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Our Team

Our team of innovative and seasoned leaders, with diverse skills and international exposure, is instrumental in driving our vision and contributing to our success.

We are deeply appreciative to have a dedicated team of both innovative and seasoned leaders who are instrumental in steering us towards our vision.

Our team comprises expert professionals, each possessing a diverse array of skills and international exposure, collectively contributing to our success.

Danny Mutembe

Chairperson

Masters' Degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Industrial Technology

Danny holds a Masters' degree in Pharmaceutical engineering and Industrial technology from the University Catholique de Louvain (UCL) Brussels -Belgium where he was awarded with the Willy LHOEST Prize in Pharmaceutical engineering & Industrial Technology.
He stands at the forefront of the fastest moving Pharmaceutical field within the wider East African Healthcare Industry with 20 years of experience. He is the founder of MD Conseil Medical Supply and Managing Partner of Pharmacie Conseil established in 1983 (www.pharmacieconseil.org). Danny is also the Vice-President and founding member to the Rwanda Healthcare Federation (RHF), former chairperson of the East Africa Healthcare Federation and a board member of the Africa Healthcare Federation, East African Health Platform and the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) among others. Danny was a lecturer at the University of Rwanda and external examiner to Mount Kenya University (MKU) for several years; he is an expert in the pharmaceutical sector for local, regional and international organizations. He is also a member of the Federation of East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and the Chairperson of the Rwanda Private Pharmacies' Association (APPOR).

Dr. Edward (Ed) Joseph Mills

Vice Chairperson

M.Sc, Mst, Ph.D, Oxford University

Founder and CEO of PLS Vancouver Part-Time Professor, Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact Researcher and Academic Contributor - focuses on research methodologies, statistical analysis, health economics, and evidence synthesis. Speaker and Thought Leader Ed Mills, the founder of PLS Vancouver and part-time professor in Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, AT has made significant strides in advancing health research, evidence-based practices, and promoting impactful methodologies. Under his visionary leadership, PLS Vancouver has become a hub for conducting cutting-edge research, generating evidence, and developing impactful strategies to address complex health challenges. Throughout his career, Ed Mills has been involved in diverse research projects focusing on HIV/AIDS, global health, infectious diseases, and health disparities. His research has been recognized for its methodological rigor, evidence-based approaches, and practical implications. He champions evidence-based practices, bridging the gap between research findings and implementation, facilitating translation of research outcomes into tangible improvements in healthcare delivery and health outcomes. His work has informed policy decisions and clinical practice guidelines, making a significant impact on the healthcare field.

Dr. Bolanle Oyeledun

Member

MBBS, M.Sc. MPH

Dr. Bolanle Oyeledun is a female public health physician with over 35 years of experience in policy development, program management, health systems, and international development. She has over 25 years of senior leadership in managing integrated health and development programs, including HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, maternal, newborn, and child health research projects. With expertise in health systems, resource mobilization, and advocacy, she has worked with governments, specialized foundations, U.N. agencies, and international non-governmental organizations. She has been the first female elected chairperson of the Technical review panel for the Global Fund and the Independent Review Committee for Gavi and children’s vaccines since 2008, and participated in the PPR FIF/Pandemic Fund Working Groups 1 and 3 of the World Bank (2022-2023).

She also served as co-chair on the ITAD: Health Systems Strengthening Evaluation Collaborative HSSEC, Working Group 2, (2021-2023). She continues to contribute to science and has several scientific papers and articles published in scientific journals/books. In 2018, she started “Candid conversations with Bola O”, a face to face dialogue to encourage women (and men!) to come together sharing experiences on issues not often talked about in the Nigerian society.

Francis Mugisha

Member

(FCMA). Chartered Management Consultant. MCA.

Dr. Serge Koudaio Agbo

Member

Dr. Serge Koudaio Agbo is a physician and public health specialist with 14 years of senior-level public health experience from sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Dr. Agbo is the Technical Lead for the International Health Regulations (IHR) and One Health in the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP) with DAI Global Health. There, Dr. Agbo provides technical guidance and support to set and implement IHR priorities, manages public health emergency response and management activities, guides emergency operation centers (EOC), and designs TDDAP’s approach to implement the WHO’s Monitoring & Evaluation Framework (MEF) for IHR in DAI-supported countries.

