Mentorship Program and supporting research activities at IH, and acting as Satellite Coordinator for AED. After graduating in 2015 from UT Austin with a BSA in Nutrition and a minor in French, Kendra worked for two years as a Community Health and Malaria Specialist Volunteer in the village of Kémérida, 30 minutes from Kara. As a PCV, she taught sexual and reproductive health seminars in schools in her district and implemented a birth-plan program in her village. Kendra looks forward to continuing her work with youth sexual health by creating a sustainable pediatric mentorship program that will allow youth to access sexual and reproductive health services without encountering discrimination.

Aregba Karka

IH Driver, Kara Team

Aregba Karka

IH Driver, Kara Team

Karka has been IH’s trusted driver since mid-2017. On a break from getting his university degree in Modern French Language from the University of Kara, Karka supports operations at IH in the field and in the main office. Karka takes the various teams and personnel out into the field by car or motorcycle, and he provides general office support when he is in Kara.

Alex Yondo

Security Guard, Lomé Team

Alex Yondo

Security Guard, Lomé Team

After more than 8 years of experience in the security field, Alex joined IH in 2017. Married and father of two young boys, Alex is grateful for the opportunities that IH has presented to him. “Thanks to IH, I am able to pay for my boys’ education, and I even have a motorbike to take them to school! IH really saved me from a lot of despair. I never thought that I would have been able to provide for my family as I do now.”

Jenny Schechter

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Jenny Schechter

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Jennifer Schechter has been building innovative healthcare solutions since 2005, when she opened Integrate Health’s first rural HIV treatment center while serving as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo. Since taking on the role of CEO in 2012, Ms. Schechter has helped to expand Integrate Health’s impact in the fight to end preventable deaths of women and children. Working in the marginalized nation of Togo, Integrate Health collaborates with the Togolese Ministry of Health to implement and test proactive, integrated, community health delivery innovations. The innovations developed by Integrate Health and the Togolese Ministry of Health are contributing to the global movement to bring about systems-level change in the way primary healthcare is delivered. Under Ms. Schechter’s leadership, Integrate Health has been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative and supported by a number of social impact investors. Ms. Schechter is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation, a recipient of the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service and a recipient of the Cordes Fellowship. Ms. Schechter received a Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University and Master’s degrees of Social Work and Public Health from the University of Washington.

Emily Bensen

Deputy Director

Emily Bensen

Deputy Director

Emily has been with Integrate Health since 2014. She launched the Maternal and Child Health Program and saw it through its first year. The program has transformed the health system in the target population, increasing children receiving care by 517% and prenatal consultations by 214%. In September 2016 she transitioned to the US-based team as the Deputy Director, where she now manages grants, strategic partnerships and provides programmatic support to the Togo team. Emily is from Norwich, Vermont and majored in Anthropology/ Sociology with Global Health and French minors at Middlebury College.

Kevin Fiori

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Kevin Fiori

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Kevin Fiori MD, MPH is an Integrate Health co-founder and the current Chief Strategy
Officer. He is an Assistant Professor in both the Division of Academic General Pediatrics and
Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine / Montefiore
Medical Center. In 2016, he became the Director of the Global Health Program in the
Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Since 2003, Dr. Fiori has been
working on community-based health initiatives based in Togo, West Africa, initially as a Peace
Corps volunteer. He is primary investigator on multiple community health initiatives based both
in West Africa and Bronx, NY. He is currently a Fellow in the Empire Clinical Research
Investigator Program investigating implementation outcomes focused on community health
workers and social determinants of health screening in the Bronx.

Dr. Fiori was awarded the Ellen Griep Award for Excellence by University of Washington School
of Medicine, the 2015 Chairman’s Award for Distinction in Research, and 2015 Behavioral
Science Award for Excellence from the Department of Family and Social Medicine. Dr. Fiori and
Jennifer Schechter were awarded the 2016 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished
Humanitarian Service by the National Peace Corps Association.

He completed a MD at the University of Washington and an MPH at Boston University School of
Public Health as part of the Masters International Program with the US Peace Corps.

