Dr. Thembisile Xulu

Dr. Thembisile Xulu

Chief of Party, EQUIP

Dr. Thembisile Xulu (MBChB (UKZN), Dip Obst (SA), Dip HIV Man (SA), MPH (Wits) was chosen to be Chief of Party for EQUIP in 2015. Prior to that she steadily rose through the ranks, from Expert Treatment Manager for Right to Care in 2004, to the Board of Directors in 2007 when she was placed in charge of clinical programmes. Under her leadership, the government programme became the largest programme in Right to Care and was the backbone of the organization’s prevention, care and treatment achievements. In 2010 Dr. Xulu was awarded the World Fellow honour by Yale University in 2010 – a global leadership development initiative.

Dr. Ntombi Sigwebela

Dr. Ntombi Sigwebela

Deputy Chief of Party, EQUIP

Dr Ntombi Mhlongo-Sigwebela (MBBcH, Dip HSM) has worked in TB and HIV program management for over 10 years in public and private health sector in South Africa and internationally. She worked as director of the TASC II TB Project before becoming chief of party for the USAID TB Program in South Africa. Before moving to EQUIP, Dr Sigwebela was director of Aquity Innovations a local entity of University Research (URC). She brings 14 years’ experience implementing donor funded projects in South Africa and neighbouring countries, for organisations such as USAID, CDC and The Union, to The World Health Organisation and The World Bank.

Prof. Ian Sanne

Prof Ian Sanne

Founder, Group CEO and Programme Director, EQUIP

Professor Ian Sanne [MBBCh, FCP (SA), FRCP (Lon), DTM&H) is the Founder, Group CEO and Programme Director at EQUIP. He is also the Founding Director and CEO at Right to Care. Among his titles include Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Wits University, Adjunct Professor at the Centre for International Development at Boston University, International Vice-Chair of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (NIH) and co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications. Prof Sanne was awarded a B2 rating as a Scientific Researcher by the National Research Foundation and sits on the EXCO of the South African National Prioritization and Guideline Committee for HIV and TB

Dr. Sibongile Zungu

Dr. Sibongile Zungu

Deputy Chief of Party, EQUIP

Dr Sibongile Zungu brings to the programme over 25 years of healthcare experience. She was a Senior Technical Advisor at MatCH before joining EQUIP. She has specialized as a medical practitioner, and has extensive involvement in leadership roles. Dr Zungu has worked from grassroots level as a Superintendent in a small rural district hospital, by providing direction and stability to regional and academic hospitals as CEO. Her achievements in public health led to her position as a Deputy Director General in Mpumalanga’s Department of Health and Social Services. Later she headed the Department of Health in Kwazulu-Natal, where she saw tangible success in TB and HIV programme management, and reduction of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Natach Vorholter

Natacha Vorholter

Deputy Chief of Party, EQUIP

Natacha Vorholter has dedicated her career to enhancing civil and protection rights; always with a pragmatic lens. This has taken various forms from co-founding and managing a Southern African NGO on reconciliation and poverty mitigation in the 1990s, to working in child rights and wellbeing in West, North and East Africa for the past 15 years (covering Child Rights Governance, Health and Nutrition, Protection, Education and Livelihoods). From 2010 Natacha was based in Kenya and worked at East, Central and Southern Africa regional level in systems development, operations, support functions, program quality and country oversight. Natacha is furthering her qualifications in MSc Public Policy & Management.

Dr. Thembisile Xulu

Prof. James McIntyre

CEO, Anova Health Institute

Professor James McIntyre is the Executive Director of Anova Health Institute, an EQUIP consortium partner. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health & Family Medicine (University of Cape Town), and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Columbia University Mailman’s Department of Epidemiology.

Prof. McIntyre is an internationally recognised expert on mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and HIV prevention and treatment for men who have sex with men (MSM). Among his accolades include the 2002 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, the 2003 “Heroes in Medicine” award from IAPAC, and the 2009 N’galy Mann Award from the Foundation for Retrovirology and Human Health.

Dr. Ashraf Grimwood

Dr. Ashraf Grimwood

CEO, Kheth’Impilo

Dr Ashraf Grimwood (MB. ChB, MPH) is CEO of Kheth’Impilo, an EQUIP Consortium partner providing comprehensive healthcare solutions include treatment, care and support for people infected and affected with HIV and TB as well as a range of innovative community based models of care in South Africa. He is also Chair of EQUIP’s Self Testing, Technical Working Group.

Dr. Grimwood completed his medical training in South Africa and while working in general practice, he was one of the first clinicians to treat patients with antiretroviral therapy in South Africa. He is currently serving on the Dira Sengwe board and is also deputy chair for the Centre for Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Leigh Berrie

Dr. Leigh Berrie

Head of Grants and Special Programmes, NHLS

Dr. Leigh Berrie is the Head of Grants and Special Programs for the National Priority Programs of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), South Africa, where she leads a team in the implementation and monitoring of National HIV and TB laboratory programs in the public health sector. She is the COO for the NHLS-EQUIP program run through Wits Health Consortium, which is involved with scale-up of access to HIV viral load monitoring in Africa. Dr. Berrie has 15 years of expertise with commercial molecular diagnostic laboratory technologies available for HIV and TB, and seven years of experience in National TB and HIV programmes in the public health sector.

Dr. Arthi Ramkissoon

Dr. Arthi Ramkissoon

Executive Director, MatCH

Dr. Ramkissoon (PhD, Medicine) is a Founding and Executive Director of MatCH (Maternal, Adolescent & Child Health), affiliated to the School of Public Health (Wits University). She has more than 20 years’ experience in supporting the delivery of South African public sector HIV, TB, maternal, child and women’s health programmes, improving access to health services, quality of care and health systems strengthening interventions. Dr. Ramkissoon’s leadership in MatCH has initiated over 330,000 people on antiretroviral treatment (86% retention in care since 2004) and completed more than 100,000 medical male circumcisions for HIV prevention to date. Dr. Ramkissoon is founder of the KZN Children’s Hospital Trust flagship project exceeding R500-million.