Dr. Aflodis Kagaba, Executive Director

Dr. Aflodis Kagaba is a physician and human rights advocate with over ten years of experience in the planning and management of health programs. Dr. Kagaba has extensive knowledge of public health, health policy and advocacy, nutrition, infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and hygiene and sanitation. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Health Development Initiative Rwanda, an organization he co-founded to promote health and development among disadvantaged communities. In addition to his work with HDI, Dr. Kagaba serves as the chairperson for the Rwandan NGO Network for Water, Sanitation, and Environment. He is a Board Advisor to the The Rwandan Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development (AJPRODHO – JIJUKIRWA) and a member of the steering committee for the East African Health Platform. He holds an MD degree from the School of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda and an MS degree in International Health Policy and Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University, USA.

Jean D’Amour Mutoni, Programs Director

Jean d’Amour is passionate about combining science and activism to deliver health and development to communities. As Director of Programs at HDI, he oversees and manages all of Health Development Initiative’s projects and initiatives. Before joining HDI in 2016, Mr. Mutoni taught at the University of Rwanda in the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, where he participated in research projects, curriculum development, and lecturing. He also served with the Global Health Corps as a Program Manager fellow, Rwanda Alumni President, and Recruitment Coordinator. He is the co-founder and CEO of Acts of Gratitude, an achievement for which he received the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award in 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Rwanda, where he established and coordinated a disabled student learning center. He earned his Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Cassien Havugimana, Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Cassien Havugimana has his Master’s degree in medical sciences concentration in epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is a dynamic public health advocate with extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative public health research and skills in the study of design and public health research development.  He is a researcher and community organizer strongly focused on improving the quality of life for marginalized, displaced, and poor communities through leadership, public health interventions, advocacy, improved hygiene and sanitation, and service provision. He has vast experience and knowledge of community-based development and health education programs such as infectious diseases (HIV, TB and Malaria), reproductive health and rights, and water, sanitation and hygiene. He has committed to building a long-term career in the non-profit sector focusing on public research and evaluation in developing countries. He has significant work experience with national and international organizations and government institutions in the Rwanda health sector for over 5 years. He speaks English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

Audace Niyimbona, Director of Administration and Finance

Mr. Niyimbona joined Health Development Initiative in 2016. As HDI’S Director of Finance and Administration, he is responsible for all financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, and donor coordination. Prior to HDI, he spent six years as an auditor with Ernst & Young, Rwanda. There, he managed consultancy and audit services in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He participated in audits and fiscal affairs of client portfolios such as oil and gas, telecommunications, banking, and non-governmental institutions. He received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the School of Finance and Banking at the University of Rwanda and is currently pursuing ACCA qualification at the College of Business Studies.


Natacha Mugeni, 
Center for Health and Rights Coordinator 

Ms. Natacha Mugeni is a clinical psychologist, who has participated in various leadership positions in community education and mobilization; Information, Education and Communications (IEC); Marketing; Counseling and Psychosocial care; and Research. She is now a development advisor to Tech Avenue 137 and SRHR coordinator in Health Development Initiative Rwanda. She is also a facilitator in Africa Code Week. In addition, she participated in organizing important events such as Transform Africa Summit, working with Nokia Solutions Network (NSN). Ms. Mugeni also facilitated the preparation and implementation of the training on the Human Centered Design delivered by the Packard Foundation and Ideo.org which allowed her to understand the work around Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) in Rwandan NGOs and communities in general. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology obtained from the University of Rwanda. She speaks Kinyarwanda, French and English.

Aaron Mbembe, Policy and Advocacy Officer

Mr. Mbembe Aaron Clevis joined HDI in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from the National University of Rwanda and has more than 4 years of working experience in public policy, legal aid and advocacy for vulnerable and marginalized people. As the Policy & Advocacy Officer, Mr. Clevis identifies advocacy issues, opportunities and partners. His other responsibilities include developing advocacy strategies and activities and supporting their implementation. Aaron has gained considerable knowledge and skills in human rights through participating in prestigious international human rights programs. Two such programs were the International Training Programme in Human Rights for Development organized in Belgium by The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi) and the Africa Human Rights and Development Programme organized by Arcadia University (USA).

