Anthony Waterkeyn Director of Programmes Cape Town

Anthony Waterkeyn, Co-Founder &       Chief Executive Officer (2017-present)

Anthony Waterkeyn first trained in Building Management and has a M.Eng Tropical Public Health Engineering from Leeds.  In 1985 he worked   WaterAid in Kenya and Zimbabwe for 11 years. He has done evaluations of WASH programmes for DFID, CARE, and DANIDA, World Bank, African Development Bank and CoWater  amongst others for the past 25 years. He Co-Founded three NGOs: Mvuramanzi Trust in Zimbabwe in 1993, Zimbabwe AHEAD Trust  in 2002 and Africa AHEAD in 2005.  As WSP-World Bank Specialist Advisor between 2003 -2011, he  was behind the national WASH policy in Rwanda which  resulted in the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme.


Roger Short has over 30 years of experience in conflict resolution, social inclusion, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development.

He has been an associate of the United Nations System Staff College on the Rights Based Approach to achieve the MDGs; Secretary General of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations; and Chief Internationalisation expert for the Danish Technological Institute in Denmark. As TA to the Department of Water, in South Africa supported by DANIDA, during the period 2000 – 2010,  he used the CHC to augment  the IWRM programme.


Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn, Chief Executive Officer Cape Town

Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn,
Co-founder, Research & Training Specialist

Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn  first developed the CHC concept in 1993 in Zimbabwe.  In the past 20 years,  she has been responsible for introducing this model  into many countries, particularly in Africa. She was the first founding   Director of  Zimbabwe AHEAD (1999 -2013), a local NGO established  to pilot the CHC approach and has worked as a consultant with many agencies and NGOs  developing  national CHC training manuals  and visual aids for Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda and Vietnam.  She was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society of  Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (2004) and  an AMCOW Award as ‘distinguished woman leader in sanitation’  in 2010.



Country Director Regis Matimati joined 2019- present

ZIMBABWE Country Director, Regis Matimati, 2008 – present

Regis Matimati started his working life as a Nurse in Makoni District, where the first CHCs were started in 1995.  After working on a UZ-UCSF research on HIV/AIDS intervention, he joined Zim AHEAD in 2007 as Project Officer in ChipingeChiredzi before being moved to Project Manager for the Cholera Emergency OXFAM project in Mutare in 2008. His capacity for team management served Zim AHEAD well and he was promoted to Programme Manager in 2009, and Acting Director for three years before being appointed Country Director in 2014. Over the years Regis studied  with the University of Zimbabwe with a Post Graduate Diploma in Water Supply and Sanitation.  Regis graduated with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University of Roehampton in the UK.



Mr Andrew Muringaniza Programme Manager

ZIMBABWE Programme Manager, Andrew Muringaniza, 1999- present

Andrew  Muringaniza is one of the founding Project Officers of Zim AHEAD and joined us in 1999 after working for Save the children Foundation for many years. His practical skills in WASH technology as well as his quiet determined management of projects have in fact been the unsung reason so many of our programmes not only meet but exceed targets. His work in Tsholotsho is internationally known as described in PhD research by CEO (Waterkeyn 2006) and in  the first CHC paper (Waterkeyn & Cairncross, 2005), and more recently credited by researchers on sustainability of CHC shortly to be published. He is the bed rock of our organisation.                                                    Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele.



Zachery Bigirimana, Regional Represenative Africa AHEAD - Rwanda

Zachary Bigirimana, Regional Representative East Africa

Zachary Bigirimana has a Masters of Public Health, focusing on Management of Health Services, Rural Social Development and Human Resources. He has a rich experience in research and consultancy related to project development and management, behavior change approaches, management of community based initiatives, mapping partners in development and use of citizen report and community score cards methodology of research. The other areas of expertise are institutional capacity-building including training needs assessment, developing of both strategic and operational plans. He has worked as   as a Country Representative for African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) in Rwanda for three years, a Technical Advisor (WSP-World Bank) to the Environmental Health Division of Ministry of Health, Uganda and Rwanda, and is a National Trainer at Health Manpower Development Centre, Uganda. Together with Anthony Waterkeyn and Joseph Katabarwa he designed the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme in Rwanda.                         Languages: English, Kinyarwanda, Rukiga, Luganda




