Coalition Steering Committee

Our roles and responsibilities

The Coalition Steering Committee (CSC) advises the Secretariat and provides oversight of SCTG coalition functions, ensuring a strong value proposition for members that is supportive of the SCTG’s strategic priorities It will consist of a geographically and sectorally diverse group of SCTG members that are selected through a transparent member nomination process.

The CSC will:

  • Ensure that the SCTG provides a strong member value proposition for target constituencies
  • Actively engage in the promotion and recruitment of new members
  • Provide evaluation and oversight of SCTG coalition-building functions, including the Secretariat, Working Groups, and Learning Lab
  • Review, reassess, and revise the SCTG strategy, priorities, and approach to achieving coalition-building outcomes based on monitoring and evaluation data and inputs from the SCTG membership

In addition to increasing its geographic and sectoral diversity, as noted above, the Steering Committee will institute mechanisms to minimize conflict of interest to ensure greater impartiality in its decision-making and oversight functions. The process of selecting Steering Committee members will also be more transparent and inclusive, beginning with a call to the full membership for nominations and a selection process led by a nominating committee representative of the target Committee makeup and guided by a set of agreed upon criteria.

MEET OUR CURRENT MEMBERS

Dr. Adewole Adefalu

Adewole Adefalu works as the Nigeria Country Coordinator with JSI and is a physician with over 18 years experience working with multi-disciplinary teams for research, project management, health systems and capacity building at the community and national levels. His work includes providing technical assistance related to service delivery, policy, supply chain and coordination. Adewole has helped government to use data analytics and visualization as leverage for critical program decision making. He supports the FMOH to develop systems for time-limited, near real time data visualization for national DMPA-SC supply chain and service delivery. His work with colleagues in about 8 countries link country-level work to existing global activities in an end-to-end, two-way process of information exchange and learning; integrating country-level planning, introduction, implementation tracking, and eventual integration with global tracking efforts. 

Megan Christofield

Megan Christofield is a Project Director & Advisor at Jhpiego, providing leadership to family planning programs and the organization’s self-care portfolio. She specializes in supporting teams through contraceptive introduction and scale-up, using systematic advocacy approaches, and applying design thinking. She is a creative thinker and recognized thought leader, published in the journal of Global Health Science & Practice, Conflict & Health, STAT, and interviewed in WIRED; she was also winner of the 2019 Future of Family Planning Thought Leadership award. Megan is trained in reproductive health, advocacy, and design thinking from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Megan has been engaged with the SCTG since 2019 as a member of the Evidence & Learning Working Group and the SCTG’s inaugural Steering Committee, where she helped develop the SCTG’s new strategy.

Milka Dinev

Ms. Dinev has more than 40 years of experience in the development and management of projects in international development mainly in health as well as in other program areas: WASH, income generation and gender. She has 25 years of experience working directly on global US Government funded programs, including grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, and has led the design of successful proposals for USAID. For the last eight years she has worked as the Regional Senior Advisor to ForoLAC and the MHS Caucus under the Secretariat of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. She holds an MBA, she is a Marine Engineer, holds a Gender Diploma and she is certified in Project Management for Development Professionals PMD Pro. She also holds a World Bank Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation and is certified in Six Sigma Quality Assurance. Ms Dinev is also a Training Associate with HUMENTUM.

Dr. Austen el-Osta

Dr Austen EL-Osta is Director of the Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) at Imperial College London School of Public Health. He is also Director & Trustee of the International Self-Care Foundation and is a fellow of the International College of Person-Centred Medicine. His initial contribution to the self-care space was the publication of the Self-Care Matrix which is a unifying framework for self-care. He also led the development of a pragmatic policy mapping tool that could be used to assess levels of implementation of the WHO Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights. Imperial SCARU is committed to making the ‘absolute case for self-care’ and to promoting the widespread adoption and diffusion of evidence-based self-care interventions and policy prescriptions, and to help embed good health-seeking behaviours throughout the life cycle for the benefit of individuals and society fit for 21stcentury living.

Faridah Luyiga

Ms. Faridah Luyiga Mwanje is the Advocacy Lead at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), based in Kampala, Uganda. She is an advocate and communicator for sexual and reproductive health with over 15 years of experience. She has worked with a range of stakeholders across the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) continuum. Faridah has coordinated multi-country campaigns, demonstrated advocacy successes resulting in policy change, and built multi-sectorial partnerships at various levels. She has been a leader and content advisor on self-care in Uganda and globally through her participation in the Self-Care advocacy roadmap kick-off consultation in Washington, DC, coordinated Uganda country consultative workshops that fed into the Self-Care Advocacy Roadmap, and contributed to the SCTG five-year strategy. Faridah has also worked with the Self-Care Expert Group on SRHR in Uganda. 

solome nakaweesi-kimbugwe

Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe is a Pan-African Feminist activist, active participant and analyst within the women human rights, sexual health rights and feminist movements. She has played a fundamental role in supporting the (re)emergence of progressive organizing in the Africa and globally. Currently, Solome is an International Development Consultant who has specializes in progressive social movement building esp. feminist movements and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) movements, organisational development, transformative leadership, human rights and governance. She has been at the forefront of many progressive social movements and agenda, an ardent SRHR champion that has broken silences on a cross range of controversial issues, designed SRHR programmes and campaigns and; is at the centre of abortion rights, sex work, LGBT+, CSE and wider SRHR organising and movements in Africa. 

Jenny Njuki

Jenny is passionate firecracker. She is the Advocacy Communications and Strategic Partnership Officer at (Y-ACT) AMREF Health Africa. She also serves as Africa representative on the Global Youth Council: Tech for Health.  She’s all about young people, their ingenuity and creativity and drive to use technology to champion for innovative solutions in solving global challenges and in accelerating African economies. Jenny has over five years’ experience in youth-led programmes including enhancing advocacy for enhancing youth accountability in Africa and beyond.

Judy Stenmark

Judy Stenmark, BSc MPH, has been leading the Global Self-Care Federation as Director General since September 2020. During that time, she has overseen a restructure and re branding of the organization and implemented a new direction – the Future of Self-Care Strategy. She has a background in health with a degree in physiotherapy and a Master’s degree in Public Health. A long-standing career leading global and national NGOs in the musculoskeletal arena, with an eight-year tenure as head of the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Nyon, Switzerland and nine years leading Osteoporosis Australia before that.  An Australian national, Judy has spent the last ten years living and working in Switzerland. In this time, she established a strong network within global healthcare institutions, including the World Health Organization, international scientific academia and among many global pharmaceutical and consumer health companies.  

Aïssatou Thioye

Aïssatou Thioye joined the Research Utilization Division, within FHI360’s GHPN since May 2020 and works for the Knowledge SUCCESS project as the Knowledge Management and Partnership Officer for West Africa. In her role, she supports the strengthening of knowledge management in the region, setting priorities and designing knowledge management strategies to FP/RH technical working groups and partners in West Africa. She also liaises with regional partners and networks and, is an active member of the Senegal self-care pioneers group. Aïssatou has worked for over 10 years as a print journalist and as a consultant writer for two years before joining JSI where she worked in two Agriculture and Nutrition projects, first as a mass media officer and then as a Knowledge Management specialist. Aïssatou is a specialist in communication for training organizations and is based in Dakar, Senegal.