Dieneke Ter Huurne, GIZ Development Adviser

Ms. Dieneke ter Huurne joined HDI in April 2015 as Development Advisor to HDI under the GIZ Rights Based Programme. She has more than twelve years’ work experience in international development cooperation, in particularly in the areas of gender equality, HIV, sexual and reproductive health and human rights. Among others, Ms. Dieneke worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Since January 2013, Ms. Dieneke has been working for GIZ Rwanda. She holds a Post-graduate Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from the Radboud University Nijmegen and a Post-graduate degree in Management from the University of London.

Toni Martinez, Communications Officer

Ms. Toni Martinez joined HDI in 2016 as a communications officer. She graduated cum laude at United States International University-Africa with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a Development Studies concentration.  Ms. Martinez has experience working with human rights organizations such as the National Human Rights Commission of Rwanda and Global Youth Connect (GYC). She also participated in the GYC training that focused on building connections between cultures and exploring human rights. She also took part in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) in Boston where she represented her university. She also served as a Rwandese student leader at her university.

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Muhirwa Sulemani, Outreach Center Coordinator

Mr. Muhirwa is a graduate of the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics where he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management. After graduating, he pursued the Rwanda HIV and AIDS Public Interest Fellowship on the Job Training Fellowship offered by the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention. During this fellowship, Rwanda Biomedical Center hosted him as M&E Fellow in charge of national community data. Prior to his work at HDI, he served five years (2005-2010) as Community Health Promotion Coordinator at Rwandans Allied for Peace and Progress (RAPP) and two years (2014-2015) at Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization (IMRO) as Program Technical Assistant in charge of Key Populations. He is a strong advocate for the social inclusion and non- discrimination for sexual minorities and members of the LGBTI community. He has experience in research, including questionnaires, data collection, and reporting.

Sifa Chantal, Data Manager

Ms. Sifa Chantal is an experienced data analyst with more than five years of experience in analyzing, interpreting, and managing large-scale database programs and applications. She has worked with various local & international NGOs and research consulting companies, working with data to perform analysis, visualization, and data cleaning using statistical and analytical software. She also has experience in designing research tools for both qualitative & quantitative research studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Applied Statistics from the former National University of Rwanda (NUR). Her qualifications include proficiency in math and statistics, analytical thinking and observation, communication and interpersonal skills, computer proficiency, time-management skills, attention to details and accuracy, and creative and innovative problem-solving skills.

Mbabazi Rutsobe Mignonne, Counselor

Ms. Mignonne Mbabazi is a clinical psychologist who graduated from the Institute of Agriculture, Technology, and Education of Kibungo (INATEK). Ms. Mbabazi had a clinical internship at the Isange One Stop Center at Kacyiru Police Hospital for GBV management and at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital of Ndera. Throughout the programs of HDI, she offers psychosocial support to the victims of GBV, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She also serves as a Program Assistant in the HIV Impact Mitigation Project funded by the Global Fund.

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Nyirakarehe Annonciata, Counselor

Ms. Nyirakarehe has worked at HDI since 2015. She is a nurse counselor with 29 years of experience, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health service delivery. Namely, she has expertise in clinic management, family planning, voluntary counseling and testing, ante-natal care, diagnosis and treatment of STIs, training, supervision, and HIV prevention, care, and treatment. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She speaks French,  Swahili, and  Kinyarwanda.

