The LeBoHA Team
|Brian Jack, MD
Director of LeBoHA
Brian Jack, MD, is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine founding Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. Dr. Jack came to BU in 1997 from Brown University, where he was founder and director of the Department’s maternal and child health fellowship program. Dr. Jack received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his residency training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital where he was Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship in Obstetrics and Family Medicine at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. He has an active family medicine practice that includes high risk OB and cesarean section. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, reviewed papers for major medical journals, served on NICHHD and HRSA grant review panels and currently is PI on grants from HRSA, AHRQ and NHLBI. He is currently a member of the CDCs “Select Panel on Preconception Care”. Dr. Jack has also been active in the worldwide development of family medicine and is a founding member of the AAFPs Center for International Initiatives. He spent a sabbatical year in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 where he received a special citation from the mayor of Budapest. He taught the first ALSO courses in Jordan and Pakistan. Dr. Jack has served as a consultant to USAID, the World Bank, the US Department of State and Rockefeller Foundation on the development of family medicine in Lesotho, Albania, Jordan, Romania, and Vietnam.
|Alysa N.Veidis RN, MSN, FNP
Nursing Director of LeBoHA
Alysa N.Veidis completed her Bachelors in Nursing at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and attained her Masters in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Veidis has been employed at the Family Medicine Center at Boston Medical Center for the last seven years and functions as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She provides broad-spectrum, preventative, acute and home care for a diverse, multi-cultural, high-risk patient population. Appointed as a Teaching Associate at the Boston University School of Medicine, she precepts Nurse Practitioner students and teaches Home Care to Boston University School of Medicine Residents. In addition, she acts as a Case Management Coordinator at Boston Medical Center, where she oversees a nursing team in the case management of diabetic, asthmatic, substance addicted and pediatric patients. Ms. Veidis has worked previously in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, and made her first trip to Lesotho in 2005 as an exchange participant in a U.S. Department of State Africa Workforce Development program and then returned several times in 2007 to assess the current needs in nursing education and develop a feasible plan for improvement.
| Amber Steorts
Amber Steorts is the Program Administrator for the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance. She is currently completing her Masters in International Health at Boston University. Before moving to Boston Amber worked in South Africa implementing public health programs through an adult literacy organization. Her areas of interest include: program planning and implementation; monitoring and evaluation; health systems strengthening; leadership and management in international health and HIV/AIDS prevention and promotion.
| Elizabeth Limakatso Nkabane – Nkholongo
Mrs. Nkholongo is the Country Director of the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance. She has been with LeBoHA since 2008. She received a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery in 1998 from Maluti School of Nursing and an Advanced Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing concentrating in Health Care Management, Nursing Education, and Primary Health Care from the University of the Free State in South Africa. Mrs. Nkholongo is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health with the University of Limpopo MEDUNSA Campus, South Africa with a focus in Health Systems Management and Policy. She also holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor at Boston University School of Medicine. She has also traveled to China focusing on programs to improve nursing skills and is a member of the Lesotho Nurses Association.
SPARRC Project Manager
Prior to coming to Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance, Jerry Yahaya was the Chief Executive and the central representative of the Government of Ghana at the Bole District Assembly. While there he was responsible for the day-to-day performance of the executive and administrative functions of the Assembly. Before then, he worked at the Centre for Development and Intercultural Communication (CEDIC) in Ghana as a Program Officer, where he was involved in project proposal writing, research and data analysis, and development of communication materials. Jerry also worked at the Carter Centre where he was a National Technical Assistant to the Guinea Worm Eradication program at the Ministry of Health in Ghana. Jerry graduated from Brandeis University (USA) with an MSc in International Health Policy and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) in MA Geography and Rural Development, Trent University (Canada) with a certificate in International Development Studies and the University for Development Studies (Ghana) with a BA in Integrated development Studies. Jerry’s interest areas include: Health economist; health system strengthening; international health, health financing in Developing countries; program/project planning and implementation; monitoring and evaluation; and public health. Jerry is the program manager at the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance since 2011.
Financial and Office Manager
An Accountant with a wide range of experience in preparation, analysis of financial statements, budget processes and banking procedures. Prior to joining Lesotho Boston Health Alliance, ‘Malerotholi held various positions in other organizations. She worked at Phela Health and Development Communications holding a position of Finance, HR and Admin Manager. Maseru Private Hospital where she was an accountant and the now called Standard Lesotho Bank holding various positions in Branches Banking, Finance department as well as Corporate Banking Division. ‘Malerotholi holds a Diploma in Business Studies which she obtained in 1999 at Lerotholi Polytechnic. She furthered her studies at the Centre for Accounting Studies in Lesotho receiving the Certified Technician Accountant in 2002 and is a member of the Lesotho Institute of Accountants. She is currently doing her final year of Master’s degree in Business Administration General (MBAG) with the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA).
