Chairperson at Medical Students for Social Responsibility (IPPNW Kenya) (2021-2023)
Angela Nambiro is the chairperson at Medical Students for Social Responsibility (IPPNW Kenya) (2021-2023), final year medical student, and advocate for the ‘youth for TPNW’ movement. She ran the bike for the ‘bike for the ban’ campaign in 2022 and got the event covered across 4 TV stations. Read More
She is a humanitarian by heart, and a medical doctor in mind; who got involved in the fight against nuclear weapons and gun violence as she believes a ‘safe world is a healthy world’. Her desire is that all countries will sign and implement the TPNW for world peace.
Dr. Umaña is a general practitioner, former local health director, and epidemiological surveillance officer with the Costa Rican Ministry of Health. Serving as IPPNW Co-President, he is also on the ICAN International Steering Group. He is the current president of IPPNW Costa Rica, founder of Artists for Peace (2014) in Costa Rica, and president of the activist group “Peace and Diversity”.
Since 2013, he has worked by campaigning and lobbying for awareness on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons (HINW) and support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). He has worked closely with governments as part of the Costa Rican delegation in the 2014 NPT PrepCom and the 2015 NPT Review Conference, and has worked with the network of regional peace organizations to organize conferences and roundtables on the HINW and the TPNW.
President of WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) Zimbabwe
Edwick Madzimure, is a lady aged 32. She is on a mission to transform communities from socially constructed systems that contribute to inequality and conflict. Edwick is the founding President of WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) Zimbabwe and Read More
She is a Development Practitioner who is passionate about gendered dimensions of rural livelihoods, environmental peace-building, feminist political economy analysis, feminist responses to climate change and challenging militarised political economies. Edwick is engaged in humanitarian disarmament activism, community peace-building, climate change mitigation and adaptation, anti-gender-based violence campaigns to human rights awareness programs. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Development studies, her thesis unpacks the agency of women from rural areas to the challenges posed by water scarcity to their livelihoods. Edwick has carried out researches on the participation of women in political and economic spheres, militarised masculinities in artisanal mining communities and the UNSCR 1325 and its implementation in Zimbabwe, gendered impact of climate change and militarism. Her recent paper published by WILPF in December 2022, analysed the impact of military expenditure which is placing the African continent at the epicentre of the climate crisis and conflict. Edwick has coordinated national disarmament advocacy projects for the prohibition of nuclear weapons and fully autonomous weapons since 2018. Edwick attended and gave a statement on article 11 of the TPNW at the First Meeting of State Parties in Vienna, June 2022. She recently attended the first African Regional Seminar on the Universalisation of the TPNW in South Africa, January 2023 where she presented on the trans- boundary impacts of the use of nuclear weapons.
Ms Makoma Lekalakala
Director of Earthlife Africa
Ms Makoma Lekalakala is the Director of Earthlife Africa, a civil society environmental justice and anti-nuclear organisation. She has been active in social movements tackling issues from gender and women’s rights issues, economic and environmental justice issues.
Michael first joined the IPPNW staff in 1988. He served in a variety of roles, including as director of IPPNW’s World Court Project on the legality of nuclear weapons and as program director, before being appointed executive director in 1998. Michael owes his longevity at IPPNW to his deeply held conviction that a focus on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear war is the key to eliminating the threat they pose to civilization. Read More
Dr. Ruth Mitchell is a neurosurgeon and cancer researcher based in Sydney, Australia. She joined IPPNW in her first year of medical school in 2004, and has previously served as International Student Representative, Regional Vice President for South East Asia Pacific, and as Deputy Chair of the Board of IPPNW. Read More
Dr. Mitchell has been an active member of the Medical Association of the Prevention of War (Australia) since 2004, and has served as Student Representative and Vice President of that IPPNW affiliate.
She has been involved in the work of the International Campaign for the Prevention of Nuclear War (ICAN) since its inception, and is currently Co-Chair of the Board of ICAN Australia.
Ruth is passionate about strengthening the peace movement around the world and ensuring our work is intentionally anti-racist, feminist, decolonising, and environmentally sustainable.
As an activist doctor, Ruth believes in the power of bearing witness and listening carefully to the stories from the bedside. Centering and amplifying the voices of survivors of both nuclear weapons and small arms is of paramount importance to her.
Connect with Ruth on Twitter: @drruthmitchell
Ulfat Pardesi from India is presently studying in 4th year MBBS at Dr. Vasantrao Pawar medical college, hospital and research center. I am associated with IDPD- Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, an IPPNW affiliate. Read More
I have attended the International seminar on The Landmark Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear weapons by IPPNW in Delhi and there I have conducted activity Bombs no more. I have also attended National conference IDPDCON in Kerala and spoken about effects of nuclear weapons. Recently, I have spoken about need of increase in Health Budget of India in national webinar COVID-19 – Health crisis and Arms race.
