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.



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.



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


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.