Josh Gryniewicz

Director of Marketing & Communications

Josh Gryniewicz

Director of Marketing & Communications

Dawn Fiori

Financial Director

Dawn Fiori

Financial Director

Dawn Fiori has been an active member in community and social organizations for over 25 years. She was an elected member of the Medway School Committee for 9 years, where she was Vice-chair for 3 years. For years Dawn was an appointed member of the Medway Finance Committee, where she was the liaison to several town boards. After fifteen years in retail management and loss prevention, Dawn switched careers and for over ten years has been employed as an office administrator for R.P. Marzilli & Company. Dawn still lives in her hometown of Medway, Massachusetts, where she raised her 2 daughters, Shannon and Erin. She is also a very young grandmother of five. Along with her nephews, Thomas and Kevin Fiori Jr., and her sister, Susan Hafford, Dawn is one of the founding members of Integrate Health. It is her wish and dream that IH continues to grow and receive support so that every child in Togo can have a healthy mother to help them reach adulthood and that every mother, even those that are HIV positive, can become a very young grandmother.

Abalo Assimta

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Abalo Assimta

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Abalo has spent his whole life in Djamdé and farmed his land and worked as a CHW for his local health clinic before joining IH’s CHW team to counteract the childhood sickness and problems with pregnancies in his community. Abalo is proud of IH’s work in the community, as accessibility and affordability of services no longer prevent pregnant women or children from getting the healthcare they need. He has noticed a big decrease in poverty in his community, even within his own household. Money that would previously have gone to paying for healthcare services for pregnant women and children is being fed back into homes and the community. Abalo advocates for mutual love and respect between community health workers and the communities they serve, as cooperation and trust is essential for fostering healthier, stronger families.

Abiré Aime Sewou

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Abiré Aime Sewou

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Abiré has lived in Sarakawa since the age of 16 and joined IH’s CHW team to help her community that was suffering. She admires the way IH has truly partnered with the community, and she loves working with both pregnant women and children to ensure their health and prosperity. Since beginning her work, Abiré has seen fewer deaths in her community, and the affordability and quality of services now available give her tremendous hope. Abiré takes pride in working with IH to continue to create change and better health in Sarakawa and looks forward to prosperity in her community.

Afi Kpaba

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Afi Kpaba

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Afi has lived her whole life in Sarakawa and became a community health worker with IH at the age of 21. When the CHW program started in Sarakawa, Afi jumped at the opportunity to bring joy and wellbeing to her community by helping women and children thrive. She has seen big changes in her community since IH’s programs began, including a significant drop in the number of fatalities and illnesses left untreated. Afi looks forward to IH’s program expanding and reaching more communities across Togo, bringing improved health and family happiness throughout her country by providing continuous medication availability, respectful and quality care, and community-based initiatives.

Akluo Ebare

Kpindi Team Ambulance Driver

Akluo Ebare

Kpindi Team Ambulance Driver

Akluo joined our team in 2017 as one of the Kpindi ambulance tricycle drivers. Akluo has lived most of his life in Kpindi and has been astounded by the impact of IH’s maternal and child health program on the health and prosperity of the Kpindi community. He decided to take part in serving his community by saving women’s and children’s lives as an ambulance driver. He looks forward to supporting IH’s partnership with Kpindi.

Aledegnowa Toka

Sarakawa Team Ambulance Driver

Aledegnowa Toka

Sarakawa Team Ambulance Driver

Toka has lived in Sarakawa his whole life and works as a mechanic and farmer when he is not driving patients for IH’s rural tricycle ambulance program in Sarakawa. Prior to becoming a driver for IH, Toka worked as a village development volunteer and chose to work with IH to further his commitment to his community. Toka has seen many changes in his community, including an increase in health literacy, reducing maternal and child deaths in Sarakawa. Toka looks forward to working closely with Sarakawa to serve his community by providing lifesaving medical transports that decrease child mortality.

 

Assibi Nadege Botcho Amezo

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Assibi Nadege Botcho Amezo

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Nadege was born and raised in Djamdé, where she was a farmer prior to becoming a community health worker with IH. Driven by the desire to help her community, she was particularly drawn to IH’s partnership because she knew her community would thrive through the partnership. She is proud of the significant differences she has seen in her community, including the majority of women who now receive pre- and post-natal consultations at regularly scheduled intervals, and who promptly seek care for their children when they’re ill. Nadege is empowered by the knowledge she can impart in her community and to her own family members. She looks forward to the many ways the IH partnership with Djamdé continues to strengthen her community, particularly the focus on affordable and accessible family planning.

