Chief of Party Kenneth Lema brings to MSH more than 30 years of technical and managerial experience, 15 of which have been dedicated to managing the start-up of diverse HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention services in Tanzania.
Until May 2016, Kenneth served as project director in Nigeria, providing oversight within the USAID-funded LMG project. In this role, Kenneth provided technical, administrative, and financial management for the project, designed to improve the ownership and sustainability of the HIV epidemic response by strengthening leadership skills, management systems, and governance structures of key stakeholders. Kenneth began his career at MSH as a project director for the CDC-funded Tanzania Institutional Capacity Building Program supporting PEPFAR's strategy to move from emergency HIV response to a more sustainable approach of case management and prevention. In this project he fortified the ability of local institutions to analyze and fill gaps, as well as identify and respond to new opportunities. Previously, Kenneth served as the executive director for the Abbott Fund in Tanzania, building institutional capacity in the detection and diagnosis of HIV and AIDS. There he initiated training programs in areas including computer usage, basic financial management, and reporting.
Throughout his career in public health, Kenneth has worked closely with the ministry of health in Tanzania as well as the National AIDS Control Program. He was instrumental to the introduction of the first National HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Plan and supported the first draft of National HIV/AIDS Clinical Guidelines. Kenneth earned his MD from the University of Dar es Salaam and his master of science in biochemistry from the University of Nairobi. He speaks Kiswahili and English.