Dr. Agbo also currently contributes to the coordination of the national preparedness and response to COVID-19 in Cote d’Ivoire. Previously, Dr. Agbo served as the Regional One Health Technical Advisor to DAI’s Preparedness and Response Project (P&R). During his time in the role, he provided technical assistance to regional offices on how to adopt the One Health approach and assured a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary emergency preparedness and response to public health threats. Dr Agbo also worked in different infectious diseases areas which are TB; TB/HIV, HIV/AIDS, Neglected Tropical Disease and Emerging and Re-emerging diseases.

Dr. Agbo holds a medical degree, a master’s of public health, and is proficient in French and English.

Prof. Jeanine Condo

Chief Executive Officer

Prof. Condo is a medical doctor and PhD holder in Public Health since 2009. She currently serves as the Managing Director of the Center for Impact, Innovation, and Capacity Building for Health Information and Nutrition (CIIC-HIN), a not-for-profit registered in Rwanda (www.ciichin.org). She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Rwanda and Tulane University (USA).

She has previously held numerous senior governmental posts at the University of Rwanda and the Ministry of Health. Also, as the former Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) (2016-2019), an implementing institution of the Ministry of Health, she managed a team of 700 staff to use evidence to improve health care delivery in Rwanda. Together with her colleagues, she led the institution to perform highly and was able to achieve a clean financial audit for all projects (GF, GAVI, CDC, BTC, BMGF to cite few) and Government funds of approximately US$ 100 million.

Prior to RBC, she numerous leadership positions at the University of Rwanda including Dean at school of public health and later as Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the same university that encompasses 6 schools (Medicine and pharmacy, public health, nursing, health sciences and allied, dentistry). I also served as a member of Technical Evaluation Review Group (TERG) at the Global Fund from 2015-2018 and a member of the International Advisory Group for Primary Health Care at WHO in 2018.

Currently she serves as a member of Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) at GAVI since 2016 and a member of the advisory committee in clinical trials (CCT) of African Academy of Sciences (AAS), counsel member of NCST (National Commission of Science and Technology) in Rwanda and a member of Rwanda Academy of Science (RAS) since 2019. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Nathalie Umutoni

Director of Operations

Umutoni Nathalie is a Public Health expert with an extensive experience of 16 years especially in policies development, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, project management. A Medical Doctor, she served in different capacities and more recently she was the Director of Health Policies and Regulation within the Ministry of Health for 7 years with records in development of policies, standards procedures, treatment guidelines, laws and other regulatory documents supporting Health services management as well as Environmental Health, Pharmaceutical field, Health professional practice from community to referral and Teaching Hospitals. Besides, she played a big role in initiating the strategic planning cycle at facility level, in developing the Guidelines on Strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation tools. She has been member of Board of Directors in Government insurance agencies where she has been exposed to the finances of Health services.

Zuki Chiwandire

Director - Partnership and Communications

Honours Bachelor of Commerce – UWC, South Africa
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – UWC, South Africa

Zuki is responsible for CIICHIN’s business growth and research implementation success. Her Partnership function is responsible for business development and relationship management which includes fund raising, monitoring and reporting. She is also instrumental in research project management ensuring research operations align with stakeholder objectives.

Zuki has 20 years of leadership in Health, Banking, Software Sales and Implementation Industry in South Africa and Rwanda.
As the Director of Partnership and Communications, Zuki brings a wealth of experience garnered from her diverse background. Her journey has endowed her with a profound understanding of financial landscapes, risk management, business development, and strategic planning. Her journey is characterized by her adeptness in bid office management, a skill honed through years of orchestrating successful bids that have secured vital projects and collaborations.

Zuki's commitment to public health is underscored by her involvement in research grant acquisition and fundraising initiatives. Her proficiency in securing vital resources has enabled her to spearhead research projects and propelling organizations towards collaborative success and impactful change.

