Last year, on 21 August 2021, the Stop TB Partnership suffered a terrible loss with the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Charles Mwicigi Njuguna. Charles died following a fatal road accident in Kenya on his birthday when he turned 45.
Charles was a loved and valued member of the Stop TB Team for many years, first serving as a Global Drug Facility consultant and then as a GDF Regional Technical Advisor. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he supported Anglophone African countries and some countries in Asia. He worked with over 50 countries. He provided technical leadership in the review of procurement and supply management systems, helped countries with demand forecasting and monitoring of TB medicine stocks, and supported them in the uptake of new TB medicines and regimens to ensure all people had TB medicines when needed.
He has always shared his knowledge and expertise with his colleagues and peers and has trained and mentored TB program staff in different countries to best equip their skills and knowledge necessary for an uninterrupted supply of TB medicines. In addition, he led the GDF work to validate all such information collected by numerous GDF staff across more than 45 countries. He was exceptional at his job and was committed to the STBP mission of increasing access to TB services for all.
Charles was a humble man with immense expertise and humility who contributed to and guided his team and collaborators on every occasion. He was unique in always providing his personal touch in all his interactions with colleagues, both internal and external. Colleagues would call him a “gentle giant” for his kind heart and readiness to support and give a helping hand when you need it. Charles left behind a wife and four children.
Charles may be gone from our sight, but he is never gone from our hearts.