Elizabeth Ekirapa Kiracho is a Ugandan Female medical doctor who holds two masters degrees in public health and Health Economics MPH (HE), as well as a doctorate in health systems research from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked at the Makerere University School of Public Health for close to twelve years. Prior to this she worked at a rural hospital in Uganda.

Her exposure to a rural hospital enabled her to understand the context in which health services in Rural Africa are delivered. She has gained vast experience in managing, conducting, and analyzing health related research in a variety of fields. She has specific training and expertise in key research areas that include health systems, health financing, performance based financing, costing, economic evaluation, maternal and newborn health. Furthermore she has been the principal investigator in several research projects that seek to better understand and influence implementation processes while demonstrating their impact on maternal and neonatal health in a robust way, based on integrated and realistic strategies that rely on local institutions and contexts and reasonable cost base.

Her academic responsibilities at the school of public health include lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of health economics, health policy and health systems research and management. In addition she is also an active mentor and supervisor to undergraduate, postgraduate and PHD students.

Phyllis Awor is a Ugandan Public Health Physician with over 10 years of experience conducting health systems and operational research. Her research has focused on: improving both the public and private health sector in low income settings; quality of care for children in rural communities; maternal and child health policy analysis; and social innovation in health care. Dr. Phyllis led an innovative introduction of the WHO/UNICEF supported integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea strategy within drug shops in Uganda from 2010 – 2017, which earned her an award for professional performance in public health and sustainable development; and her research group recognition for social innovation in health care delivery. She regularly works as an external health systems and child health expert advisor for various international agencies.  

Joseph Akuze is a research fellow at the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) in the department of Health Policy Planning and Management (HPPM) where he is involved in teaching and supervising of students pursuing their masters of public health and masters of health services research.

He is the Technical Coordinator of the Every Newborn Action Plan Measurement Improvement Roadmap within the INDEPTH Network and also the coordinator for the INDEPTH Maternal Newborn Working Group.

Prior this he was the statistician on the Maternal and Newborn research projects; MANeSCALE, REFNET, EQUIP, MANEST, Unlocking Community Capabilities and UNEST.

He is a prospective PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has Masters in Public Health from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Masters of Statistics (candidate) and bachelors of Statistics (Honours) from Makerere University.

Dr. Esther Buregyeya is currently a senior lecturer and chair of the Department Disease Control and Environmental Health-School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala. She trained as a Medical Doctor (MBChB) from Makerere University, Uganda in 1998.

She later did her Master of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Occupational Health) at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2004. Her research focus is on TB and HIV. From her recent work one article has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of TB and Lung Dis: “Knowledge and health seeking behaviour towards tuberculosis in rural Uganda” http://www.economistblog.com/

Esther attained PhD, from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and her area of research was “Feasibility and acceptability of implementing Tuberculosis infection control measures in health facilities in Wakiso and Mukono districts, Uganda”.


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