Mr. Piero I. Mazimpaka

Senior Data Manager

Mr. Piero is a Data Scientist and Biostatistician by profession and serves as senior data manager at the CIICHIN. He has extensive experience Designing, Developing, and Implementing Health Research, M&E, Data Management, and Strategic planning with a focus on Health Management Information Systems. Prior to joining CIICHIN, he served as a Global Health Corps Fellow at the Rwanda Ministry of Health, where he Supported the development and strengthening of monitoring, inspection, and evaluation procedures applied in the Rwanda Health System. He has worked in various non-government organizations as in charge of USAID-funded project Monitoring and Evaluation including Africa Evangelic Enterprise. He has also served as an Imihigo Evaluation Researcher at the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda and at Dreamstart Labs, an American Tech company where he served as a customer success representative for Rwanda. Piero is pursuing a Masters of Science in Data Science majoring in Biostatistics from the Africa Centre of Excellence in Data Science. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of science with Honors in Applied Statistics from the University of Rwanda, and various professional trainings including Digital Health from Imperial College London, ICH Good Clinical Practice E6 (R2) from The Global Health Network, and DHIS2 expertise from the University of Oslo.

Mr. Jean Damascene Hagenimana

M&E Specialist/DPO

Education:
• Master of Science in Data Science in Data Mining Program
• Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Upper second class Honors.

Relevant Experience:
• 8 years in Research and Project management with public and private institutions
• Experienced with Household surveys and Census management.
• Statistical programming capacity building courses (R and Python) Certificate provided by WORLD BANK
• Python for data science, data analysis, and machine learning certificates
• Experienced with spatial data, quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Jean Damascène HAGENIMANA is a highly qualified professional with a master’s degree in data science specializing in Data Mining from the University of Rwanda African Centre of Excellence in Data Science. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with upper second-class honors from the University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology. Currently, he is employed with the Centre for Impact, Innovation and Capacity Building for Health Information Systems and Nutrition (CII-CHIN ltd & served as NGO) and serves as an M&E Specialist and Data Protection Officer (DPO). Prior to that, Jean gained 8 years of valuable experience working with the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) as a Data Scientist and IT data processing. He is also a part-time Lecturer at the Kigali Independent University(ULK).

Jean Damascène HAGENIMANA has a strong background in data science and has extensive expertise in survey design, data collection, data management, and analytics. He employs diverse analytical and statistical approaches to provide solutions for a wide range of problems. His skill set includes project management, ensuring data quality and efficiency. He is proficient in building Extract, Transform, and Load(ETL) pipelines, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, developing predictive and forecasting models using advanced data mining and machine learning techniques, and creating data visualization dashboards, and infographics that offer valuable insights to management and stakeholders.

He is experienced in developing Computer Assistance Personal Interviewing(CAPI) with data collection tools like Census and Survey Processing System(CSPRO), SURVEY CTO, and ODK. He is well-experienced in data presentation, developing data visualization schemes, such as dashboards and infographics by using TABLEAU, POWER BI, and ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR.

He is excellent with data analysis programming tools such as PYTHON, STATA, SPSS, and MS Excel and with Data management packages like SQL, MS ACCESS, and Big data analytics tools like HADOOP ECOSYSTEM.

He is fluent in ENGLISH, FRENCH, and KINYARWANDA

Aldina Messic

Senior Data Analyst Advisor (Consultant)

Aldina Mesic is a Data and Teaching Consultant at CIIC-HIN who advises on impact evaluation and quasi-experimental methods, implementation science, and geographic information systems (GIS) for health. She is a fourth year Implementation Science PhD student in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and a Global Health Scholar in the NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program. She is interested in applying implementation science theories and geospatial epidemiological methods to reduce the burden of injury in low- and middle-income countries. Aldina is currently leading a study Collaboration to Inform Road Safety Intervention and Hazard Reduction in Ghana which is focused on: 1) establishing a road safety research working group; 2) mapping hot spots of road traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths nationally from 2005-2020; and 3) conducting quasi-experimental studies to determine the impact of prior road safety interventions and model future impacts. Aldina holds an MPH in Monitoring and Evaluation and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University and a BS in Biology from Northeastern University. Aldina has worked on research studies focused on gun violence, intimate partner violence, substance use, injury/trauma, maternal health, and HIV in Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Nepal, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and the US.

Sumana Dhanani

Senior Research Coordinator

Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto
Masters of Public Health at Purdue University - Current studies

Sumana has a background in Public Health, particularly in the areas of research and communication. Sumana’s role at CIIC-HIN is to manage income grant opportunities and to ensure the smooth running of research projects throughout the value chain. Sumana brings collaboration strength to the team to coordinate and oversee various aspects of project management as well as data collection, analysis and reporting.

