Anthony Gitau is a Graduate of Egerton University with a Bacelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. He is the Director Global Community Impact for Sub Saharan Africa at Johnson and Johnson Foundation with a mandate to deliver the Global Community Impact strategy focussed on supporting and championing front line health workers. This is in line with the delivery of the newly launched Johnson and Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovations that will focus on training and education, Leadership and Management, well being and resilience, Connection and Integration, Respect and Recognition of Nurses, Midwives and Community health workers. As part of the mandate of the Johnson and Johnson foundattion he also oversees the engagement of social enterprises in health with the Impact Investment arm of the foundation that provides low interest debt financing to scale the models that provide positive health inpact especially to the base of the pyramind. He was previously Director East Africa at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), in which role oprationalised the CIFF global strategy in the region and delivererd the locaclisation agenda by ensuring that CIFF’s program’s are relavant to and engaged with local priorities and stakeholders. In this role he championed the adolescent reporductive health, Nutrition (both Severe Acute Malnutriton and Stunting), Perinatal and deworming programs. Prior to this role, he was the Country Head Novartis Social Business. In this capacity he created a sustainable program that was aimed at positively impacting the communities living at the base of the pyramid in Kenya through improvement of health awareness and access to essential medicines. Prior to this he was the Maternal and Child Health Director at PSI Kenya where he managed the strategic orientation of the department and ensured donor objectives and deliverables were met through positive engagement with Ministry of Health. Anthony has a vast knowledge of the Pharmaceutical sector in East Africa having worked in the Pharmaceutical Market in Kenya and East Africa for 16 years, four of which were in the Access to medicines Area. As the Access to Medicines Manager for Sanofi in Eastern Africa he was incharge of improving access to Medicines and Information to the public in the areas of TB, Malaria, Epilepsy, Leichmanisis and Sleeping sickness. Anthony is married and a father of 3 sons.
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