Impact Santé Afrique is an African non-governmental organization founded by Olivia Ngou, a public health specialist who has been working for more than 10 years in the fight against malaria in Africa.
Based in Cameroon, led and coordinated by young women, ISA specializes in advocacy and strategic communication, with the main objective to contribute to the improvement of the health of populations.
OUR TEAM OF COMMITTED WOMEN
Impact Santé Afrique is an audacious and ambitious organization.
We work to create a better world through synergies that can generate the changes needed to make health programs more effective and inclusive. We believe that a strong and engaged community with local leadership can support health interventions sustainably.
We are committed to work hard and do more to increase access to quality health services for all because every person left behind is a failure.
Zeinabou Ide has previously worked in the private sector of telecommunications and international organizations.
She graduated from the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) training programme of the former US President Barack Obama, with Public Management option. She then worked as an international volunteer for La Francophonie in Cameroon as a communications and strategic officer. Self-taught, she trained in Project Management, Workforce Collaboration and Development and Management Strategies for People and Resources. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and a Master’s degree in Human Resources.
Zeinabou is passionate of rich African culture. Close to the populations, she is fully committed to the fight against malaria and for their well-being. She is firmly convinced that as a young person, she has the duty and the power to contribute to enable future generations to have access to a better world.
“Health is a right for all. I believe in a world where children can thrive without suffering of preventable and curable diseases. I hope that these children will no longer suffer from school absenteeism or death from a mosquito bite. Where a pregnant woman will no longer lose her child to severe malaria. No one but us will be able to tackle these health problems and truly solve them at their source. I made this commitment because I believe that it is truly possible that by joining forces for this common goal, we will succeed in eradicating these diseases which attack and kill especially our most vulnerable populations. They need you, they need me, they need US”.Zeinabou Idé
Prior to launching ISA, Olivia Ngou worked for 10 years with Malaria No More where she led the Cameroon and Africa programmes to rally political leaders, celebrities, the private sector and communities around malaria and prioritize the cause on their respective agendas.
Olivia began her experience on malaria working with the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria. She then taught a public health course at the City University of New York in the Health Section of the Wellness Project for undergraduate students at CITY College.
She also worked as a research assistant for the Office of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health; and took a leadership course on malaria eradication at Harvard University, Science of Eradication. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health.
Olivia has a strong interest in all aspects of public health, particularly malaria control and maternal and child health. She strives to make her humble contribution to help create a world where no one dies “by a mosquito bite”. She is committed to ensuring that communities are equally included in malaria control and overall health programmes. Recently, she developed a guide on community issues, social rights and gender in malaria control programs; and also a tool for Civil Society to increase participation in Global Fund mechanisms. Finally, she co-founded and established the first Global Civil Society Network for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME) which she is currently the global coordinator.
“I believe that building resilient community systems, mobilizing local leaders and empowering communities are essential to defeat and sustain the fight against the diseases. I believe that by working together with the global and local community, by working harder and smarter, by not giving up on anyone, we can win the fight against the diseases which cost so many lives . The work must be achieved. Success is in our hands.”Olivia Ngou
Mesmer Trifène is our admin assistant at Impact Santé Afrique
Mesmer Trifène has completed internships in several Cameroonian companies and an accounting firm where she worked as accountant.
She holds a Bachelor’s and a Professional Master’s Degree in Fiscality and Accounting as well as a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management Science from the University of Dschang. She also holds a certification in the Art of Management from the Swiss Management Center.
“ I believe we have the power to make changes; as a young woman living in a high malaria country it is important for me to help communicate and educate my fellows on the danger of malaria and the need to prevent other diseases; I am proud to have the opportunity via ISA to contribute to this goal: giving knowledge and power to others and help create a malaria free world ” Lele Trifene
Based in Paris, specializing in branding, audiovisual and content production, luxury event design and art direction, Sophy Aiida is a young French-American manager Cameroonian origin.
Fluently bilingual in English and French, Sophy is also known as an actress, TV presenter and co-host of ceremonies, emissions and talk shows. She has extensive international experience and her career now extends from the United States to Africa via France.
Since 2019, she also brings her artistic touch to the creative universe of Impact Santé Afrique.