Olivier Wane

Supply-Chain Project Manager

Mr. Wane is a Pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health supply-chain management. Currently working as Supply Chain Project Manger for the Center for Impact, Innovation, and Capacity Building for Health Information and Nutrition (CIIC-HIN), a not-for-profit registered in Rwanda (www.ciichin.org). For the last 10 years his work was mainly focused in the health system strengthening, pharmaceutical systems strengthening as well as end-to-end supply-chain management including procurement and logistics of pharmaceuticals for health programs. He his highly experienced in both Public health and health supply-chain management. He pioneered the community health workers supply chain system and the nutrition commodities supply chain integration into the National supply-chain system, taking the lead from inception on system design, development of guidelines and standard operating procedures, phased implementation for country wide scale-up and adoption in collaboration with stakeholders. Working especially in the Maternal and New born health program, where the Immunization program falls, he was supporting the logistic team on the routine vaccines management. Recently during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, he was appointed as technical support in the immunization team in charge of vaccines supply-chain activities including receiving, warehousing and distribution. He is an accomplished professional trainer and has delivered high quality, capacity-building content to healthcare professionals at the central and peripheral levels with the aim of strengthening the supply chain for health commodities. Mr. Wane is fluent in French and proficient in English.

Dr Sabine Musange Furere

Health Research and Financing Expert

Education:
Bachelor of Medicine - National University of Rwanda, Rwanda
International Health Policy and Management - Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, USA

My research interest areas include program evaluations in maternal and child health, health systems, and financing. I have several years of experience teaching and working closely with the Ministry of Health and different health sector stakeholders in developing and conducting research projects in Rwanda. I hold a degree in Medicine from the University of Rwanda, and a master’s degree in international Health policy and Management from Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Health-Implementation Sciences at the University of Washington. I was PI on a completed Preterm Birth initiative Rwanda project, described below, which included the development and testing of a group antenatal care program. This work showed the benefits of group care on social support and mental health for women and has inspired me to join this effort. I am also currently involved in an implementation research project on how to employ a digital innovation to sustainably deliver an updated, quality, intervention service package for ANC, using the new WHO 8-contact model. I have vested interest in Maternal and Child Health; Health systems, policy and financing but above all I am passionate about my work where I strive to implement and deliver evidence-based interventions to improve health for all.

Ms. Grace Mukundente Mutabazi

Head of Administration and Human Resource

Claudine Abiragijimana

Accountant

Adeline Batamuliza

Assistant Accountant

Joselyn Ishimwe

Customer Care

BREATHE Project

Elisabeth Riviello, MD, MPH

Principal Investigator, BREATHE Project

Dr. Elisabeth Riviello is passionate about improving critical care for patients in resource-constrained settings. Her research is focused on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis, and mortality prediction in low-income countries. She has a particular interest in examining how context impacts critical care epidemiology, interventions, and outcomes. Her medical education activities include critical care curriculum development for resource-constrained settings as well as the mentorship of trainees interested in pursuing careers in critical care in resource-constrained settings. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for BREATHE, a clinical effectiveness trial of high flow versus standard flow oxygen for hypoxemic adults at five sites in Kenya, Malawi, and Rwanda.

With Dr. Theogene Twagirumugabe and others, Dr. Riviello developed the Kigali Modification of the Berlin definition of ARDS, which now serves as a basis for the new Global Definition of ARDS (AJRCCM 2023). This is one step toward improving critical care in resource-constrained settings, by enhancing the ability to diagnose, manage, and research critical illness syndromes. Dr. Riviello serves on working groups for the World Health Organization, is an Advisor for the Lancet Global Health Commission on Medical Oxygen Security (Lancet Global Health 2022), and helped develop new guidelines on ARDS through the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM, ICM 2023).

Dr. Riviello is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Attending Physician in the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, USA.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1995, her Medical Degree from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and her Master's in Public Health from Harvard University in 2013. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2011, and her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Harvard combined program in 2014.

Uwamahoro Doris Lorette, MD, MMed

Site Principal Investigator, CHUK

Dr.UWAMAHORO Doris Lorette is among the first trained emergency medicine and critical care physician in Rwanda, working at Kigali University Teaching Hospital, Rwanda where she is heading the Accident and Emergency Department. She completed her undergraduate medical training at the former National University of Rwanda in 2013.

