BENASHA Health Consortium

BENASHA Health Consortium (BHC) is a subsidiary of BENASHA (Pty) LTD. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of communities at individual, groups and institutional levels through facilitating, establishment and strengthening of capacity of systems and structures responding to diseases and other public health and social challenges. The Consortium creates an enabling environment to ensure a comprehensive and effective responses to public health problems. The scope of work and quality management is international. The consortium provides health promotion and disease prevention consultancy and research services that help people and organisations in their effort to promote health and development. BHC conducts research and investigative studies that will strengthen society’s ability to resist and ultimately overcome public health conditions as identified from time to time. It collaborate/partner with Universities and Research Institutions in Africa and across the globe. The Consortium Partners includes: University of Limpopo working with DIMAMO in South Africa, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), Canada; the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is open to other training and research institutions.

Members
1. Benasha (Pyt) LTD
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Benasha (Pyt) LTD is an integrated development group, with particular focus on health & wellness services, consultancy services, research, communication, capacity-building through training and empowerment education. Benasha is based in South Africa but extends it services across Africa and the global south. We provide services that will empower people to take control over economic and social aspects of their lives and thereby, improve their living conditions. Our integrated development approach offers people active, innovative and sustainable development through evidence- and best practices-based models across Africa and other areas of the world. Bensaha operates through four subsidiary entities via; Health Consortium, Education, Training and Skills development, Creative Media and General Enterprising.

Our Education, Training and Skills Development Group focus on capacity-building and works with educational institutions, the South Africa National, Provincial and Local Governments; the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA); the Local Government (LG) SETA;  Public Services SETA (PSETA);  Transport  Education and Training Authority (TETA); Services SETA; Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA); Agricultural (AGRI) SETA; Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and Institute of Business Advisors (IBA) in addressing the human resource gaps, alleviating poverty and improving functional literacy in South Africa.

Our creative media division equips people fully in the digital art of directing, obtaining the business acumen of producer and gain the technical skills of editor. The endless technical possibilities and flexibility of digital technology make the digital format the preferred choice of some of the top film makers in the world today. We conceptualize, script, direct and edit films in the digital format.

Benasha is a hundred percent “Black” owned enterprise. One of Benasha’s main goal is to ensure that individuals and communities in Africa live above poverty. Our General Enterprising subsidiary group ventures in any other business that can lead to attaining this goal.

We are built on the philosophy of long term sustainability, solid principles of management and clear strategic goals. We positioned ourselves at a more competitive edge in the skills revolution by pledging to transfer skill, train, and coach and mentor clients at their workplace and beyond.

Founder: Prof Hans Onya – Executive Director and Public Health Promotion, Protection and disease prevention Specialist.

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Professor Hans Onya, MPH; PhD

Professor Hans Onya, MPH; PhD

Research Associate

Department of Research Administration and Development

Former Director: Health Promotion & Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme.

University of Limpopo, South Africa.

Tel: +27 15 268 2310/4062/4307 (W)

Mobile: +27 83 627 4803

E-mails: Hans.Onya@ul.ac.za

hansonya5@gmail.com

Skype: hans.onya1   

Hans Elem Onya is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Limpopo, South Africa. He is a Professor in Public Health, specialising in Health Promotion. He was the Director of Health Promotion and the Head of Institutional HIV/AIDS Programme at the University of Limpopo. He worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Public Health Education Specialist in Botswana before joining the University of Limpopo in 1995. He has worked with the World Health Organisation, (WHO) - Geneva as a temporary Expert on Health Promotion Foundations, and WHO-AFRO as a temporary Expert on Health Equity. He is currently an Adviser to WHO-AFRO on Social Determinants of Health and an Independent Consultant for WHO-AFRO on Health Promotion.  He was a globally elected member of the Board of Trustees of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) 2007-2013 and a globally elected member of IUHPE Executive Board (2013-1016). He also served as part of a support team for Scientific Affairs and Capacity Building. He has a strong and excellent knowledge of the African Continent complexities and opportunities for public health, as well as extended network both at the Local, Regional and at the Global levels. Onya represented the WHO-AFRO as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) for the WHO 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion held in Shanghai, China, 2016. He was also a part of the WHO Expert group that developed a Framework for Community Engagement in Africa in 2017.

