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ALMA Secretariat

  • Joy Phumaphi (Executive Secretary)

    Joy is the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, an alliance of 49 African Heads of State and Government. She also serves as co-Chair of the Independent Expert Review Group, for Every Woman Every Child, reporting annually to the UNSG on developing country progress on Women’s and Children’s health. Ms. Phumaphi has served as a member of the UN Reference Group on Economics and as a UN Commissioner on HIV/AIDS and Governance.

  • Joyce Kafanabo (Senior Coordinator and Country Liaison)

    Joyce Kafanabo is the Senior Coordinator and Country Liaison at ALMA. Joyce's role includes developing and implementing a comprehensive Focal Point Strategy to update ALMA members regularly on key initiatives and provide a mechanism to quickly engage ALMA members when relevant issues arise.

  • Melanie Renshaw (Chief Technical Advisor)

    Dr. Melanie Renshaw is the Chief Technical Advisor at ALMA. Melanie’s role includes oversight of the ALMA Scorecard for Action and Accountability, tracking country level progress in achieving key malaria and health targets in Africa, supporting national malaria control programs and Ministries of Health in Africa to resolve technical and implementation bottlenecks. She also works to facilitate filling key funding gaps and enhancing procurement mechanisms.

  • Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur (Director)

    Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur serves as Director of ALMA. Saleemah developed and coordinates the ALMA Steering Committee comprised of the African ambassadors to the United Nations, manages ALMA’s biannual head of state sessions, and initiated and oversaw the development of ALMA’s app for iPad. Saleemah manages all operations for the ALMA Secretariat. She has received several humanitarian awards from national civic organizations and from her alma mater.

  • Anne Gasasira (Senior Program Officer - RMNCH)

    Dr. Anne Gasasira is the Senior Program Officer for RMNCH at ALMA. Anne's role includes leading the ongoing development of web platform for country MNCH scorecardsand support country level adaptation. Anne Gasasira is a Ugandan Medical Doctor and Epidemiologist by training. Her expertise and interests are in the areas of Monitoring and Evaluation and Operations Research aimed at directly strengthening health systems and health service delivery particularly for malaria, HIV and other common infectious diseases.


  • Charles Paluku (RMNCH Advisor)

    Dr. Charles Paluku is the Technical Advisor at ALMA. His role in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) includes support for the development of RMNCH scorecards. Charles is a highly qualified public health development specialist with a successful 20 year career dealing in national, regional, and international program management for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

  • Foluke Olusegun (Senior Program Officer)

    Dr. Foluke Olusegun is a Senior Program Officer at ALMA and provides support to RMNCH national and sub-national Scorecard roll out. Prior to joining ALMA, she worked for the World Health Organisation managing global health research and development programs to increase access to medicines in Africa and other regions.

  • Diego Duque (Web-Platform Officer)


    Diego Duque is a Scorecard Web-Platform Officer at ALMA. His role includes supporting African Ministries of Health in the development of malaria and RMNCAH scorecards to facilitate the management of health interventions. Diego holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Policy and Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania and has worked on numerous health and education projects in Colombia.​


  • Samson Katikiti (Database Manager and Surveillance Specialist)

    Samson Katikiti is the Database Manager at ALMA. Prior to joining ALMA, he worked at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa, managing the sub-regional malaria database for East and Southern Africa. During his tenure, Samson has contributed to malaria program reviews and supported malaria indicator surveys in East and Southern Africa.

  • Souleymane Balde (Junior Accountant)

    Souleymane Balde holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kofi Annan University. Souleymane’s role at ALMA includes providing support to accounting by posting transactions, reconciling accounts, and assisting in providing financial reports for donors. Prior to working for ALMA he was a Chief Accountant for OIC International in Guinea and was a Finance Manager for Winrock International.