She is a mother, a mentor and educator to not only medical students but also nursing trainees. Together with colleagues, we have worked on and published studies that made an impact in teaching and clinical practice.

She is thriving not only to improve medical care to critically ill patients through education and research but also to become an impactful leader.

Dona Fabiola Gashabe, MD

Site Coordinator, CHUK

Dona Fabiola GASHAME is an anesthesiologist passionate about improving critical care and believes that critical care medicine is a highly challenging and mind-provoking field.

Currently, she is the site coordinator at CHUK of BREATHE project under CIICHIN coordination.

She received her medical degree at Hope Africa University in 2018 and she completed her residency training at the University of Rwanda in Anesthesiology in 2022. She has a particular interest in intensive care.

Philomene Mukayisenga

Research Assistant, CHUK

Philomene MUKAYISENGA is a passionate and dedicated registered nurse with a diverse background in healthcare. Her journey began at the University Teaching Hospital (CHUK), where she gained valuable experience in various departments, including Internal Medicine and Accident and Emergency. Throughout her career, she has taken on roles as an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Link Nurse and a COVID-19 Field Nurse, playing a crucial role in safeguarding patient safety during challenging times. Additionally, she served as Trauma Registry/Rwanda Officer, contributing to the improvement of trauma care in the region.

Philomene has been actively involved in various clinical research projects as a Research Assistant, including her work with Eagle Research, and she is currently working at CIICHIN.

Fraterne Z. Uwinshuti

Research Assistant, CHUK

Fraterne Zephyrin UWINSHUTI is an Independent Humanitarian Consultant with expertise in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.

A Freelance Writer and a Senior Registered Nurse, boasting over 12 years of extensive experience in the healthcare industry.

Throughout his career, spanning from 2011 to the present, he has garnered a wealth of knowledge in nursing, particularly in emergency and critical care areas, and clinical research, and has fulfilled various roles at different private and public institutions, including the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), the Ministry of Health/Rwanda, Max King’s Institute, ASHOKA, and URUNGANO Digital Group Ltd.

Furthermore, as the co-founder of the Rwanda Emergency Care Association (RECA) he played a big role in establishing and reviewing the Rwanda Emergency Care user manual of the Ministry of health.

He has notably excelled in leading, mentoring, coaching, managing, and educating multicultural and health professional teams.

Mr Mukeshimana Calliope

Research Assistant, CHUK

Mr MUKESHIMANA Calliope is a registered Midwife with a strong and diverse background in healthcare field.
He served in different settings and departments from the community to Public hospitals, including KACYIRU District Hospital, where he was in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Committee,
Health and Safety committee member and Rwanda Pediatric Association(RPA) Hospital mentor.
He has been actively involved in various clinical research projects as a Data collector in CHAI and Data collector in Accreditation process.
Moreover, he was a member of the resuscitation teams at KACYIRU District Hospital where he has been exposed to various quality improvement projects.

Mukamuvunyi Nadine

Research Assistant, CHUK

MUKAMUVUNYI Nadine is a registered critical nurse with specialized cardiac nursing training. She has experience in critical care nursing and teaching

Since 2014 to date, she works in intensive care unit at CHUK and she is an honorary lecturer at University of Rwanda since 2020. She worked in covid 19 Nyarugenge treatment center in 2021. In addition; she has been involved in two research as a primary investigator.

Schadrack Ndahimana

Research Assistant, CHUK

SCHADRACK NDAHIMANA centered Registered Nurse with experience treating critically ill patients in intensive care unit, High Dependent Unit and Internal Medicine and work closely with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver high quality care.

