Advisory Group

CQUIN’s Advisory Group provides guidance and oversight, and helps to ensure a robust network structure. Members contribute their technical expertise, participate in network events, and help to ensure that the network meets the needs of its diverse members.

Tsitsi Apollo, MD, Deputy Director, AIDS/STIs, Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care

Dr. Apollo is a medical doctor and a public health specialist who has been practicing in Zimbabwe’s public health system for over 18 years. She previously worked as the National Tuberculosis Control Programme Manager, and for John Snow Incorporated as an HIV/AIDS Advisor.

She is an active member of the National Medicines Therapeutics Advisory and Policy Committee in Zimbabwe. She participated in the 2013 and 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines Development Group for Consolidated ARV Guidelines. She plays an advisory role to the WHO Director General as a member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.



Baker Bakashaba, MBChB, regional project manager, Soroti Region, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Uganda

For seven years, Dr. Bakashaba has managed HIV/AIDS programs focusing on design and implementation of facility- and community-based, client-centered projects and health systems strengthening at TASO. He has contributed to the design of community ART models, such as community drug distribution points (CDDP) and community- client-led ART delivery (CCLAD), as well as other national-level differentiated service delivery models.

He is currently the regional project manager for the Accelerating HIV Epidemic Control in Soroti Region project – a regional HIV/AIDS project funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Bakashaba received his Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery Degree from Makerere University in Uganda, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in project management at the University of Salford, UK.

Kigen Bartilol, MBChB, National AIDS and STIs Control Programme





Aleny M. Couto, MD, HIV national program chief, Ministry of Health, Mozambique

Dr. Couto is a Mozambican physician with over six years of experience in public health. She is the head of the HIV program at the Ministry of Health in Mozambique, and brings experience in management and implementation of national- and provincial-level health programs. Her work has had a specific focus on HIV/AIDS and the design of policies, country guidelines, and strategic plans following World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. She has also worked at the district level in primary care, where she implemented a wide range of public health programs. Prior to 2011, Dr. Couto was a clinician treating HIV patients.

Adeniyi Fakoya, MD, FRCP, senior disease coordinator, HIV, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

Dr. Fakoya is a clinician and specialist in HIV and international health with over 20 years of domestic and international experience in HIV, STI clinical care, service management, and program delivery.

He is currently senior disease coordinator, HIV, at the Global Fund in Geneva. Dr Fakoya has previously held technical, senior management, and research posts working in the UK and internationally. Over the last three years, his team has provided technical support and coordinated partner cooperation resulting in the approval of five billion dollars in Global Fund HIV grant approvals.

His areas of expertise include HIV clinical care and treatment, prevention, and care; ARV scale-up; and the provision of STI clinical services. He has provided technical support to national HIV programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has sat on a number of national and international advisory committees including those for ARV treatment guidelines, prevention of mother to child transmission guidelines, and sexual and reproductive health.

Robert Ferris, DO, MPH, chief, division of technical leadership & research, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID

Dr. Ferris is the chief of the Division of Technical Leadership & Research in the Office of HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He oversees an extensive technical assistance and research portfolio supporting the U.S. government’s efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

Previously, Dr. Ferris was USAID’s senior HIV/AIDS treatment advisor serving as co-chair of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) adult HIV treatment technical working group and the care & treatment steering committee. He contributed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2013 consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection as a member of the operational and service-delivery guideline development group.

Dr. Ferris has provided technical assistance to over 30 national HIV programs, including 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. His field experience includes visits to over 200 clinical, research, and program implementation sites in resource-limited settings. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). He completed his internship and residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.

He finished a research fellowship focused on the metabolic complications of HIV at the State University of New York’s NIH-sponsored General Clinical Research Center. He received his Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health (CTropMed®) Certificate from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). He received his executive Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University in health policy and management.

