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Kudzai Makomva

Kudzai Makomva is the Director of Elimination Eight, a regional initiative of SADC to accelerate the region’s progress towards the ambitious goal of eliminating malaria. In this role, she coordinates diplomacy and strategy among the E8 Member States. As the first Director of the E8 Secretariat, she oversaw an effort to mobilise US$20 million, allowing the E8 to aggressively scale up its strategy; she is responsible for establishing the key diplomatic, legal and institutional structures for the organization, on behalf of the SADC Ministers of Health. Prior to this, she served as the Deputy Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Zimbabwe. In this role, she managed strategy and delivery of CHAI programs in Zimbabwe to expand access to essential HIV/AIDS services and related technologies. During this time, she supported the Ministry of Health in the development of national plans to accelerate progress towards national targets for male circumcision and malaria elimination; her work also included design of programs related to early infant diagnosis, pediatric HIV, and health financing. Kudzai also spent 3 years focused on providing strategy and management support to various countries in east and southern Africa, as part of the Clinton Health Access Initiative. In this role, she coordinated the provision of support for reorientation of approaches to surveillance, diagnosis, and sustainable health financing. She began her career in Washington, where she supported policy and design of legislative advocacy efforts targeted at U.S. foreign assistance programs. Kudzai graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics.