The conference was held Wednesday – Friday September 12-14, 2012. 

  • The first two days were devoted to presentations and panels discussions on key findings from research and programmatic experiences in the integration of reproductive health and HIV throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • The third day consisted of a gathering of a smaller group of researchers, implementers and policy makers that will split into two groups.  The first group discussed strategies to advance programming in reproductive health and HIV integration and a second group of individuals worked to develop a future research agenda in reproductive health and HIV integration in sub-Saharan Africa.



Session Chairs: Bios



Dr. Marsden Solomon is an experienced medical doctor with over 10 years of experience ingynaecology and obstetrics and has been involved in the design and execution of duties at the senior technical management level at both the national reproductive health delivery system in Kenya and at FHI360 /Kenya. Dr. Solomon has wide knowledge in formulation of health programs, implementation policies and management systems and is highly skilled in programs conceptualization, design and implementation management. Dr. Solomon is currently the Project Director, Applied Research Unit FHI360 Kenya where he is currently involved in providing Technical and Management guidance to thePROGRESS, PTA Projects and Sino implant introduction in Kenya .He alsochairs the Scientific and Technical Leadership Working Group at FHI360 Kenya office. Dr. Solomon provided RH/FP guidance to the then USAID-funded APHIA II project for Coast and Rift Valley Provinces in Kenya, taking research to practice within both the APHIA II and the USAID-funded Contraceptive Research Technologies Utilization (CRTU) projects with specific focus on long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LAPMs) and the integration of RH with HIV/AIDS services.He is doing the same to the current APHIAPLUS projects in the Rift Valley province and in the Northern Arid Lands. He also provides technical assistance to the region through the ROADS project and the South Sudan FHI office.  Prior to joining FHI360, Dr. Solomon was the Deputy Head of Division for the Ministry of Health in Kenya. In that capacity he formulated policies and guidelines for delivery of quality RH services and provided guidance and support to districts countrywide in the delivery of RH services within the framework of the National Reproductive Health Strategic Plan through 2010.  Dr. Solomon was Head of the Quality Assurance Department at the Coastal Provincial General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya and has received a number of awards in quality control for reproductive health. He recently received amerit award from Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society (KOGS) in recognition of services rendered in improving women’s health in Kenya. This award  was in recognition of the exemplary work he  had  done to the KOGS and also in improving the reproductive health status of women in Kenya.

He has written over 20 publications on reproductive health and contributed to a number of publications. He is fluent in Kiswahili and English and holds a Masters of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Nairobi. Concurrent Session 1, Room A Wednesday September 12th, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Miss Veronica Manana Leburu, is currently the Head of the Sexual & Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Botswana, where she is responsible for policy formulation and strategic interventions design. Following her studies in Sexual & Reproductive Health Programme Management, she has worked for the Botswana Government for over 25 years,  13 of which have been devoted to maternal and child health care service delivery including family planning in various levels of the health care system. Concurrent Session 1, Room B Wednesday September 12th, 11:30am – 12:30pm


Patricia Oluoch, xxxx Concurrent Session 2, Room A Wednesday September 12th, 1:30pm – 2:45pm


Wilson N. Liambila, a graduate of the London School of Hygiene and the London School of Economics, Wilson is a health planner with a wealth of experience in the health sector. He is a Senior Programme Officer at Population Council’s Nairobi office. Wilson has in the past eight years coordinated projects on integrating counseling and testing for HIV within Family Planning services, as well as integrating the management of sexually transmitted infections /reproductive tract infections into primary health care settings. As a member of the National RH-HIV Integration Steering Committee, Wilson played a key role in the development and finalization of the National RH-HIV Integration Strategy and its Minimum Package of services. He has also 24 years of local and international experience in health policy analysis, health sector reforms, health care financing issues and operational research including developing appropriate mechanisms for mobilizing resources and for devising innovative strategies for use in resource poor settings. Wilson also has extensive experience in training national, provincial and district level health managers in health services management with a focus on policy formulation, strategic planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation as well as in developing standards and norms for effective health service delivery. Wilson has published extensively in the fields of health economics, reproductive health and RH-HIV integration and is at present serving on many national, regional and international technical committees in the area of RH and HIV and community based health care.Concurrent Session 2, Room B Wednesday September 12th, 1:30pm – 2:45pm