His main research area is adolescent health and young peoples’ sexual and reproductive health including HIV and AIDS prevention. Onya was one of the leaders in the development of modules on NCD prevention in Africa for IUHPE. He is a member of a SATZ and PREPARE Research Consortium made up of four European and five African Universities working on HIV and AIDS prevention projects in eastern and southern Africa funded by the European Commission since 1997. Onya is the Champion for University of Limpopo in the Pan Institutions Network on Global Health (PINGH). His current research and intervention interest continues to be on HIV/AIDS and NCDs prevention in Africa and the Global South.

Onya was an External Moderator of Health Promotion Programme of Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa for 15 years and a visiting Professor of Health Promotion and worked in partnership with the Department of Community Dentistry of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for many years in a Tertiary Education Linkage Programme (TELP). Onya has supervised numerous post graduate students and examined a number of Masters and Doctorate degrees both internal and external candidates.  He has published many articles in Peer reviewed National and International Journals and contributed in book chapters. He has reviewed several manuscripts for Journals such as the International Journal of Public Health, Journal of Health Education and Behaviour, Global Health Promotion Journal, BMC Public Health Journal, African Journal of Studies on Drugs and Alcohol and others and currently a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Public Health.

He was the Vice-Chair of South African Health Promotion Forum and contributed to Health Promotion Development at Provincial and National Levels in South Africa. Onya has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Research Sector of South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). He is a member of University of Limpopo Senate, a member of Faculty and School of Health Sciences Boards, and a member of various University committees. Hans Onya holds  a Diploma in Public Health of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSH), London;  a Diploma in Integrated Rural Development from Buea, Cameroon; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioural Sciences from Osmania University, Hydrabad, India; a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Education from Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust, India, a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines; and a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) Degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

2. U-RISE
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U-RISE was established as an LLC in the United States in 2017 in Missouri and registered in 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. U-RISE stands for United to Recreate Intersections and Spaces for Engagement. U-rise is the culmination of years of experience by the Founder and CEO, Collins Airhihenbuwa, in partnering with colleagues and friends in search for solutions for promoting equity in health and well-being locally, nationally and globally. As stated on the website (http://u-rise.org), we are at a historical moment in our national and global political messaging. Many feel like strangers in their own homes, institutions, communities and, indeed, in their own countries. The consequence of this is ever-widening cultural and identity inequities in physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural health and well-being. The point of departure for any communal conversation was once anchored in healing, nurturing and celebrating our differences.  That point is now quickly shifting to unprecedented identity lacerations that have left open sores. This presents a new opportunity for collective healing.

The vision of U-RISE is to offer a space for different scholars and practitioner to advance solutions to promote health equity and social justice.

The goal of U-RISE is to have all interventionists to truly reflect our intensions. We do this by creating a brave space where trust and integrity are the cornerstones of collective action for positive transformation of ourselves, our institutions and our communities.

Founder: Prof Collins Airhihenbuwa, Executive Director. U-Rise: Social, cultural and behavioural analyst of causes of ill-health, disability and premature deaths

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Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH

Professor, Health Policy and Behavioural Sciences

Lead faculty, Global Research Against Non-Communicable Diseases (GRAND)

Georgia State School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA

Founder and CEO, U-RISE, LLC

Former Dean, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University

Email: cairhihenbuwa@gsu.edu; Ph +404.413.9326.

