MHC Advisory Group

Lander van Ommen - Chair

Lander van Ommen, currently health adviser at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Ghana, started his career as primary health care (PHC) physician in the Caribbean. After 5 years of this hands-on experience as a district medical officer in a developing country, he obtained a masters' degree in public health in Boston, USA.

His passion for PHC in developing countries brought him to work with Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) in emergency relief programmes, at country and HQ levels. Ensuing, Zimbabwe employed him as provincial medical officer of health, in communicable diseases control and family health. With War Child NL he managed projects aiming to provide (socio-psychological and creative arts) remedies for children traumatised by war and conflicts. He then went to Nicaragua and later Ghana, as health advisor for the Dutch development.


Ms. Dennia I. Gayle - United Nations Population Fund

Ms. DENNIA I. GAYLE is a citizen of Costa Rica with extensive experience in the formulation, management and appraisal of health promotion programs in the area of sexual and reproductive health. In 2006 Ms. Gayle joined the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a Programme Specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean Division where she was responsible for management and oversight of the Regional Reproductive Health Programme, including Maternal Health, HIV & AIDS, Health Sector Reform and Reproductive Health Commodities Security.

In 2009, Dennia was appointed to the position of Technical Specialist in UNFPA's Technical Division (TD) where she performed dual duties in both the Reproductive Health Branch and the Technical Division Directorate. As part of the Reproductive Health Branch, she provide strategic guidance and technical support to UNFPA's country, regional and sub-regional offices for implementing the Reproductive Health and Rights component of the Global Programme, particularly in the areas of adolescents and youth, family planning and community mobilization. At the TD Directorate level, she provided policy and managerial support to the overall operational processes of the division.

Most recently (in January 2012) Ms. Gayle assumed the position of Deputy Representative in Ghana with overall responsibility for the formulation and delivery of the UNFPA country programme and coordination of day-to-day operations and programme work of the Country Office.

Dennia holds a Licenciatura (Masters Equivalent) in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica; and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tulane University where she earned master’s degrees in both Social Work and International Public Health.

Faustina Fynn-Nyame -Marie Stopes International

Country Director Ghana - Marie Stopes International
Born in Ghana, Faustina's family migrated to the UK at the age of seven where she was educated and raised in the United Kingdom. Faustina attended Middlesex University (1995 - 1999) where she gained Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) in Nursing. She is passionately committed to the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity and has demonstrated this drive through an impressive career focused on reproductive health.

Prior to her current position as Country Director of MSI Ghana, Faustina worked for Marie Stopes International in the UK where she successfully managed centres in the UK. Her efforts resulted in increased productivity and improved quality of service.

Anirban Chatterjee - The United Nations Children's Fund

MD at the University of Delhi, India and DSc from Harvard University, Boston, U.S.A.

Dr. Chatterjee started his current assignment as Chief of Health and Nutrition for UNICEF Ghana in the summer of 2010. Before his arrival in Ghana, he served as Advisor at UNICEF's Headquarters in New York from 2006 to 2010.

After the completion of his medical studies he worked as a Primary Care Physician in Delhi (1996 - 1999) and as a Medical Officer at the University of Delhi, from 1999-2002. He was appointed team leader of the Harvard -Tanzania Partnership. In the period 2002 to 2006 he commuted between Boston and Tanzania for his research.

Kofi Blankson Ocansey -Dixcove Ventures

Kofi Blankson Ocansey is a founder and Managing Partner of Dixcove Ventures Limited. In addition, Mr. Ocansey is the Board Chairman of Coastal Agricultural Farms - a salt producing company in Apam. He has extensive experience in Executive Operational Management and Strategic Consulting in the areas of Information Technology Strategy and Marketing Communications.

Prior to founding Dixcove Ventures Limited, Blankson Ocansey was the President of Netvalue USA, the American subsidiary of Netvalue, SA. an online behaviour tracking and analysis company headquartered in Paris. He launched the company's US operations, formed strategic partnerships and spearheaded the company's marketing efforts. During his tenure with Netvalue, the company went public in what was then the most successful initial offering on the Nouveau Marche of the Paris Bourse.

Before joining Netvalue, Blankson Ocansey was a Principal of Capital Consulting and Research, a consulting firm later acquired by Wunderman Cato Johnson (WCJ), then the world's largest direct marketing communication company where he specialized in market definition and penetration strategies and advised clients such as Morgan Stanley Ventures, IBM, and Alltel on the acquisition of Emerging Technology and Professional Services Companies. His other professional experience includes work with Southern New England Telecommunications, where his responsibilities included strategic technology acquisition and capital budget planning.

A citizen of Ghana, Blankson Ocansey received a B. A. Engineering Sciences (Chemical) from Yale University in 1984 and a Master's Degree in Private and Public Management from Yale's School of Organization and Management in 1991. He is an avid reader, squash player, and contributor to several social causes.

Patricia Porekuu -Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health

Patricia Porekuu is a dedicated development practitioner with demonstrated interest in capacity building, policy planning and analysis. She has and continue to build the capacity of government institutions, NGOs, CBOs and the private sector in leadership, governance, advocacy, programme planning and implementation.

Patricia holds a MPHIL in Development Studies and is currently the National Coordinator of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health. She enjoys working with women and socially excluded groups to promote and address equitable access to health care and poverty. Patricia's core principle is based on equality and diversity and strongly advocates for the voiceless and holding government accountable on its promise to deliver quality health for all in Ghana

Patricia likes to travel, discover new culture and share best experiences. She enjoys swimming, reading and watching discovery channels.

Dr. Afisa Zakaria -Ministry of Health (MOH)

Director, Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME).