Editorial Board

Dr. Edward Eremugo Kenyi, MBBS, MScIH, HHH Fellow


South Sudan Doctors’ Association

Ministerial Complex

Juba, South Sudan

Email: [email protected]

Edward is a physician and public health specialist, with special interest in implementation of sound primary health care policies and practices in low and middle income countries, especially ending preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Edward graduated from the University of Juba in 1999 and has Master of Science Degree from the University of Heidelberg in 2007. He recently completed the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University (USA).

He worked in Sudan and South Sudan in different capacities and projects such as the six years with The Leprosy Mission International Sudan Programme; a PHC Advisor in the Sudan Health Transformation Programme Phase Two (SHTP II), a USAID funded project in South Sudan; and as PM and Deputy Chief of Party for Jhpiego at the Integrated Service Delivery Project (ISDP) managed by MCHIP (USAID).

Edward was the founding President of the South Sudan Doctors’ Association (SOSDA) and served in the Board of the South Sudan General Medical Council. 

Dr. Eluzai Abe Hakim MB.Ch.B, FRCP(Edin), FRCP, DTM&H


Retired Consultant Physician, St.Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight

International Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians London on South Sudan.

Email: [email protected]

Dr Eluzai Abe Hakim is a Consultant Physician with specialist interest in Stroke Medicine and Neuro-rehabilitation.  He was born in Juba Hospital in 1949 and spent most of his childhood in Yei, Southern Sudan. When the civil war broke out in the early nineteen sixties, he left the country and continued his schooling in Uganda. He studied medicine at Makerere University Medical School in Kampala.

Following his internship in Uganda, he joined the University of Juba in 1978 as the Medical officer in charge of the University Health Service. In 1982 he undertook postgraduate studies in Tropical Medicine at the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  This was followed by a series of medical rotations in accredited training posts in the UK, leading to his appointment as a Consultant Physician in 1998.  Since then he worked at St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight, UK, retiring from regular employment in the National Health Service on 31 March 2015. Post retirement he remains active on voluntary projects regarding training of South Sudanese Healthcare professionals.

Dr Hakim believes that good quality healthcare is a basic human right and this is achieved through a strong educational system and the practice of evidence based medicine.  He was the founding Editor-in-chief of the South Sudan Medical Journal (SSMJ) and remains on the Editorial board of the SSMJ as Associate Editor, influenced the development of the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, is a Current Honorary International Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians London on South Sudan and is Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Juba Link, an organisation which has pioneered structured training of Doctors, Nurses and midwives in South Sudan. He sits on the Committee of the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund (GMCTF) and continues to support sponsorship of South Sudanese Doctors on postgraduate programmes by the GMCTF.

Dr Wani Mena, MBchB, MMed (Ophth), MSc ClinEpi, Cert CEH


Department of Ophthalmology 

Juba Teaching Hospital, 

PO Box 88, Juba

South Sudan

Email: [email protected]

Dr Wani Mena is a Senior Government ophthalmologist and consultant at Juba Teaching Hospital Eye Dept. He also works as the Director of eye services and national coordinator for the prevention of blindness, Ministry of Health/GOSS. He holds a MMed (Ophth), MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Zimbabwe and Certificate in Community Eye Health from the University of Cape Town.  He gained his medical degree from the University of Nairobi in 1988.

He has been a consultant at CBM eye care programme in South Sudan from 2008 – 2015, He participated in drawing up the national plan for eye care and in establishing the training programme for ophthalmic clinical officers and cataract surgeons and is the current Director of the recently established Institute of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the College of Ophthalmology for East, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) and a reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmology for East, Central and Southern Africa (JOECSA).

Dr Charles Saki Bakheit, PhD


Dr Charles Saki Bakheit is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman. He worked previously as Associate Professor and Secretary for Academic Affairs in University of Juba, Juba South Sudan.

Dr Bakheit was born in Juba in 1946 and progressed in his studies up to Rumbek Secondary School. When the Sudanese civil war broke out in 1962 he left the country and continued his schooling in Uganda. Upon finishing, he studied Mathematics at Makerere University, Kampala. He then proceeded to the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he earned a MSc. Degree in Combinatorics and Optimization. He later joined University of Juba as a teaching assistant in Mathematics in 1977, at a time the University was still at its infancy. He proceeded to University of Durham, UK where he earned a PhD. in Applied Probability.