Professor Collins Airhihenbuwa is a global scholar in health behavior and a pioneer in centralizing culture in health behaviors. He leads the Global Research Against Non-Communicable Diseases (GRAND) at Georgia State University. He is an expert in creating solutions to promote health equity in national and global health. He is a pioneer in how to centralize culture and identity in research and intervention on public health to promote positive health behaviors. He is the author of a well-known cultural model (PEN-3) used in several countries to develop programs and interventions to address health inequity. He had over 30 years of experience advancing research on culture, identity and health to inform strategies for training young professionals to conduct health behavior and public health research and intervention. He is also the co-author of Public Health Critical Race Praxis used to address issues of race and racism in society and how to work collaboratively toward social injustice and health inequity. Drawing on his years of experience as a leader, including his most recent position as a dean, he has served as a visiting scholar to UN agencies such as the World Health Organization and major universities including Purdue, Georgia State, and Boston University. He has served as a consultant and led workshops on leadership and capacity building to promote diversity at several universities including New York University, University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, UCLA, Hampton University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, University of Limpopo in South Africa, University of Ibadan in Nigeria, University of Ghana, Freiburg University in Germany, Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, Pune University in India, and Tongji University in China. He served on boards of Saint Louis City and Hospitals, the National Advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars, the board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He currently serves on the board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, and has been a consultant to several United Nations agencies, including WHO, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNAIDS. Two decades ago, he led an early UN effort to galvanize multidisciplinary researchers and practitioners to develop solution to the pandemic of HIV and AIDS. The result was the publication of UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction, 2000, with translations in French, Spanish and KiSwahili. He has authored more than 130 articles and book chapters and 6 books including the acclaimed “Health and Culture, Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995)” and “Healing Our Differences, the Crisis of Global Health and Politics of Identity (2007)”. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Scholar of the Year by the American Association of Health Education, the symbol of H.O.P.E award by the American Journal of Health Promotion, the Outreach award by Penn State University, the David Satcher award for leadership in reducing health disparities by CDC and DHPE, and the Mentor award by SOPHE. Before joining Georgia State University last year, 2018 as a Professor of Public health to lead the Global Research Against Non-Communicable Diseases, he served as the Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice and Director of the Institute for Global Health and Well-being at Saint Louis University (SLU), Saint Louis, MO. Before joining SLU, he was a Professor at Penn State University and served as head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health and was founding Director of the Global Health Network involving 13 universities around the globe. Dr. Airhihenbuwa received a BS from Tennessee State University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Tennessee.

3. Dynamic Public Health Consultants, Zimbabwe
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Dynamic Public Health Consultants (DPH) P/L is a Zimbabwe registered company. It's core business is in providing technical services to both Governments and international organization including UN agencies and development partners in areas of program planning, monitoring implementation, policy development and analysis, research (evidence gathering and dissemination), capacity strengthening of health and non-health professionals, advocacy and community engagement among others.

DPH offers technical services to developing countries in Africa to address priority public health conditions namely, health emergencies including disease outbreaks, maternal and child health issues including nutrition, health systems strengthening and action on social determinants of health to tackle inequalities and inequities.

DPH has pool of experts drawn from research and academic institutions in and outside the African Region. The pool of experts include biostatisticians, health economists, health policy analysts, behavioural and social scientists (medical anthropologists), health communication experts, nutrition experts and gender, equity and human rights analysts. DPH also has on its roster bilingual experts (English and French).

 Founder: Davison Munodawafa (Prof) - Executive Director and Senior Consultant - Health systems strengthening, Community engagement and empowerment, Social determinants of Health (cause of causes)

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Davison Munodawafa

Professor of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,

Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe.

(World Health Organization retiree)

E-mail: dphconsultants@gmail.com

Email : munodawafad@staff.msu.ac.zw

Mob & whatsapp: +263712408895

Davison Munodawafa is currently Professor of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe and Visiting Professor of Global Health at Thammasat University, Thailand.   Prof Munodawafa retired from the World Health Organization (WHO) 30 April, 2017 after serving for 12 years at the Senior Technical and Programme Management level.  He served in the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) based in New Delhi, India for 5 years and in the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) based in Brazzaville, Congo for 7 years.  He reached the United Nations Age of Retirement on 30th April, 2017.  

Prof Munodawafa’s distinguished career includes leading the WHO response in social mobilization and community engagement during the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa (2014-2015).  Since retirement, Professor Munodawafa has continued to serve as a Consultant during the Cholera outbreak in Tanzania (August to October 2018); in South Africa during the Listeriosis outbreak (March to June, 2018) and currently during COVID-19 Pandemic from February 2020 to date.

Prof Munodawafa taught at the University of Akron, Ohio (USA) from 1990 to 1997. He received Academic Fellowships from USAID, Rockefeller Foundation and The Jacobs Foundation.  He was awarded Distinguished Scholar Awards for Research from The University of Akron (USA) and Pennsylvania State University (USA).  Prof Munodawafa has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journal on health and human behaviour as well as communication processes. He serves as reviewer for global health promotion issues. 