Assnapyalo Florence Akawa

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Assnapyalo Florence Akawa

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Florence has lived in Sarakawa her whole life and became a IH CHW at the age of 19. She was originally motivated to help children and pregnant women to create change in her community by improving the health of those around her. She enjoys active case finding, where she gets to seek out sick children and pregnant women in her community and provide them with care and support when they need it most. She has seen significant changes in her community and takes pride in her part in creating happier families and decreasing maternal and child mortality in Sarakawa. Florence looks forward to continuing her work with IH and seeing the ongoing success of the program.

 

Azoumare Luc Gnezim

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Azoumare Luc Gnezim

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Luc has spent his whole life in Djamdé and joined the IH CHW team in 2015. Before becoming a community health worker, Luc didn’t know much about health, but he now credits the health of a person as being essential to the hope and development of a community, particularly children’s health. He is proud of being a CHW, in particular his of ability to care for the children in his community, including his own.  Since joining IH’s CHW team, he has noticed changes in behavior in his community, in particular an increased sense of cohesiveness, as people are united by their health and happiness. Luc is determined to continue to ensure children remain happy and healthy in his community and to promote IH’s programs in the community.

Babalana Justine Bakeda

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Babalana Justine Bakeda

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Justine has lived her whole life in Adabawéré and joined the IH CHW team at the age of 20. She was first motivated to join IH’s mission when she saw how her community was suffering but couldn’t help itself because of the cost of healthcare and knew the IH program would make a difference. Since becoming a CHW in 2015, Justine has noticed everything change in her community. Healthcare is affordable and accessed, women truly understand how to care for themselves and their families, and the community is much stronger. Justine is the main CHW in charge of hospitalization follow-ups and spends a lot of time with families at hospitals. She is proud of the work she does and looks forward to IH’s future in the community.

Babanam Honorine Toyou

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Babanam Honorine Toyou

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Babanam has lived her whole life in Djamdé and joined the team of IH community health workers in 2015 at the age of 21. When Babanam saw the ways in which members of her community were suffering, particularly the children, she decided to dedicate herself to improve the lives of those around her as a community health worker. Having now worked for several years as a CHW, Babanam is proud of the way her community has thrived since the beginning of the program, as well as the impact working as a CHW has had on her own life and livelihood. Babanam gets immense joy from seeing better health in her community as IH’s partnership with the community progresses, and she looks forward to many more years of success.

Biniwe Madeleine Teou

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Biniwe Madeleine Teou

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Biniwe has lived in Adabawéré her whole life and is incredibly happy to be an IH CHW. Prior to working for IH, she worked as a health center polio community health worker and was eager to return to work as a CHW when IH started the program in Adabawéré. Biniwe is glad to be able to help her community get healthier and has noticed the changes in her family and in her community: parents don’t hesitate before seeking help for their children, and hygiene has improved significantly in families. Caring for very young children and pregnant women gives her hope for the future of her community. She looks forward to implementing more best practices in her community with IH and seeing health continue to improve.

Damawai-Douwè Kassan

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Damawai-Douwè Kassan

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Kassan has lived her whole life in the Kozah district and joined the IH CHW team in 2015. She was inspired to become a community health worker as her children got older and she had the time to care for other people’s children. She is happy to be working as an IH CHW and gets to take the children in her community under her care, working with parents and the community to keep children healthy and smiling, preventing the sicknesses and deaths that existed before the program started in Djamdé. Kassan has noticed a decrease in poverty in her community as families are healthier. She looks forward to her new skills in counseling and providing family planning to help families in Djamdé become healthier and stronger.

Kémèwa Tagba

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Kémèwa Tagba

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Kemewa has lived her whole life in Djamdé and has many years of experience working as a Community Health Worker with a variety of organizations. She greatly enjoys working in her community, and did so first as a PSI CHW, leading community education sessions on HIV, before joining the IH CHW team in 2015 to continue to strengthen the health of her community. She is proud to be saving and improving lives, particularly through the empowerment of women to take better care of their health and the health of their children. Personally, working as a IH CHW has given her a lot of new opportunities and successes in her life, including being better able to care for herself and her children. Kemewa looks forward to continuing to work as a CHW with IH and expanding the program to allow her community to thrive.

