How We Make An Impact
- RGF staff and board have worked and lived in the intervention countries bringing an un-paralleled understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and political contexts, technical leadership and program management required to operate successfully in these geographical areas.
- The expertise the Board and staff brings will drive and guide the innovation required for RGF to deliver the integrated, User Centered Design (UCD)-focused and community-led programs and strengthening of systems for health which it aims to provide for positive RMNCAH outcomes.
- The board is a team of multidisciplinary professionals committed to providing strategic leadership and oversight to the strengthening of RMNCAH services and outcomes.
- Our distinctive advantage is the depth of our technical expertise, contextual knowledge, ability to navigate complex networks of credibility and trust, local action informed by a global outlook, long-term and sustained commitment to our communities, and the diverse range of evidence-driven and inclusive approaches we utilize.
- Our approaches to transforming the health and healthcare ecosystems are informed by the expertise that we have gained, while working in various parts of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Professor Okafor Henrietta Uchenna
Professor of Paediatrics and Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and Fellow of the Postgraduate Medical College, Nigeria with a sub-specialty affiliation to paediatric nephrology and a keen interest in infectious diseases in the tropics, specifically malaria
Dr. Osita Okonkwo
Highly skilled and experienced public health expert with a passion for health systems strengthening in developing country contexts, and around maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH), HIV, WASH, malaria and nutrition. He has vast experience in program coordination in conflict and post conflict environments
Dr. Odoeme Victor Chukwudi
Highly accomplished legal expert who has held several positions in the legal fraternity for the last 19 years. He currently works as the Legal Adviser to Council, and Head of Legal Unit for the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council. He is passionate about child health and monitored several rounds of polio immunization exercises in hard to reach areas of Northern Nigeria from 2001 to 2003 for the Nigerian Red Cross Society
Professor Okafor Henrietta Uchenna
Associate professor at the University of Maryland, has over 15 years’ experience in promoting knowledge transfer and working with vulnerable and underserved populations including adolescents. He has broad technical knowledge, teaching and research expertise, including applied, behavioral, operational, and health services and health systems research, program evaluation, surveillance and analysis of epidemiologic trends, project design, proposal development and project monitoring and evaluation
Dr. Constance Sibongile Shumba
Global health expert and is passionate about advancing the rights of communities as co-producers of change and creating safe and enabling environments that empower them to maximize their health potential. She is a dynamic, cross-cultural health systems strengthening expert and leader, who optimizes efficiency through effective strategies and delivers results in line with global performance standards and has worked and supported programs in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia
Renowned international speaker as well as an entrepreneur. He facilitates a host of entrepreneurial and soft skills programs. He is an author of motivational books as well as being a strategy and business consultant. He has spoken at many international platforms and conferences (including TEDx)
Dr. James January
Chairperson & Lecturer at the Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. His background is in Public Mental Health with a specialization in Mental Health Promotion and Clinical Psychology
Her Excellency Barr. Anna Mbasuguhun Darius Ishaku
An epitome of excellence; an exceptional leader who has written her name on sands of history through her invaluable services to her profession, society and humanity. She has had an illustrious legal career over the last 40 years
- We proactively place children and adolescents, in the first two decades of life, from 0-19 years of age, at the centre of long-term interventions, to prevent the continued disconnect in programming and provide a new sustainable approach, that deploys a life cycle and gender equality lens.
- We increase access to essential health services and raise awareness and knowledge on RMNCAH.
- We also develop innovative, contextually relevant and scalable solutions to improve RMNCAH outcomes in partnership with communities, civil society actors, private sector and governments, ensuring complementarity in improving the lives of the most vulnerable and underserved, utilizing the following approaches and methodologies:
1. Focus on equity
Our programs are tailored to increase equitable access to services based on the specific needs of the populations and sub-groups within the vulnerable and underserved communities.
2. User-centered design
- Programs will not be built on preconceived ideas of what works as all solutions will be a true co-creation between local stakeholders and the communities, facilitated through the experts at RGF;
- Leverage local community knowledge using participatory methodologies on how to address their problems in order to provide gender-responsive, innovative and scalable solutions.
3. Community ownership and accountability
- Bringing communities into the decision-making process creates efficiencies in building local ownership which is a key focus for RGF aimed at building entrepreneurial and sustainable solutions which last beyond the lifetime of the programs.
- Pioneer an integrated and multi-sectoral approach which includes both health and nutrition services as well as education and economic empowerment focusing on both demand and supply along the RMNCAH continuum of care.
- Strengthen Government services whilst also working with the communities to generate demand for and promote access and linkages to services.
5. Strengthening local assets
- Leverage off existing systems and infrastructure, to prevent working in silos with local communities and governments, and to strengthen existing models for sustainability.
- All country teams will be from local communities, working with their own governments and communities who best understand the contexts and unique realities and can lead bottom up approaches and interventions.
- The board will bring expertise from several countries to support implementation, however the local hiring staff will be from the countries, even embedded in areas, of operation with multilingual expertise.
7. Learning and reiteration
- Leave room to fail fast, learn from our mistakes and be responsive to the changing needs of the complex environments in which we will operate.
- Document both success and failures to prevent implementation of initiatives which we have proven do not work thereby giving value for money to funders.
- Embed implementation research in all that we do, to ensure evidence is effectively gathered and used to continuously improve RMNCAH policies, technical advice, program design and sector performance.
8. Use of data and technology
- Support governments to capitalize on the digital revolution, ensuring that RMNCAH programs and services in these target countries benefit.
- Use technology which captures data in real time and support governments, civil society actors and private sector to analyze data and use it inform planning and programming.
9. Focused sustainability
- Focus RGF’s unique approach of providing a greater depth of interventions, to long-term operations and impact rather than on time-limited projects.
- We have a systematic approach to scaling-up and will not be driven by funding trends but continue to support our areas of intervention until sustainable impact has been achieved.
Where We Work
RGF implements RMNCAH programs in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, focusing on vulnerable and under-served communities including those with high incidences of HIV, malnutrition, malaria and high child marriage and teenage pregnancies. We have registered offices in Australia, Canada, UK that support our resource mobilization efforts.