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Staff
Section Head

Dr Dennie Iniakwala

ImageDr Dennie Iniakwala comes from the Solomon Islands. He first joined SPC in October 2003 and is currently the Head of the HIV & STI Section within the Public Health Division based in Suva, Fiji. Before joining SPC he worked as the Undersecretary for Health Improvement within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services of the Solomon Islands. He obtained his medical qualification from the University of Papua New Guinea and later completed post-graduate studies in Tropical Child Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK , and the School of Health Services Management, UNSW, Australia.  

 

SPC Suva Office

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STI Treatment Adviser

Sophaganine Ali

ImageNin joined SPC in December 2007. Prior to her current role as STI Adviser with SPC she worked as the Senior Medical Officer responsible for a Hub Center in Fiji. Nin obtained her medical qualification from the Medical School in Cambodia, and later completed her post-graduate Diploma in Dermato-Venerology at the International Institute of Dermatology, Bangkok, Thailand. She also has a Master of Science for disease control from the Prince Leopold for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

 

SPC Suva office 

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Laboratory Specialist HIV & STI

Tebuka Toatu

ImageTebuka joined SPC in September 2011 as Laboratory Specialist for HIV & STI. He is from Kiribati and brings to SPC more than 20 years of working in the Medical Laboratory Service. He did a three year course in Medical laboratory Technology at Fiji School of Medicine from 1986 to 1988 and attained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 2001. His main interest is in the field of HIV medicine and in 2007 he completed his Master of Science in Medicine (HIV/STD) at the University of Sydney. While in Kiribati he worked as Director of Laboratory Services and held the acting position of HIV/STI Coordinator for the HIV programme HIV CCM. He was involved in research work as part of his post-graduate studies with vulnerable groups in Kiribati (focusing on prevalence of HIV and selected STIs among young women boarding foreign fishing vessels in Kiribati). He also participated in the second generation surveillance studies in Kiribati in 2008, in a collaborative effort with SPC.

 

SPC Suva Office 

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PRSIP Coordination and Liaison Officer

Michelle O'Conner

Michelle is a British citizen and hails from UK. She brings into SPC/PHD wealth of knowledge with Bachelor Degree in Public Health (Honors in Psychology), and Masters Degree in International Public Health and years of experience in working on International Public Health Programmes with UNICEF and more than 7 years working in both developed and developing countries in the areas of HIV & STI prevention and care. Prior to that, she worked for the Research Academic at the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine, School of Public Health; University of Sydney, Australia

 

SPC Suva office 

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Prevention, Education & Communication Team Leader

Nicol Cave

Nicol joined SPC in December 2010.  Before then she worked with the Academy for Educational Development's (AED) Communication for Change program and the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication.  Nicol has been working in the development sector for 15 years and for the past seven years has focused on program management and technical support to local implementing partners in 14 southern African countries in the design and formulation of strategies and tools for HIV prevention, health promotion and health communication.  She has a BA degree in Political Science & Law.  Nicol hails from South Africa.

 

SPC Suva Office 

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HIV Treatment and Care Adviser

Alan Mamerto Garvez

ImageAlan graduated from the Cebu Institute of Medicine in the Philippines.  He is a fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians and diplomate of the Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine. Before joining SPC in November 2008, he was a consultant physician at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji,  and a honorary senior lecturer at the Fiji School of Medicine.  He undertook his clinical attachment on HIV medicine in Australia and was awarded a WHO fellowship on antiretroviral therapy in Thailand in 2007.  He obtained his postgraduate diplomas in population studies and demography, development and governance studies at the University of the South Pacific.

 

SPC Suva office 

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