She has a strong passion for young women leadership development in Africa and is proud to partner with ISA
Previously, Carine worked in the private sector and then at Malaria No More Cameroon where she supported the commitment of Parliamentarians, Mayors, Private Sector, Medias and Youth in the fight against malaria.
In 2012, she obtained her Master degree in Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering of the University of Douala in Cameroon. She is passionate about everything related to health, environmental protection and sustainable development.
“Living conditions are more and more difficult in the current world. This impedes poor populations, especially the most vulnerable, to access to health services. I believe that the answer to all diseases is the implementation of a health system that guarantees access for all populations to the health services they need and of good quality, while lifting financial barriers. So that no one dies of malaria, but also of all those other diseases that are prevalent in Africa and in the world and can be eliminated. Today more than ever it is possible.” Carine Diboue
Specialized in digital marketing, online and offline communication strategies and the production of graphic and web content, Edith Essomba has been working in the communication and marketing sector for nearly 5 years. She has many experiences respectively as a digital project manager and a communication manager.
After obtaining a degree in Political Science at the Albert Le Grand Institute (France), she went on to obtain a master’s degree in marketing and digital communication to pursue what she calls “her passion”. She started her career in the digital sector, before returning to her country of origin, Cameroon, in 2020, to contribute to the fight against diseases that undermine society and to fight for access to health for all in Africa.
Today, Edith Essomba, Communications Officer at Impact Santé Afrique, is convinced that by uniting their capacities, the youth of this generation will be the ones to defeat malaria. It’s time to act!
” When I became aware of the real impact of certain diseases, particularly malaria, in our daily lives and in our communities, I did not hesitate for a single second to get involved in this fight for equitable health, because the figures are alarming!
It is imperative that we act to save lives! So many people lose their lives because of a lack of material and financial resources. Acting for the good and health for all our communities is also acting for us, for our children, but also for the generations to come. ” Edith Essomba
Jeanne Inès MENGUE is a program assistant at Impact Santé Afrique.
Prior to that, she had experiences in organizations where she was in charge of communication, public relations and assistance in setting up projects. Her time at UNRCO – Cameroon allowed her to participate in the implementation of the UNS communication policy in Cameroon and to focus on health and development issues.
She also has experience in supporting decentralized local authorities through the National Training Program for City Professions where she helped in the communication department.
She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication and Marketing from the Advanced School of Mass Communication (ASMAC).She is very interested in the issue of women’s participation in the development of their countries and the place they occupy within their communities. The fight against diseases and access to health care for populations is also one of her concerns.
“Thousands of people lose their lives every day due to the many diseases present on our continent. Malaria alone continues to wreak havoc in Africa and in Cameroon in particular. Participating in the fight against this disease through Health Impact Africa is for me a contribution to save lives at my level and to significantly impact mentalities for an ideal where mosquito bites will no longer cause death.
I believe that through our communication and joint efforts, people can become aware of the dangers of malaria and the urgency to prevent other diseases. As a young woman, I have a duty to my community to provide solutions for its well-being. “ Jeanne Inès MENGUE
Before joining ISA, she worked as an intern in a law firm, at Orange Cameroon and at the Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale in Yaoundé.
A lawyer by training, she also worked for two years as a volunteer for the « Association des Gestionnaires des Parents d’Elèves du Lycée Fustel de Coulanges » . She holds a Master’s degree in Business Litigation and Arbitration from the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé. She is passionate about humanitarian issues, health and social inequalities.
“The right to health implies both freedoms and rights. Freedoms refer to the ability of a human being to have access to health care; rights refer to the guarantee that a human being has, among other things, access to a health care system that ensures that everyone has access to equitable health care and the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health.
“I believe in a better world, in a world where every human being, without any distinction whatsoever, will be able to benefit from a health system that is accessible to all. Marilyne Noah
Sofia joined ISA’s team in Cameroon in March 2021. With expertise in advocacy and strategic communications, Sofia has a track record of influencing political developments in European affairs. In her previous positions as Policy Manager in Brussels, Belgium, Sofia gained experience working with politicians and civil servants on priority topics within the Swedish local, regional and national government. Sofia also has experience from public affairs in the private sector in Brussels.
Sofia has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh and is passionate about ensuring that citizens’ voices are taken into account when formulating policy. Sofia is particularly engaged in improving gender equality in policy-making and results.