I am opening a FOODBANK so that anyone needy can take food from it. I also write poems and make paintings to spread the message of peace. I am also a National Kabaddi player.
In IPPNW, I can get a global platform with connections of friends and colleagues without any national boundaries so we can work together for global peace, under the guidance of our seniors in IPPNW.
Dr. Angelika Claussen is a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, and has a Masters degree in Peace Studies. Angelika has been active in IPPNW-Germany since 1981, and was a board member of the German affiliate from 1997-2011. She has been European regional vice-president of IPPNW since 2014. Since 2019 she represents IPPNW Germany in the newly built German coalition Read More
As part of her IPPNW work, Angelika specializes in radiation health effects and low-level radiation effects. She is the co-author of IPPNW reports on “The health effects of uranium weapons,” “30 years living with Chernobyl—5 years living with Fukushima,” and ”Nuclear power powers the bomb” (papers available on the IPPNW-Europe website). Angelika has also made medical peace work a priority, and is the author of “Peace through health as a modern approach of constructive pacifism.” She has been active in human rights work with refugees from war regions, especially in Iraq and Turkey, and has traveled to Iraq, Kurdistan, and Turkey, monitoring trials of medical human rights defenders, visiting refugee camps, and providing trauma therapy for torture victims and war refugees.
Charles K. Johnson
Chuck has four decades’ experience as an activist, writer, and fundraiser. As IPPNW’s nuclear program director, he is responsible for coordinating the federation’s work educating world leaders and the public on the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. He is an alternate for IPPNW to the International Steering Group of the International Campaign Read More
Dr. Ira Helfand is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon (ICAN) and is a co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate.
He represented ICAN at historic intergovernmental meetings to address the humanitarian impacts of nuclear war and at key United Nations assemblies Read More
The recipient of numerous leadership awards, Dr. Helfand has published studies on the medical consequences of nuclear war in the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and the World Medical Journal, and has delivered countless lectures around the world on the health effects of nuclear weapons. He represented PSR and IPPNW at the Nobel ceremonies in Oslo in December 2009, honoring President Obama, and presented their new report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago in April of 2012. A second edition was released in December of 2013. Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a former chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and is a retired internist and urgent care physician at Family Care Medical Center in Western Massachusetts.
The recipient of numerous leadership awards, Dr. Helfand has published studies on the medical consequences of nuclear war in the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and the World Medical Journal, and has delivered countless lectures around the world on the health effects of nuclear weapons. He represented PSR and IPPNW at the Nobel ceremonies in Oslo in December 2009, honoring President Obama, and presented their new report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago in April of 2012. A second edition was released in December of 2013.
Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a former chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and is a retired internist and urgent care physician at Family Care Medical Center in Western Massachusetts.
Dr. Masiku Phiri is the Secretary General of the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) and a Transfusion Medicine Physician serving as Regional Director of the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS). He is the newly elected African Regional Vice President and Board Member of IPPNW. He also serves as Board Chairperson of the Zambia Healthworkers for Social Responsibility Read More
Associate Program Director
Molly joined IPPNW in 2019 as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow and has remained on staff since the completion of the program. She was raised in suburb of Baltimore, Maryland where she first gained a passion for justice-centered work. Molly graduated from Salisbury University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Molly has previously engaged in advocacy related to police demilitarization and anti-human trafficking policy. Read More
Dr. Sally Ndung’u is a Public Health specialist based in Kenya with background training in medicine and surgery. She is a healthcare manager working as a medical superintendent in a level IV government health facility in Kenya.
Victor Chelashow is a 4th year medical student at Moi University in Kenya. He’s been working with the IPPNW Affiliate in Kenya – Medical Students for Social Responsibility – since 2016. He’s passionate about advocacy and medical peace work. Read More
He has upheld peace, love and unity in his hometown following post-election violence in 2008 and 2009 by coordinating and leading peace and health initiatives such as peace walks, cultural events and free medical camps since 2017. He’s a peer-to-peer youth mentor and encourages and supports medical students all around the globe, through the IPPNW Affiliates, to take action towards peace and human rights.
He has also worked as Reproductive Health Rights Youth Advocate for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Kenya in 2018 and with IFMSA – SCOPH Africa.
Dr. Arun Mitra is working as consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon in the city of Ludhiana in Punjab state of India. He is Senior Vice President of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD). As a medical student he was National President of All India Medicos Federation and has been actively involved in the peace movement since his student days as a member of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organization (AIPSO). Read More
David Onazi is a Senior Medical Practitioner working with a private hospital based in Abuja Nigeria. He also serves as the International Councilor for Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind (SNDWM)- the Nigerian affiliate of IPPNW since 2014. Read More
Dr. Juva is a specialist in Neurology and University lecturer in Helsinki University Central Hospital, Division of Psychiatry. Her main topics are memory disorders and neuropsychiatry. She has made research on risk factors and epidemiology on dementia. She has also written and edited textbooks on these fields.
