Our Champions

Dr. Wagaki Gicheru

Gradian Champion

Dr. Wagaki Gicheru is an anesthesiologist who has been practicing in Kenya for the past 20 years. Dr. Gicheru received her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi (MBChB) and later joined the same institution for her Master’s degree in Medicine (Anesthesia).

For the past 16 years, Dr. Gicheru has worked at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) where she trains mid-level health providers in anesthesia and critical care. She is a medical education enthusiast and has a passion to see medical educators/faculty develop skills in the use of technology and simulation in medical education. She currently leads the eLearning department and coordination of the simulation lab at KMTC.

Dr. Gicheru is a CPOCUS (Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society) master instructor, AHA BLS and ACLS instructor, founding fellow of CANESCA (College of Anaesthesiologist of ESCA), and a budding researcher.

She serves as one of Gradian’s clinical instructors developing basic critical care courses as well as conducting simulation-based critical care trainings for hospitals across Kenya.

Dr. Ansbert S. Ndebea

Gradian Champion

Dr. Ansbert S. Ndebea is an anesthesiologist specializing in pediatric anesthesia, simulation trainings, and pain management.

He received his medical degree at MUHAS and MMED in Anesthesiology from KCMUCo and completed a fellowship in pain management (FIPM) at Virinchi Hospital in Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Ndebea has been a clinical trainer for Gradian for five years and is our clinical lead for our Tanzania trainings. He has been an integral part of designing training materials for all of Gradian's products as well as developing the curriculum for the simulation-based training programs.

He is currently working as the Director of Medical Operations at STATE AVIATION, a new helicopter company in Tanzania with a vision of transforming the non-scheduled charter industry in Tanzania. In addition, Dr. Ndebea is practicing anesthesia at SALI International Hospitals in Dar Es Salaam and is an honorary lecturer at MUHAS in the department of Anesthesia.

Dr. Ndebea is the official SATA representative for CANECSA (College of Anesthesiologists for ECSA). Through this work, he has led the design and implementation of national capacity building programs for anesthesia and critical care providers - training trainers, mentoring staff, developing curricula and delivering coaching for hundreds of health providers at dozens of facilities across the country.

Dr. Papytcho Ntambwe

Gradian Champion

Dr. Papytcho Ntambwe is an anesthesiologist consultant and intensivist at the Livingstone Central Hospital in Livingstone, Zambia.

Dr. Papytcho received his undergraduate degree in medicine from the School of Medicine, University of Lubumbashi. After working for a few years as a general practitioner, Dr. Papytcho realized the importance of safe surgery as a key to fight perioperative mortality but was struck by the critical shortage of anesthesia providers in the region. He then completed his residency in anesthesia at the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a master's degree in Anesthesia. Following the completion of his degree, Dr. Papytcho went on to complete his fellowship in critical care at the Christian Medical College in India.

Dr. Papytcho is a part-time lecturer at Mulungushi University and a clinical trainer for Gradian.

Dr. Pusparaj Poudel

Gradian Champion

Dr. Pusparaj Poudel is currently working as the Senior Consultant Anesthesiologist at the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital located in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has 12 years of experience in the field of anesthesia and critical care and is actively involved in the post-graduate education of anaesthesia residents at the Academy.

Dr. Poudel has led numerous national-level trainings focused on a variety of topics including the Essential Critical Care Training (ECCT), SAFE Obstetrics Anesthesia Course (WFSA-SAFE Course), Clinical Training Skills (CTS), Basic and Advance Cardiac Life Support (BLS/ACLS), and Primary Trauma Care (PTC).

He has completed an MD of Anesthesiology and Critical Care from National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Nepal, and a Bachelor's of Medicine and a Bachelor's of Surgery (MBBS) from Tribhuban University, Nepal.

Dr. Poudel is Gradian's lead clinical trainer for the UAMV and the CCV in Nepal.

Dr. Ndaba Sipuka

Gradian Champion

Dr. Ndaba Sipuka is an anesthesiologist based in Zambia.

He has been one of Gradian’s lead clinical trainers since 2018 supporting curriculum synthesis for simulation-based trainings for both the CCV and the UAM.

Dr. Ndaba is currently involved in capacity building activities in anaesthesia, critical care, and COVID-19 response at both the national and international levels.

In addition to being an anesthesiologist, Dr. Ndaba is a WFSA SAFE fellow and is also pursuing a master's degree in Public Health at the Copperbelt University.

As a clinical operations specialist, Dr. Ndaba provides oversight and feedback on Gradian's training and clinical operations.


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