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Sierra Leone team

  • Mohamed Yilla Country Director

    Dr. Mohamed Yilla is Country Director leading the E4A efforts in Sierra Leone. Mohamed has a clinical background in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a longstanding interest in healthcare management around maternal health working with a Scottish charity for several years and the NHS Public Health unit, where as a ‘change agent’ he has facilitated quality improvements around service delivery for maternal health. He has been strongly involved in shaping health policy and has contributed to the development of the Department of Health UK-Government wide strategy for Global Health, as well as working with key political figures including Parliamentarians and Health Ministers to improve health in Sierra Leone. Having strong roots in Sierra Leone gives him an added motivation to ensure country ownership of E4A’s success and this remains a compelling moral imperative that drives his passion for improving Maternal and Newborn health.

  • Sowo Lebbie Advocacy Advisor

    Sowo Lebbie has a strong public health background with over ten years experience working with International Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in public health fields and over five years experience in programme management in the field of child survival and development. She has been involved in advocacy efforts at all levels (community, district and national) particularly helping to shape the strategic maternal and child health reference policy document in Sierra Leone and internationally. Sowo was also a core team member in developing and implementing the maternal and child health package interventions in Koinadugu district which has scaled up in other parts of the country. As a mother of three beautiful children, understanding and contributing to changing the health landscape for mothers and newborns is of great importance to Sowo; in her opinion, every mother and her child deserve to survive and thrive.

  • Bockarie Sesay Evidence Advisor

    Bockarie's background is in community health, including clinical skills. He has focused on monitoring and evaluation of programmes with international non-governmental organizations in public health, education, governance, capacity building and livelihoods. He has being involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national level programs, such as the Global Fund funded Scaling up of malaria interventions for universal coverage in Sierra Leone Round 10. Bockarie hails from Koinadugu, which has one of the worst maternal and child health indicators in Sierra Leone. He was a core team member in developing maternal and child health package interventions in Koinadugu, which is now being scaled up nationally. Bockarie believes in the power of quality evidence to propel advocacy and create change.

  • Fatou Wurie Communications Advisor

    Fatou is a communications and branding strategist who considers herself a storyteller. Fatou holds a BA in political science and gender studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She hails from a strong communications background acting as CEO and managing director at Free{the}Town, a communications and branding firm that specializes in African grown projects, brands and campaigns with clients like UNICEF, Health Poverty Action (HPA), AFFORD SL, Sweet Salone and Sierra Leone National Shipping Carrier (SLNC) to name a few. Fatou is a TEDx Freetown organizer, columnist at Standard Times Newspaper and a blogger at the Huffington Post. She also sits on the board of OWNERS, a social entrepreneurial project that empowers local female owned businesses. Follow her thoughts HERE.

  • Nathaniel Oyekan-John Research Lead QuIC/FIT

    Nathaniel is the QulC/FIT Research Lead for Mamaye in Sierra Leone. He currently supports the development of the QuIC/FIT tool to assess quality of care in clinics. A research, monitoring and evaluation expert with strong skills in data management and analysis, Nat holds a Honor Degree in Information, Communication and Technology. Before joining Mamaye, he was the research, monitoring and evaluation Manager for Restless Development in Sierra Leone. He has also worked at United Nation World Food Programme as Database Manager, at Catholic Relief Services as a Database Officer and has also done several consulting works especially on data management and database development.

  • Vandi Gamanga Programme Associate

    Vandi is the Programme Associate for Mamaye with high level of Programme Management background.  He currently holds a Postgraduate Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) Project Management option, a Bachelor of Education in Business Studies and a Higher Teachers’ Certificate in Secondary Education.  He worked for the United Nation World Food Programme in Sierra Leone for close to one decade where he served as Senior Programme Assistant, Field Coordinator for livelihood, education and Maternal and Child Health projects. He has acquired professional experience in the fields of administrative & financial management, logistics, procurement and results-based monitoring (RBM) and evaluation.  He also has knowledge and skills to plan, coordinate and manage programme activities and finances. Amongst his strengths is attention to details and ability to perform tasks with accuracy and meeting deadlines. He has practical experience in the conduct of surveys and the assessment and evaluation of projects. Vandi has attended various leadership trainings, which strengthened his management skills.

  • Sara Nam TSU Coordinator - Sierra Leone

    Sara Nam is the E4A Technical Support Unit coordinator for MamaYe in Sierra Leone.  Sara is a reproductive health expert with 25 years’ experience in the health sector and extensive experience working in resource-poor countries in both development and humanitarian settings. Sara is a Midwife and holds a PhD in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she also obtained her MSc in reproductive & sexual health research.

  • Aurelie du Chatelet Technical Officer - Sierra Leone

    Aurélie is the E4A technical officer for MamaYe in Sierra Leone. She supports the team from the technical side and on advocacy and communications. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics in population and development and Master’s degrees in political science and in social sciences. Her areas of interest are public policy, international health, health financing and advocacy, demography and reproductive health in post-conflict settings.