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Founding Members

 Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis is founding member of the Women and Health Together for the Future (WHTF) and has served on the Management Committee. She is co-editor of the 3rd Edition of the Women and Health Learning Package.

Prof. Lewis is a public health sociologist who has been on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center for over 40 years.  She is currently Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine and Pediatrics.  Prof. Lewis developed many innovative elements of the medical and public health curricula incorporating patient and community perspectives in clinical education, cross cultural skills, GLBT, women’s and global health. She served as a founding member and president of the Global Health Education Consortium, the chair of the APHA MCH Section International Health Committee, and founding chair of the Women, Children and Adolescent Task Force of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Prof. Lewis has collaborated with her colleague, Dr. Bette Gebrian, to improve community health in rural Haiti. Most recently a major focus of work in Haiti has been breast cancer. She authored, “The Health of Women/Mothers and Children,” in the text Understanding Global Medicine and Health, as well several articles about maternal newborn and child health in Haiti, Ecuador and Sri Lanka. She has worked in over 40 countries conducting research, program evaluations and training. Prof. Lewis has served in many leadership positions in global and local health. In 2018 she received the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association, honoring the visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health.

Hester Julie

Hester Julie is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Western Cape where she has been a faculty member since 1989. She is responsible for coordinating the Clinical Teaching Programme, Service-learning and Community Engagement in the School of Nursing from 2015 to 2017. She is currently  Deputy Dean: Clinical and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences.

She has developed and taught Gender-Based Violence (GBV) at undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Her interest in GBV has forged international collaborations with organisations specifically focusing on women’s health issues : Global Health through Education, Training, and Service (GHETS), the Women’s Health Task Force of the Network Towards Unity for Health  (TUFH) and lately the establishment of Women and Health: Together for the Future (WHTF) as an NPO in South Africa.

Hester is currently a doctoral candidate on the Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, U.K. She completed her PhD at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, her Master’s in Public Health and Magister Curationis (Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing) at UWC, her Honours B.A. Cur (Nursing Education) and her Diploma in Advanced Nursing Science (Community Science Nursing & Nursing Education) at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and completed her undergraduate studies at UWC.

Hester has previously worked at Lentegeur Nursing College, Westend Psychiatric Hosptial in Northern Cape, Valkenberg and Tygerberg Hosptitals in the Western Cape. Hester’s research interests are Service-learning, Engaged Teaching and Learning, Mental Health, E-learning and Gender-Based violence.

Dr. Vidyadhar Bangal

Dr Vidyadhar Bangal, MPH is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni in India. He has special interest in Women’s health, High risk pregnancy, Social Obstetrics and Medical education technology. He has 30 years experience of working in rural area. He is PhD guide, maternal and public health consultant. He is a FAIMER fellow and has completed two fellowships in medical education. He is member of medical education unit, Bioethics unit and curriculum committee of the university. He has worked in many international projects funded by USAID, SIDA, UNFPA,WHO, Pathfinder international, as maternal health consultant. He is member of Network –TUFH since year 2013.He has more than 100 publications in indexed national and international journals. He is on editorial board and panel of peer reviewers of five international journals.

Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf 

Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the Graduate Entry Medical School at University of Limerick. He has twenty years of experience as clinician, researcher, project manager, lecturer and health system specialist in academia, ministries of health, and international organizations. He is a consultant in global maternal health with experience in health system research. 

Dr Elmusharaf is a Technical Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on The Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR) Technical Advisory Group and an associate editor at BMC Public Health Journal in UK. He is currently involved in a number of national and international collaborative research projects including Maternal health in resource-limited settings; Economic and Social Costs of Violence against Women and Girls in South Sudan, Ghana and Pakistan; Emergency Care at Primary Health Care level (CHPS) in Ghana; and Social Exclusion in Ireland.

Dr Surekha Tayade

Dr. Surekha Tayade, MBBS, MD, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MNAMS, FICOG, ACME, FAIMER Fellow did her graduation and post-graduation from Government Medical College, Nagpur. She joined the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Sewagram, India in 2002, is a full Professor since 2011 and presently heads an independent unit at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, DMIMS, DU, Wardha.