Nathan Paul Ford, PhD, MPH, FRCPE, scientific officer, Department of HIV/AIDS and Global Hepatitis Programme, WHO

Dr. Ford is a scientific officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, and the head of WHO’s Guidelines Review Committee. Previously, he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for 14 years supporting HIV programmes in a number of countries in southern Africa and Southeast Asia. He holds a degree in microbiology and virology, a Master’s of Public Health and Epidemiology, and a PhD in clinical epidemiology.

Dr. Ford is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed publications and is an editorial adviser for the WHO Bulletin, as well as a member of the editorial boards of JAIDS, JIAS, Tropical Medicine and International Health, and Conflict and Health.


Nomthandazo G. Lukhele, MBCB, national ART coordinator, Swaziland Ministry of Health National AIDS Programme (SNAP)

Dr. Lukhele coordinates HIV care and treatment services in Swaziland. She has extensive hands-on experience in the delivery of HIV care and treatment services at both clinical and program level. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree from Witwatersrand University, South Africa, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Swaziland. Dr. Lukhele is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health with a focus on health systems strengthening at Witwatersrand.



Rumbidzai P. Matewe, program manager, Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+)

Ms. Matewe has over 10 years’ experience in community development. She has been instrumental in rolling out differentiated service delivery for people living with HIV at ZNNP+. For three years, she has worked to improve the program design and monitoring for community ART refill groups (CARGs) in Zimbabwe.

Ms. Matewe holds a Master’s Degree in development studies and is currently working towards her PhD in community development with a focus on resilient health systems.


Rose Nyirenda, MSc., director, Department of Health HIV Treatment Unit, Malawi Ministry of Health

Ms. Nyirenda is a community health and inter-professional health care leadership specialist. She is currently the director of the HIV treatment unit at the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Previously, she was the director of Mzuzu Referral Hospital in the northern region of Malawi, heading the Ministry’s Community Health Nursing Program, while also serving as a nurse educator and principal of a nursing college. She was the principal investigator of the EARNEST ART clinical trial, and is currently a member of the National Health Research Ethical Review Board in Malawi. In 2013, Ms. Nyirenda received a special award of recognition on leadership in quality improvement from JHPIEGO. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Malawi.


Joseph Cavanaugh, MD, senior TB technical advisor, Office of Program Quality, PEPFAR

Dr. Cavanaugh has served as senior TB technical advisor since July 2016. He also provides technical support for HIV care and treatment, as well as laboratory and ARV procurement. Prior to his work with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), he served in the Global TB Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since joining as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer in 2008, first with the Division of TB Elimination and then with the Division of Global HIV and TB.

Prior to his work at CDC, Dr. Cavanaugh was a primary care physician at the Manhattan VA Medical Center, and a program director in the New York University (NYU) Internal Medicine Residency Program. He received his medical degree in 1997 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completing his internship and residency in primary care at the NYU School of Medicine.

Isaac S. Zulu, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist, HIV Care and Treatment Branch of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, CDC Division of Global HIV & TB

Dr. Zulu is an internationally recognized public health leader, clinician, and researcher who has co-authored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is currently a medical epidemiologist on the Adult HIV Treatment Team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the Division of Global HIV/AIDS in October 2012 and currently co-leads the branches’ Service Delivery Unit.

Dr. Zulu is also a member of the Epidemic Control Leadership Team under the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), where he assists in the development of strategies policy direction to achieve HIV epidemic control in PEPFAR-supported countries. He was previously the chief of the Prevention, Care, and Treatment Branch at the CDC office in Lusaka, Zambia, where he oversaw the scale-up of the country’s HIV treatment program. Dr. Zulu served as clinical chair (2004-2006) and consultant attending physician (1999-2006) in the Department of Internal Medicine, University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. He was an honorary lecturer in internal medicine at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine from 1999-2010.

Dr. Zulu trained as a medical doctor graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zambia in 1989. He has specialty training in internal medicine with a Master’s of Medicine in Internal Medicine from the University of Zambia, and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Gastroenterology from Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom (2008). He obtained his Master’s of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the U.S. in 2002.