KEHPCA Board

THE BOARD

Dr. Brigid Sirengo – Chairperson

Dr. Brigid is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Hospice. She is a registered nurse, midwife and community health nurse with a higher diploma in education and administration. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has more than 18 years experience in palliative care. She pioneered Palliative Care in Kenya and has played a crucial role in its dissemination in the country. She has trained a large number of health care providers who had little previous knowledge in Palliative Care, and as a direct result, several hospices and palliative care teams have been established in Kenya and further a field. She led collaboration with the School of Health Care, Oxford Brookes University, UK to establish the first Diploma in Palliative Care in Africa.

She played a key role in setting up the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association and the African Palliative Care Association. She has been a brilliant ambassador for palliative Care speaking on the subject at conferences in Africa and beyond. In recognition of her strong, determined and focused leadership of the hospice and her contribution to the dissemination of the concept and practice of Palliative Care, in 2003, Brigid was awarded the prestigious Order of the Grand Warrior by the Kenya Government. Under her leadership in March 2006, the Nairobi Hospice received Afya Award 2006 – for Excellence and Creative Service in Cancer Care. The purpose of the award is to recognize institutions or individuals that have distinguished themselves in designing, implementing and sustaining innovative programs/projects that offer solutions to challenging health problems. September 2006 she received the prestigious and enviable award of Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University, UK in recognition of her contribution in the field of Palliative Care in Kenya and internationally.

Mr Peter Bunde – Vice Chairman

Mr. Bunde is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a degree in law from the University of Nairobi and diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Secretary. He currently works with NSSF in the legal department.

He joined KEHPCA in 2007 and got involved in palliative care when he was nominated to the board as Legal Advisor. He has since served enthusiastically offering advice on legal matters on pro bono basis. He was elected to be Vice Chair of the Board in 2011.

He attended a course in intellectual property and access to essential medicines at University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa sponsored by Open Society Institute in 2009 and remains to date an active advocate of access to essential medicines. He is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Opiods Task Force.

Faustin Mgendi – Treasurer

Faustin is the founder and chairperson of the Board of the Coast Hospice Coast Hospice. He is an accountant by profession holds Bachelor of Commerce Accounting option from Day Star University, currently pursuing MBA at Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and also has 8 years of experience with Hospice Care. Faustin first hand experience with Hospice care begun when his mother sort palliative care. Faustin’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. Being the first born, the responsibility of caring for his mother lay on him. His mother courageously accepted her terminal illness and decided not to go for surgery and instead opted to pursue palliative care. Faustin’s mother lived in Mombasa, but since there was no palliative care provider in Mombasa, she had to travel to Nairobi and in 1997 became a patient of the Nairobi Hospice.

That was the beginning of his involvement with Hospice care. Faustin’s mum was a Nairobi Hospice patient until she succumbed to breast cancer on 28th August 2000. In 2001, Faustin sought to bring hospice care closer to the people in Coast Province. Like Faustin’s mother other terminally ill patients from the Coast Province seeking palliative care, had to travel all the way to Nairobi. With an idea and a heart to add peace to the days of terminally ill patients, he recruited a palliative care team comprising of a doctor, clinical officer and nurse from the Coast General Provincial Hospital in Mombasa.

Faustin raised funds to allow the team to go for Palliative care training for health care professionals at the Nairobi Hospice. With the help of Hospice Care Kenya and other individual donors, the Coast Hospice was established. Faustin is also a founder member of the KEHPCA board and is the current Treasurer. He also works full time as an Enforcement Officer with the National Social Security Fund.


Mrs. Roselyne Opindi – Honorary Secretary
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Stephen Gitonga- Member

Mr Gitonga is a Kenya Registered Community Nurse and serves as the Palliative Care Incharge at Maua Methodist Hospital. His other areas of service include; Board member Meru Hospice, a member of the AIDS committee Igembe South, church leader and a lay preacher at the Methodist Church. His training is in Palliative Care courtesy of Hospice Africa Uganda, Home Based Care, advanced training in HIV/AIDS counseling, programme management, proposal writing and ToT.

Saraphina Gichohi – Member

Saraphina Gichohi is Chief Executive Officer at Nyeri Hospice. Seraphina co-ordinates the fundraising, public relations, and day to day activities of the hospice, and oversees the hospices team of eight permanent staff. In 2009, Nyeri Hospice was winner of the Development Award in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing’s annual awards, which are presented in London UK each year to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by palliative nurses worldwide. Saraphina holds the Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University.

 

Dr. Esther Munyoro – Member

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Dr. Munyoro coordinates the palliative care unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. The unit serves to offer palliative care education to all local healthcare workers.  She is particularly interested in improving pain management for both adults and children, especially those with life threatening illnesses for whom a good quality of life is a priority.  She has lectured in various venues in Kenya and hopes to get Pain and Palliative Care Curriculums offered to all healthcare workers in Kenya.

Mr. Mohamud Juma – 
Member

Dr. Meshack Liru – Member