She is also Master Trainer, Emergency Obstetrics Care (EmOC) project of Bill Melinda Gates foundation, Skilled Birth Attendant trainer, Basic EmOC trainer, Member of core committee of the National and State Quality Assurance Cell, EmOC, part of curriculum building team for EmOC /Life Saving Anaesthetic Skills training. She was Co Leader for Maternal Death Audit and Maternal Near Miss Review Project of GOI and was part of the expert committee of GOI for developing guidelines to establish Obstetric HDUs /ICUs throughout Medical schools in India. She also serves on the National Mentoring Group of National Quality of Care Network for LaQshya Initiative of GOI.

Dr- Surekha Tayade joined Women's Health Task Force in 2013 and is the founder member of Women's Health Together for Future. She is presently the Vice Chair of Women and Together for the Future and Chair of Women's Health Task Force, Towards Unity for Health, USA.  She has received the GHETS mini grant twice to pursue a program to reduce gender based and sexual violence in rural Indian villages and has been awarded the prestigious Savitribai  Phule Achievement Award 2018 for community service

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Deyanira González de León 

Deyanira González de León is the Chair of Women and Health Together for the Future (WHTF) since 2013 and serves as co-editor of the Women and Health Learning Package.

Prof. González de León is a medical doctor and holds a master’s degree in public health. She has been part of the academic staff of the Department of Health Care, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco (UAMX), in Mexico City since 1981. She is currently the Head of the Research Unit on Education and Health. Her teaching and research career has been focused on health promotion and women’s health issues, especially those related to reproductive health and abortion. She teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and collaborates in institutional initiatives to promote student sexual health and to prevent gender-based violence at the UAMX.

Prof. González de León served as external advisor to Ipas Mexico, an NGO working to improve women’s lives by focusing on reproductive health. While with Ipas, she collaborated on projects to incorporate reproductive health and abortion care in the curricula of medical and nursing schools, as well as to create legal abortion services for victims of sexual violence in public health facilities of Mexico City.

Godwin Aja

Godwin Nwadibia Aja is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Public Health, Graduate School of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines. He has a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Loma Linda University School of Public Health, California, and a Master’s degree in Community Health from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He previously served as professor and head of the Department of Public Health at Babcock University, Nigeria.

Prof. Aja has 25 years of experience in public health teaching, research and community service at the University level. He has several academic publications to his credit, in the area of health promotion, specifically on women's health, adolescent health, community health, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and control, health asset mapping, health communication, among others. He is the author of Use of Medicine by Women (one of the modules in the Women and Health Learning Package (WHLP)), and the lead author of ABC of Women's Health: A Handbook for Girls.

He served as Temporary Advisor, WHO International Dialogue on Evidence-Action for Improving Health in Developing Countries (IDEA-Health) and WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research. He was a member of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group. He is a fellow of the Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS). Currently, he is the Africa representative on the executive board of The Network: Towards Unity for Health. 

   Prof. Aja is one of the founding members of the Women and Health: Together for the Future (WHTF).

Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Kamayani Bali Mahabal is  a  creative, innovative, self-starter and effective advocate of human rights for more than a decade, with special emphasis of gender, health and human rights. She  dons different hats at different times which include that of clinical psychologist, journalist, lawyer, human rights and, women’s rights activist, voice of the violated, and social media expert. She does Trainings on Gender, Health and Human Rights for NGOs, Colleges,  institutions ,government and private companies . She is very actively involved in New Social media, advocacy   Human Rights Campaigns,  Reproductive  Rights Campaigns ,Youth Advocacy  etc. 

She has  been a achieving Scholar , and completed her Master in  human rights law in London at ICS. She worked with Interights on a research project on honour killings in Asia and with Amnesty International on a campaign on domestic violence with special reference to the grass root NGOs in the developing world. In past was also the  Asia Regional Focal Point Officer, of the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisation, based in Netherlands. . She was South Asia Advocacy Coordinator for Women's Health rights partnership project of  Asia Regional Pacific Resource  and Research Center for Women ( ARROW), based in Malaysia. . She has several published papers to her credit.  Now she is an Independent Trainer and Expert in gender health and human rights and social media . She is  associated with various movements and networks like Jan Swasthya Abhiyan,  Protesting Violence against women campaign , Medico Friends Circle and International Human Rights Academy.  She is also writing for women feature service  and involved in various human rights campaigns. She has been guide to  many mass media students for their projects and Human rights students. She has done various training's  on Gender with Police , Judges, Students and  Civil Society Activists.  Her website is-  http://www.kractivist.org/

