Deputy Chief Executive Officer: South Africa
and Managing Director: Health Systems Division

Dr Ntombifikile Mtshali


Dr Mtshali has over 10 years’ experience in the health sector as a clinician in both the private and public sector. She has been a champion for the right to accessible and cost-effective quality health care for all.

She most recently led the turnaround of Bertha Gxowa Hospital from a struggling district hospital to a facility used as the benchmark in what government care and excellence should be. Dr Mtshali is a strong advocate for women and reproductive health rights – Bertha Gxowa was the first hospital to provide CTOP in Ekurhuleni for first trimester pregnancies. Under her leadership, Bertha Gxowa established youth friendly services for young people and outreach programmes to neighbouring schools for sex and health education as well as sanitary pads distribution. She also spearheaded patient centred innovations tailored to reduce waiting times and improve overall patient experience of care, and led innovations aimed at efficient utilization of scarce resources such as blood and blood products. In 2017, the Mail and Guardian named Dr Mtshali as one of the Top 200 young South Africans.


Dr Mtshali is currently overseeing and managing a $75 million grant which is aimed at providing technical assistance, health systems strengthening and direct service delivery in the HIV/TB response in South Africa. She leads a multidisciplinary team of operational, support and technical experts in line with the requirements and mandate from the development partners and the Department of Health.