 Dr. Divya Bajpai is the Senior Advisor for Sexual and Reproductive Health at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance which is a global alliance of nationally based organisations working to support community action on HIV and related areas in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is a health, management and development professional with over 14 years experience of designing, establishing and supporting integrated community based programmes on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and TB in Asia and Africa. In her current role she provides technical guidance on quality integrated SRHR/HIV and gender programming and has developed programme and policy resources such as the ‘Good Practice Guide on SRHR/HIV integration’. Concurrent Session 3, Room A Wednesday September 12th, 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Dr. Timothy Abuya works with the Population Council, Kenya as a Senior Analyst.  His research interest revolves around implementation research and evaluation of public health interventions using mixed methods with a focus of utilization of policy analysis techniques.  He is currently involved in a range of studies that broadly focus on improving access and addressing health systems challenges in the delivery of health care.  They include evaluating of alternative financing mechanisms in maternal and child health, assessment of the implementation of rigorous operations research studies to assess the relative benefits of different models of integrated SRH and HIV services and assessing ways of promoting dignifed health to women during child birth.

Abuya has published in various topics of health system especially on access, implementation of public health programs. He holds masters and a PhD in public health. He has over 8 years experience in public health research. Concurrent Session 3, Room B Wednesday September 12th, 3:00pm – 4:15pm


Dr. Charlotte Warren, one of the Population Council’s lead social scientists in maternal and newborn health, is a nurse practitioner with a Masters in Primary Health Care,  and has over 20 years of public health experience (14 years in Kenya). She is currently PI for the Integra Initiative which is measuring the benefits and cost of integrated HIV and SRH services in Kenya and Swaziland and  PI for the Kenya evaluation of vouchers for Reproductive Health. She also provides TA regionally on community midwifery, postnatal care, and maternal and newborn health. Ms. Warren has extensive experience in research, policy, and program development in maternal and newborn health, and reproductive health, with a particular focus on Africa.Concurrent Session 4, Room A Wednesday September 12th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Dr Margaret Makumi is a medical doctor and a public health specialist. And currently working as the Deputy Country Representative at Pathfinder International and the Deputy Project Director APHIAPlus Nairobi. She  has over 20 years of experience developing, managing, implementing and advising RH/FP, HIV and  GBV prevention and response programs in Kenya. Her extensive work in sub-Saharan Africa alsoincludes expertise in HIV/AIDS comprehensive treatment, care and support, PMTCT, OVC, MNCH, appropriate integration of HIV and RH/FP services, mainstreaming of GBV response services, health systems strengthening and health policy.Concurrent Session 4, Room B Wednesday September 12th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Dr. Martin Sirengo is a consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with over 12 years of clinical experience, 10 years of HIV/AIDS experience, 5 years of public health management and national (PMTCT) program management. Current position: Deputy Director on Medical Services in the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in charge of coordination of PMTCT program at the National AIDs and STI Control Program NASCOP. Concurrent Session 1, Room A Thursday September 12th, 10:30am – 11:30am


Gates Representative, xxxxxx Concurrent Session 1, Room B Thursday September 12th, 10:30am – 11:30am


Dr. Pamela Godia is a Public health specialist, hold a doctoral degree from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicne, Works as a Program Manager, Division of Reproductive Health, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. Concurrent Session 2, Room A Thursday September 12th, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Beatrice Mutali has over 20 years working experience 17 of which have been in design, development and management of family planning, reproductive health and HIV programmes. She currently works for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (“The Alliance”) as Head of Team: Africa, a position she has held since 2006. During her time at the Alliance she has led on the expansion of the Alliance’s work in Africa including the integration of SRH into HIV programmes. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked as Director of Programmes at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Africa Regional Office, and previous to that she worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of America-International (formerly Family Planning International Assistance) as Associate Regional Director at the Africa Regional Office. Concurrent Session 2, Room B Thursday September 12th, 11:30am – 1:00pm



Dr Wangira Musana, is the Lead Faculty in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is full time faculty in PostGraduate Medical Education. His research interests are Reproductive Health-Specifically perinatal HIV, HIV infection in women, contraception and population dynamics, making pregnancy safer, prevention and treatment of reproductive tract cancers. Concurrent Session 3, Room A Thursday September 12th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Dr. Cleopatra Mugyenyi xxxxxx Concurrent Session 3, Room A Thursday September 12th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm



Mr. Nelson Keyonzo has a degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree in Population Planning from the University of Michigan.  Prior to joining KURHI he was the Country Representative of Pathfinder International in Tanzania for 11 years.   He is a highly trained demographer and evaluation expert with a solid background in program design, evaluation and in depth experience with community based programs, adolescent HIV/AIDS and integrated service delivery approaches.  He has provided guidance and technical support for program development and planning activities in the region.  Concurrent Session 4, Room A Thursday September 12th, 3:30pm – 4:00pm