Dr Bakheit is passionate about higher education in South Sudan, and has been involved in publishing a number of articles about developing South Sudan’s higher educational institutions. He teamed up with two other colleagues to study the status of the five public universities in South Sudan and made far ranging recommendations. He is also a member of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) of South Sudan, and has been a long serving Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gurtong Peace Project. His research publications are mainly in applications of statistics and applied probability in biological and medical fields.

Dr John Adwok, MBBS, MMED(Surg.), FCS(ECSA), FRCS(Edin.), FACS, PhD.


Consultant General & Endocrine Surgeon 

Professor Adwok was a tutor and lecturer in clinical surgery at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nairobi intermittently for 26 years until voluntary retirement in 2011. His work covers the field of general surgery with special interest if not expertise in thyroid, parathyroid and breast surgical diseases.  

He holds an MBBS degree from the University of Khartoum (1978), a Master's Degree in Surgery, MMed (Surg.) (1984) from the University of Nairobi and a PhD in Health Care Administration from Capella University, Minnesota, USA. Dr Adwok had additional training in Endocrine and General Surgery at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany between 1987 and 1989 and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh by examination (1990). 

Additional professional recognitions and honours include:  Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons, Membership of the International Surgical Society, Membership of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa, as well as Membership of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons and Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is the current Chairman of the South Sudan General Medical Council among several other affiliations.

Dr Charles Ochero Cornelio Langoya, MBBS, MSc (TMID), MSc (Internal Medicine), MPH, PGDipHIV, HCMTC, MRCP (UK)


Dr Langoya is currently a subspecialist registrar in clinical haematology in St. James’ University Hospital, Leeds, UK. He was born in Juba in 1982, went to school there and graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Juba in 2008. Subsequently he gained a diploma in HIV medicine and a Master’s Degree in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology (UMST) in Khartoum.  In 2015 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Liverpool.

Dr Langoya joined St James's University Hospital, Leeds in 2015 as a core medical trainee through the Medical Training Initiative of the Royal College of Physicians and is now a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP-UK).  

Dr Langoya is also a TropEd student pursuing a Master Degree in International Health at the University of Basel. His passion is malignant haematology and teaching. He believes that the formation of a young generation of doctors is the surest way of improving the health system of South Sudan. 

Dr Justin Bruno Tongun MBChB, MSc, PhD


Dr Tongun is a specialist in Paediatrics and Child Health. He is presently Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Medicine, University of Juba and Executive Director of Al Sabah Children Hospital. He has over 15 years of clinical experience and has worked at Al Sabah Children Hospital, World Health Organization (2007-2008), Juba Teaching Hospital (2007) and Yei Civil Hospital (2006). His other responsibilities include being a chair of the National Polio Eradication Committee and a national consultant on nOPV2.

Dr Tongun holds a PhD from University of Bergen, Norway (2019), Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University, Uganda (2014), and MBChB, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda (2006).

He is a proven researcher and a trainer. He has designed quality of care assessment tools for assessing the quality of maternal and new born care based on the World Health Organization and UNICEF Global standards.  In 2019, Dr Tongun led a team of experts from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization in the development of current guidelines for the integrated management of neonatal and childhood illnesses (IMNCI) in South Sudan.

Dr Ayat Constantine Jervase MBBS


Dr Jervase is a family physician, and  public health expert with more than fifteen years’ experience specifically in HIV, sexual health, TB, Medical Research and Health Systems in South Sudan. She has particular passion in research which supports the implementation of comprehensive primary health care systems in low- and middle-income settings.  

She has worked as a lecturer and clinical supervisor at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum.  She was Deputy Director for the national HIV programme in the Ministry of Health, South Sudan and advisor for the USAID funded “Health Systems Strengthening Project” with Abt. Associates Inc.  She also co-managed a national level programme and donor funded projects. She served as Team leader and Co-Principal Investigator for a number of national surveys and researches and was involved in the health system development of the post conflict South Sudan. Dr Jervase is also an independent consultant providing technical support for grant development, organisations and programme monitoring and evaluation with various UN agencies.

She is a founding member of the South Sudan Doctors’ Association.

Inspired to pursue a leading role in medical and public health to halt needless mortality and morbidity, and reverse the suffering of the needy.

