Our Team

Juliet Houghton, CEO CHIVA South Africa/CHIVA Africa

Juliet is responsible for overseeing and managing the business operations and functions of both organisations, and for translating the programmatic needs into deliverables. She drives the development of programme models that are responsive to the rapidly changing environment in which CHIVA SA works to support children and adolescents living with HIV.

Juliet also has significant experience in the not-for-profit world as a volunteer and Chair of Management committee for Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS), a UK non-profit organisation in the 1990’s. In addition, Juliet provides regular support and training to health care professionals across South Africa.

She is a registered general nurse (RGN) and a registered sick children’s nurse (RSCN), with post-graduate qualifications in tropical nursing (dip), social anthropology of childhood & child development (MSc), and is an independent nurse prescriber. She has been working in HIV care for over 25 years in government and NGO settings in the UK, Eastern Europe, North America and Southern Africa.

Sheena Lott, Deputy Country Director

Sheena joined CHIVA South Africa as the Deputy Country Director in 2017. Sheena supports Juliet in the overall running of CHIVA South Africa and works with the team to ensure the effective delivery of the programmes.

Sheena Lott that has worked in the field of development at both a community and facility level and has a passion for health systems strengthening and a “whole-system change”.

Sheena has over 20 years’ experience in the NGO sector which covers both education and health.  Sheena’s experience includes business development, grant writing, fundraising, PR/marketing and programme management.  Sheena holds a B Soc Sc degree from the University of Natal (PMB).

Nokuthula Khumalo (known as Khosi), Clinical Programme Manager

Khosi joined CHIVA Africa in January 2015 as Paediatric Programme Manager. As well as responsibility for the paediatric programme, Khosi will regularly join volunteer teams to provide clinical mentoring clinics and facilities.

Khosi is a registered nurse with Midwifery, Psychiatry, Community Health Nursing, Nursing Management, Primary Health Care and Occupational Health experience. She has a Post graduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management in Paediatrics, Adolescents and Adults.

She has specialised in HIV/ AIDS management of Paediatrics, Adolescents and Adults, BANC (Basic Ante natal care and neonate), Occupational Health and Clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and ca re. (Primary Health Care nursing) and clinical nurse mentoring.

Khosi previously worked as a clinical nurse Mentor for HST (Health Systems Trust), as an Operational Manager at McCord’s Hospital HIV Clinic and a clinical nurse practitioner specialising in HAST management. She also worked in Eshowe Mobile PHC services, Mbongolwane Hospital; in charge of out-patients maternity departments.

Sizakele Ndlovu, Psychosocial Advisor

Sizakele joined CHIVA South Africa in December 2015 to support the paediatric and volunteer programme, and is currently appointed as the Psychosocial Advisor for the Paediatric and Adolescent Programme.

Sizakele`s responsibility is to support, mentor and train health care professionals, counsellors and community health care workers on psychosocial aspects of treatment and care in children and adolescents.

This includes HIV counselling; age appropriate disclosure and adherence counselling; the promotion of a healthy lifestyles in children and adolescents; the implementation of adolescent and youth services and linkages that are required for children and their families to ensure ongoing community support.

Sizakele qualified as a counsellor at the Department of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal and worked in the ARV clinic at McCord Hospital for 10 years. Sizakele’s has extensive experience training Department of Health and NGO facilities.

Bongiwe Mdadane, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Bongiwe joined the team in January 2018 and is responsible for the accurate monitoring and evaluation of our programme activities. She works across all our projects, supporting the team and our partners to understand and communicate the impact of their work, analysing data and strengthen how we use data to inform our programme development.

She has also worked at St Mary’s hospital in TB/HIV clinic as a TB/HIV adherence monitor/Data Capturer tracing defaulters, doing data capturing, compiling reports for the clinic and funders. She then moved to McCord hospital as Data Capturer/Follow up Research Assistant doing data capturing, compiling weekly, monthly and quarterly reports, tracing defaulted clients and linking them back to care.

Latterly, Bongiwe joined MatCH as a Quality Assurance Administrator doing quality checks on registers and electronic programs in supported sites, supervising data captures and health system navigators at site, compiling reports and facilitating Information meetings, conducting in-service trainings at sites, mentoring staff on data SOPs and guidelines for Data Quality Ass urance and preparing for the site audits.

Thobile Mthembu, Clinical Nurse Mentor – uMzinyathi Team

Thobile joined CHIVA South Africa in August 2019, as a Clinical Nurse Mentor for 20 clinics based in the uMzinyathi district. Thobile has a Nursing and PHC diploma and has 13 years of experience in different sectors of health which includes research, public health, working with key populations, mentorship and the NGO sector.

Thobile’s interests are EMTCT as she believes that children need to be born free of HIV to lead a long and healthy life.  Thobile is committed to supporting the achievement of the 90 90 90 strategy and is enthusiastic about sharing her expertise with others clinical and non-clinical staff.

Thobile is well equipped to provide the necessary support and mentorship to health care professionals at Department of Health facilities, which includes all facets of child and adolescent healthcare with a specific focus on adherence and disclosure in children and adolescents; and ensuring linkage to care is implemented.

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