Dr Juva has been a member of PSR-Finland since its beginning in 1982, has served as the chairperson for 12 years and is currently the chair of its peace group. She is the other coordinator of ICAN Finland network and she is also a city councillor in the city of Helsinki. Dr. Juva has two adopted children (now adults) from Ethiopia.
Marion Birch worked in public health and health service support programmes in countries affected by armed conflict and disasters for 20 years, principally in Sudan, Mozambique, Angola and Sri Lanka. This included working with national and local services and community initiatives in urban, camp and rural settings, sometimes in complex and volatile conflict environments. Read More
More recently she worked as a training manager, health advisor and consultant, and for eight years was director of the global health charity Medact, the UK affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. From 2010-2012 she was President of the Conflict & Catastrophes Forum at the UK’s Royal Society of Medicine.
Presently, Marion helps run the Conflict, Humanitarian & Health module at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, lectures and examines at St George’s, University of London and for the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. Since 2017 she has been co-editor of the Routledge / Taylor & Francis journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival. She works on health and conflict issues with a network of international colleagues including the War & Conflict Thematic Circle of the People’s Health Movement, and is secretary for Musicians for Peace and Disarmament.
Dr. Paul Saoke MD, MPH is leading consultant in HIV/AIDS, Health and Environment and, Chemicals and Health. He has worked on these issues for more than 30 years. In 1992 with colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics, he pioneered the landmark study on “Perinatal transmission of HIV/AIDS” at the Kenyatta National Hospital. This culminated in the policy adopted by WHO and UNICEF on Prevention of Mother to Child HIV/AIDS (PMTC).
- Between 1993 and 2000 he was one of the consultants for the Nairobi Study (under the Nairobi Consultants) contracted by the Ministry of Health. HIV/AIDS was his main domain in the study.
- In 1994 he also conducted a study of “Social Dynamics underlying Home Based Care for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS”. This culminated in a model framework for home based care in Kenya and marked the transition from institutional to noninstitutional approaches to management of HIV/AIDS.
- In 1994 he conducted the landmark impact assessment of HIV/AIDS titled “Needs Assessment of Children Orphaned by AIDS” The results were published in the book “AIDS in Kenya – Socio-economic impact”. The study was commissioned by UNICEF and culminated in the Sessional Paper on AIDS of 1996. It also had an extended benefit for Policy on Orphans. The study is widely quoted in both academic and nonacademic
circles. The same year he conducted sensitization workshops on the
situation of orphans and HIV/AIDS in six most affected Districts in Kenya
- In 1997, he conducted a rapid assessment on sexual practices in four schools in Bondo District. The study largely informed reproductive health interventions and approaches for the NGO community in Kenya. It revealed a serious gap in knowledge and practices among Kenyan adolescents.
- In 1997, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Medium Term Review of the National AIDS Control Program (NASCOP). The review largely informed the formation of the National AIDS Council. In 2000, he was appointed as the lead consultant to develop the HIV/AIDS Policy for the Kenyatta National Hospital.
- Dr. Saoke is an expert in developing sensitization and public education materials.
Dr. Tilman Ruff AO is an infectious diseases and public health physician. He is Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Dr. Ruff has been a Co-President of IPPNW since 2012. Read More
I am Yusuf Dominic, a fourth year medical student at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. I am a current Co-ISR (International Students Representative) of IPPNW. I joined IPPNW in 2018 at a Global Health Training organized by the Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind (SNDWM) the Nigerian affiliate of IPPNW at Kano Nigeria. Read More
I am a very passionate humanitarian activist and have worked with quiet a few NGO’s within Nigeria and Borno State Government in tackling insurgency. I love socializing, interacting with great minds and meeting new people. Play badminton, hoping to be a professional though.
In 2014, I worked with the Borno State Government, on a program tagged ‘Borno Youth Empowerment Scheme’ (BOYES). It entails youths being subjected to military drills and certain training in fighting against the Boko Haram insurgency.
I worked with WHO in the campaign of the eradication of Polio in Nigeria 2016, titled ‘Operation kick Polio out of Nigeria’ where I served in the capacity of an Independent Monitor, shortly after i became the independent supervisor of the various vaccination teams. Not long after we had the last wild case of Polio in Nigeria, and WHO last year (2020) declared Nigeria Polio free.
I have also been volunteering with Catholic CARITAS Nigeria since 2018, in responding to various humanitarian needs in IDP Camps and various communities of concern. I have volunteered with UNICEF in 2020 on Covid-19 Sensitization program, with Non enclosure Medical Frontiers (NEMEF).
I am also compelled to talk about my earned certificates in the Medical Peace Work from course 1 ‘Health workers, conflict and Peace’ to the seventh ‘Prevention of interpersonal and self directed violence’. This is a milestone achieved in understanding and solving diverse humanitarian problems, and I call upon all students and Peace actors to embark on it.