Nurse Sister Goretti Athieno

MIFUMI Health Center

Nurse Sister Goretti Athieno is Nurse-in-charge at the Mifumi Health Center. She has played and continues to play an indispensable role in mentoring and advising students, educating patients, and ultimately assessing, through her reports to the district health office, whether the information intervention continues to support malaria prevention and treatment behaviors and contribute toward a positive difference in the morbidity and mortality of malaria in the village.




Daniel Hama

Regional translations: MedlinePlus for Africa tutorial on malaria

Daniel Hama has a law degree from Makerere University but found his calling in project management for capacity building organizations. Daniel has worked with Ms. Royall as project manager on location in Uganda as well as audio producer, using local actors speaking in local Ugandan languages, on malaria and diarrhea tutorials for MedlinePlus, an international database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. His management experience also includes National Director for Veritas College Uganda, a faith based organization. Daniel is an experienced songwriter and vocalist as well as a video and audio producer.

“In order for desirable change to happen, there needs to be a critical mass of right thinking people willing to work together.”

Jack Chirieleison

African pathologist mapping project

Jack Chirieleison has developed web-based applications, designed databases and created high-impact graphics for a wide range of clients, including the National Library of Medicine, George Mason University, the US Department of Justice and The Cochrane Collaboration. Trained in theatre and communication at the University of Maryland, Jack was also a professional actor for more than 30 years and is a published playwright. For several years he has worked directly with Julia, designing and maintaining an online multimedia archive of more than a decade of international programs sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.


Simon Ndira, PhD

Digital Pen Project

Dr. Simon Ndira holds a degree in Organization and Information Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigshafen, Germany and a PhD in Medical Informatics from the Institute of Biometry and Medical Informatics, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Simon is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and held the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certificate for over 5 years. He has a consultancy background with over 13 years work experience with multi-national companies supporting clientele from diverse industries, including the health sector, in the areas of IT products design, development and deployment; information risk management; information systems audits, information security; planning, monitoring and evaluation; quality assurance and project management.

Simon is the founder and architect of the EHR, electronic Health Management Information System –, and is currently the long term IT expert leading the deployment of the National Health Information Systems Infrastructure of Algeria, as part of the Health Sector Reform Project financed by the European Union.


Ken Nek

MedlinePlus for Africa tutorial on malaria, MedlinePlus for Africa tutorial on diarrhea

Ken Nek is a fine artist and musician who has worked professionally since 2003.

For the MedlinePlus African tutorials on malaria and diarrhea, Ken’s artwork covers all aspects of prevention and treatment, each page telling a story and often depicting local scenes and incorporating local beliefs about disease. The result is an active engagement of audiences in the rural areas of Uganda where his paintings were deemed “crowd pullers” and internationally on the MedlinePlus database: Ken specializes in pencil drawn portraits, oil paintings and artwork in various media. He also teaches music and voice in Kampala.



Tony Ngunjiri

Voices of Change, Snapshots of Change

Tony Ngunjiri is a cinematographer and the principal of Sarton Screen Pictures Ltd, a digital film and video production house in Nairobi, Kenya, specializing in commercials, documentaries, music videos, and independent films.

Tony’s work with Ms. Royall has included “Snapshots of Change” (series of short videos featuring students and faculty at Kenyatta University in Nairobi) and “Voices of Change” (series of short videos featuring African medical journal editors and African medical librarians). Tony has over 10 years of experience in the field with a broad range of clients from private sector, government, non-profits, entertainment, and education.



Ronnie Ogwang and Charles Isabirye

Why people don’t use bednets

Ronnie Ogwang and Charles Isabirye have worked closely with Ms. Royall since 2007 on the presentation of information for health workers and villagersin the rural areas of East Africa.

Ronnie and Charles’ tutorials and videos on Burkitt’s lymphoma, mental health, and the use of bed nets to prevent malaria have been well received and used in the target areas of Northern Uganda and as community outreach for an East African research study of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In the latter project, they worked in an interactive dialog with clinicians and researchers.

Both Ronnie and Charles hold Bachelors of Industrial and Fine Arts (Hon) diplomas from Makerere University.

At Ro Wang Studio, Ronnie focuses on his fine art, graphic design, and photography. His workhas been exhibited at Tulifanya and Afri art galleries in Kampala, Uganda and K Banana Hill and Fotisio art galleries in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also contributed to group exhibitions in Germany and Australia.

Ronnie features women as subject matter, recognizing their force in shaping society. “I pay special tribute to the unconditional love and support women give to the society they live in. Women are not only mothers, but mentors of society.”

Charles is a multimedia artist, working in illustration and graphic design. He brings together humor and understanding of human nature to create effective illustrations for disease prevention and treatment. He also works with commercial clients in advertising and communication design including Rwandair, Bank of Uganda, and Fountain Publishers.

“Interacting and working with people from various societies, of different age groups and race have taught me that in life, it’s not about how good you are but rather how great you become. Keep Learning."



Chris Olola, PhD

MIMCom (Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Communications Network)

Dr. Chris Olola is a biomedical informatician. Julia first worked with Chris when he was the Regional Data Coordinator for the Severe Malaria in African Children (SMAC) Clinical Network–a network with agencies in Kenya, Malawi, Gabon, Gambia, and Ghana.

Chris has always been ready to lend a hand with data workshops, training, data management, analysis and interpretation, research conduct and publications, and programmatic ventures into new territories.

Chris is from Kenya and has over 23 years of experience in the application and evaluation of informatics in healthcare and research (in the prehospital care/dispatch and in-hospital environments). Since attaining his PhD (biomedical informatics)from the University of Utah, USA, in 2010, Chris has become Director of Research & informatics at the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch -IAED( He publishes widely and is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of a peer-reviewed research journal ( Dr Olola is also a founder member of the Kenya Health Informatics Association ( and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of its research journal.



Tom Oluoch, PhD

MIMCom Network

Tom Oluoch is Deputy Branch Chief – Health Systems and Evaluation – for US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Nairobi and received his PhD in medical informatics from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. 

Julia met Tom when he was hired to be ICT Manager for Wellcome Trust’s research site in Kilifi, Kenya in 1998. At Kilifi, Tom not only managed the network for the site’s new connectivity from a VSAT connection, he also set up a digital library and worked side by side with the site’s director to fully support researchers with Internet connectivity and access to medical literature. Tom also played a leadership role in setting up and maintaining large databases, organizing workshops, presenting at international meetings, and making comprehensive site visits for the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Communications Network.