Dr Larry Sthreshley

Chief of Party

Dr. Larry Sthreshley has been a recognized leader in global public health for over 25 years, focusing primarily in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has spent most of his life in the Congo, having grown up as the son of Presbyterian missionaries in the Kasaï Provinces. He currently serves as a health liaison with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and is seconded to IMA World Health, serving as IMA’s Country Director for DRC.

Dr. Sthreshley’s technical expertise centers around health systems strengthening, MCH, nutrition, malaria, WASH, SGBV and livelihood programs. He has made significant contributions to the design and implementation of large-scale health systems strengthening programs in the DRC and also has specialized experience in health care financing and cost recovery, supply chain management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Prior to leading the ASSP Project, Dr. Sthreshley served as the Chief of Party for the USAID Project AXxes (2006-2011) designed to provide integrated development assistance based on the Ministry of Health’s “Appui Global” strategy for 57 health zones, reaching a population of more than 8 million persons. He has also collaborated on healthcare policy with the U.S. government and international donors, including the Global Fund, DFID, and EU.

He holds a doctorate in international health systems management from Tulane University, a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in public health from the University of North Carolina.

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” 

~ Chuck Swindoll, Christian pastor and radio preacher

Dr Susan Girois

Deputy Chief of Party

Susan Girois is a senior public health and medical professional with over 20 years of healthcare, complex emergency and disability programme management and service provision experience. In the development field, she has spent over 10 years in programme leadership and management roles with donors including FCDO, USAID and the World Bank. She has deep experience in value-based care delivery and systems improvement, serving as both a physician and a manager. Her areas of health expertise include primary care, female care, and HIV. Over her career, she has developed a team-based and collaborative approach to project management, working to ensure partners and donors are included in decision-making. Her approach places continuous feedback and quality improvement at its core to ensure accountability to both the populations served and to donor organisations. As a mission-driven and accountable leader, Susan has successfully led large and geographically dispersed teams in implementing health programs. 

“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”

~ Sheri L. Dew, Author and CEO

Dr Bernard Ngoy

Technical Director

Bernard Ngoy, MD, MPH, is a Congolese physician who received his Medical Doctor Diploma in General Human Medicine at the University of Kinshasa in 2001.

After serving as a medical officer at Bulape Hospital for seven years, he studied to receive his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kinshasa School of Public Health.

Dr. Ngoy has particular experience in the management of public health projects and programs and has been working with IMA World Health for five years


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