Director, Access & Product Management
What I do at MMV:
My role is to lead activities that help increase access to high quality antimalarial drugs for the populations in malaria endemic countries, by applying both my experience as a medical doctor and my expertise in evaluating health care perceptions in remote areas.
Why I work at MMV:
Health is an important factor for development, as a healthy population will be better equipped to contribute to its own development. Malaria significantly impacts the health and productivity of communities and thus slows progress. I’m proud to help carry out MMV’s mission to reduce the burden of malaria in disease endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering affordable new, effective and affordable antimalarial medicines, as I feel that I am contributing to the development of the African continent, which is where I’m from.
More about me:
I’m a Medical Doctor and completed my studies at the University of Burundi. After serving as a local field doctor for MSF-France in Burundi, I joined Sanofi where I spent 12 years serving respectively in Burundi as Country Representative, in Kenya as Medical Advisor for Eastern Africa, and then in France as Senior Medical Manager for malaria within the Corporate Social Responsibility division. I have always been driven by the desire to add value to community health, either by caring for patients directly or indirectly by helping health workers at all levels gain access to information, training and platforms to share experiences.
Based on my experience in East Africa and working in the field of malaria, I strongly believe that health system strengthening is the way to go if we aspire to reach the level of development we all dream of. To this end I have enrolled in a MBA programme focusing on International Health Management, with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. I hope that by furthering my knowledge, I will be able to make a stronger contribution, which will enable my three children to one day go back to their roots in a better Africa.
Ask me about:
Health systems in Africa, community health in remote areas and treating malaria. I am also a soccer fan in my spare time.