EXPERIENCE: • Bedside nurse in intensive care unit and high dependent unit: 1998-2000
• Radiology Technician 2000-2002
• Bedside nurse in intensive care unit and High Dependent Unit: 2002-2018
• Bedside nurse in Internal medicine 2018 till now

OTHERS EXPERIENCE: • Work as Nurse Part Time in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), High
Dependent Unit (HDU) and Neonatology at King Faical Hospital:
2007-2016
• Health and Safety Representative in ICU/HDU: 2004-2018
• Member of Sport of Medicine (ORDEMES)
• Research Assistant in CIICHIN

SKILLS: • Patients' general assessment
• Patients close monitoring
• Drug administration as prescribed
• Management of Mechanical ventilated patients
• Management of patients with traumatic brain injury and other neurologic diseases
• Management of patient with respiratory distress
• Nursing care plan
• Pain management
• Patient and family education and advocacy
• Oxygen therapy
• Monitoring and evaluation
• Students Teaching
• STRESS MANAGEMENT

Theogene Twagirumugabe, MD, MMed, FCCM (Fr), PhD

Site Principal Investigator, CHUB

Dr. Twagirumugabe is a former Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (2012-2017) and Program Director for the Anesthesia Postgraduate Program (2008-2014). He holds a General Medicine degree (MD) obtained from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) (2001), a Master of Medicine in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from NUR in partnership with the University Henri Poincaré (UHP) Nancy1, France (2007) and a fellowship in Medical and Surgical Critical Care from UHP Nancy1 (2010). He also has a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences obtained from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2018).
He has joined academia since his graduation from NUR as Medical Doctor in 2002 as an assistant lecturer and served as a general practitioner and clinical instructor at University teaching hospital of Butare (CHUB) before he went for a Specialization in Anesthesiology and Critical care in France.

After graduating in 2007, he has been involved in teaching Anesthesia, Critical care medicine, Physiology, and chapters in Cardiology for both undergraduate students and postgraduates in Anesthesia and Surgery. He taught also different courses (Applied Pharmacology, Regional Anesthesia, and Critical Care) to nurse anesthetist students at Kigali Health Institute. He developed curricula for the Anesthesia program and has been among the pioneers in several community services from the departments including continuous professional development for Anesthesia providers in district hospitals and other healthcare professionals. These were particularly focused on Obstetric Anesthesia and resuscitation, anesthesia apparatus, basic life support, and good practice on Blood transfusion in district hospitals through the SAFE OB course in collaboration with CASIEF.

He has also supervised a number of postgraduate students and undergraduate students for their final dissertation and is involved in clinical research on Acute Pain, ARDS in LMIC in collaboration with Dr. Elisabeth RIVIELLO, Epidemiology of hepatitis viruses in Rwanda, Epidemiology of Critical Illness in Rwanda and Obstetric critical illness in Rwanda among others. He has more than 70 articles or conference proceedings in peer-reviewed journals. He has initiated a number of QI projects and has in writing guidelines for CHUB in the area of antimicrobial stewardship, sepsis management, acute respiratory failure, and oxygen therapy including the BREATHE study in which he serves as CHUB site Principal Investigator.

He exerts clinical activities in Anesthesia and ICU department at CHUB and is a member of the Senior Management of CHUB as Head of the Clinical Division since 2020.

Blaise Gahungu, MD

Site Coordinator, CHUB

Dr. Blaise GAHUNGU is a Medical Doctor by education and a General practitioner who graduated from ANNABA BADJI MOKHTAR UNIVERSITY/FACULTY OF MEDICINE, ALGERIA in October 2014. He obtained a Master of public health (Global Health option) from Mount Kenya University in 2021.

He is experienced in health project implementation as well as in NGO setting (Medical Coordinator for MEDECINS DU MONDE FRANCE NOVEMBER 2014-JANUARY 2016, ALGIERS, ALGERIA) as in normal medical practice within Rwandan public hospitals (Rwamagana Provincial Hospital March 2016-August 2017; Masaka district Hospital: September 2017-December 2019) and also private health facilities (MBC hospital January 2020-March 2022; BAHO International Hospital April 2022-October 2022) Kigali, Rwanda.

Dr. Blaise GAHUNGU is passionate about Global Health Research, with a particular interest in Clinical trial operations. That is why he joined CIICHIN RWANDA in November 2022 as CHUB Site Coordinator for BREATHE project. To perform well his duties, he is currently enrolled in Clinical trials operations distance learning Course provided by CDT Africa at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Mahoro Jean De Dieu

Research Assistant, CHUB

MAHORO Jean de Dieu ardent in improving critical care capacity among non-critical care trained staff who may be critically ill patients. His research interest is in sepsis/septic shock, ventilation and oxygenation, ICU acquired infection. He is a research assistant for BREATHE, a clinical effectiveness trial of high flow versus standard flow oxygen for hypoxemic adults at five sites in Kenya, Malawi, and Rwanda. He is skilled in ventilation and oxygenation, Hemodynamic monitoring, Advanced cardiac life support, and designing and conducting quality improvement projects.

