Our Board

Dr Andrew Browning

Dr Andrew Browning is an Australian trained gynaecologist who founded Maternity Africa. After training in Australia and completing his MRCOG he joined the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 2001 in Ethiopia as a staff specialist where he treated obstetric fistula patients and ran the training programme. In 2006 he established the first outreach fistula hospital in Barhirdar. In 2011 he moved to Tanzania where he founded Maternity Africa which seeks to improve obstetric services in order to prevent the suffering of obstetric fistula patients that he sees on a daily basis.

He has founded Vision Maternity Care, an Ethiopian based charity that builds, runs and upgrades maternity hospitals to provide safe obstetric care to thousands of women each year. Andrew has a keen interest in research and has had numerous papers published. He carries out consultancy work for UNFPA, FIGO and WHO on obstetric fistulae related issues. He is married to Stephanie and has two sons.

Monica Ndege

Monica Ndege is a Tanzanian registered Nurse and Midwife with more than 27 years of working experience.  Monica is a holder of a BA in Theology and Masters in Psychology.

Monica has worked with Medical Missionary of Mary Sisters, Diocese of Bomfin and Arch Diocese of Salvador in Brazil and the Arch Diocese of Arusha (Tanzania) and World Vision International.  She has a wide experience across Africa (Kenya & Tanzania): Europe (Ireland); South America (Brazil) and Northern America (USA) where she was involved in the fields including: health; community development and personal development.

Her greatest passion is youth and children, for many years she has been involved in children’s and youth ministries where she has offered physical, spiritual and psychological services bringing healing into their bodies and lives.

Monica is currently working with World Vision Tanzania and ESAMI – Eastern and Southern Africa as a part time community development consultant/trainer. She consults on Empowered World View; Celebrating Families; Channels of Hope-Child protection; Occupational Health and project Management.

Monica is interested in gender equality as both an end in itself, and as a means of improving family income, health and nutrition.

Professor Esther Mwaikambo

Professor Mwaikambo currently works at the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU), as a senior Paediatrician and a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health. Her career spans medical education, basic science research especially on cerebral malaria and national policy development in areas of science, health (with special reference to maternal and child health), hospital administration and management of training and higher education in the field of medicine and health sciences.

Dr. Esther Mwaikambo holds a Master of Medicine (Paediatrics) 1977, from University of Dar es Salaam and MD from Friendship University Moscow USSR 1969. In 1982 she earned a Diploma in childhood Infectious Diseases and Immunology from the Institute of Child Health, London and in 1995 a Certificate in Behavioral sciences from Harvard University, Boston, USA.

Professor Mwaikambo has been the recipient of several awards including: the National Institute for medical Research 2013 Best African Health Research Scientist Award; the American Embassy’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award; the 2009 Tanzania Women of Achievement Award in Health and the 2009 Harvard Distinguished African Lecturer Award to mention just a few.

Professor Mwaikambo has held a vast number of positions from the Vice Chancellor of the HKMU; Founder and President of the Medical Women Association of Tanzania; and the Chairperson of the National Commission on Polio Eradication. She carries with her a longstanding concern on health worker/patient relationships, the ethical conduct of health personnel, promotion of human rights in the delivery of the services, quality health services delivery, administration and management of health services, issues of confidentiality and good clinical practice.

Professor Wilfred Mlay

Wilfred has been in university teaching for 16 years followed by over 20 years in governance and leadership with World Vision International. He has wide experience serving on Boards of academic and faith-based institutions including, Center For Reconciliation ( Duke Divinity School);  Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa(OSSREA); International Fellowship of Evangelical Students(IFES) and World Vision International(WVI).

Wilfred is a Deacon of the Anglican Church, Diocese of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He and his wife Faith worship and serve in a variety of capacities at St Margaret’s church in Moshi, Tanzania. They have five grown up children, 3 boys and 2 girls.

Our Staff and Volunteers

Lucas Toroya

Lucas The Searcher of Forgotten Women – is our Masai Fistula Outreach Coordinator. He is a Social Worker by training and has worked for a number of NGO’s and Tanzanian hospitals in the arena of Women’s Health. He has a myriad of skills, so much more than can ever be written in a CV, most notably project management, communication and peace-making! He has worked for Maternity Africa since 2012, and travels thousands of miles each year across Tanzania sensitizing communities about the dangers of pregnancy, what fistula is, and how women can get help free of charge through Maternity Africa. Brook . We so appreciate everything that Lucas does for the project with steadfast willingness.

