"Bringing health workers into public service on the African continent"
We are a social profit organisation with a dedicated team of people working with a network of
government bodies, private sector institutions and civil society organisations.
"Health for Africa, powered by people"
As the head of AHP, Saul's role is to provide leadership to the organisation by providing a vehicle through which the AHP team and partners can contribute to improving healthcare in Africa. This entails providing a common vision and a supported mission. He is responsible for defining AHP's strategic direction with stakeholders, coordinating the draft of our operational plan to meet these strategic goals and overseeing implementation in all areas of the organisation. Implementation often involves identifying key issues and then finding the most efficient manner to effectively manner to resolve them.
"Access to good healthcare in any society is critical and yet always a challenge. I'm very excited to be working with AHP in South Africa where I can contribute to a solution"
Kate Thiers joined AHP in her role as head of AHP operations in 2010. Since then, she has overseen the growth of the organisation by three-fold. Kate has eight years of corporate experience with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson and Andersen Business Consulting in the US and UK. She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School in Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from Oxford University.
Chief Innovation Officer
“Whoever I am, or whatever I do... some kind of excellence is within my reach”.
Lisa joins AHP from the US government agency, CDC. At CDC Lisa was the Biomedical HIV Prevention Team Lead. Prior to CDC, Lisa worked as the Programme Manager for the Men Taking Action Programme at the Catholic Medical Mission Board. She also practised medicine as the Chief Medical Officer in a clinic she ran in Lusaka, Zambia. Lisa studied medicine in Germany before completing a Masters in Public Health at Wits.
"Strive to achieve your goals with passion, hunger and drive"
Kedumetse manages the doctor support programme which aims to improve retention of doctors in remote public sector hospitals. She has a professional background in radiography, management of TB & HIV programmes and implementation of health systems - and has worked in private, public and NGO health sectors. Prior to AHP She was an operations systems manager at Ndlovu Care Group.
Katia Da Silva
"With power comes responsibility"
Katia da Silva joins AHP as our part-time Finance Manager. Katia joins AHP in this critical role as our budget soars and our new financial management systems for the NPC are implemented. Katia has been working with the finance team to design and implement our accounting system. She comes to us from Soul City – an organisation with a donor budget significantly larger than our own – where she was the Finance Manager.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit"
Zoe has been part of AHP for almost a year now and has been a valuable part of both the Strategic Information and Recruitment teams. Zoe will be responsible for assisting exam candidates and comes to the role with a unique understanding of the push and pull factors for doctors from her experience in conducting the CSO survey last year. Zoe has been able to connect with the needs of these candidates who are very valuable to the public healthcare sector.
Tracey returning to AHP as a part-time Recruitment Officer to lead the recruitment activities on our CDC grant. Tracey needs very little introduction, as a founder of the fore-runner to AHP, an ex-manager within AHP and a very well known personality in rural HRH, it is fantastic to have her back on the team.
Retention Officer - Zululand
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
Nonhlanhla will be pioneering the programme in KZN – she will be based in Zululand. She comes to us from Performance Solutions Africa where she worked as an HR Administrator for the past 3 years – handling recruitment, job contracts, induction, training and development, performance management, payroll, the HR budget and more. Prior to that she worked at the Department of Economic Development in their HR Development unit. Nonhlanhla comes to us with honours in HRM.
"My passion is to serve. To serve God, my Family and Community"
Mandla is a Recruitment Coordinator at AHP. Hailing from the Eastern Cape (Queenstown), Mandla matriculated and then studied Marketing at the Border Technikon. Working at UCT under one of the founders of AHP, Steve Reid, he started a recruitment office for Rural Students wanting to study medicine. Mandla is passionate about the development of our country and considers himself a strong team player.
Recruitment Coordinator - Foreign Workforce Management Programme (FWMP)
"You must remain focused on your journey to greatness"
Busi has two years experience in customer service, three years in a call centre management and two years in recruitment. She recieved her certificate in HR management from College campus, and is currently busy with her National Diploma in Tourism Management. Busi will be working at FWMP in Pretoria.
Retention Officer - OR Tambo
"We are out to celebrate the roots of the spirit of fire"
Funani trained as a professional nurse (four-year piploma, Frere Nursing College), a public administrator (Hons) University of Stellenbosch, a project manager (University of the Free State), and informally trained as an actor, script writer, actor trainer, and a wide range of other theatre arts subjects. He is a married father of two, Aba Kara and Isis, and is currently intending to pursue a Masters Programme in Development Studies at Fort Hare University.
"Always make the decision to do that which benefits others, that way you're bound to help someone out along the way"
Esther recruits for rural North West, the Northern Cape as well as the Free State. When asked about her work, Esther said: "I love rural areas, people there still know what it means to live life regardless of what you have. Rural communities are often neglected and yet they have so much to offer, even with the very little they have."
Retention Officer - Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others and if you can't help others, at least don't hurt them"
Obakeng joins AHP as a Retention Officer for Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district. He has his national diploma in Municipal Administration, a BTech in Public Management and an Honours Degree in Pubic Management from Stellenbosch University. Before joining AHP, Obakeng has worked at Deloitte as a Project Administrator, Allaboutxpert and Fiftyways as a facilitator and at Feedback Research and Analytics as a Fieldworker.
UK Public Health Advisor
"Life is not about the number of breaths you take - but the moments that take your breath away"
Liz has been with AHP since its inception in 2005 (as part of the Rural Health Initiative). Having completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa she now works in research in the public health sector, currently completing a doctorate at Oxford, UK. Passionate about healthcare in Africa and delighted to support serving doctors from the 'other side of the ocean', Liz is happy to assist in any way she can.
"Leap and the net will appear"
That’s what Therese tells doctors as she urges them to take their talents to Africa! As our US liaison, Therese helped launched AHP in North America in September 2008, after spending extended time in South Africa. Her job is to expand our programme's reach at several target conferences each year including the gatherings of the family physicians, pediatricians, emergency physicians, internists and the American Tropical School of Medicine & Hygiene. Therese’s responsibilities also entail recruitment strategic planning, and interfacing with medical schools/clinics/associations to build twinning projects linking American doctors with South Africa's rural hospitals. She lives in Seattle 'most' of the time.