Our Team

Ahaz Kulanga

Ahaz Kulanga, KCMC Project Coordinator/ Leader, has a Masters in Business Administration and served as a senior administrator in the KCMC-Duke Collaboration for 6 years. He works in the KCMC leadership division as Vice Provost. His primary position requires him to manage issues related to administration, finance, planning and human resources. He coordinates all interactions with KCMC and MEPI faculty and staff ensuring the efficient operation of several projects and program activities. He arranges communications and assists with planning for all University and College board meetings and calls. His extensively interaction with KCMC students guarantees that each student meets the University and College expectations.


Amani Minja

Amani Minja is working on the KCMC-MEPI project as a Learning Management System Specialist and Website Developer. Amani has extensive experience and skills in IT , Web technologies  and learning management systems  he obtained through different capacity building programs  in different countries .His previous worked as a Systems Administrator and Analyst at Mzumbe University in Tanzania. Amani Minja holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Computer Science from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Abel Julius Mweten

Abel Julius Mweten is the Community-Based Transportation & Logistics Coordinator for the KCMC-MEPI project. He has mapped the community-based activities for the project through the use of GPS. He is a grade 2, certified motor vehicle driver. He holds a variety of certificate including: Tour Guide, Public Service Vehicle “P.S.V”, Computer Application and Stress Management.


Chrispina Narcis Tarimo

Chrispina Narcis Tarimo is a Program Assistant-Monitoring and Evaluation for KCMC-MEPI. She is responsible for finalizing and implementing the unified M&E plan which consists of monitoring the implementation of activities, completing bi-annual evaluation, providing reports to assess progress of the project, and supporting the design and implementation of surveys according to the approved work plan. She has extensive experience in community based project activities, coordinating social and economic development partners, community mobilization, project planning and management, data collection and analysis, designing data collection tools, workshop preparation and facilitation, and report writing. She obtained her experience at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) acting as a research team supervisor as well as gaining a postgraduate degree from Cavendish University of Zambia in Monitoring and Evaluation.


Fredrick J.K. Sigalla

Fredrick Sigalla is an ICT Specialist working for the KCMC-MEPI project. Before joining KCMC-MEPI he was working with Techno Brain Ltd as a software developer and technology trainer. His deep passion and skills for technology has always enabled him to adapt to new technologies of IT whenever the need arises, making him a crucial member of the KCMC-MEPI team. Fredrick Sigalla holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Makerere University, Uganda, and he is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Outside technology, Fredrick Sigalla enjoys car racing and fast speeds.


Gibson Kapanda

Gibson E. Kapanda is a Data Manager cum Statistician -Monitoring and Evaluation for KCMC-MEPI. He is responsible for determining data needed to be collected and appropriate data sources, designing project surveys, data collection and analysis to facilitate evaluation of outcomes of project implementation. He has extensive experience in the application of a variety of statistical software for data analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Mr. Kapanda holds Master of Science (MSc) and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degrees. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (London). He has served as lecturer in Statistics and Research Methods at both Moshi Cooperative University (MOCU) and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) and also performed statistical analysis for a large number of research projects.

Dr. Esther Lisasi

Dr. Esther David Lisasi is a M&E coordinator at the KCMC-MEPI project. She received her M.D. from Muhimbili University, College of Health and Allied Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam and earned her Masters of Public Health at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dr. Esther has extensive experience in providing HIV clinical care and managing HIV Care and Treatment programs including PMTCT programs in Tanzania. She is currently a PhD student at University of Cape Town in South Africa and a regular contributor to the monitoring and evaluation of the KCMC-MEPI project.

Jessie Hardison

Jessie Hardison, Staff Specialist, provides financial, grant logistics, and planning support to research projects in Tanzania. She works on a variety for projects such as the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), HIV Associated Malignancies Training and Research Program (HAMTRP) and the Impact and Social Ecology of Bacterial Zoonoses in Northern Tanzania (BZ). She works with principal investigators, project directors, and foreign collaborators in several capacities which include the pre and post award stages of grants, and works as a liaison between subcontract institutions and DGHI. Jessie has a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and a Masters of Arts in International Studies from North Carolina State University.


Deodatus Mogella

Deodatus Mogella is an ICT specialist working with KCMC–MEPI project. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Tumaini University, Iringa College. Deodatus Mogella has previously worked as System Administrator at Flasac Company Limited in Mwanza. He is trained in Data Communications and Networking, Database Management and Implementations, IT Security and Ethical Hacking, Computer Systems Administrations and E – Learning.