“I love that every day with Maternity Africa is different. It is so important that we continue to work together to bring hope and healing to these women of Tanzania”

Katie Christie

Katie is a South African midwife. After training at the University of Cape Town, time was spent at Groote Schuur the leading tertiary hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Following time in both London and Cape Town working as a midwife, in 1996 she started her private Midwifery practice, Birth Options in Cape Town. During the 12 years in practice she was involved with clinical teaching both of Masters Midwifery students and student midwives. She was instrumental in developing an Active Birth Unit at a local government hospital enabling more women in Cape Town to access a better birth experience.

A six month sabbatical from the practice in 2009 found her on the Africa Mercy, a floating hospital ship that meets the surgical needs of the poorest of the poor in West Africa run by the Mercy Ships Organisation. This was Katie’s first experience of caring for obstetric fistula patients. These devastated, outcast women grabbed her heart.

A six month sabbatical turned into a life of adventure. She went home, handed over the practice to colleagues and headed to Sierra Leone in West Africa to develop a Maternity Unit at the Fistula Hospital in Freetown. Three years later after time in the Fistula Hospital and the government Maternity Hospital in Freetown, she crossed from West Africa to join the team of Maternity Africa based in East Africa, led by Dr. Andrew Browning. She is now Midwifery Tutor and Supervisor for Maternity Africa based at Selian Lutheran Mission Hospital in Arusha Tanzania.

She has a Masters in Midwifery, has presented at International Midwifery conferences and spoken prolifically in South Africa on the role and skill of midwives.

The Mummies, Midwives and babies of Africa continue to be her abiding passion.

Babette Gallard

Well, here it is, a short summary of what I am supposed to do … and hope to do ….

Assist with the planning of the construction of Kivulini Maternity Centre and oversee progress in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Responsible for budgeting, coordination, implementation and scheduling of the project in collaboration with the Operations Start Up Manager, Logistics Manager and Administrator.

The role requires adaptability to a changing environment, awareness of cultural mores whilst upholding the integrity of the organisation. The position also contributes to the development of operational strategies and on-going operations of the Hospital post service commencement.

Wish me luck!

Paul Chinn

I am to be the Operations and Start Up Manager (OSM) – nothing to do with Open Street Map for those of you who know my other life.

This includes quite a long list of tasks but essentially it comes down ensuring that all of the business and administrative processes of the Maternity Centre are put in place and supported by information technology where appropriate and sometimes really getting my hands dirty…

Anna McKee

I am Anna McKee, the Administrator. A very boring title for what is never the same two days in a row! A Registered nurse by trade, I developed an interest in Obstetric fistula working on the Mercy Ship many years ago.

I help with getting volunteers here smoothly, proposal and report writing; managing social media, strategizing Maternity Africa’s future direction, encouraging donors looking out for partnerships to help the Mums and Babies in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

I love that no two days are the same, and even after a challenging day of bureaucracy and red tape, the smile of a cured fistula lady makes it all worth while!

Christy Rowe Miller

Christy is a Certified Nurse Midwife from the USA. Christy says “working side-by-side with Tanzanian midwives is a great joy and feels like the culmination of a lifetime of Africa and Midwifery experience.   I believe that well-trained midwives are the key to success in reducing maternal and infant mortality in Tanzania and I feel privileged to work with such strong and caring people”.

Zawadi a Bendera

It will be my job at Kivulini Maternity centre to ensure the safe and reliable operation of all electronic and electro-mechanical equipment. Everything from laboratory analysers and oxygen concentrators to our 65KVA diesel generator.

In 2016 I qualified as a biomedical engineer from Arusha Technical college.  I am currently taking additional classes in computer maintenance and data communications networking before several work experience assignments with other hospitals and technology companies.

I chose to work as a biomedical engineer because I want to help save lives and I believe having well operated systems and equipment will help to provide efficient and essential treatment to patients.

Glorious Swai

I am the first one from the right side holding the small pouch beside Zawadi. The picture was taken while we were at the Kivulini building site in Arusha.

I am taking training on how to collect data for the Maternity Africa project so I can be familiar with everything about data management.

So it will be my job to make sure all data is well maintained and kept safe – patient and staff records, instruments, building equipment and everything else that must be kept safe.