4. The School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences, Nigeria.
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The School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences is based in Okija, Anambra State, Nigeria. Web Address: www.sphs.com.ng; Email: info@sphs.com.ng; psychotherapyandhealth@gmail.com Mobile phone: +234-9063927862.

Motivated by the noble role of promoting psychotherapy in Africa, the School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences (SPHS), Okija was established in 2016 and affiliated with Sigmund Freud University Vienna Austria. The school has a mission to improve humanity through effective and efficient training of professional psychotherapists and other related health scientists in Africa, in order to equip them to effectively apply psychotherapeutic knowledge and skills, and to deliver them to humanity. SPHS is the first of its kind in Africa.


The School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences (SPHS), (affiliated to Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria) has the mandate to train junior, intermediate and senior psychotherapists and other health scientists who can work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, private practice (among others) and research through short (Entrepreneurship/Vocational) and long term formal education

Health for human mind and body constitute the core areas of teaching and research at the school. The school aims to become a global leader in the field of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences.

To promotes self-development of its students to prepare and qualify them for their professional and social responsibilities

Our vision is to be a career-focused world-class tertiary Institution that provides skills and entrepreneurial training in Psychotherapy and Health Sciences

Founder: Prof Sylvester N. Madu:

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Sylvester Ntomchukwu Madu

Mobile: + 234-(0)7062883630

Email: madusylvester@yahoo.com

Professor Sylvester Ntomchukwu Madu is from Anambra State Nigeria. He is a professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (former Anambra State University), Nigeria. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences, Nigeria.

He has the following degrees: Bachelor’s degree from the Pontifical University Urban, Rome, Italy; two M.A. degrees from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a doctorate degree in Psychology also from University of Innsbruck, Austria, with specialisations in Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology. He also got his Final Certificate in Client-Centred Psychotherapy, from Austria.

He is the President of the World Council for Psychotherapy African Chapter, and the Vice President of the World Council for Psychotherapy; a Member of the European Association for Psychotherapy; was a Licensed and Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and is a member of the Nigerian Associations for Clinical Psychology.


He has lectured psychology courses at the following institutions: Departments of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; University of Vienna, Austria; Psychiatric Nursing School in a Viennese State Psychiatric Hospital, Austria; University of Limpopo, South Africa; Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria; and now at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Nigeria. He also worked as a Full-time Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the Therapy Centre of the Viennese State Psychiatric Hospital, Austria. He has supervised many Honours, Masters and Doctorate students of Psychology.

Prof Madu has carried out research in the following areas: Client-centred psychotherapy in Nigeria. Feelings of Nigerian handicapped children. Effect of noise on memory and recall. Alcohol and psychomotor co-ordination. Child Abuse in South Africa. Socio-economic survey of households in South Africa. HIV/AIDS prevention and education in South Africa. Psychotherapy and African cultures. Taboos and Health in South Africa. Chronic Diseases in South Africa. HIV/AIDS Home-Based Care Project South Africa. Promoting sexual and reproductive health. School-based HIV/AIDS prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was also a team-member of the Health Behavioural Research Unit, University of Limpopo, South Africa that runs many other research projects. He was also a Co-Project leader for the Trauma Research Training Programme funded by the NIH, USA.

Prof Madu has received many institutional, national and International Awards, such as: the prestigious International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy of the City of Vienna (Austria); and the University of the North (South Africa) Research Excellence Award. He was also awarded inclusion of biographical profile in the “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2002-2003" by the Marquis Who’s Who, in U.S.A.  African Counselling Network Honouree for 2001.  He was a highly rated researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).


He has published 8 books, mainly in the area of Psychotherapy in Africa; 3 Audio-Video Cassettes mainly in the area of African Traditional Healing; 36 chapters in books; and 80 scientific articles in nationally and internationally reputable journals. Current areas of research interest are: Psychotherapy in Africa, Child abuse and neglect, Drug abuse, Youth and Suicide prevention, African traditional healing, Trauma research, Stress and burnout, and Psycho-social aspects of HIV/AIDS. He has also attended over 55 national or international conferences and presented papers, workshops or keynote addresses at those conferences.