Bvudzai Magadzire

Board Representative

Profile

Bvudzai Magadzire was elected as Board Member for the Civil Society Constituency in January 2024. She has previously served as Alternate Board Member from January 2021-December 2023. During her term she has served on the Evaluation Advisory Committee, the Audit and Finance Committee and is an observer to the VIS Steering Committee.

Bvudzai is currently the Director, Partnerships  at VillageReach and she currently leads the design and execution of evidence generation in Mozambique, DRC, Liberia and Malawi, collaborating with Ministries of Health and other partners with a goal to measure impact; inform policy and practice; and to support teams to responsibly transition donor funded solutions to government. In addition, she supports regional and global immunization advocacy efforts through active participation in technical working groups such as the Pandemic Action Network.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Bvudzai was with the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa for six years where she also completed her doctorate in Public Health. In her role as Researcher, she worked on various projects, including an EU funded multi-country project to investigate how the interplay of patent regimes, pharmaceutical regulation, availability of drug production facilities, primary health care infrastructure, service provision and engagement by foreign donors influence access to medicines in South Africa, Uganda and India.

Bvudzai has also worked in Global Health Consulting, conducting Evaluation and Research for government departments, NGOs and funder organizations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She contributes as a member of the Scientific Committee for the Global Symposia on Health Systems Research and has received various awards and grants – including the Obama Africa Leaders, Skoll Emerging Leaders, grants from the Flemish and Canadian governments.

Through her career, Bvudzai is committed to elevating voices of local communities, frontline health workers and program and policy implementers to improve last mile health delivery.

Onei
Uetela

Alternate
Board Representative

Profile

Dr. Onei Uetela was elected to the position of Alternate Board Member beginning January 2024. Onei is a Medical Doctor, Public Health professional, Implementation Scientist and Immunization Specialist. As of September 2023, he joined World Vision as Senior Advisor for Immunization and Infectious Diseases.

Between May 2019 and August 2023, Dr. Uetela worked as Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington. His work focused on developing and testing implementation science tools and methods to improve data systems and work flows for health services at primary health care facilities in Mozambique.

Dr. Uetela has dedicated most of his professional career working to improve equity in the access to immunizations. He has supported the UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office to research on the determinants for zero dose children in the region (December 2021 through February 2022) and to develop a strategic plan for immunization to strengthen UNICEF and government immunization programs in the region (December 2022 through June 2023). He was an Immunization Specialist for UNICEF in Mozambique between 2012 and 2018, leading UNICEF’s support to the MoH for health systems strengthening for immunization. During this role, Dr. Uetela played a pivotal role as Lead of the Vaccine Logistics Technical Working Group, which coordinated support from local and international non-governmental organizations for vaccine logistics, culminating in an extensive reformation of the vaccine cold chain and supply chain which enabled the introduction of several new vaccines. In 2013, Dr. Uetela was recognized with a staff award for his responsiveness, collaboration, results and going beyond the line of duty. Dr. Uetela has also worked as Family Planning Officer with Pathfinder International in Mozambique (March 2011 through May 2012). And he has also worked as a Physician, Paediatric HIV Director and District Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health in Mozambique.

Dr. Uetela is currently completing a PhD in Global Health/Implementation Science at the University of Washington (USA). He also holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Liverpool with a focus on the management of Health Systems (2019), a Diploma in International Public Health from Instituto de Salud Carlos III/Escuela Nacional de Sanidad Spain (2011), and he graduated from Eduardo Mondlane University with a Degree in Medicine (2008).

Dr. Uetela has a profound commitment to healthcare equity and implementing solutions for impact. His extensive experience in managing immunization programs, both at the grassroots level and on a broader global scale, reflects the depth of his understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the field.

Anne Marie
Mbengue Seye

Programme and Policy
Committee (PPC) Member

Profile

Mrs Anne Marie Mbengue Seye has served on the Programme and Policy Committee since January 2021 and she was reappointed to serve an additional two years from January 2024. Anne Marie also represents the constituency on the APPT and previously served on the PT.

Mrs Mbengue Seye has held the position of General Administrator of Afrivac since 2015, a non-profit organization based in Dakar dedicated to mobilizing private sector resources for immunization funding. As of 2021, Afrivac count more than 130 privates companies committed to contribute annually to support EPI in Senegal.

Prior to this position, Anne Marie was the special adviser of Minister Awa Coll Seck during her first mandate as Gavi board member from 2013 to 2015.

Before these two significant experiences in public health funding, Anne Marie was a banker with a high level position in Paris during the 7 years she leads the French subsidiary of the Banque Atlantique Group.

From this finances world to the non-profit, she passed by a year learning international relationships and diplomacy at the Paris CEDS school with the personal goal to be more useful to her native west Africa region by working for education, public health or women empowerment.

In total Mrs Mbengue Seye has more than 25 years of experience as she started her career in Air Afrique at 1994.

Mrs Mbengue Seye also holds a master degree in Marketing and in Strategic Management.