The Founders

Dr Msuya

Dr. Walii Msuya is EHCO’s Chairman and Co-Founder, whose lifelong dream of building a health center here has finally come true. He is the driving force behind our leadership team as well as our land purchases and construction projects. A married father of three, Dr. Msuya received his M.D. degree in 2013 from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tumaini University Makumira. Since then he has been a practicing physician with a focus on maternal health.


Dr Lisso

Dr. Frank Lisso is a trained, experienced surgeon who received his medical advanced diploma in Clinical Medicine at Bugando Medical Training Centre and has worked with Dr. Msuya since 2014.


Safiniel"Safi" Mbwambo holds a diploma in nursing from the NKINGA School of Nursing, and she is a trained nurse midwife. She is registered with the Tanzania Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nurse Veronica

Veronica Nkuwi earned a certificate in nursing with special training as a nurse midwife from Dereda School of Nursing. She is registered with the Tanzania Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Kisakeni J. Mdee is EHCO’s accountant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy with honors from the University of Dar es Salaam. He is a certified public accountant recognized by the Tanzanian National Board of Accountants and Auditors.


The Global Sponsor


Dr. Lauri Costello has been passionate about women’s health, obstetrics and pediatrics since earning her medical degree in 1985 from the University of California-Davis. She practiced family medicine for 25 years in Spokane, Washington. Her passion for global health led her to volunteer in Nepal, Micronesia, Ecuador, Belize, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Rwanda, Mexico and Tanzania.  She has taught at two medical schools in the Caribbean and is now living in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


"Having volunteered in several healthcare efforts in developing countries, I was immediately impressed by Dr, Msuya’s integrity, his dedication to his patients, and his personable calm. When he shared with me his dream of opening a women's health center in underserved rural Tanzania, I realized that it matched my own dream of partnering with locals to make a real impact where it is most needed. When I received an inheritance from my dear uncle, who appreciated my international health endeavors, it provided to a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for EHCO."

Dr. Lauri Costello