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 COMMITTED TEAM
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.
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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
Laure Vartan MOUKAM, Sociologist and Epidemiologist, holds one Master’s degree in Sociology and one in Public Health (Epidemiology).
Currently Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Manager, she has over 15 years of experience in social science research and public health, specifically in areas such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health.
Previously, Laure worked for 4 years as a Research Assistant for a WHO/APOC multi-country research project (Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania and Uganda), on the implementation of Community-Based Interventions (CBI) for communicable and non-communicable diseases (malaria, tuberculosis, river blindness and avitaminosis).
She is passionate about improving the conditions of vulnerable people.
Before joining the ISA team, Ségolène Moussala worked 6 years as a Communications & Public Relations Consultant. Her work consisted in improving the standard of engaging, attractive, influential and innovative campaigns and contents for companies and institutions.
At the beginning of her career, in parallel to her studies in Communication at ASMAC, Ségolène founded a magazine specialized in business and female leadership. It’s a media that is still dedicated to leaders, entrepreneurs, creative people and young professionals in French-speaking Africa.
“With ISA, I aspire to develop positive communication strategies that can lead to social transformation: a world without malaria and healthy communities. Medias, leaders and civil societies needs to engage, no more people should die because of a mosquito bite.” – Ségolène Moussala
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
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
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
With a degree in chemistry, Sonia has worked in several multinationals in Europe as a Project Manager – IT Consultant in the field of health insurance. Passionate about fashion, she has also created a brand of textile accessories promoting African know-how, collaborating with a network of local associations helping destitute women in Burkina Faso.
At ISA, Sonia will exercise her leadership in health programs. Her favourite quote is: “He who is healthy is rich without knowing it“.
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
Morganne, of Cameroonian nationality, holds a professional degree in corporate communication. Passionate and self-taught, she has turned her passion into a profession by working as a decorator in a large company specialized in this field.
Having always volunteered to help vulnerable people, it seemed obvious to Morganne to get involved in the fight against malaria and for the improvement of health systems at ISA. One goal: save lives.
M’pouma Paola Imelda recently graduated a bachelor’s degree program at Higher Institute of Technology, Business and Management Sciences (HITBAMAS) were she specialized in Human Resource Management. While undergoing this program, Paola was recruited at Impact Santé Afrique as Programs Assistant.
Before working for ISA, she worked at Bureau de Mise à Niveau des Entreprises (BMN) that is specialised in Upgrading small and medium enterprises. From there, she did a professional internship at MTN Cameroun as focal point on the field.
Paola engaged in the fight against malaria because it pains her that the population does not have the means to fight against this disease, knowing that they have little or no information about prevention of malaria. She decided to lead the way to fight against malaria with her colleagues to awaken the government, the leaders and civil societies.
With a Master’s degree in Public Health, specializing in Community Health, Fidèle have been serving communities for nearly 10 years through the management and monitoring-evaluation of health and development related projects and programs.
In the field of public health, he started his career in a rural area, in the district of Sa’a (Centre Region – Cameroon) where he supported the health district of this locality in the programs of Vaccination and fight against Malaria and HIV-AIDS / Tuberculosis. Since then, Fidèle worked for several international NGOs such as Plan International Cameroon, Helen Keller International, CRS and CHAI, all with the same goal in mind, that of improving the well-being of communities, especially the most vulnerable populations.
“To succeed on the road to malaria elimination, every voice must be taken into account!” Fidèle Bemadoum
With over 8 years of experience in social science research, particularly in the area of population and health, Pascal has worked with both national and international organizations, including United Nations agencies such as WFP and UNICEF.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Professional Master’s degree in Demography, and is currently doing a PhD at the Institute of Training and Research in Demography (IFORD) in Yaoundé. He joined the Impact Santé Afrique team in January 2022 as the CS4ME Project Monitoring and Learning Officer.
“I believe that in order to significantly contribute to the improvement of population health, it is urgent to empower the most vulnerable and disease-affected communities to generate and use quality data. This will, among other things, boost the monitoring of coverage and quality of national programs and commitments, particularly through the use of the evidence generated for advocacy and programmatic actions.” Pascal Fouda
Prior to joining ISA, Arnol’d worked in several agencies of the United Nations system, such as UNFPA and ONUFEMMES. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from the Institut Facultaire des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication “IFASIC” in DRC since 2018.
Arnol’d is particularly interested in issues related to improving the health of vulnerable populations, especially in the fight against malaria.
“More people die from malaria than any type of cancer, so malaria is not a disease to be neglected. Together, we can eradicate it in our continent.” – Arnol’d Bukaka