Kéméwalo Agama

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Kéméwalo Agama

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Kéméwalo has lived in Sarakawa for more than 15 years and became a IH community health worker in 2015. She was originally motivated to become a CHW as a means through which to serve her community and help herself care for her family. Kéméwalo takes great pride in the changes she has seen in her community, and particularly enjoys active case finding and being able to connect women and children with reliable, quality healthcare and community support. She looks forward to continuing working towards a healthier and happier community as a IH CHW.

 

Koudjoukalo Rolande Sansan

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Koudjoukalo Rolande Sansan

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Koudjoukalo has spent her whole life in the Sarakawa area and joined IH’s CHW team at the age of 20. She wanted to serve her community, and IH’s mission gave her hope for improving the health of her community. She is motivated every day to actively seek out pregnant women and sick children by knowing that she is helping her community and herself by extension. Koudjoukalo finds particular joy from bringing young children back to health. She looks forward to continuing to work with IH and bring health to her community.

 

Lamabélé Reine Tchewafei

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Lamabélé Reine Tchewafei

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Reine is a community health worker (CHW) who has lived in Kpindi for over 16 years. She was first motivated to become a CHW with IH by her desire to help children thrive in her community. Reine has remarked that since her start as a CHW in 2015, the rate of illnesses among children and community members has drastically declined. She wants to continue to educate people about pediatric health and to save the lives of as many children as possible around the world. She takes pride in the skills and abilities that the IH-Kpindi partnership has given her, and she continues to work hard to put those skills to good use in her community.

Lioudou Kossiwa Kola

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Lioudou Kossiwa Kola

Djamdé Team Community Health Worker

Lioudou is originally from the Kara region, but has strong ties to her new home in Djamdé. She chose to pursue being a community health worker to help the women and children in her community. She credits IH’s partnership with the community with equipping her to better care for herself, for others, and for teaching her many new skills. She is motivated every day to work closely with her patients, particularly pregnant women, to ensure happy, healthy pregnancies. Lioudou is proud of the many changes she’s seen in her community, in particular the healthier pregnancies she has had the pleasure to accompany as a CHW. She looks forward to increasing her knowledge of pregnancy management through IH and helping her patients thrive.

Mabadina Romaine Tangboa

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Mabadina Romaine Tangboa

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Romaine has spent her whole life in Adabawéré and has spent many years working in her community. She first volunteered as a community medication distributor for ten years for polio and neglected tropical diseases and conducted community education sessions on meningitis. She initially worked for IH as a replacement CHW before joining full-time. Romaine has learned a lot about herself and her community through working as a CHW and enjoys empowering others to take charge of their health. She has seen many changes in the health status of children and pregnant women, particularly in the way children are no longer treated at home. Instead, their parents seek out professional care from a CHW or clinic-based staff. She maintains a positive attitude and keeps pushing herself to be courageous in the face of challenges and keep improving the health of her community.

Malankie-Hewa Kalao

Djamdé Team Ambulance Driver

Malankie-Hewa Kalao

Djamdé Team Ambulance Driver

Kalao has lived his whole life in Djamdé, where he works as a mechanic when he is not on shift as a tricycle ambulance driver for IH’s rural health transport. He was eager to work as an ambulance driver because of the health status of many in his community, particularly women and children who couldn’t reach health centers because of distance and cost of services. He is thrilled to work with IH as he has seen the impact of the IH-Djamdé partnership on the health and livelihood of his community. 

Manawezoue Justine Samala

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Manawezoue Justine Samala

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Mananwezoue grew up in Kpindi and was devastated by the child mortality rate occurring in Kpindi. She took the initiative of becoming a community health worker (CHW) in 2016 to combat this persistent issue. Since the start of the program, Manawezoue has seen a tremendous positive impact from IH’s work within her life and her community. Child mortality rates have noticeably dropped and have remarkably changed the lives of families in the community. She also is able to better support her family. Manawezoue takes pride in her role as CHW and the work she is able to do with IH.

Mariyama Bataka

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Mariyama Bataka

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

When Mariyama was given the opportunity to become a community health worker, she didn’t hesitate to join IH’s mission to improve the health status of her community. She has seen many changes in Sarakawa since IH partnered with the community, including a greater knowledge base among mothers, who now receive regular pre- and post-natal visits and promptly seek out care for their sick children, significantly reducing preventable deaths in her community. Positive changes in her community, families, and children give her pride and inspire her to persevere in her role as community health worker. Mariyama looks forward to helping IH expand its mission and give hope and health to more communities across Togo.

