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Sunday, 17th November 2019
APCA Governance

The APCA Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of palliative care experts from different countries across the region and internationally.

Meredith Lwanga, Honorary Treasurer, Uganda

Ms. Meredith Lwanga joined the Board of APCA in 2011 while working with United Nations Joint Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) as the Interagency Coordinator & Human Rights Advisor. In this role, she worked to promote awareness of human rights, ethical and legal issues in palliative care and the development of policies and laws to enable the implementation of palliative care programming.

With over 15 years of work experience in the advancement, advocacy, policy formulation, legislation development and practical implementation of human rights, Ms Lwanga is passionate about the advancement of human rights at all levels, particularly in regard to health rights. She currently works with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as a Human Rights Officer and has in the past worked with various organizations, including the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), among other and has also worked as a consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip. L.P) from the Law Development Centre in Kampala.

Ms Meredith Lwanga is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the APCA Board of Directors. 

Dr Elizabeth Gwyther, Member, South Africa

Dr Gwyther was born in Zimbabwe and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town graduating in 1979 with MB ChB.  She worked as a GP in Zimbabwe and South Africa and qualified as Family Physician (FCFP) in 1993.  She started in hospice care on a voluntary basis in 1993 and obtained an MSc in Palliative Medicine at the University of Wales, College of Medicine in 2003. She is CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA); a director of the Networking AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA); a Trustee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA); a director of the African Palliative Care Association, of ehospice and of the Pain Society of South Africa. 

She is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town where she heads the palliative care team within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. She is the convener for the postgraduate programmes in Palliative Medicine and is responsible for research supervision and support for publications of postgraduate students. Her special interests are women’s health and palliative care (in particular palliative care in HIV/AIDS) and human rights in health care.  In 2007, she was awarded the South Africa Medical Association’s Gender Award for Human Rights in Health and the South Africa Institute of Health Managers Leadership in Health Systems award. 

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management published in the United States. 

Dr Liz Gwyther joined the APCA Board in November 2012 as a co-opted member.

Malik Jaffer, Member, Washington DC

Mr Jaffer was born as a fifth generation Kenyan in Nairobi to parents of East Indian decent and migrated to California in 1969. Mr Jaffer has over 25 years of civil society, government, and private sector experience in senior management, strategic planning, systems strengthening, programme management, and building alliances with exposure in 50 countries. 

From 2006-2013, Mr Jaffer served as the Senior Technical Advisor for USAID/Southern Africa. In his capacity, he provided technical leadership within the US Government team on Palliative Care, Human Capacity Development and Systems Strengthening. 

Prior to working in South Africa, Mr Jaffer held senior technical and management positions in Africa and Asia working for the American Red Cross, Project HOPE, the Aga Khan Foundation-Tanzania, and Bank of America. He also served honorably in the US Army Reserve as an orthopedic technician, and was engaged in the family printing business. Since 2010, Malik has been internationally certified and recognized as a Reiki Master. 

Based in Washington, DC, Mr Jaffer joined IntraHealth International in March 2013 as the Deputy Director for Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources for Health under the CapacityPlus project: USAID’s global flagship award focusing on Human Resources for Health. 

Mr Jaffer completed his MPH from Boston University with Certificates in Delivering and Financing Health Care in Developing Countries. He also completed Executive Short Courses at the Harvard School of Public Health and his BSc from San Diego State University. 

Malik is co-author of the 2011 book Healing with Happiness that discusses the impact of stress and depression on health care workers and describes the imperative for increased happiness and well-being. Through his professional work, writing, painting and photography, Mr Jaffer believes community empowerment/engagement lies at the foundation for true growth in developing countries. 

Mr Jaffer has been serving as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the African Palliative Care Association, since October 2010. Additional details about his work can be found at www.malikjaffer.com. 

Dr Israel Kolawole, Member, Nigeria

Dr Kolawole is a Nigerian from Kwara State, in the North Central Geopolitical zone of the country. He graduated from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, with an MB and a BS degree in 1987. He holds a Diploma degree in Anaesthesia from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria, Diploma in Palliative Medicine of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons (F.W.A.C.S), in the Faculty of Anaesthesia.

Currently Dr Kolawole is a lecturer in the department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin and Consultant Physician Anaesthetist with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is also a second cohort participant in the Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative of the OhioHealth Research Institute, and is the head of pain and palliative care unit of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dr Kolawole coordinates the Kwara zone of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Nigeria. He is a member of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and Society for the study of Pain, Nigeria (SSPN).

Dr Kolawole strives to ensure regular opioid availability and integration of palliative care into the National health care system in Nigeria.



