HCK Board

James Munge  – Chairperson
Dr. Esther Munyoro – Vice Chairperson
Sheilla Wettugi –  Secretary
Miriam Igobwa – Treasure

Miriam Igobwa is the Admin/Finance Officer at the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). In her position, which she has held since February 2007, Miriam is responsible for finance and management, and overall office management.

Before coming to KEHPCA, Miriam was an Accountant at Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) since 1990. She holds a CPA Section 2 and is a student of Public Policy and Administration. She currently sits on the Hope for Cancer Kids (HCK) board in her capacity as the Treasurer.

Miriam has strong knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems. She has been responsible for multi-fund budgets and has experience in all aspects of financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting and control. As an administrator Miriam has sufficient conceptual skills to recognize interrelationships of various factors involved in her situation, whose action is likely to achieve the maximum good for the organization.
Dr. Zipporah Ali – Member

Dr. Zipporah Ali, MD, MPH, MPC, HonDUniv


Dr Zipporah Ali is the Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She serves on the board of several organizations including; Hope for Cancer Kids; International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and ehospice and Youth Against Cancer in Kenya. She was among several others who received the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) award for her contribution to palliative care in Africa and her work on the inaugural board of APCA. She has previously served on the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAHPC) board, African Palliative Care Association (APCA) board, St. George’s Secondary School board and Kenya Cancer Association Board. She was also on the steering committee of Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations.

Dr. Ali is involved in advocacy and creating awareness on pain relief and palliative care in Kenya for children and adults. In her leadership role as the Executive Director for KEHPCA, she has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Health to integrate palliative care into government hospitals. She has also been instrumental in advocating for palliative care to be integrated in undergraduate medical and nursing schools in Kenya. She is a strong advocate for cancer prevention, control and treatment and was instrumental in developing the first National Cancer Control Strategy and the National Guidelines for Cancer Management-Kenya

Dr. Ali holds an MD from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi, a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University and a Masters in Palliative Care from the University of Dundee. She has completed the International Pain Policy Fellow program with the International Pain Policy Studies Group (WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin) as well as the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative at The Institute of Palliative Medicine at the San Diego Hospice.

In 2012, Zipporah was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University by Oxford Brookes University in recognition of her outstanding contribution in palliative care both internationally  and locally. She was also awarded in the Individual Advocacy Award by the African Palliative Care Association and Open Society Foundations.
James Nyaga – Patron