Sheillah Matinhure is a Public Health Practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Public Health and currently working in the Secretariat of the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) as Regional Manager for Human Resources for Health & Capacity Building. ECSA-HC is made up of the following countries: Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Before joining ECSA-HC, Ms. Matinhure worked on a National Disease Surveillance project under Centers for Diseases Control in Zimbabwe and revamped the system and redesigned the weekly Disease Surveillance Bulletin. She also worked for UNDP and World Health Organization (WHO) as a National Training Coordinator under the 3 by 5 HIV/AIDS Initiative. Under her leadership, Zimbabwe accelerated scaling up the antiretroviral therapy to all its regions.
Ms. Matinhure spearheaded the integration of the Family Planning (FP) Update on Selected Issues (FP & Gender, FP and HIV) into pre-service curricula for midwifery. This was based on the WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria and was rolled out in East and Southern Africa. She also coordinated the development of the Fistula Care Curriculum and co-authored the Reproductive Health Service Delivery Guidelines.
Currently Ms. Matinhure is in charge of the project called “Enhancing Midwifery” that is scaling up production of midwifery tutors in higher education institutions as a way to contribute towards attainment of MGDs 4, 5, 6. She is also coordinating “The Human Resources Alliance for Africa (HRAA)”, a five year HRH project in 10 Southern African countries, focusing on capacity building of human resources for health to increase numbers, quality and productivity in all health aspects including reproductive health.
Ms. Matinhure has 15years experience in capacity building of professional health workers. Currently she provides administrative oversight to virtual colleges of ECSA-HC that include COSECSA, a virtual college of surgeons, ECSACON, a college of nurses and midwives.
Ms. Matinhure is the ECSA expert in task shifting initiatives and also a member of the following Steering Committees for the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI), African Platform for Human Resources for Health (APHRH), Regional Health Workforce Observatory (HWO).