People

Champion Nyoni (Chairperson) (RN, BSc N (Hons), M Soc. Sc. (Nursing), PhD) is the Facilitator of AfrIPEN. Champion is a research fellow with the School of Nursing of the University of the Free State in South Africa. He is originally from Zimbabwe, where he did is undergraduate education. He has practiced in three sub-Saharan African countries and been involved in health professions education specifically in faculty development, competency-based education and sustaining curricular innovations. He is a fellow and faculty of the sub-Sahara Africa FAIMER regional institute and holds an International Fellowship in Medical Education.

Firdouza Waggie (Vice-Chairperson) (BSc, MSc, PhD), is a registered physiotherapist and senior lecturer at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) as well as the founding member of AfrIPEN. She is the director of the Interprofessional Education Unit (IPEU) at the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (FCHS) in UWC. She is an advocate for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) in higher education, health and social services. Additionally, she provides leadership, management and contributes to the development of an IPECP niche at the UWC through i) Facilitating the development of intra/extra IPECP curricula opportunities and programmes; ii) IPECP capacity building; iii) Initiating and conducting collaborative research and; iv) networking and forging collaborative partnerships with national and international IPECP role players.  Her pioneering efforts aim to transform Health Professions Education at the UWC and beyond.

Gerda Reitsma (secretariat & treasurer) (PhD in Teaching and Learning) is professor at the North-West University’s Faculty of Health Science. Before that she completed her MSc in Home Economics, with a dissertation on Community Nutrition Education programmes. Her main focus of research is Health Science Education in the Higher Education context, with specific reference to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Professional Staff Development and Interprofessional Education. She has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research, as both of these approaches were used in her post-graduate studies and other research projects in which she was involved over the past 10 years. Her research projects over the past 10 years included topics such as technology in education, assessment, teaching-and learning innovation, interprofessional education and scholarship of learning and teaching.

Farhin Delawala (PR & Communications) (BA, PGCE, BA Hons, MHSc) leads the marketing for AfrIPEN. She is currently a full-time PhD student focusing on Interprofessional Education research at the North-West University’s (NWU) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). She has experience in quantitative and integrative literature review research with exposure to qualitative studies. Her background in psychology and education added to her interest in holistic healthcare, gearing her studies towards Interprofessional Education (IPE).  At present, her main focus is on IPE development through research, within the South African higher education context and aiming towards holistic health education at the NWU.

AfrIPEN BOARD
  • Champion Nyoni – University of Free State (Facilitator and Chairperson)
  • Gerda Reitsma – North-West University (Secretary & Tresurer)
  • Elize Pieterson – University of Cape Town (Impact Working Group)
  • Gibson Masache – University of Malawi (Impact Working Group)
  • Immaculate Chamangwana – University of Malawi (Capacity Development Working Group)
  • Firdouza Waggie – University of the Western Cape (Policy Working Group)
  • Doreen Mukona – University of Zimbabwe (Regional – SA)
  • Judy Khanyola – ICAP Kenya (Reginal – EA)
  • Wallace Mugambi – Kenya (Situational Working Group)
  • Penny Orton – Durban University of Technology (Situational Working Group)
  • Helga Lister – University of Pretoria (Capacity Development Working Group)
  • Elizabeth Chodzaza – University of Malawi (Capacity Development Working Group)