Rose Mwangi

Rose Mwangi is the Alumni and Career Counseling Officer on KCMC-MEPI project. She coordinates the alumni and career counseling services for the students and graduates of KCMC by creating deliberate efforts to track and keep records of alumni, maintaining a database to track alumni location and current employment, providing advice for current students, and assisting students in choosing career options within the medical profession. Rose Mwangi holds a Masters in Gender & Health and has trained in International Research Ethics at Michigan State University. Rose is well versed in the areas of operational research, research ethics, qualitative research methods, research management and administration, social marketing, community mobilization & sensitization, students affairs, teaching, quality improvement and good clinical practice (GCP). She provides leadership and technical assistance to the College Research Ethics Review Committee at KCMC.


Dr. John Bartlett

John A. Bartlett MD is Professor of Medicine, Global Health and Nursing at Duke University Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at KCMC. Dr. Bartlett’s research focuses on the treatment and complications of HIV infection, and has been the recipient of numerous US National Institutes of Health research grants. He is the Associate Director for Research of the Duke Global Health Institute, Co-Director of the Duke University Center for AIDS Research, a Senior Fellow within the Duke University Health Inequalities Program, and co-chairs the Duke University Africa Initiative. He has received numerous teaching awards from Duke University medical students and house staff, and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. A major focus of Dr. Bartlett’s ongoing work is capacity building at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania.


Lucy Mimano

Ms. Lucy Nyokabi Mimano is the Basic Science Training Coordinator for the KCMC-MEPI project. She coordinates hands-on practical training sessions involving the use of basic laboratory techniques especially Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTS) for Point-of-Care-Testing (POCT) that medical students can use in resource-limited areas to improve clinical diagnosis. Lucy is an author and an entrepreneur allowing her to gain experience in various capacities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. She holds a Master of Science degree in Infectious diagnosis from the Kenyatta University, Nairobi.


Gloria Ibrahim

Gloria Ibrahim holds a Masters degree in Public Health from University of Glamorgan, UK and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In KCMC-MEPI project, she uses her skills in E-learning to her job as the Learning Management System Specialist. Glory has been able to successfully manage curricular materials, software adaptation, maintain a LMS server and train faculty and students on software adaptation.


Pius Tarimo

Pius Tarimo works at KCMC-MEPI project as a Health Laboratory Scientist in a wet laboratory. He is responsible for organizing and preparing classes prior to practical sessions and assisting in the guidance, supervision and training of students and junior staff. Tarimo has experience in collecting specimens for different laboratory diagnosis, analyzing and interpreting results, participating in research activities and training of health professionals on different laboratory diagnostic procedures. Tarimo holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Laboratory Science from Tumaini University, KCMC.


Gilda Mtaita

Gilda is the Program Assistant in Finance and Accounting for the KCMC-MEPI project. Prior to her position as Finance Officer, Gilda served as the Assistant Accountant at SDS and Financial Analyst and Credit Officer at Women Empowerment Development Agency (WEDA). She holds Bachelor of Accounting from the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) and a certificate of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the National Board of Accountants and Auditors. In additional, she has experience in setup and use of computerized accounting software such as QuickBooks, Tally and MYOB.


Ndimangwa Fadhili

Ndimangwa Fadhili is an ICT analyst for the KCMC-MEPI project in Moshi, Tanzania. He has a large array of computer programming languages that include C, C++, Java, PHP, JavaScript, CSS. These skills in assembly language and electronics led him to serve as a network support engineer for Hotspot Business Solution Limited from 2007 to 2008. He is a member of the Engineer Registration Board (ERB) of Tanzania, and received his Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) from Bangalore University in 2011.


Dativa Tibyampansha

Dativa Tibyampansha is a Learning Management System (LMS) Specialist for the KCMC-MEPI project. Her educational background is in Computer Science from Makerere University.


Imani Israel

Imani holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Moshi University College of Cooperatives and Business studies at Moshi, Tanzania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member in the National Board of Accountant and Auditors-Tanzania. Imani is currently working at KCMC-MEPI project as a grants officer. His skills include taxation, benefits, payroll compliance, donor/grants compliance and reporting, business development, and ethics. He also has strong analytic and organizational abilities which allow him to formulate accounting systems and prepare accounting records and  financial statements.


Charles Muiruri

Charles Muiruri manages a number of research projects in Tanzania, including MEPI, AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), HIV Associated Malignancies Training and Research Program (HAMTRP) and Impact and Social Ecology of Bacterial Zoonoses in Northern Tanzania. He is responsible for project management in coordination with and under the supervision of the Principal Investigators. In this capacity, he contributes to study design, implementation, and analysis; monitors and reports on project progress; and facilitates communication among project investigators and partners. He spends a significant amount of time working with partners at project sites in Tanzania. He also contributes to the pre and post award activities specifically in proposal development, publication writing, and other dissemination efforts including the coordination of workshops and trainings. Charles has an MPH from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also pursuing a PhD at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.