Paul Hamilton, Director
Mr. Hamilton has more than 25 years of experience in managing and leading global, regional, and country programs and projects in public health. He has led projects from multiple donors and is comfortable collaborating with the wider donor and technical communities. He has extensive knowledge of health systems in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean (Haiti), and his work has focused on strengthening these systems in support of preventive and curative care for malaria, reproductive health and family planning, child survival, and nutrition. Mr. Hamilton is extremely knowledgeable of US Agency for International Development (USAID) rules and regulations and has been responsible for annual budgets ranging from $1.5 million to $35 million. Prior to joining the MalariaCare partnership, he was the project director for USAID’s reproductive health/family planning and child survival project in Uganda. In this role, he led the expansion and improvement of preventive care and diagnostics for malaria, using both the public and private sectors to distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated nets; to implement behavior change communication/information, education, and communication campaigns at the community and district levels; and to train providers in the effective use and interpretation of rapid diagnostic tests for case management of childhood illnesses. Mr. Hamilton has an MBA in economics and management, and speaks fluent Dutch, French, and Kiswahili.
M. James (Jamie) Eliades, Technical Director
Dr. Eliades is an emergency medicine physician, epidemiologist, and assistant professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health where he focuses on child survival. He completed his Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins with a focus on refugee health and health systems development in conflict/post-conflict settings, working with several INGOs and UN agencies. He joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Parasitic Disease, Malaria Branch in 2004 where he led epidemiologic studies in Africa and Asia focusing on vector control and malaria in pregnancy interventions to high-risk populations, children under five, and pregnant women. After EIS, Dr. Eliades remained with CDC as a malaria advisor to the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative at USAID in Washington. He served as country lead for malaria activities in Kenya and Liberia, and was chief technical advisor for PMI’s malaria diagnostic activities. Dr. Eliades sits on WHO’s technical expert group of artemisinin resistance and containment, and previously worked as a WHO medical officer on the Thai-Cambodian border for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded artemisinin resistance containment project.
Bikindu Makanka, Finance and Operations Director
Mr. Makanka has over 10 years of experience with leadership and operations of international projects. He is a certified project management professional and a skilled financial professional with a wealth of knowledge dealing with complex financial issues and an understanding of financial strategy. He has an extensive experience in field office finance and administrative management, contract management including proposal preparation, capacity building, project budget control, project management and project implementation. He has an extensive knowledge of Federal Acquisition Rules (FAR) and USAID rules and regulations. Mr. Makanka has a Master’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in both Accounting and Finance. He is fluent in French, English and Lingala.
Troy Martin, Deputy Director – Field Operations
Dr. Martin is an infectious diseases and internal medicine physician and former assistant professor of medicine at Brown University. He has experience conducting clinical trials, molecular research, and program operations in academic, community, and international settings. In addition, he has served as a trainer and onsite mentor for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis care for children and adults. Dr. Martin has ten years of experience managing multidisciplinary teams and developing effective working relationships with government officials, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), hospital administrators, and clinicians. He has also supported the development of national systems for drug procurement, laboratory networks, and treatment facilities. Dr. Martin has an MD from the University of Washington and an MPH from Harvard University and speaks Spanish.
Raphael Ntumy, Chief of Party & Director Technical Services, MalariaCare Ghana
Dr. Ntumy is a public health physician with over 15 years’ experience leading public health programs on malaria, HIV and TB in Africa. Prior to joining MalariaCare, he was the Country Director for Columbia University ICAP projects in South Africa. Dr. Ntumy earlier worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Botswana as a Medical Scientist including serving as Section Chief, where he provided technical assistance and support in the development and implementation of Botswana’s HIV program. He also served as a public health physician for the Botswana Ministry of Health, leading district level malaria elimination interventions, and later as a program manager where he established Africa’s first nationwide PMTCT program. Early in his career, Dr. Ntumy worked in Ghana, focusing mainly on infectious diseases prevention and control. Dr. Ntumy has contributed to the development and implementation of innovative approaches to the delivery of health services in Africa. He has served on many technical working groups and contributed in to guidelines and protocols for programs in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Ghana. Dr. Ntumy obtained his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, and also has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Ghana.
Sarah Burnett, Monitoring and Evaluation
Sarah Burnett has over seven years of experience in research and M&E for international public health programs, with a specialization in health care worker capacity building for infectious disease case management. Prior to joining MalariaCare she acted as a Senior Research and Data Manager for Accordia Global Health Foundation and coordinated operations research programs focused on health care worker capacity building in Uganda and Nigeria. Sarah has developed and conducted M&E and research methods trainings for public health professionals in Botswana and India, and has provided technical assistance for data management, analysis and evidence-based decision making. She has also contributed to the development of national M&E systems for supportive supervision and clinical mentoring programs in Botswana. Ms. Burnett has an MPH and MPA from the University of Washington.
Scott Wittet, Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Mr. Wittet has more than 25 years of experience in health advocacy and behavior change communication in the developing world. For the past six years, he has directed advocacy and communication work for PATH’s cervical cancer prevention portfolio, building the political, financial, and technical foundations for future introduction of human papillomavirus vaccine and new precancer screening technologies in resource-poor settings. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Wittet held a similar position with PATH’s Children’s Vaccine Program, and he has provided in-house consultation for PATH’s Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa and Malaria Vaccine Initiative programs. His experience includes many years of working with public-sector organizations to develop and test effective educational and behavior change strategies for health consumers, health staff, and national decision-makers. In addition, Mr. Wittet currently chairs the Cervical Cancer Action Coalition. He works in close collaboration with colleagues at the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, GAVI the Vaccine Alliance, and other international stakeholders concerned with improving children’s health.