Our Team: Mozambique

VillageReach employs staff with diverse professional backgrounds, covering public health, law, business development/marketing, finance, and software development. The majority of our team is located in the communities we serve.

Mozambique Office

Ruth Sincinele Sakhile Bechtel

Ruth Sincinele Sakhile Bechtel - Mozambique Country Director

As the Mozambique Country Director, Ruth is responsible for the overall programmatic and administrative aspects of the organization in Mozambique, serving as the primary representative of Mozambique operations to the government and to VillageReach’s Seattle headquarters.

Ruth brings a valuable last mile perspective with experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring development programs in both Mozambique and Swaziland.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Ruth worked with the Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health as well as with Oxfam Great Britain and Helvetas. In addition, Ruth brings years of experience in linking local community level challenges to national and above national policy debates and advocacy. Ruth has an MSc in Managing Rural Change from the University of London, Imperial College.

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Aida Coelho

Aida Coelho - National Program Officer

Aida Marina Coelho holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Masters of Public Health from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. Having worked at the Ministry of Education for 10 years in various management capacities, her experience includes coordinating the national program of direct support to schools, implementing the Strategy to Prevent and Combat Alcohol and Drugs, and managing the national expansion of the Geração Biz project focusing on sexual and reproductive health.

Her experience in planning, implementation, monitoring, and supervision for programs focusing on promoting good health and strong coordination with government, NGO, international organization, and donor partners is valuable in her role as VillageReach Mozambique’s Program Officer where she joined in 2011. As Program Officer, she is responsible for monitoring and supervising the Dedicated Logistics System in the various provinces with a focus on implementation planning and technical management.

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Alvaro Lopes

Alvaro Lopes - National Supply Chain Officer

With a background in planning and management, experience in the private sector and NGO sector logistics, Alvaro brings a new set of skills and experience to the Mozambique team. Alvaro will lead the HERMES modeling work and the subsequent national supply chain system re-design. He will also lead our work around private sector engagement. Prior to VillageReach, he worked for several years with private sector companies including  Unilever as a Logistician Supply Chain Manager, and later as a Supply Chain Director for PSI.

Gabriel Joao

Gabriel Joao - Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Gabriel brings ten years’ work experience in Monitoring & Evaluation of health programs in Mozambique where he has worked with international NGOs and in strong collaboration with the Ministry of Health and donors such as the CDC, USAID and others. Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Katia Hamide

Katia Hamide - National Administrator

Based in Maputo, Katia is responsible for finance, Human Resource, Admin and logistics management. She manages the organization policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Katia holds a Degree in Administration and Management from the Univesidade Apolytecnica de MocambiquePreviously, she worked for Malonda Foundation as Financial and Administration Manager. In this position she was also the delegated representative for the foundation in Maputo. Katia has also worked for Ernst & Young as a senior external auditor. She brings 14 years of experience in finance and admin management.

Dianna Lourenço

Dianna Lourenço - Logistics & Modeling Associate

Dianna works closely with Ministry of Health counterparts to provide guidance on supply chain system design to improve system management and increase the availability of vaccines at health facilities. Prior to joining VillageReach Dianna worked for International Relief and Development, Swaziland as a Program Officer. She holds Bachelor of Political Science degree from Delhi University.

Margarida Matsinhe

Margarida Matsinhe - Field Officer - Maputo

Margarida António Matsinhe joined VillageReach in 2011 as the Maputo Field Officer. Her responsibilities are to implement and monitor the Dedicated Logistics System in Maputo province, and to provide technical support for the other provinces. Margarida worked for the Ministry of Health for 31 years in PAV management; one of her most important positions was that of provincial director of health, which she held for 10 years in Maputo Province.

During her career, Margarida was trained in the areas of public health, epidemiology, health management, and planning and administration in health.  She has also participated in various seminars and internships in several countries such as Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, Cape Verde, and Brazil.  Margarida graduated in preventive medicine at a local institute, and specialized in public health and program management at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

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Alberto Mabote

Alberto Mabote - Field Officer - Gaza

Alberto Benedito Mabote joined VillageReach in 2011 as the Field Officer for Gaza province. Previously, he worked at Pathfinder International in the Global Leader in Reproductive Health project as a Technical Advisor. He also brings 13 years of experience as the Gaza Province Immunization Manager where he implemented various strategies for immunization, managed epidemiological surveillance activities for vaccine preventable vaccines, and oversaw vaccine logistics for the province. As the Field Officer, he is responsible for ensuring the Dedicated Logistics System is implemented in Gaza province, providing technical assistance to our government partners, and monitoring the success of the implementation.

Gregorio Janeiro

Gregorio Janeiro - Immunization Program Manager

Gregorio joined VillageReach in November 2014. He recently graduated in Biology from the Pedagogical University of Niassa. He has technical training in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Sanitation and he brings to VillageReach extensive experience working in the health sector, especially in the EPI program. He has a lot of field experience in management and monitoring of EPI activities from provincial level to district and health units . In addition he has skills and experience in using innovative methods for data collection, management, analysis and use within the EPI program context.

Before joining VillageReach Gregorio was provincial EPI chief in Niassa province for almost six years. He has also worked as head of Community Health in the Districts of Lichinga and Cuamba, where he cumulatively served as the focal point for Malaria , EPI Epidemiological Surveillance and head of the District Statistical Unit.

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Dércio Duvane

Dércio Duvane - Information Systems Officer

Dercio provides technical leadership for the Mozambique implementation of OpenLMIS (SELV) and its national scale-up. In addition, he provides support for other OpenLMIS initiatives in Mozambique, as well as other countries. Prior to joining VillageReach, Dercio was the head software developer at DotCom, and previously worked as a programmer with LabSoft. He holds a BSc from the Universidade São Tomás de Moçambique.

Paulo Dario

Paulo Dario - Administrative Assistant

Paulo Luis Dario joined VillageReach in July 2014 as Administrative Assistant. Before joining VillageReach, Paulo worked for Somotor and for Shark-Rent-a-Car, both private sector companies in Maputo. He has experience in office administrative work like procurement, filing, organizing for conferences, transport fleet management, payment of wages.

Fernando Augusto

Fernando Augusto - Driver - Niassa

Fernando joined VillageReach in June 2010 as a driver for Niassa Province. In 1988, Fernando made his first trip to Lichinga for business with his uncle, and received his Mozambique Professional Driver License. H e has since gained experience as a driver during his work for a construction company in Lichinga and Maputo.

Estevão Raul Mabjaia

Estevão Raul Mabjaia - Driver - Maputo

Estevao Raul Mabjaia joined VillageReach in August 2011 as Driver for Maputo Province. Estevão has had experience as a driver since 1975 and has worked for several companies in Mozambique and South Africa, transporting goods and people.
Estevao holds a Mozambican professional Driver License.

Timoteo Chaluco

Timoteo Chaluco - Visibility and Analytics Support Advisor

Timoteo provides support for visibility and analytics for EPI data. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science for Management from A Politécnica University in Mozambique. He has seven years of experience working for NGOs in the public health sector. He also has experience in IT applications designed to collect data through mobile devices.

Fidel Paizone

Fidel Paizone - EPI Regional Advisor

Fidel has a degree in Public Health from the Institutio Superior de Ciencias de Saude (ISCISA) in Mozambique. He worked for more than a decade for the Mozambique Ministry of Health in the EPI program and monitoring and evaluation. He provided technical support and supervision for EPI in several provinces.

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