The American International Health Alliance(AIHA) has appointed Linda Kasonka as country director for programs in Zambia with effect from October 6, 2014.
American International Health Alliance Twinning Center Program Dictator Carl Henn said prior to her appointment, Ms Kasonka worked for chemonics International as deputy Chief of party for Health Support project from 2010 to 2013.
Mr Henn disclosed the appointment of Ms Kasonka to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in a press statement in Lusaka today.
He further revealed that Ms Kasonka also worked as chief of party from 2013 to 2014 as well as country director for SAFAIDS Zambia from 2005 to 2010.
Ms Kasonka has previously held a position on the National Economic advisory Council in Zambia from 2003- 2005 among other several positions in her professional career.
She graduated from the University of Botswana with a master of Arts in public administration and Management in 2003 and earned a bachelor of degree in Public administration with a minor in development studies from the University of Zambia in 1999.
The new AIHA country director for Zambia is a development professional of the highest calibre who joins the AIHA with steering credentials and Impeccable references.
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Linda was graduated from the University of Botswana with a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Management in 2003 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a minor in Development Studies from the University of Zambia in 1999.
“Like her predecessor, Anne Mumbi, Linda is a development professional of the highest caliber who comes to AIHA with sterling credentials and impeccable references,” says AIHA Twinning Center Program Director Carl Henn.
At the same time we welcome Linda to the AIHA team, we’d like to recognize Anne’s many contributions to our programming in Zambia.
“Anne has served AIHA admirably in her capacity as Country Director for the past four years, leading the successful implementation and expansion of a number of exciting peer-to-peer twinning partnerships in support of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),” says AIHA Executive Director James P. Smith. “We are sad that Anne is leaving us, but we wish her the very best. We know that she will be successful wherever she goes, and that she will continue to help her beloved country to develop and thrive.”
AIHA’s health systems strengthening and capacity development programs in Zambia include PEPFAR-supported twinning partnerships with Livingstone General Hospital and University Teaching Hospital, the Palliative Care Alliance of Zambia, the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication Educational Trust, and the Zambian Defense Forces Military Medical Services, as well as a role in Zambia Rising, a USAID-funded project led by Save the Children and designed to strengthen Zambia’s social welfare workforce’s capacity to provide services to orphans and vulnerable children.