Dr. José Pereira, MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc(MEd)

Dr Pereira is Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Medical Chief Department of Palliative Medicine, Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa, Canada. He is co-founder and current Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada, a pan-Canadian program committed to improving palliative care education in the country. He is the main author of the Pallium Pocketbook. He has worked as a palliative care specialist in different settings, including palliative care units, hospitals, community consult teams, cancer center outpatient clinics and hospices and has championed systems thinking in developing palliative care services. He was born and raised in South Africa, where completed his medical training. He worked for several years there, particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal region. He speaks English, Portuguese, French and Afrikaans.

Mary Callaway, Member

Mary Callaway, MME is a consultant for the Global Palliative Care Advocacy Project at the Open Society Foundations.  Ms. Callaway has extensive international palliative care experience and expertise in the areas of health policy, education and training, drug policy, advocacy, organizational development and program evaluation.  She has worked nationally, regionally and internationally with on-the-ground experience in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Southern Africa, and East Africa.   

From 1998 to 2014 she served as the Director of the International Palliative Care Initiative in the Public Health Program of the Open Society Institute, a 40 million dollar initiative to enhance the development of palliative care internationally.  From 1994 to 2003 she served as the Associate Director for the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute, a 45 million dollar initiative to improve end of life care in the United States.  

Prior to joining OSI, she was the Administrator for the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for 16 years.  In that position she served the Executive Director for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Collaborating Center for Cancer Pain Research and Education.  She also developed educational programs for health care professionals and managed over 4 million dollars a year in research grants and philanthropic support.  She organized and managed the working group for the development and dissemination of the WHO 1996 monograph “Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care in Children”.  

She is a founding member of the United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee and a member of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance advocacy working group. She is on the Advisory Board of the European Palliative Care Academy, the African Palliative Care Association and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care.  She was on the original Steering Group of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network and was a member of the African Palliative Care Association pain management working group which planned and implemented three regional drug advocacy workshops to increase opioid availability. 

Ms. Callaway also served on the grants committee of the Virginia Gildersleeve Foundation (VGIF), a foundation dedicated to the advancement of women and girls, for six years. In addition to co-authoring several articles on palliative care, Ms. Callaway co-edited the JPSM May 2008 volume on International Palliative Care with Dr. Frank Ferris.


Currently employed as the Chief of Party (COP) for Hospice Palliative Care Association. Prior to this worked as Organizational Development Manager and Regional Manager. Worked in local government for 20 years in emergency services. Started AW Management Consulting in 2009 and have consulted in 22 African Countries, UK and the USA. Presented at conferences in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, USA.

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Jacqueline Busingye Lutaaya, Member

Jacqueline Busingye is a qualified Accountant and a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of UK (FCCA), having qualified in UK in 1997. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Leicester, UK. Jacqueline is a former Partner at AA&L Associates (merged with PKF in 2015), a Managing Director of a consultancy firm called Kampala Accountancy Bureau, while at the same time manages The College for Professional Development Ltd, an Accountancy and Management College. Jacqueline is a part-time lecturer at this College in Accountancy & Audit. She also has experience in Accountancy, Audit and Management that spans over 25 years and has worked both in Uganda and in UK in these fields. Jacqueline also runs other private businesses in real estate, beauty parlors, supplies and farming.

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James M Wells. Member

James is Chief Executive of EMMS International, an international Christian healthcare charity working in the UK, Africa and Asia. The Charity focuses on improving palliative care, maternal and child health and reducing the impact of disease and disability in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world.

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Maged El Ansary, Member

Dr. Maged El Ansary is one of the pioneers in establishing the concept of pain and palliative care medicine in Egypt, Africa and Middle East. He worked for IASP as council member 2008-2014 for developing countries (Africa, Asia and South America). In addition, he established Egyptian Pain Society for Management of Pain, African Association for the Study of Pain, The Arab Union for Management of Pain, and representative of APCA for North Africa. He Pushed the establishment of some IASP chapters (Algeria, Libya, Ghana and Jordan), and national pain societies (Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) in Africa and Middle East. He started the academic degrees for Master and MD in pain and palliative care since 1990. He applied the WHO analgesic ladder for management of cancer pain since 1987 to date.

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Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt is the Director of Pharmaceutical Services and also the Chief Pharmacist of Ghana. Martha is a product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Leeds University, United Kingdom and GIMPA’s School of Governance and Leadership. She serves on several national and international boards including Lancet Commissioner on Essential Medicines and also is an Expert member of World Health Organisation Expert Committee on Medicines Policies and Management, WHO, Geneva. She has served on several WHO and World Trade Organisation, West African Health Organisation consultations on Trade Related International Property Rights as well as medicines policies.

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Meera Vadodaria, Member

Hi, my name is Meera Vadodaria, I am a Pharmacist by profession and I work as a Pharmacist Director in our family business. We own Rene Pharmacy Limited whereby we import finished formulations for wholesale distribution. We also manufacture medicines locally under Rene Industries Limited. I am currently married to Rushikesh Vadodaria, the Chairman of the Rene Group. I have three daughters and one grandson.

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