Uwamahoro Ronah, Nurse

Ms. Uwamahoro is a Registered Nurse and graduate of Nursing Sciences from the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. She served as a facilitator for HDI’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Education (SHARE) Program, training and mentoring peer educators on HIV and sexual rights and health in high schools. She also worked as a nurse at Nyarurenzi Health Center in Nyarugenge District where she acquired valuable experience in maternal and child health services, such as malnutrition, antenatal care, PMTCT, HIV, PNC, breastfeeding, immunization, and community health. She is currently serving as a Nurse providing comprehensive Sexual and reproductive health and Rights information and services to Youths and other vulnerable populations.

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Ngoga Godfrey, Laboratory Scientist

Mr. Ngoga is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist and a graduate from the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Science. He joined HDI in 2015. Before joining HDI, he worked as laboratory technician in public and private health facilities such as Kacyiru Police Hospital and Iramiro Polyclinic. With these positions, he acquired extensive experience in operation and calibration of Laboratory equipment, preparing and storing samples, reagents, and examining different microscopic samples. Mr. Ngoga also has experience in quality of care service delivery and in the preparation of education sessions, events, and outreaches in the area of HIV and STI prevention, specifically among vulnerable and key populations.

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Egide Muhire, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation National Fellow

Mr. Muhire is a fellow from Global Health Corps (GHC), 2016-2017 Class. He works at Health Development Initiative (HDI) as a Monitoring & Evaluation, and Research officer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences and his Master’s degree in Public Health. He worked full-time at Kibuye Referral Hospital for four years as a supervisor of Performance Based Financing (PBF) with a focus on quality assurance and control in health facilities. From 20011 to 2015 he worked with Africa Research Solutions Ltd, as a part time enumerator to assess beverages outlets performance. Now, his interest is in monitoring and evaluating public health programs.

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Teena Cherian, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation International Fellow

Ms. Cherian joined HDI in 2016 as a Global Health Corps Fellow. She attended the George Washington University and majored in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. After undergraduate studies, Teena worked to implement telemedicine to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs among kidney disease patients. To further her passion for chronic disease management and increasing access to primary care services, Teena pursued a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at Columbia University. She completed her practicum with the Kintampo Health Research Centre in Ghana, where she evaluated sustained adoption of liquefied petroleum gas to better inform the Ministry of Health’s efforts to mitigate the adverse health effects of household air pollution.

Kanzayire Gisele, HIV Project Coordinator

Ms. Kanzayire joined Health Development Initiative in 2016. She is a dynamic public health advocate, with more than five years’ work experience in national organizations, international NGOs, and government institutions, particularly in the areas of child protection, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has focused on improving the quality of health for marginalized communities through public health interventions, advocacy, improved hygiene and sanitation, and service provision. She speaks English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master of science in Epidemiology from the University of Rwanda.

Nancy Erickson, Technical Adviser

Ms. Erickson is a Peace Corps Volunteer. She graduated from The University of Washington in 2014 with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in French. In Seattle, she worked with Eastern African Community Services to teach English and Citizenship classes to immigrant populations. From 2014 to 2016, she lived in a rural village in the Southern Province of Rwanda, where she taught secondary school English. At her school, she led student clubs which promoted life skills such as HIV/AIDS prevention, Malaria prevention, nutrition, and hygiene. She directed the 2016 Boys Excelling (BE) and coordinated logistics for the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) leadership camps for teenagers from throughout the Southern region. In addition, she facilitated personal savings and income generation lessons for a local cooperative via the Community Finance Initiative.

Bizimana Claude, Field Manager

Kamana Isaac, IT Support

Karemera Mihigo Patrick, Project Assistant Intern

Marcelline Niyonsaba, Finance Intern

Mutesi Alice, Administration and Finance Officer

Myriam Teta, Administration and Communications Assistant

Ngabonzima Evalde, Laboratory Technician Intern

Nishimwe Sincere, Receptionist

Nizeyimana Jean, Project Assistant Intern

Nyiraharelimana Console, Community Health Worker

Nyirandikubwimana Eugenie, Coordination Assistant

Shingiro Eric, Accountant

Uwineza Delphine, Receptionist & Logistics Assistant