Judith Maua Ongayi is a Public Health and Maternal and Newborn Health specialist. She has a Masters degree in International Public Health- SRH, University of Liverpool, UK and Advanced Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Lund University, Sweden. Her dissertation for the Masters Degree was ‘Why Women Do Not Deliver in Health Facilities in the State of Uttar Pradesh, India’. Judith currently works as a Programme Officer, Coordinating Maternal and Newborn Health Programme in the Division of Reproductive Health, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya. Judith has a wide range of experience in developing and implementing Maternal and Newborn health (MNH) services as well as RH and HIV Integration policy documents and in rolling out integration trainings countrywide. As a Nurse Midwife, she has broad experience in MNH having worked as Nurse Manager of a busy Maternity Department at a Provincial Hospital. She also worked as a District Public Health Nurse and had the privilege to also work with communities. Presently, she is the focal person for a DFID funded, ‘Making it Happen Programme’ of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where she is leading Capacity development of Human Resources for Maternal and Newborn Health nationally. Judith is the Focal person for PMTC/eMTCT and Point Person for Global Fund within the Division of Reproductive Health. She works collaboratively with NASCOP and was one of the key persons who initiated RH/HIV Integration activities in Kenya about ten years ago. Judith looks forward to the achievement of the MDGs 4, 5 and 6. Her motto is: ‘It is time we delivered for women and their families’. Concurrent Session 4, Room B Thursday September 12th, 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Dr. Sierra Washington completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California San Francisco, and her Masters of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia on the MTCT-plus program and with the Indiana University-Kenya Program as Co-Feild-Director of Reproductive Health for AMPATH. She currently works in the division for Family Planning and Global Health at Albert Einstein Medical School.  Her clinical and research interests include: PMTCT, cervical dysplasia in the HIV infected population, Family Planning, and Abortion services. Concurrent Session 5, Room A Thursday September 12th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Dr. Sobbie A. Z. Mulindi is the Deputy Director, Co-ordination and Support, Office of the President, National AIDS Control Council. He is also the Chairman of the Nairobi Hospice and Vice President, Alliance Francaise, Kenya. As Deputy Director at the National AIDS Control Council of the Office of the President Kenya, he is responsible for coordination and support.  In this capacity he coordinates all programmes on HIV and AIDS in Kenya, liaising with external partners for a multi-sectoral response.  Dr. Mulindi who has worked in the fields of HIV and AIDS, injury Prevention, and Crisis and Disaster Management. Previously he was Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry University of Nairobi Schools of Medicine. Dr. Mulindi studied at the University of Nairobi, the University of Montpellier and the University of Lyon, and in addition was a postdoctoral fellow at several universities, including Harvard University, Sorbonne University and Tel Aviv University, University of Cape Town, Berkley and Kaiser Permenente.  Dr. Mulindi is the chairman of the Nairobi Hospice. He is currently Vice President of Alliance Francaise of Nairobi and has been the President of the AFC Leopards Premiere League Club of Kenya. Concurrent Session 5, Room A Thursday September 12th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Rose Wilcher, MPH is a Technical Advisor with the Research Utilization team at FHI 360 where she works to incorporate public health research findings into evidence-based policies and practices. Rose has been at the forefront of FHI 360’s global efforts to promote utilization of the evidence supporting family planning as an HIV prevention intervention, and works closely with donor agencies, government representatives, advocacy groups, and staff from cooperative agencies to advance programming and research in family planning/HIV integration. In 2009, she served as guest editor of a supplement of the journal AIDS on family planning and HIV, and was the lead author of the global guidance, “Strategic Considerations for Strengthening the Linkages between Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Policies, Programs, and Services.” Rose also provides leadership to FHI 360’s gender portfolio, promoting use of gender analysis and evidence-based gender integration strategies in health and development projects. Rose holds a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined FHI 360 in 2002.


Work Place: Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PostGraduate Medical Education   Position: Full Time Faculty- Postgraduate, Medical Education, Lead-Faculty in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Interest: Reproductive Health-Specifically perinatal HIV, HIV infection in women, contraception and population dynamics, making pregnancy safer, prevention and treatment of reproductive tract cancers.

Dr Craig Cohen


Dr Bashir


Dr. William Maina


Nduku Kilonzo