Mazalo Florence Malakpa

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Mazalo Florence Malakpa

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Florence grew up in Kpindi and always dreamt of working in the health field. When the opportunity arrived in 2015, she immediately jumped at the chance to be a community health worker (CHW) in Kpindi. She is motivated in her job as a CHW because she wants to save children’s lives and the lives of people in her community. She has seen a change in her community members’ reaction to their health. Now mothers are quick to take their children to the clinic, women rarely give birth at home, and community members in general just seem healthier. These results are what motivate her to serve her community and be proud to work for IH.

N’danida Justine N’Danatche

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

N’danida Justine N’Danatche

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

At age, 23 Justine decided to become a community health worker to spread awareness about various health topics in her community and share the gift of good health. In becoming a CHW, Justine is extremely proud to better serve the children and the families within her community. She feels equipped with resources that allow her to make a substantial impact in her community. Justine is proud that her work has led the majority of women within her community to attend prenatal consultations and to give birth at a clinic with a trained health professional. She hopes to continue to share her knowledge and resources that IH equipped her with, with more community members.

 

Pikinoyou Ahe

Kpindi Team Ambulance Driver

Pikinoyou Ahe

Kpindi Team Ambulance Driver

Pikinoyou is a Kpindi native who farms and gardens. He is the president of the Cotton Industry Association and the COGES of USP Kpindi. He has been amazed by the transformation he has seen in the health of his community members and the renovation of the USP by IH, Construction for Change, and the 30&30 Project. These impacts have led Pikinoyou to take up another leadership role within his community as one of the Kpindi ambulance tricycle drivers. He is looking forward to the challenge and is excited to see how this role further positively impacts his community.

Sangbana Eric Sansan

Sarakawa Team Ambulance Driver

Sangbana Eric Sansan

Sarakawa Team Ambulance Driver

Eric has lived his whole life in Sarakawa and works as a motorcycle taxi driver in the community when he is not transporting patients with IH’s rural tricycle ambulance program. Prior to becoming a IH ambulance driver, he served as the primary motorcycle taxi driver for patients being referred from the Sarakawa health center to referral hospitals in Kara. Eric is well known in the community with a proven track record of being empathetic, respectful, and well-liked by patients and clinical staff. Working as an ambulance driver is Eric’s first time working in health, and he looks forward to reinforcing IH’s programming in the community by providing free and lifesaving medical transport for women and children in his community.

 

Tchelabalo Songaitrema

Djamdé Team Ambulance Driver

Tchelabalo Songaitrema

Djamdé Team Ambulance Driver

Tchelabalo was born and raised in Djamdé, where he works as a motorcycle taxi driver when he is not serving as a tricycle ambulance driver for IH’s rural health transport. Tchelabalo has longstanding ties with the community and health center he serves as ambulance driver, as he was one of the trusted motorcycle drivers often called upon to transport patients to a referral hospital before the start of the ambulance program. He was called upon to serve as an ambulance driver by his community because of his personality and reputation in Djamdé for his empathy and respect for others. Tchelabalo looks forward to working with clinic staff and community health workers to further improve the system of care provided to mothers and children by supporting the referral system.

Tchilalo Rebecca Tchotchokou

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Tchilalo Rebecca Tchotchokou

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Rebecca has lived in Kpindi since 2011 and joined IH’s team as a community health worker in 2015. Leaving behind her job as a seamstress, Rebecca became a CHW due to her love and passion for educating community members on maternal and child health topics. Rebecca takes pride in her work, as she can now better care for herself and her family, as well as for the community that has been her home since 2011. She is inspired to work hard daily by the decrease in deaths in her community, as well as by witnessing a decrease in home births. The program has allowed families to save money and invest it elsewhere, providing a boost for her community, and Rebecca looks forward to many more years of an IH-Kpindi partnership.

Tchilalo Ruth Tchiou

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Tchilalo Ruth Tchiou

Kpindi Team Community Health Worker

Ruth has lived her whole life in Kpindi and left her job as a seamstress to become a CHW and help the community that has always supported her. Prior to the Kpindi CHW program, Ruth noticed women rarely came to prenatal consultations, and families did not have the financial resources to pay for maternal and pediatric health services. Now Ruth is proud that women start prenatal consultations within their first trimester and that families take the initiative to take their ill children to the Kpindi clinic. Ruth is happy that everyone is positively affected by her and the other CHWs’ work within their community, and she looks forward to many more years of a successful partnership between Kpindi and IH.