Dr. Mohamed Moukhyer

Dr Moukhyer, MD, MPH, MHPE, PhD, is  Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Promotion. He is a medical doctor by training, Public health Specialist and holding a master degree in Health professional education and PhD in Public health from Maastricht University,The Netherlands. He is currently working at Jazan University at Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences at the Department of Academic Development and Quality.

Dr Moukhyer has previously worked at School of Medicine at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan, and was a former member of the Executive Committee (EC) of The Network: TUFH. He is a founding member of the Women and Health Together for the future (WHTF). His interests include reproductive health, adolescent health, gender issues. He developed modules of Adolescents health, Female genital mutilation and health promotion for women and health learning package.

Prof. Amany Refaat

Prof. Amany Refaat, MD, MSc, MHPE, PhD, is a founding member of the Women and Health Together for the Future (WHTF). She is a global public health Online Core Faculty at College of Health Sciences, Walden University (USA); Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine at Suez Canal University (Egypt) and Fulbright alumina.  She lives in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated as a physician; however, focused her career in teaching and research as a university professor.  She had two master’s degrees: MSc Histology from Suez Canal University, Egypt, and MHPE in Health Profession Education from the University of Illinois, then a Ph.D. degree in Public Health (Suez Canal University, Egypt) She worked as a planner, a WHO consultant for medical school community-based educational curriculum development. She authored published works in medical education and co-authored Handbook of Community-Based Education: theory and practices (2000). She received Extraordinary Faculty Award Recipient, Walden University, July 2011

She has extensive long experience in conducting applied and operational research targeting women health problems on national and international levels. She was a principal investigator for Data Management and writer of the final report of the National project of “Women’s health problems in Egypt focusing on Cancer Cervix” National Population Council, 2000- 2005. She is an advocate for eliminating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and fighting all types of Gender-Based Violence. She is a published author, editorial board member, and reviewer for more than seven peer-reviewed international journals. 

Dr. Refaat joined the Women and Health Task Force since its inception at 199. She authored the menopause module and co-authored the violence against women, Female Genital Mutilation, and nutrition modules; Women and Health Learning Package, 2nd and 3rd editions, The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH) / Global Health through Education Training and Service (GHETS). She got two mini-grants for Development of educational programs, and training graduated physicians on Gender-Based Violence (2008) and Female Genital Cutting (2006); Global Health through Education Training and Service (GHETS)/ Suez Canal University, Egypt.

She traveled to many regions of the world and appreciates diversity in culture and its effect on women’s life and health.

Professor Sarah Kiguli

Sarah Kiguli, MBCHB, M.MED (MAK), MHPE(Maastricht) is a Paediatrician and Health Profession Educationalist. She is a Professor and Past Head, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, and Past Chairperson of the Teaching and Learning Committee of the Makerere University College of Health Science, Makerere University.  She is a Fellow of the Foundation for the Advancement of  International Medical Education and Research ( FAIMER) Institute, President of the East African Health Professionals Educators (EAHPE) Association, Member, Uganda National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, Past President of the Association of Uganda Women Medical Doctors,  Past Member of the Executive Committee of the Network-Towards Unity for Health (Network-TUFH) representing the Sub-Saharan Region, Women and Health Task Force of the Network-TUFH, and served as  Global Faculty Advisor for the FAIMER Institute, and Faculty for the Southern Africa Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (SAFRI) and sits on several National and International Boards. In addition, she is a Founder Member of Women and Health: Together for the Future organization. Professor Kiguli is the current President of  the Association of Uganda Women Medical Doctors (2018-2020). She served in the same position for 4 years (2003-2007), and MWIA-African  Regional Conference held in Kampala, Uganda in 2006.

