The BIPAI network supports major efforts in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. In each country where BIPAI runs a center of excellence, our talented executive directors manage large staffs and complex programs and often provide additional managerial support to smaller efforts in surrounding countries. BIPAI’s executive directors are:
Gabriel M. Anabwani, MBChB, MMed, MSCE, FRCPE
Executive Director, Botswana
Gabriel M. Anabwani is executive director of the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in Gaborone, Botswana and professor of pediatric retrovirology at Baylor College of Medicine. He served as head of pediatrics at Princess Marina Hospital from 1997 to 2003 and has played a leading role in Botswana’s fight against pediatric HIV. He joined Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya in 1989 as a founding faculty member becoming professor and chair of pediatrics and child health in 1992. From 1980-1989, he taught pediatrics and child health at the University of Nairobi. He served as director of primary healthcare inEast Africa from 1987 to 1989 in a project to strengthen the primary healthcare content in the teaching and training curricula of medical schools in several countries. He has served as external examiner in pediatrics in several schools in the region including Makerere, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lusaka, Zambia; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Anabwani is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburg and serves on several boards and committees of national, regional and international bodies. Since 2009 he has served as chairperson of the Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa Scientific Board. He is the recipient of several awards including “Outstanding Contribution to HIV Medicine in Botswana” (in May 2009); Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS by IAS/Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS (in July 2012); and the Texas Children’s Hospital International Colloquium International Recognition Award for tireless compassionate dedication for building a global community of healthy children and educating health professionals throughout the world (in April 2013).
Ana María Galvis
Executive Director, Colombia
Ana Maria Galvis is the executive director of Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Colombia. She is a specialist in communications and government affairs with vast experience in leading communication initiatives to strengthen the reputation of her clients. Galvis has over 12 years of experience in managing relations with governments, communities and licensing. She is certified in social, environmental and health impacts management and holds a business administration major from Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administration.
Galvis has strong leadership abilities positioning her to be capable to work in an international and multicultural environment.
Makhosazana (Khosie) Hlatshwayo
Executive Director, Swaziland
Makhosazana Hlatshwayo joined the BIPAI Network leadership team as the Baylor College of medicine Children’s foundation -Swaziland executive director, on September 1, 2014. Khosie, as she is affectionately known, is a nurse with a specialization in mental health and hospital management. She boasts extensive experience in Swazi NGO leadership, PEPFAR grant management, HIV/AIDS and maternal health program management. She has worked as a lecturer in the mission nursing university for 12 years prior to joining private sector to manage a National HIV/AIDS program a position she held for more than five years (2003-2009). Prior to joining the BIPAI network, Khosie served as the executive director of Cheshire Homes Rehabilitation centre, a position she held for five years bringing the disability and HIV/AIDS agenda into visibility in the country.
She has a strong research and reporting background combined with good writing skills. She fluent in English and the local Swaziland language. Her vast knowledge of HIV and AIDS, project management, supervisory skills, team leadership and skills transfer is a basis of her good leadership skills. As a fast learner, working well under pressure, creative and communicating ideas clearly and effectively, she has managed to influence a lot of change in the health management system and programs in the country as a whole.
Peter N. Kazembe, M.B.Ch.B, F.R.C.P.
Executive Director, Malawi
Dr. Peter Kazembe, a Malawian national, serves as executive director for BIPAI-Malawi, a senior lecturer at University of Malawi and associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kazembe has more than 30 years of experience in the Malawi health care system, including over 15 years as head of pediatrics at Kamuzu Central Hospital, during which he also served concurrently for two years as hospital director.
Dr. Kazembe is a recognized expert on malaria, HIV and providing clinical service in resource-poor settings. He chaired the Medical Association of Malawi from 2000–2004. Dr. Kazembe is a prodigious researcher and author, having contributed to more than 40 scholarly papers. As an important figure in the Malawi public health system, he plays a critical role in promoting and representing the program to government and private sector partners to ensure sustainability of the program.
Adeodata (Addy) Kekitiinwa-Rukyalekere, M.B.Ch.B.
Executive Director, Uganda
Adeodata (Addy) Kekitiinwa- Rukyalekere, M.B.Ch.B, is associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence – Uganda. She also serves as senior consultant pediatrician for the department of pediatrics and child health at Mulago National Hospital.
From 2002 to 2004, she acted as clinic director of pediatric infectious diseases for Mulago National Hospital after working as a consultant to the department of pediatrics and child health since 1995. During 2001 to 2004, she also acted as team leader for pediatric bacterial meningitis surveillance for WHO-Uganda.
Kekitiinwa was registrar-pediatrician for Mulago National Hospital from 1987 to 1995 and medical officer of health for the department of pediatrics and child health at Mulago National Hospital from 1983 to 1984.
Edith Q. Mohapi, M.B.B.S., F.A.A.P.
Executive Director, Lesotho
Dr. Edith Mohapi, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, has been the executive director of the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Lesotho for the last 9 years. She was born and educated in Lesotho and later England where she obtained her medical degree at London University. She then worked at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho in government service.
She completed her pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC, U.S.A.in 1980. She obtained her board certification in pediatrics in 1984. After training she continued to work for Georgetown where she was later appointed assistant professor, supervising and teaching paediatricians-in-training and medical students, in the pediatrics outpatients department at the Virginia Hospital Center. From 1997 to 2000 she worked in South Africa at the Pretoria Academic Hospital pediatrics outpatient department before returning to her former job in the U.S.A.
She is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is registered to practice in Virginia, U.S.A, The Republic of South Africa and Lesotho.
Lumumba Mwita, MD, MMED
Executive Director, Tanzania
Dr. Lumumba Mwita is executive director of the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Clinical Centers of Excellence in Lake Zone (Mwanza) and Southern Highlands Zone (Mbeya), Tanzania. Mwita is a physician with a specialization in cardiology. He worked with the government of Tanzania for a number of years allowing him to gather a rich experience in the health care system. From 1994 to 1998 Mwita worked at Mbeya Referral Hospital as a general practitioner in the departments of internal medicine and outpatient and casualty. From 2003 to 2005 he joined the Department of Internal Medicine at Muhimbili National Hospital, where he worked in the HIV/AIDS, cardiology and diabetes clinics. From 2008 to 2012, Mwita worked with AMREF as a program manager where he was in charge of the clinical and diagnostics program overseeing a number of projects including Safe Motherhood and Fistula, Specialist Outreach Program, Laboratory Services and Malaria.
Mwita joined Baylor-Tanzania in February 2012 as site director for the Lake Zone operations, before his appointment to executive director in January 2014. As site director, he was instrumental in establishing relations at national and local levels which resulted in expansion of the Baylor-Tanzania program.
Executive Director, Romania
Ana-Maria Schweitzer has served as executive director of the Baylor-Black Sea Foundation and has coordinated the HIV Clinical Center of Excellence in Constanta, Romania since 2005. She joined Baylor-Romania in 1999 as a clinical psychologist and became experienced in assisting children with HIV and their families, helping patients cope with new diagnosis and unfavorable news, including loss and grief. Schweitzer is trained in psychotherapy and has over ten years of experience working with health-related philanthropic programs. She is also a licensed trainer for adult continuing education, specifically in the development of skills to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, family planning, health education, and psychological support for patients with chronic diseases. As a program manager of multidisciplinary projects for HIV and viral hepatitis, she has strived to create a balance between prevention, testing, care and support services for patients at the Center of Excellence.