Dr Anastasia Nyalita
CEO, KENYA HEALTHCARE FEDERATION (KHF)
Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) is a Private Sector membership-based organization that serves as the Health Sector Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Founded in 2004, the Federation has a membership of over 160 organizations and growing, that can be divided in Health Institutions (NGOs, Social and Commercial Enterprises), Professional Associations and Institutional Associations, all active in the Kenyan Health Sector. The membership of KHF come from all the 6 building blocks of health systems as specified by the WHO: Service Delivery, Health Workforce, Information, Supply Chain, Health Financing and Governance.
KHF’s goal is to have an enabling environment that supports quality affordable healthcare for all Kenyans. The Federation strives to achieve this by championing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for better healthcare by networking, engaging, representing and through win – win negotiations with the National Government of Kenya. Overseeing all these as the CEO, is Dr. Anastasia Nyalita.
Anastasia Nyalita is a dynamic and competent health specialist, a Pharmacist and an MBA graduate to boot, with an unquenchable passion for sharing her skills and knowledge through erudite communication via various engagement platforms. In deliberately doing this, Dr. Nyalita contributes to the growth and strategic direction of organizations in the healthcare sector and her involvement cuts across the entire spectrum of health sector.
Dr. Nyalita has held various senior leadership roles in several international health and FMCG organizations over the last 20 years, spanning across sub–Saharan Africa and South East Asian countries. She had has served in several Boards in both Public and Private sectors, and is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya and Institute of Directors—Kenya, Immediate Past President of the Kenya Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI), served as a Council Member of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and presently, a member of Kenya Private Sector Alliance, KEPSA, Governing Council.
She is passionate about Leadership and Governance, assets that Dr. Nyalita is currently putting to good use at the forefront of managing and influencing policies and decisions at the highest level of the Covid-19 pandemic management in Kenya today. Dr Anastasia Nyalita is the ‘must include’ member of any Think Tank, Committee, Taskforce or Council where decisions are made regarding all matters Health, if the objective is to get results effectively and efficiently. Her vision is: A Transformational Health agenda that transcends boundaries and generations.
Among the global special projects Dr Nyalita has undertaken is leading and managing Bayer Healthcare’s organizational set-up and build-up in Myanmar at a time when the country was re-opening up to foreign investment opportunities. Though not a ride in the park, was a very fulfilling assignment.
These experiences and capabilities have thrust Dr Nyalita at the forefront as a leading Thought Leader in the handling of the current Covid-19 Pandemic Response initiatives. She says, ‘the Covid-19 Pandemic presents huge challenges and opportunities, including an opportunity to further strengthen our Public Private Dialogue in Health and forge stronger partnerships beyond Health Sector.’’
Dr. Nyalita, when not engaging with various stakeholders, in addition to giving thoughtful opinion on various discourse on handling the Covid-19 pandemic and effective distribution of the vaccines, finds time for deep involvement in mentoring young professionals in their last years of university or early on in their careers after graduating from the University.
She quotes Coach George Raveling as a personal mantras and values that she cherishes, “If it’s got to be, it’s up to me.” This explains Dr. Nyalita’s active participation and engagement on matters Health, to help secure the country and mitigate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. She is not one to remain silent when issues are being discussed. And while at it, Dr. Nyalita is a confident communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage relationships across levels. \
She has been bestowed with the Eli Lilly & Co Global Regulatory Affairs Award, for displaying the leadership behaviour ‘Create External Focus’ and the brand attribute ‘Networking (Medical) Expertise’.