Advocacy, social mobilization and implementation

Sultani Hadley Matendechero

Dr. Matendechero is the national Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) program manager in Kenya. He currently chairs the African NTD program managers’ Community of practice and the leishmaniasis east Africa platform (LEAP) advisory committee. Dr. Matendechero sits on the soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) advisory committee, the health campaign effectiveness (HCE) scientific and technical advisory committee, the external advisory committee of the scientific research partnership for neglected tropical snakebite (SRPNTS) and the scientific and technical advisory board for the STOP consortium. Having guided the development and launch of the breaking transmission strategy (BTS) for STH, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and trachoma, his focus is on its full implementation and eventual elimination of the four NTDs in Kenya within his professional lifetime. Dr. Matendechero holds a Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Nairobi.

Francis Mugume

Dr Francis Mugume graduated from Makerere University in Uganda in 1997 with a MBChB Degree. He worked with local governments for 10 years as a medical officer/clinician and in management positions as a hospital medical superintendent and Medical Director. Dr Mugume is a lead clinician in the HIV Prep study in the Uganda clinical trial research centre. He was the Senior Medical officer at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Uganda for 10 years, working as a Program Manager for the Hepatitis B Control Program & medical internship training Program. Dr Mugume currently holds a senior role in the Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases department at the MoH, working as a Program Manager of the Schistosomiasis, Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis Control & Trachoma Elimination Program.   

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Ashley Preston

Ashley Preston is an Associate Programme Advisor at the SCI Foundation, working with Ministries of Health in both French and English across multiple countries in Africa. She has experience with research design, implementation, and data analysis for infectious disease interventions in Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on qualitative research techniques. She has a public health background with an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For her role within the Access Team, Ashley is leading Work Package 2 (Advocacy and Social Mobilization) on behalf of the SCI Foundation.