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

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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 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 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 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 Ayat Constantine Jervase MBBS


Dr Ayat Constantine Jervase is Deputy Director for HIV/AIDS/STIs Surveillance, HIV/AIDS/STIs Division in the Directorate of Community & Public Health at the Ministry of Health in Juba. As well as a bachelor degree in Medicine & Surgery, she has a first part clinical doctorate (MD) in Community Medicine, over seven years of medical experience and five years of extensive public health work specifically in the field of HIV, TB and medical research. In her present position she is Team leader and Co-Principal Investigator for a number of national surveys and researches; and Project Manager for the health sector component of the Multi Donor trust Fund HIV/AIDS Project. She is also a member of different voluntary and humanitarian organizations, including the South Sudan Doctors’ Association (SOSDA), and is inspired to contribute to building the health services in South Sudan."

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 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.

Professor James Gita Hakim MBChB, MMed, MMedSci, FRCP(UK), DSc(HC) PGDipHPE


James Hakim is Professor of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). He was Chair of Medicine (2000-2006), Principal Investigator of the PEPFAR/NIH supported UZCHS Medical Education Partnership Initiative (2010-2016). He is Director of the UZ Clinical Research Centre and a Co-PI in the UZ-UCSF Collaborative Research Program. He is the Program Director of an NIH/Fogarty award (2016-2020) designed to provide advanced research training to junior academic staff at UZCHS. 

He trained at Makerere University, Uganda (MBChB), University of Nairobi, Kenya (MMed-internal medicine), UK (MRCP-UK); University of Newcastle, Australia (MMedSci-Clinical Epidemiology) University of Cape Town (Health Professions Education). He did post-doc in Cardiology at Aachen, Germany. He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. In 2016 he was awarded a Doctor of Science Degree in Medicine (HC) by University College London.
Prof Hakim is actively involved in clinical work, biomedical research and national and international programmatic activities. He has diverse research interests including HIV/AIDS, Opportunistic Infections and Cardiovascular Diseases. He has authored/co-authored more than 150 articles, book chapters and scientific communications.  He is a member of several national and international organizations encompassing regulatory, advisory, programmatic and scientific portfolios.

Ann Burgess, BSc Nutrition, MPH


Email: [email protected]

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

Ann visited South Sudan when her father was the Medical Officer in Li Rangu – hence her interest in the region. 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 pediatrician and child health specialist currently working as a lecturer at the University of Juba, South Sudan at the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. She obtained her medical degree (MBChB), and a Masters of Medicine degree in Pediatrics and Child Health from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Tropical Pediatrics from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Her interests are in child health, tropical medicine, teaching and research.

Dr Nyakomi Adwok MBChB


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

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.