Action impact Using data to end violence against children in africa

Action & impact: Using data to end violence against children in Africa

Key speakers:

This webinar was the second in the Implementation Science Collaborative’s Evidence to Policy series exploring efforts to protect children from violence in low-resource settings globally.

The event shared key achievements and lessons learned in efforts to implement governments’ national strategies to end violence against children – strategies which have been informed by critical data from Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS).

The webinar was facilitated by the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), an inter-governmental organisation composed of nine Member State Ministries of Health.

The event featured presentations from implementing partners in Kenya and Namibia, including Lifeline Childline Namibia, Project Hope Namibia and LVCT Health Kenya.

Event details

29th November 2023 - 29th November 2023

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Andrew Silumesii

Dr Andrew Silumesii is the Manager Family Health and Infectious Diseases at the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC). His role includes providing policy and strategic direction to facilitate ECSA-HC’s mandate of supporting its Member States to implement evidence-based Family Health and Infectious Diseases programmes. Andrew has over 17 years’ experience as a public health practitioner. Previously, he served as Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health Zambia. He holds a medical degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Science in Public Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium, focusing on Health Systems Management and Policy.

Robert Pendapala Haihambo.

Robert Pendapala Haihambo holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of Namibia. He is the Economic Strengthening and Public Private Partnership officer at Project HOPE Namibia. At the regional level, Robert is working to improve the economic conditions of orphans and vulnerable children and their households via financial literacy training, income generating activities and facilitating parenting skills sessions to improve the relationship between orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers.

Anne Ngunjiri
Anne Ngunjiri, Senior Technical Advisor, GBV Program, LVCT Health Kenya.

Anne Ngunjiri is a Senior Technical Advisor at LVCT Health, providing technical and managerial oversight to gender-based violence research studies and programs. She has over eight years of experience in applied public health research, with a focus on violence prevention and response to violence against children, women and girls in resource-constrained environments. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Warwick.

Nicolette Bessinger

Nicolette Bessinger is the Director at Lifeline/Childline Namibia, with more than 25 years of experience in development work with civil society organizations, in partnership with different development partners including international foundations. She has been extensively involved with development partners such as USAID, UNICEF, EU, IFRC, REPSSI, SONKE (Gender Justice), BFTW, Canadian & Australian Government Funding, including different international foundations.