Dr. Zipporah Vunoro Ali MD, Dip. Palliative Care, HonDUniv.  – Executive Director


Dr Zipporah Ali is the Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). Dr. Ali is a Board Member of the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAHPC). She is on the advisory committee for GAPRI (Global access to Pain Relief Initiative) as well as on the advisory Council for African Palliative Care Association. She is also on the steering committee of Cancer Network of Kenya. She was among several others who received the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) award for her contribution to palliative care in Africa and her work on the inaugural board of APCA. She has previously served on the APCA board and The Kenya Cancer Association Board.

Dr. Ali first became involved in hospice work as a volunteer in 1994 at the Nairobi Hospice. During this time, she developed an interest in palliative care and underwent short courses on palliative care both in Nairobi and the UK. She joined the Nairobi Hospice as a full time employee in 1996 as the Medical Officer and was later promoted to the post of Senior Medical Officer. She decided to go full time as a Palliative Care doctor and pursued a Higher Diploma Course in Palliative Care offered by Oxford Brookes University in conjunction with Nairobi Hospice. At that time, she was the only and first Kenyan doctor practicing palliative care on a full time basis. Dr. Ali plays a big role in education and training of health care professionals in palliative care and is part of the teaching team with the Oxford Brookes University-Nairobi Hospice. She also lectures to medical students at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Ali is also involved in advocacy and creating awareness on palliative care in Kenya. In her leadership role as the national coordinator for KEHPCA, she has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation to integrate palliative care into government hospitals.

Dr. Ali holds an MD from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi and a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Palliative Care with the University of Dundee through the Commonwealth Scholarships. She has completed the International Pain Policy Fellow program with the International Pain Policy Studies Group (WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin)as well as the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative at The Institute of Palliative Medicine at the San Diego Hospice.

Miriam Igobwa- Finance/Administration officer

Has a solid background in Accounting coming along with a 15 year work experience to join KEHPCA as an Administrative/Finance Officer. Before KEHPCA she worked with New KCC as an Accountant and later got involved in social work in the slum areas. She is part of the team that formed the first KEHPCA Secretariat. She is a volunteer in Palliative Care and is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accountants(CPA).

David Kioko Musyoki – Senior Program Officer

David, serving as the Program Officer in KEHPCA since October 2007, is a Nurse trained at the University of Nairobi. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care from the University of Dundee. He has also has taken certificate courses in Palliative care, the National Anti-Retroviral Treatment course and a strategic planning and management course. Prior to joining KEHPCA, David served as a Program Nurse and the OVC Coordinator in Narok Integrated Development Program (NIDP) and as a Tutor in Maua Methodist School of Nursing.

David has a lot of interest in capacity building and therefore is involved in training both health and non- health care professionals in palliative care which will enhance the provision of quality palliative care for all in Kenya. He also offers a lot of technical support to hospices and palliative care service providers throughout the country in the efforts of scaling up palliative care services in Kenya.

Dr. Asaph Kinyanjui – Director of Programs

Dr. Asaph Kinyanjui joined KEHPCA in March 2012 as the Education and Research Officer. Dr. Kinyanjui previously worked at the Embu Provincial General Hospital as n a Medical Officer and consulted for the hospital palliative unit as well as for Embu-Mbeere Hospice.  He has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Nairobi.

Josephine Muya – Administrative Assistant

Josephine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kenya Methodist University and a Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management. Josphine is passionate about her work which cuts across all departments within the organization and has acquired a wealth of experience in office administration over the years.

Dr Esther Muinga –  Coordinator for Pain Relief

Dr Muinga, a Medical Officer  working with the Ministry of Medical Services, joined KEHPCA in May 2012. She is serving as the Special Coordinator for Access to Pain Relief and Palliative Care. This is in effort to scale up pain relief services in the Kenyan government hospitals through the Ministry of Health, KEHPCA and Treat The Pain – A program of the American Cancer Society.

Dr Muinga has previously worked in Webuye district hospital as a medical officer actively involved in palliative care.

She graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery and has a certificate in introduction to Palliative care from KEHPCA.