RWANDA: Country Director, Joseph Katabarwa. 2014-present

Joseph Katabarwa has been working in the WASH Sector for the past 25 years as as Head  of the Environmental Health Department of Ministry of Health since 2006 – 2014, instrumental in developing the National Water and Sanitation Policy, and is a founder member of Tropical Institute of Community Health in   Africa. In 2010 he was a key architect of the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme, which has become part of policy and a national programme in Rwanda. He joined Africa AHEAD as Country Director in 2014 and has since been supervising the intervention in Rusizi District for the RCT, funded by Gates Foundation. He holds a BSc and Masters Degree in Community Health from Great Lake University. Kisumu, Kenya (2010).          Languages: Kiswahili, Kirwanda, English, French.



Amans Ntakarutimana, Director of Programmes, Rwanda

Amans Ntakarutimana, Programme Manager, Rwanda and DRC. 2012-present

Amans Ntakarutima is an Environmental Health  Researcher   in Community Health Education with over 17 years of field experience  working in community based interventions in rural and urban communities in Rwanda, Burundi and DRC. Since 2009, he has been Principal Investigator to improve Environmental Health/WASH Services in Rwanda in collaboration with Ministry of Education and University of Rwanda, Unicef Rwanda, UNESCO, UNITAR, International Institute of Burkina Faso, Stockholm Environment Institute and Walden University (USA). He joined Africa AHEAD in 2013 as Programme Manager in Rusizi and latterly in DRC. PhD in progress, researching the health impact of CHC in Rusizi.

Languages: French, English, Kirwanda.



Justin Otai, Programme Manager in Uganda

Justin Otai, Programme Manager in Uganda, 2012-2014

Justin Otai is a retired Head of Environmental Health, Ministry of Uganda, and one of the foremost proponents of PHAST training in Uganda. He first worked with Africa AHEAD CEO in 2003, when CHC were introduced into Rwanda and used in IDP Camps  in Gulu with Care International. He then successfully replicated the approach in Pader District and has more recently been Programme Manager for Africa AHEAD in a CHC programme in Apac District, Uganda, where we were partnering with International Lifeline Fund.  Justin is a compelling advocate of the CHC and continues to represent Africa AHEAD in any CHC training to be done in East Africa.

Languages: English, Swahili, Luo.



Fausca Uwingabire, Country Representative in Rwanda

Fausca Uwingabire has  ten years in training of trainers in participatory approaches where she assisted in the preparation of training tools and mobilization behavior change in WASH sector. She has  worked on CBEHPP /CHC, PHAST, PLA with Africa AHEAD, CARE International, Agro Action Allemande, UNICEF Rwanda, Clinton Foundation Ministry of Health, Red Cross Rwanda, Icyuzuzo Association, Plan international in Madagascar, World Bank in Benin and CREPA in Burkinafaso. As monitoring and evaluation lecturer  she has conducted the project base line research and evaluation assessment.

Languages: English, French, Kirwanda

Accredited Trainers

Trainers who have been accredited by Africa AHEAD, are those who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the CHC Model and are able to effectively transfer their facilitation skills and community mobilisation techniques to field staff and community facilitators. They may be accessed for training other NGO field workers as consultants through Africa AHEAD – UK.



Canaan portrait

Canaan Makusha, Project Officer, 1999-present

Canaan Makusha came up through the ranks from the grass roots, and is an example of how CHC can benefit rural communities. He joined the CHC in his area in 1999 as an ordinary club member, one of the few men to join. His skills as a carpenter and metal worker gave him a chance to train others in the CHC. He was soon promoted to district trainer for Zim AHEAD, and since then to Project Officer for many of the most successful programmes in Zimbabwe, especially in Chipinge, Chiredzi, Chimanimani, and  Mavingo Urban. He has a unique ability to galvanise communities to reach and surpass all targets,




Marcie Mbirira, Project Officer, Rwanda, 2014-2016

Marcie Mbirira has been the key trainer for 150 Community Health Club facilitators in Rusizi District in the CBEHP Programme from 2014-2016. She is a tireless community worker and is capable of inspiring strong response. She studied Environmental Health Sciences at Kigali University, and came highly recommended as a dedicated field worker.                  Language: French, English, Kinyarwanda