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Beryl Shumirai Akumu

TB Specialist (Nursing and Counselling)

Background

Beryl Shumirai Akumu is a TB specialist for nursing and counselling in the RID-TB Project in Daru, working within the international development discipline. Her role involves providing technical support within the scope of nursing, in designing and implementing standard operating procedures in active case findings and TB care and treatment. Beryl also collaborates with the Director of Nursing Services in strengthening nursing patient care systems at Daru General Hospital.

Before joining Burnet Institute, Beryl had a long career with Medecins Sans Frontieres in various roles in Kenya, South Sudan and Papua New Guinea. With a strong background in HIV, TB programming, health care decentralization, health care worker development and project design; some of Beryl’s key projects have been, applying a health systems approach in assessing and strengthening BCG vaccination coverage, using a competency-based capacity building framework to assess training needs of nurses and staff in nursing roles in Daru TB Project and designing and implementing TB and HIV decentralization and outreach programs in the Gulf Province and National Capital District respectively, in Papua New Guinea and Kenya. In her role as Outreach Manager, Beryl led the design and expansion of supportive community treatment of patients with drug-resistant TB for use by lay Counsellors and Community Health Workers.

With a strong background in HIV and TB programming, health care decentralization and integration, health care worker development and project design; some of Beryl’s key projects have been applying a health systems approach in assessing and strengthening BCG vaccination coverage. A competency-based capacity building framework to assess training needs of nurses and staff in nursing roles in Daru TB Project. Designing and implementing TB and HIV decentralization and outreach programs in the Gulf Province and National Capital District respectively, in Papua New Guinea and Kenya.

Beryl was part of a team that established the second drug resistant TB diagnosis, care and treatment hospital in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Beryl has also worked in multiple roles in service delivery strengthening through integrating TB diagnosis, care and treatment into a primary health care service package, and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV into maternal newborn and child health services in Papua New Guinea and her native country, Kenya.

Besides nursing and her work in TB and HIV, Beryl is a midwife and has previously taken on midwifery roles in refugee camps in Kenya and South Sudan.

Beryl’s professional interests include health policy and health systems research and management. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Health Policy and additional post graduate qualifications in health professional education and patient safety & quality.

Appointments

  • 2018-ongoing: Member of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • 2016-0ngoing: Medecins Sans Frontieres Association
  • 2010-ongoing: Member of National Nurses Association of Kenya

Positions

  • 2017: TB decentralization manager with MSF France in Kerema Project, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
  • 2016 - 2017: TB outreach manager with MSF France in National Capital District Project, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • 2015 - 2016: Midwife (Expatriate Gap Fill) with MSF Holland at Lankien Hospital, Jonglei State, South Sudan
  • 2015: Midwife with MSF Holland at Gentil Hospital, Batil, Maban County in South Sudan
  • 2015: Nursing Supervisor (Emergency Response) with MSF Switzerland / MSF Holland at Bentiu POC (Civilian Protection Camp), Southern Unity State, South Sudan
  • 2014 – 2015: Nursing Team Supervisor with Medecins Sans Frontieres Switzerland, Dagahaley, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya
  • 2013 – 2014: Clinical Nurse Aga Khan Hospital, Kenya
  • 2009 – 2013: Decentralization Nurse with Medecins Sans Frontieres France, Homa Bay HIV/TB project in Kenya
  • 2005 - 2009: Nurse Homa Bay HIV/TB Project, Kenya
  • 2004: Lead HIV Counsellor with Soy AIDS Resource Centre, Kenya
  • 2003: Research Assistant Global AIDS Program /Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kenya

Qualifications

  • 2019-ongoing: Master of Science in Global Health Policy, University of London, UK
  • 2017: BScN, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya
  • 2009: KRCHN, Kenya Medical Training College, Kenya

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