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2017 HAVE-CVD-MeDs

Meet our Emerging Leaders

Tangeni Auala MBChB, FCP

I am a specialist physician planning to subspecialise in adult cardiology. Currently I work in the Adult Clinical and Interventional Cardiology and Rheumatic Heart Disease Departments of Cardiac Unit at the Windhoek Central Hospital Complex in the capital city of Namibia. My interests include clinical and interventional cardiovascular medicine, preventative medicine, health promotion and research. I am really excited to be a part of the 2017 WHFEL Program and look forward to learning from and collaborating with other likeminded individuals in our goal to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease globally by 25% by 2025.

Sainimere Boladuadua MBChB, PGD O&G, MPH

Sainimere has a background in Obstetrics and Gynaecology plus Public Health Medicine both in Fiji and New Zealand. She undertook specialty training in Public Health Medicine in New Zealand which involved work roles at the local provincial, regional and national levels. She has worked as a Senior Advisor with the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Program at the New Zealand Ministry of Health and is currently working in a senior advisory role within the Fiji Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Prevention and Control Program.


RHD is a significant public health problem in Fiji and the Pacific Islands, and secondary prophylaxis with regular benzathine penicillin (BPG) is the mainstay of RHD control. In Fiji, the effectiveness of secondary prophylaxis is impaired by factors such as poor access to health services, lack of knowledge about the disease and purpose of the treatment, and problems associated with the supply and management of BPG, which is an essential medicine. One of Sainimere’s tasks in her current role is providing oversight over interventions aimed at improving secondary prophylaxis which includes ensuring adequate supplies of BPG to the 4000 patients currently registered on the national RHD information system.


Sainimere’s passion for her work stems from a desire to reduce health inequities and improve health outcomes particularly for Pacific peoples.

Jose Maria Ferrer MD

Jose Maria (“Jojo”) E. Ferrer, MD is a Science and Medicine Advisor for the American Heart Association (AHA)’s International division and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) program. He helps develop and review CPR, ECC, and First Aid Guidelines, scientific statements, educational materials and implementation programs, including the Basic Life Support; Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support; Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers; Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization; and Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses. He is the staff lead for Saving Children’s Lives, AHA’s program addressing under-5 mortality in resource-limited settings around the world. The program is currently implemented in Botswana, Tanzania and India. He is also the AHA staff lead for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, the global coalition of national resuscitation councils which continually evaluates resuscitation science and first aid research to publish treatment recommendations for adoption around the world. Since joining the AHA, he has served in a variety of roles, including staff scientist for Go Red for Women and managing editor for Science News and Cardiovascular Daily, AHA’s electronic news platforms for its professional members.


Dr. Ferrer is a certified family physician. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. He practiced family and community medicine in the Philippines and in Trinidad and Tobago, where he was a medical officer under the United Nations Development Program and the Ministry of Health. He is also a health informaticist and has been involved in numerous healthcare IT projects in both countries.

Neusa Jessen MD

My name is Neusa Jessen and I was born in Mozambique. I finished medical school in 2005 and I was sent to work as a general clinician and the clinical director of the only hospital of a district in the north of Mozambique, where I worked for 2 years. There, I had the opportunity to work with an NGO to provide continuous education to health professionals and to launch HIV treatment in the district, and there started my interest in public health. After that, I did my specialization in cardiology, half in Brazil and half in Mozambique, and finished in 2015. Throughout my career at the Central Hospital of Maputo, as a resident and as a cardiologist, I collaborated in a variety of studies in the cardiology research center of my institution.


In 2015, I decided to start a PhD in Public Health, and was accepted at the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, in Portugal. I am enrolled as a part-time student to be able to continue working as a cardiologist in my country, where I also intend to do my research project.

Ahmadou Jingi MD, DES

I am Ahmadou Musa Jingi, a Cameroonian, married, and father of three. I received my medical training at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde 1. I obtained my MD diploma (General Medi-cine) in 2007, and my Specialist Diploma (DES Internal Medicine) in October 2016. I am a member of the research group: Clinical Research, Education, Networking, and Consultancy (CRENC). I am also a member of the first batch of the African Diabetes Academy (D2A). I have special interest in the fight against Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). I am mainly interested in Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart failure, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Echocardiography. As a GP, I worked as the Chief Medical Officer at the Centre for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tuberculosis in the west region (Where I noticed it was a dragnet for patients with heart disease). I also served as the West Region Focal Point for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Reproductive Health. I used this opportunity to create awareness of CVD in primary care Physicians. I also initiated field studies on sources, availability, and affordability of essential medicines. I participated in two national surveys on diabetes and hypertension. I have published over 30 articles in peer review journals. As an Emerging Leader, I am just starting. The sky is my limit.

Jennifer Jones PhD

Jennifer is a physiotherapist by training with a strong interest in preventive cardiology. Led the physical activity component of the EUROACTION trial – a multicentre cluster RCT demonstration programme of a multidisciplinary preventive cardiology programme implemented in general hospitals and general practice across eight European countries. Led the creation of the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology in Ireland.


Current role: 1. Development and delivery of a wide portfolio of education and training opportunities in the area of cardiovascular health and disease prevention. 2. Development of innovative models of preventive care and service delivery. 3. Patient case load in the area of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of CVD. 4. Current research cost benefit analyses of integrated versus specialist rehabilitation service delivery models.

Abhishek Sharma MPH

Abhishek Sharma is a pharmacist and researcher with over five years of experience in global health focusing in evaluating healthcare and pharmaceutical systems to improve medicine access and utilization policies. Currently, Mr. Sharma works as an Associate Health Economist at Precision Heath Economics (Boston | Vancouver) where he conducts research regarding clinical and economic outcomes of novel/candidate and approved therapeutics. As an Adjunct Researcher at Boston University’s Center for Global Health and Development, Mr. Sharma’s research focus on global access to insulin and other medicines for non-communicable diseases, role of the private sector in provision of equitable access to medicines and vaccines, medicine price evaluations, and the impact of trade policies on population health.


Recently he served as a Commission on The Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies that aimed to provide evidence-based policy recommendations for improving medicines access and to raise the awareness regarding Essential Medicines Policies. Prior to that, he has worked as a research consultant for national and international development agencies like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Health Foundation of India, Nepal Development Society, and Health Action International. He has authored over 20 scholarly articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as Health Policy & Planning, BMJ Global Health, BMJ Open, The Lancet, Nature, Economic & Political Weekly, and Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy & Practice. He serves as a peer reviewer for several leading journals including Vaccine, BMJ Open, BMJ Global Health, and BMC Public Health and as an Associate Editor of Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine.


Abhishek received Master of Public Health with concentration in Global Health from the Boston University School of Public Health (United States) and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Manipal University (India).

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