Cayus Mrina serves as the Executive Director of the Pastoral Activities and Services for People with AIDS Dar es Salaam Archdiocese (PASADA). With over 15 years of experience in project management and capacity development, Cayus is an accomplished Development Practitioner and Public Health Specialist. He specializes in leading donor-funded projects, particularly those supported by the United States Government, including initiatives funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Cayus's extensive expertise addresses a number of public health challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and other infectious diseases, covering comprehensive and integrated approaches to prevention, treatment, and impact mitigation.
Throughout his career, Cayus has excelled in strategic planning, resource mobilization, budget management, stakeholder coordination, and implementation oversight. His contributions have been particularly valuable in the area of institutional and health systems strengthening, community engagement, and supporting local organizations in their transition to direct funding from the United States Government. He has a notable track record of working with both local and international healthcare organizations, where he has demonstrated exceptional technical proficiency and leadership abilities. Before his role at PASADA, Cayus worked with a number of both local and international organizations, such as AMREF, USAID, Deloitte, JSI, Palladium, and Pact.
As the current Executive Director of PASADA, Cayus leads with unwavering passion and determination. He remains steadfast in his commitment to expanding access to comprehensive healthcare, improving health outcomes, and empowering communities facing public health challenges, including HIV/AIDS. Cayus's visionary and strategic approach continues to shape the organization's direction, driving transformative change for sustainability, operational excellence, and impact of scale.
Cayus holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and Capacity Development from the University of Dar es Salaam and dual master's degrees in Business Administration from Mzumbe University and Public Health from the University of Dar es Salaam. He is also an alumnus of the 2007 batch of Commonwealth Fellows.