Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell, MSc, PhD is a public health expert and senior manager of complex public health programs in Africa. She has more than 18 years of experience in leading, managing, implementing, health programs. Her experience includes working as the founding Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association and supporting palliative care global advocacy and services development in over 20 African countries where she led teams of up to 40 people and managed budgets of up to $7M per year.
She currently serves as the Global Director for the Girl Generation, a 5-year multi-county programme funded by the DFID, strengthening social change communications in ten African countries. She is providing strategic direction, business development and technical oversight for The Girl Generation’s activities globally, including technical direction on advocacy and partnership development. Formerly Faith worked as the University Research Company’s Chief of Party for the USAID ASSIST Project, where she provided technical leadership and managerial oversight for the design and implementation of the project’s strategy in HIV Care and Treatment, MNCH, OVC and malaria. Faith also worked in palliative care global advocacy and financing with the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, based in New York, and provided strategic leadership around palliative care advocacy, accountability and resource leveraging.
Faith is a passionate and results-orientated leader coming from a community health background and with an established background and specialist knowledge in palliative care, HIV/AIDS including OVC and child protection, advocacy, sexual reproductive health, human rights, gender, and TB. Faith also has extensive expertise in organizational development and has provided OD assistance to various organizations both at national, regional and international levels, as well liaising with governments and donors to establish national policies, procedures and systems. Academically, Faith holds a master’s degree in population policies and programs from Cardiff University, Wales, and a doctorate in women’s economic development and fertility behavior from the University of Exeter, England. She has published in internationally renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals, with a major focus on sexual and reproductive health, community health and palliative care, primarily in resource-limited settings.
Last year, Camilla Zimmermann, Head of Palliative Care at University Health Network, published a paper on the stigma of palliative care, identifying perceptions commonly associated with palliative care, including death, hopelessness and dependency. These perceptions work against early integration of palliative care resulting in patients...Read more »
As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell, a public health expert and senior manager of complex public health programs in Africa. Dr. Mwangi Powell has more than 18 years of experience in leading, managing, implementing health programs....Read more »