During the last 15 years, she has focused on advancement of health professions education, paediatrics clinical research and services. Her main research areas have included Emergency Peadiatrics, Child Health, Childhood Tuberculosis, Sickle Cell Anaemia and Health Professions’ Education. She has been involved in  Clinical Trials involving Fluid Resuscitation, Blood Transfusion and Children’s Oxygen Administration Strategies in severely sick children in low resource settings.

Prof. Shakuntala Chhabra

With National Diploma  Degree in  Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Diploma in International Maternal Health Uppsala University Sweden, Maternal Child Health Course Liverpool U.K., Summer course Introducing Problem-Based Learning  and Problem Based Learning Course Maastricht University  Netherlands, Fellow of Indian academy of Juvenile & Adolescent Gynaecology & Obstetrics Fellow of Indian Academy of Obstetrics & Gynaecology,  working as Emeritus Professor,  Ex Head Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dean Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Medical Sciences    Medical Superintendent  Kasturba Hospital,  Program Director, Family Welfare Department MGIMS, Chief Executive Officer Woman & Child Welfare Centre, Aakanksha ,Sewagram, Wardha, Officer on Special Duty, Dr. Sushila Nayar Hospital, Utawali, Melghat, Amravati, Maharashtra.

She was WHO Consultant Indonesia, Supervisor and lecturer for Swedish International Development Agency  Dhaka, Participated as WHO Technical consultant  MPHERG Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland  WHO Advisor Continuous Professional Development Meet Manesar, Haryana,India ,WHO Technical Consultant, Teaching of Public Health with Clinical Medicine meets  at Bangkok  and  Pattaya Thailand was  part of WHO IMPAC Review of Global Social Accountability In Medical Education and Health International Reference Group meet, East London, South Africa and Technical Advisor INCLEN Trust International, New Delhi..

She received Life time Achievement Award 2018 by Association of Gynaecological  Oncologists of India, Unsung Hero’s Award,  by The Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India, Certificate of Appreciation for valuable contribution made towards activities of Safe Motherhood Committee, FOGSI, India, Felicitated for appreciation of services to women’s health  Mumbai, Association of Medical Women of India, Dr. B. N. Purandare Outstanding Services  award- The Mumbai Obstetric &  Gynaecological Society, FIGO Distinguished Community Services Award for Emergency Obstetric Care, Malaysia. Best Teacher Award,  Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences -  Nasik India ;    Fellowships from  Indian  Council of Medical Research, British  Council   Education Ministry and Maastricht University, Netherland,  Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS) U.S.A, Indian Academy of Juvenile & Adolescent  Gynaecology &  Obstetrics.

Member Working Group On Women, Children and Adolescents World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), World Rural Health Council, Women and Health: Together for the Future (WHTF),Women’s Health Task Force, Elderly task force, Network Network Towards Unity For Health, USA, Governing Council, ICMR, GOI, New Delhi, Assessor NAAC, Chairperson Scientific Advisory Council National Institute Research in Reproductive Health

Prof. Todd Maja

D Littet Phil (Advanced Nursing Sciences), Department of Health Studies,University of South Africa,Pretoria, South Africa

Prof Maja is a founder member of the Women and Health: Together for the Future. She is also involved with the South African Association of Women Graduates, which honoured her with an award in 2001 for her active participation in women’s health research.  Prof Maja has authored and co-authored numerous publications in peer reviewed accredited journals and enjoys teaching post basic nursing students including supervision of postgraduate students. She has presented a number of scientific papers based mainly on women and adolescent health at conferences, symposia and workshops. She is an external examiner of theses and dissertations of postgraduates for a number of universities locally and internationally and was actively involved in the formulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Act No 92, SA in 1996. Community engagement is also another passion for her where she often spends valuable time guiding and supporting women and youth groups. 

About the association

Committed women and men from diverse

professions: academics, community

organizers and activists from over 22

countries who educate, advocate and

implement programs to improve women’s

health around the globe.

Address of association

Women and Health Together for the Future (WHTF)

Global Health Education, Training and Service (GHETS)

8 North Main Street, Suite 404

A leboro MA 02703 United States



Dr. Hester Julie

Executive Director, WHTF


Dr. Judy Lewis

Chair, WHTF 


Micarla Abrahams

Administrative Staff, WHTF


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