Dear CAHI community, colleagues and friends,

It is my great pleasure to announce the 5th class of CAHI’s Leadership, Innovation and Management Fellows, who will begin their journey of personal and professional growth next month. All of these individuals have demonstrated their commitment to improving health and healthcare in their communities, their countries, and throughout Central America. They are a talented, motivated group with a wide variety of professional experience and expertise. I am so proud that they will join our CAHI network. Please join me in congratulating the 5th class of CAHI Fellows:


Andrea María Sojuel Figueroa, Asociación de Padres y Amigos de Personas con Discapacidad
Maxbeny Waleska Marlene López Canú, Asociación Wuqu’ Kawoq/Mayan Health Alliance
Sergio Ricardo Israel Jimenez Yela, Asociación PASMO
Silvia España, Hospital Departamental de Totonicapán
Milvia Lissette Solórzano, Secretaría de Asuntos Sociales de la Municipalidad de Guatemala

El Salvador
Oscar Humberto Castaneda Campos, Hospital Nacional de Nueva Concepción

Sergio Flores, COMSALUD
Josue Vinicio Murillo Macedo, Hospital Manuel de Jesús Subirana
Karen Iveth Izaguirre Sánchez, Unidad Técnica de SAN/SCGG

José María Rodríguez Loáisiga, Fundación MOVICANCER
Silvana Alaniz, Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas
Jose Antonio Granados Rugama, Ministerio de Salud Nicaragua

Costa Rica
Rosalina Delgado Mora, 123 A Moverse
Mariela Delgado Mora, 123 A Moverse
Thomas Federico Meoño Martín, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social
Isabel Delgado Ramirez,  Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social

Giovanna Melillo Vejas, Asociación Nacional Contra el Cancer
Ingrid González, Ministerio de Salud Panamá
Rafael de Gracia Ruíz, Hospital San Miguel Arcángel
Edgardo Saavedra Chavez, Caja de Seguro Social Panamá


CAHI Fellows are selected based on a combination of their individual profile and the merit of their project proposal. All CAHI Fellows share a genuine desire to improve health and healthcare in Central America and a commitment to the personal and professional growth required to become an agent of change.

The projects that the fellows propose and work on during their fellowship share these attributes: the project is within their sphere of influence to implement; the project is fully supported by the institution where the fellow works; it is innovative, it uses technology; it has potential to be replicated and/or scaled-up; and, finally, it has the potential to measurably improve health in the region. We will be sharing more detailed profiles of the fellows and their projects throughout the year.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you who have contributed financial resources to CAHI’s Fellowship program. Your support makes it possible for these aspiring leaders to access the programming and faculty at INCAE, the #1 ranked business school in Latin America as they work to improve the health sector. This is an opportunity that would otherwise be out of reach for most health professionals in the public and civil society sectors. Thank you for making our program possible!

p.s., If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund for our program, you can make a secure online donation, using this link.

Shivaugn Ahern, JD
Interim Executive Director