Dr. Kanyanta B. SUNKUTU

Medical Doctor – BSc; MBChB - University of Zambia MPH (Public Health) - University of Leeds, UK HND (Health Management) - PA Institute for Health


Dr Kanyanta Sunkutu is currently employed as a Technical Specialist in the Family Planning team in charge of Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS) for the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO). A Chevening Scholar, he holds medical qualifications (BSc; MBChB) from the University of Zambia’s School of Medicine and a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Nuffield Institute of the University of Leeds, UK. He also has a Higher National Diploma in Health Management (HND) from the Pan-African Institute for Health and the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). Dr Sunkutu has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH).

He has 20 years post-graduate experience in public health programming at district, national and international levels, working with governments, international NGOs, multi-laterals, including the UN System.  He has also taught Public Health at the University of Zambia as an Honourary Lecturer.

His interest in Global Health Diplomacy is oriented towards a socio-development approach in resolving public health challenges. He has been actively involved in identifying sustainable solutions for reproductive health services in East and Southern Africa through Regional Economic Communities (RECs), using Total Market Approaches (TMA) and championing the increased use of generic contraceptives and other reproductive health medicines. This has also involved standardising and harmonising quality assurance and other supply chain related systems and approaches, as well as seeking innovative approaches to programming. Additionally, he is also working on innovation and increasing efficiencies in LMIS, as well as end-to-end visibility in supply chains. He is a father and an ardent boxing and soccer fan.


Dr Kanyanta Sunkutu, a medical doctor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), is a dedicated and highly motivated professional who uses public health interventions to foster social development and empowerment of marginalised societies, especially young people and women. Amongst significant strengths are resource mobilisation (both financial and human capital), generating and using evidence for decision-making and promoting innovation to reduce the costs (time, funds, etc) in implementing development and managing change.


18+ years experience at district, national and international levels in public health programming, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the public sector, international NGO setting and the UN System. Skills in health systems strengthening


Experience with managing varied funding mechanisms, donor agencies and working within the UN System at country and international level, e.g. bilaterals like USAID, JICA, DFID and the Global Fund; worked with WHO and UNFPA.


Fostering strategic partnerships with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the African Union (AU) and NEPAD to harmonise and standardise reproductive health commodity quality assurance systems in the region.


Highly versatile and willing to learn and take on new challenges, e.g. effective involvement and contribution to the UNFPA assessment of setting up an innovation hub; fostering innovation within ESARO. Evidence informed decision-making through analyses.


Years of Experience







Work Experience


Reproductive Health Commodity (RHCS)/Comprehensive Condom Programming (CCP) Technical Specialist

UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), Johannesburg


CCP Programme Specialist

UNFPA ESARO, Johannesburg


Country Team Adviser/NPO (HIV & AIDS)

WHO Zambia Country Team


Project Manager

Cross Border Initiative HIV & AIDS Project (“Corridors of Hope”). World Vision – Zambia, on secondment from the Ministry of Health. The Project had a lot of funding and implementing partners. Funded by JICA and USAID through Family Health International (FHI). The project was co-implemented by World Vision Zambia and Society for Family Health (PSI – Zambia)