MAHORO Jean de Dieu is Deputy Manager of the Intensive care unit at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB) and Honorary Clinical lecturer of Nursing Sciences at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
He obtained the advanced diploma of nursing from Kigali Health Institute in 2012 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Gitwe in 201. He completed the Master of Sciences in Nursing (Critical care and trauma) from the University of Rwanda in 2019.

Uwimana Clarisse

Research Assistant, CHUB

UWIMANA Clarisse holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and is a registered nurse with an interest in research and experience in collecting data for health-related studies. She is currently a research assistant for BREATHE, a clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of high-flow versus standard-flow oxygen for hypoxemic adults at five sites in Kenya, Malawi, and Rwanda.
Prior to joining CIICHIN, she served at Health Center and District Hospital as a nurse. She eventually worked as a nurse in hospitals caring for COVID-19-infected patients and was a member of a team that administered COVID-19 vaccinations.

She collected data for other medical research projects and is determined to advance her training and experience in the field.

Uwamungu Victor

Research Assistant, CHUB

UWAMUNGU Victor is a seasoned professional researcher nurse currently employed at CIICHIN in the role of a clinical researcher assistant. With a wealth of prior experience gained across various hospital settings in Rwanda, he has served as both a nurse and a midwife. Victor's academic qualifications include a bachelor's degree in general nursing and an advanced diploma in midwifery.

In 2019, Victor made a deliberate shift in his career path, transitioning from his role as a clinical nurse to specializing as a professional researcher nurse. Leveraging his extensive clinical expertise, he has since been actively engaged in various health research projects, thereby expanding his career horizons.

Throughout his research career, Victor has collaborated with numerous prestigious organizations and public institutions, such as UR, RBC, ICAP Rwanda, ENABEL, HI, Interpeace Rwanda, and PFR, among others. In these partnerships, he has assumed diverse roles within research projects, including that of a research assistant, research site coordinator, research consultant, data collector, assistant data technician, team leader, and supervisor of data collector teams in the field.

Victor's daily inspiration stems from his dedication to philosophy, innovation, and the enhancement of healthcare service delivery. He strives to achieve this by incorporating sophisticated technology and evidence-based healthcare practices into his work, ultimately contributing to the advancement of scientific research in the field.

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas

Research Assistant, CHUB

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas is an Assistant Lecturer at University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing, Critical Care and Trauma.

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas is working as a Clinical Researcher at CIICHIN in BREATHE Project.
He has been volunteering as a Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Specialist in the Center of treatment of critical patients suffering from COVID-19.

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas has got a Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia and Resuscitation, and works as a Clinical Anesthetist Officer and Resuscitator in Public and Private Hospitals.

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas is a clinical researcher, and has got two publications:
Thomas Munyanziza, Busisiwe Bhengu, Emelyne Umutoni Cishahayo, Aline Uwase, 2021, Workplace stressors and coping strategies of Intensive Care Unit Nurses at University Teaching Hospitals, in Rwanda. Rwanda Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vol.4 No.1, March 2021.

Thomas Munyanziza, Incidence of spinal anesthesia induced severe hypotension among the pregnant women undergoing cesarean section at Muhima. Rwanda. Rwanda Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vol.5 No.1, April 2022.

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas is well skilled in working both independently or in team work, he has got computer skills and competencies in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point and Internet use. He has earned Category B driving Licence and is well skilled in driving.

Mr. Munyanziza Thomas is well skilled in speaking and writing Kinyarwanda, French and English.

Mr. Twizeyimana Jean Felix

Research Assistant, CHUB

Mr. TWIZEYIMANA Jean Felix is a Health Professional as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing awarded from the University of Rwanda at 2017.

Mr. Felix has a professional experience of 6 years From 2017 and Preference languages of English and French associated with the Basic skills about computer sciences within Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Currently, Mr. Felix is working at University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB) as a Critical Care Nurse and also a Research Assistant at BREATHE PROJECT.