Toba Skon

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Toba Skon

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Toba has lived in Sarakawa his whole life and chose to become a IH CHW in 2015 to aid in ensuring all children and pregnant women receive free, quality healthcare in Sarakawa. Toba has seen big changes in his community, as IH provides essential help to communities most in need, particularly in the survival rates of mothers and children. Toba hopes to one day see the impacts of maternal and child health programming and health systems-strengthening across Togo.

Veronique Latta

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Veronique Latta

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Veronique has lived in Adabawéré since 2011 and joined the IH CHW team in 2015. She chose to become a community health worker to help women help themselves and their children, to share knowledge, and to empower those in her community. She’s seen many changes and is proud of the way her community has such a strong bond with IH, particularly the way women are at ease because they know they are cared for and respected in the healthcare they are receiving. Within her own home, she is empowered to care for her children and herself, bringing pride to her family for the services she provides with her skillset. Veronique looks forward to more improvements in her community as women grow and learn and are able to take better care of their families.

Yamtoko Yvonne Atale

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Yamtoko Yvonne Atale

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Originally from the village of Lesio, Yvonne has lived in Adabawéré since 1994 and has served as a community health worker for the Adabawéré health center for many years. Primarily a farmer, she was motivated by the struggles she had to go through every day to join the IH CHW team. She is proud of how much she has learned from IH and how she can help women protect themselves and their families. Yvonne credits IH with saving the lives of children in her community by helping them pay for and access lifesaving healthcare. Successes of her work as a CHW can also be seen in the adoption and understanding of family planning within her community. Driven by her life goal of helping struggling families, Yvonne looks forward to many more years of serving her community as a community health worker.

Yine Felicité Kahindate

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Yine Felicité Kahindate

Sarakawa Team Community Health Worker

Felicité has lived her whole life in Sarakawa and chose to become a community health worker to address the suffering in her community. Each day, she sees her community getting healthier and witnesses increased dialogues about health in Sarakawa. Felicité’s hope comes from the daily proof she witnesses of the ways families have come to accept IH’s programming and actively seek out proactive treatment for themselves and their children, leading to healthier and stronger families. Felicité is proud to serve with IH, as the partnership between Sarakawa and IH has yielded tremendous and unexpected results.

Zinabou Mamam

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Zinabou Mamam

Adabawéré Team Community Health Worker

Zinabou has lived in the Adabawéré area for most of her life. She became a community health worker to help her community and enjoys her responsibilities and impact on the community. Zinabou is proud of the way her community has changed and how it no longer suffers from high rates of maternal or infant mortality. She is motivated to work by the effectiveness and quality of the health system since the IH partnership began, and she knows her work positively affects her community. She looks forward to seeing the partnership continue to help her community thrive.

Board

  • Robert HeinePresident, Fund Manager
  • Patrick AylwardVice President , PSI
  • Brian Naylor Treasurer , Soros Fund Management
  • Gavin OxmanAsst. Treasurer, Smartsheet.com
  • Mary Kelly RossowClerk, Intel (former)
  • Lauren DockweilerAsst. Clerk, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
  • Aimee de la HoussayeMember, MAC AIDS Fund
  • Claire QureshiMember, Office of the UN Special Envoy/Financing Alliance for Health
  • Lisa HirschhornMember, Northwestern Medical School, Ariadne Labs
  • Jonathan LascherMember, Partners In Health
  • Charlie GilligMember, RemitRight
  • Casey WhitsettMember, Hope-Amundson Structural Engineers
  • Gordon KreftingMember, John Wiley and Sons
  • Dr. Meskerem Grunitzky BekeleMember, UNAIDS (former)

Advisors

  • Paul Farmer, MD, PhDChief Strategist, Partners in Health
  • Rajesh Panjabi, MD, MPHCEO, Last Mile Health
  • Sandra Braganza, MD, MPHProgram Director, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • Don KrummSenior Field Advisor, USAID
  • Dodji Modjinou, MD Rheumatology Specialist , UNLV Medicine
  • Yves Vimegnon, MDPresident & Founder, a-ICT Group