Mahali Kahlolo has been with LeBoHA since 2008. She started as LeBoHA’s Office Assistant then became heavily involved with Problem Solving for Better Health program as a facilitator. Currently, she is LeBoHA’s Program Assistant working on a multitude of projects. Before being employed by LeBoHA, Ms. Kahlolo worked at ProCell as their Office Supervisor.
|Dr. Rudolf Schumacher, MD, PhD
Dr. Rudolf Schumacher MD, is a specialist in Family Medicine with a Master of Sciences degree in Community Health and Health Management from Heidelberg University/Germany. He also acquired a PhD in History of Medicine from Mainz University in Germany and is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine of Boston University School of Medicine. Over the last 30 years he has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. After specializing in Family Medicine in Germany he was, for 5 years, the District Medical Officer and Hospital Director of Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Thereafter Dr. Schumacher worked as Public Health and Health Management Consultant for the German Development Bank and other bi-and multi-lateral organizations over a period of 15 years. His focus was predominantly on reproductive health and health systems research on which he has also published. At the same time he was continuously involved in active family medicine practice. From 2004 to 2006 he was the team leader for a country-wide Maternal Mortality Study in Turkey which was funded by the European Community. The team consisted of researchers from Hacettepe University in Ankara, ICON Institute in Colone and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2007 and 2008 Dr. Schumacher was advisor to the Reproductive Health Program of the German International Cooperation in Nairobi. In 2009 he became the Director of the DFID funded Maternal and Newborn Health Program in Zimbabwe. Since July 2011 he is Director of the LeBoHA Family Medicine Specialty Training Program in Leribe/Lesotho.
| Dr. Sebaka Malope, MD
FMSTP Deputy Director
Dr. Sebaka Malope graduated from the Family Medicine Specialty Training program in 2011. Since January 2012 he is the Deputy Director for the Family Medicine Specialty Training Program in Leribe, Lesotho. Dr. Sebaka Malope grew up in Mafeteng. He graduated from medical school at the University of the Free State, South Africa in 2004. After graduation, Dr. Malope interned at Mofumahadi Manapo Mopedi Hospital in Witsieshoek, South Africa, and then was a senior houseman at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Following his work at QE II, Dr. Malope worked as a general practitioner at Maseru Private Hospital. Dr. Malope has been called a terrific and honest physician. He “would like to be part of the team that is meant to revolutionize health care services in Lesotho either through teaching or practicing in the country” and hope that “everyone would aspire to better standards always for Basotho.”
FMSTP Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Palesa Mapolisi Kose has been appointed as an Administrative Officer for the Lesotho Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA). She holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of Lesotho (NUL)/Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS), and is Pursuing a BCom – Financial Management with the University of South Africa (UNISA). Using her background in Business Management/Accounting she worked for several non-profit organizations such, PACT- Lesotho and Mantsopa Communications. While there she served as a logistics officer, interacting with project advisors, identifying community partners and maintaining an active network of community-based and other local and national organizations with whom the project partnered with to increase awareness of, and access to health care services. She also served as an Intern for the HIV/AIDS District Resource Guide Development at the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
She is enthusiastic about working with people, with interests in travelling and meeting people of different cultures.
|Registrars in the Family Medicine Specialty Training Program|
| Dr. Likenkeng Lucy Maptoa, MD
Registrar, Class of 2012
Dr. Mapota grew up in Mohale’s Hoek and attended medical school in Malawi, sponsored by the government and WHO. She did her internship at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Dr. Mapota’s goal is to provide quality health care to the underprivileged in Lesotho. She believes the Family Medicine Program will provide her with the skills to provide holistic care and will set her on the path to fulfilling her duties as doctor and making an impact in her community. Her hobbies include reading medical literature, newspapers, novels and magazines; playing softball; jogging; Taekwondo; and music. Dr. Mapota was a member of her school, church and the NUL choir.
|Dr. Maqaqa Christopher Motjoli, MD
Registrar, Class of 2012
Dr. Motjoli is from Maseru. In 2006, he graduated from University of Limpopo (formerly MEDUNSA) with his MBCHB. After graduation he worked as a medical intern/houseman at Dihlabeng Regional Hospital, Bethlehem, RSA. Dr. Motjoli realized during his last year of high school that he wanted to be a doctor and wanted to work in rural parts of Lesotho. The Family Medicine Residency Program rekindled his desire to be a family practitioner and highlighted the need for general practitioners in Lesotho. Dr. Motjoli is drawn to the holistic approach of family medicine, and believes that it is the most relevant specialty. His goal is to help Basotho people enjoy life free of disease.