Review Committee Members
EGPAF has convened a group of highly qualified experts in the field of pediatric HIV care and treatment to serve as members of the Review Committee. The purpose of the Review Committee is to objectively assess each application based on predetermined eligibility criteria (see below), and recommend countries who meet the eligibility criteria for selection. The Review Committee will also provide feedback to countries determined not yet eligible and suggest actions to meet eligibility criteria in the future.
The members of the Review Committee are:
- Shaffiq Essajee, BMBCh
- Leon Levin, MBBCh, FCPaed(SA), DTM&H
- Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha, MBChB, MMed, MPH
- Denis Tindyebwa, MBChB, MMed (Ped)
Dr. Shaffiq Essajee is the Senior Medical Advisor for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Faculty at New York University where he has been caring for children with HIV for the past 18 years. He hails from Kenya and in 2001 he established one the first free pediatric HIV clinics in the city of Mombasa. He is a graduate of the Oxford University Medical School, and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco before joining the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division at NYU. He recently spent two years In Geneva working for World Health Organization as the Medical Officer for Pediatric and Family Care. In addition to his work as a clinician and public health advocate, Dr. Essajee is also a research scientist and has been supported the NIH Center for AIDS Research and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Since 2008, Dr. Leon J. Levin has worked with Right to Care (a Johannesburg based non-profit) as Head of Pediatric HIV programs. Dr. Levin’s primary role is to improve both the quality of pediatric care and the number of pediatric patients receiving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy at all ARV sites which Right to Care supports.
Dr. Levin’s experience as a practicing physician includes his work with the Johannesburg Hospital in the Pediatric Pulmonology Department and as the head of a unit in the general pediatric ward. He is also the founder of the Johannesburg Hospital Pediatric HIV Clinic. In addition, he has over 10 years of experience in private pediatric practice where he worked with HIV patients across Africa.
Dr. Levin has served in numerous advisory roles providing leadership and support, such as Chairman of the Pediatric Subcommittee of the South African HIV Clinicians Society (1999-2011) and convenor of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Pediatric Antiretroviral Guidelines (in 2000, 2002, 2005 and Co-convenor for the 2009 guidelines). He has also served as a member of the South African Department of Health Pediatric and Adolescent ART Guidelines Committee. In 2013 Dr. Levin joined the third-line ART Committee for the South African Department of Health.
Dr. Levin earned his MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1987. After training at the Wits Group of Hospitals in Johannesburg in Pediatrics, he obtained his FCPaed(SA) in 1994, and in 1995 earned his DTM&H at University of the Witwatersrand with distinction.
Dr. Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha is currently the Senior HIV Specialist at UNICEF, serving in the East and Southern Africa Region where her main focus is the support of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and pediatric HIV programs .
By background she is a medical epidemiologist with specialist training in pediatrics, infectious disease and child health. A public health professional with over fifteen years of experience in academia, public sector work, the NGO community, and international organizations, her specific interests and research experiences are in PMTCT, child health and pediatric HIV interventions.
Dr. Mobori-Ngacha’s experience inludes her role as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi; Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington; Principal Investigator Network of AIDS Researchers East and Southern Africa (NARESA); and Deputy Director for Programs for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global AIDS Program, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Mbori-Ngacha is an internationally recognized expert in her field and has been an invited speaker at many international meetings most recently as a plenary speaker at the CROI conference in Seattle in March 2012. She is a recipient of the 2002 Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation International Leadership Award and has served on several national and international task forces and guideline committees dealing with HIV/AIDS and Child Health issues.
Dr. Denis Tindyebwa has over 20 years of experience in the provision of technical and programmatic leadership for pediatric HIV prevention, care and treatment in Africa.
In his current position as Executive Director of the African Network for the Care of Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (ANECCA), Dr. Tindyebwa provides technical leadership and advocacy to pediatric HIV programs across Africa. He also served as the co-Chair of the 2013 WHO MCH Guidelines Development Group for Consolidated Guidelines on ARV use in Adults, Pregnant Women, Children and Adolescents.
Dr. Tindyebwa previously worked as the Regional Director of the Pediatric Care and Treatment program with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), providing technical support to programs for the scale up of care and treatment for HIV infected children. He also served as the Technical Director for the regional EGPAF office in Tanzania, providing technical leadership for the Foundation’s PMTCT and Care and Treatment Programs.
Dr. Tindyebwa earned his Master of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health, from University of Nairobi (1986) and his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Makerere University (1979).