The outgoing UNFPA Country Representative has taken formal leave of the Government and People of Sierra Leone and the UNFPA Country Office staff, to take up a new appointment as Country Representative to Afghanistan.
Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi bid farewell to the Country Office team on 18 February, at an impressive Farewell ceremony held in his honour attended by dignitaries and various stakeholders, including Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the UN Country Team, the Diplomatic Community, UNFPA’s Implementing Partners, and the private sector.
Dr Ndyanabangi took formal leave of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Government of Sierra Leone on February 19, 2016.
Earlier, two of its implementing partners, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Statistics Sierra Leone, organized impressive farewell ceremonies in his honour on February 16 and February 17 respectively at the MOYA and Lagoonda Hotel in Freetown, where he was hailed for his unwavering commitment to saving the lives of especially pregnant women, lactating mother and children under five, proactiveness in ebola response, support to young people, support to the 2015 Housing and population census and his dedicated service to Sierra Leone.
Dr Ndyanabangi served Sierra Leone for about 2 and half years. He was appointed in mid 2013 and officially took up his position on 20th August 2013.
He is a physician and public health expert, with over 25 years of management and strategic planning experience, as well as expertise in the areas of health systems strengthening, HIV/AIDS, Adolescent health, reproductive Health, Family planning, clinical services, and general public health.
Before he was appointed Country Representative to Sierra Leone, Dr. Ndyanabangi was serving as the UNFPA Deputy Representative in the newly Republic of South Sudan, which has one of the most fragile health systems in the world. Prior to that, he was the UNFPA Deputy Representative in Nigeria coordinating one of the largest UNFPA operations in the world in a country of over 160 million people.
In addition to UNFPA, he has also worked in a number of other organizations in different capacities, including as Chief of Party of the USAID/MSH HIV/AIDS Care and Support Programme in Ethiopia and Programme Manager for HIV/AIDS Care and Support at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in Arlington, Virginia.
Dr. Ndyanabangi, a national of Uganda qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, in 1987, and went to the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health of Heidelberg University, where he obtained an MSc in Community Health and Health Management in 1993 and a doctorate of medicine (Dr. Med) in Public Health in 1998.
He officially took up office in Afghanistan on 28 February, 2016.