Dr Nyakomi Adwok MBChB


Dr Nyakomi Adwok is currently a year 1 Core Trainee in Psychiatry with the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust

Dr David Tibbutt


Dr David Tibbutt gained a degree in Animal Physiology (1963) and then qualified (1967) in Medicine from the University of Oxford undertaking most of his junior hospital doctor posts at the Oxford Radcliffe Infirmary. He worked (1965) as Lecturer in Physiology at Makerere University Medical School, Uganda and as Consultant Physician and Cardiologist at Worcester Royal Infirmary, UK (1976 - 1998).  He is a past Adviser for Continuing Medical Education in Uganda, Editor of the "Uganda CME Newsletter" and Visiting Physician to Kitovu Hospital, Uganda and Kirambi Health Centre, Rwanda. He has led a team from Worcester City, and supported by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, to assist a district council in Ghana with a local economic development programme. He is a member of the Sounding Board of the Worcestershire Hospitals Acute NHS Trust and was Mayor of Worcester (May 2011 - May 2012).

Dr Tibbutt has a passionate interest in the fundamental aspects of healthcare: history and examination, attention to clinical detail, clear medical record keeping, inter- and intra-professional communication and problem solving. Get these right and much else falls into place. The optimum use of the resources we have is crucial the world over and especially in these difficult financial times.

Dr James Ayrton BM EDIC MFICM 


Dr James Ayrton is a Specialty Doctor in Critical Care and Anaesthesia working in Poole, UK. He has spent a total of 9 months working in Juba Teaching Hospital between 2008 and 2009 working and teaching in the departments of surgery and medicine. He has been leading the team designing and implementing this SSMJ website and is responsible for its maintenance and development. He is interested in medical education and international health.

Ann Burgess, BSc Nutrition, MPH


Email: [email protected]

Ann Burgess is a non-medical nutritionist and editor. She has lived in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and the Philippines working on the management of malnutrition, on nutrition surveys, and with nutrition education services. She has taught at universities in Kenya, the Philippines and UK and has been a consultant in East and West Africa for various UN agencies and NGOs. With colleagues, she has produced a variety of nutrition materials, including textbooks, mainly for ‘middle-level’ African health professionals, and has published in several journals. Her main professional interest is in the sharing of practical health information relevant to Africa. 

Ann visited South Sudan when her father was the Medical Officer in Li Rangu – hence her interest in the country. She has helped to edit most issues of the South Sudan Medical Journal and presently lives in Scotland.

Dr Grace Juan Soma, MBChB, MMed, MSc


Dr Grace Juan Soma is a paediatrician, child health specialist and training consultant. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and has more than 10 years of experience practising medicine in both Kenya and South Sudan. She obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Tropical Paediatrics from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom and a Masters of Medicine degree in Paediatrics and Child Health from the University of Nairobi Kenya.

In academia, Dr Grace has worked as a lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Juba and at St. Mary’s College in Juba, South Sudan. She is keen on building the capacity of health workers and has conducted child health and clinical training consultancies in South Sudan.

Currently, Dr Grace serves as an editorial assistant and peer reviewer for the South Sudan Medical Journal and authors clinical guidance reviews related to child health. Her interests are in child health, tropical medicine, teaching and research.

James Beard BSc


James Beard is a freelance data manager. After graduating in physics from the University of Bristol, James worked as a data analyst, as a computer programmer, and as an IT manager in various commercial organisations. In 1998, he moved to Tanzania, as a volunteer IT manager / programmer at a hospital. Between 2002 and 2018, he worked as a data manager on numerous health research projects in London, Africa and South Asia, for both the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and for University College London, during which time he again lived in Tanzania and also in Malawi. Since then, he has continued to work freelance.

Nancy MacKeith BSc, MPhil


Nancy was a midwife for 25 years working in the UK, Asia and Africa. While working in Winchester, UK she joined the link project that visited Yei, South Sudan and went there many times to share skills.

Dr Rachel Ayrton MA, MSc, PhD


 Rachel has a background in community development and engagement work in areas of urban deprivation in the UK.  She holds a doctorate in Sociology with a specialism in social research methods, particularly epistemology, qualitative methods and creative and visual methods.  She has published in internationally leading journals in these areas.  Her MSc dissertation research, which won a departmental award at the University of Southampton, considered mothers' trust in medical professionals in South Sudan and was conducted through fieldwork in Juba.  She is currently an ESRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southampton working with the South Sudanese diaspora in the UK to understand the role of national identity in the community.

Rachel is qualified in project management (PRINCE2) and has experience of in the voluntary sector as a former Trustee/Chair of Southampton Citizens' Advice Bureau, as a volunteer in various organisations and in providing voluntary sector support as part of her community development remit in previous roles.  She works on a range of projects within the SSMJ team, recently including a consultation survey and project managing the design and build of our new website.