Archive for the ‘Trainees’ Category

Dr. Setlhomo Koloi-Keaikitse

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Setlhomo Koloi-Keaikitse is from the University of Botswana where she teaches courses in research measurement and evaluation in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Setlhomo holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Ball State University (Indiana, USA) and a Master of Education from the University of Botswana. She has worked on research for the Botswana National AIDS Coordinating Agency, the Centres for Disease Control, and the Ministry of Education in Botswana. Setlhomo hopes to create contextually and culturally relevant guidelines for community-based research in Botswana, and to improve training in bioethics at her home institution, the University of Botswana.

Dr. Victor Chisha Zulu

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Victor Zulu is from the University of Zambia where he is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Clinical Studies at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Victor holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from Rakuno Gakuen University in Japan, and an MSc in Tropical Veterinary Medicine from the University of Edinburgh. He has conducted significant research in animal reproduction, as well as ethno-veterinary medicine and disease monitoring. Victor is interested in dealing with ethical problems in veterinary medicine and ensuring that both human and animal biomedical research is conducted ethically at his home institution, the University of Zambia.

Dr. John Barugahare

Friday, March 1st, 2019

John Barugahare comes from the Department of Philosophy at Makerere University in Uganda where he lectures and supervises research in the Master of Health Sciences in Bioethics program. John completed his PhD and Master of Philosophy from the University of Bergen in Norway where he focused on allocating and financing global health resources. He has taught a number of courses at Makerere University specializing in applied ethics with a narrower focus in bioethics, human rights and health rights. His research interests include research ethics mostly focusing on both conceptual and empirical ethical issues in international collaborative health-related research, medical ethics, public health ethics, a right to health, political philosophy and how to integrate critical thinking in bioethics education and research.

Dr. Daniel Kabonge Kaye

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Dan K. Kaye is an obstetrician-gynecologist and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Makerere University of College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda. His research interests are evaluating informed consent in emergency care research, especially randomized clinical trials in emergency obstetric and newborn care. He has a PhD in Public Health Sciences (Reproductive Health) jointly awarded by Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2006), a Master’s degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Makerere University (1998), and a certificate in Coordinating Clinical Research from University of Alabama, Birmingham (2006).

Dr. Imelda Namagembe

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Dr. Imelda Namagembe began her service as a medical officer in Uganda 25 years ago. After further training, in 2002 she became a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital. She also currently serves as Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

Her main areas of interest include service delivery in the clinical area of obstetrics and gynecology; training medical students (undergraduate and post-graduate); and promoting research in reproductive health issues and maternal fetal medicine. She has a keen interest in innovations to promote quality of care in obstetric and gynecological emergencies. Other areas of work include prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, advocating for prevention of obstetric fistulae, prevention and treatment of STIs/HIV, promoting family planning and addressing issues of gender-based violence, sexual abuse and rape.

She has supervised 13 students’ research at the master’s level and continually discusses research ideas with others as they go through their training. She interfaces with a number of researchers (students and faculty) when they are presenting their proposals for ethical approval as a member/vice chair for two research ethics committees: the School of Medicine Research/Ethics Committee (SOMREC) of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and the Mulago Research Ethics Committee (MUREC). She has actively participated in discussions on media aimed at improving maternal and newborn health care and engaged parliamentarians in some of those discussions. Imelda is the 2015 award winner for Best Performing Consultant at Mulago/Makerere University. Imelda is also a Rotarian, affiliated with the Rotary Club of Kyengera in Uganda, District 9211 and has participated in a number of activities to improve public health. One of their current projects is to construct a maternity centre, provision of safe water to a rural community, as well as supporting income-generating activities for youth.

Through the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program, Imelda’s goal is to become a better trainer of researchers/supervisors, clinicians and medical students. She also hopes her training will further support her in her research ethics committee work and in the development of ethics training policies for investigators. As part of her training, she is planning a project on ethics and emergency obstetric care research.

Dr. Dolly Ntseane

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Prof. Dolly Ntseane studied Social Policy and administration at Columbia University in New York (1985-1987). She obtained PhD in Social Welfare Policy from Brandeis University in 1994. She is currently a Professor of Social Work at the University of Botswana in Gaborone. Prior to teaching at the University of Botswana, she worked as a Social Worker in the Ministry of Local Government in the area of social security and social protection. She also worked as the coordinator of the National Youth Council where she coordinated national and international youth affairs. After leaving public service in 1989, Prof Ntseane joined the University of Botswana to work as a researcher, instructor and consultant. She has published extensively in the areas of Social Protection, HIV and AIDS, Gender Based Violence and Youth and Family issues.

Dolly was appointed to serve on the University of Botswana Institutional Review Board (IRB) in August 2013. Her responsibilities include reviewing proposals submitted by faculty, students and other local, regional and international scholars. It is through this appointment that she was nominated by the University of Botswana to apply for the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Dolly has a background in social science research, and therefore desires to expand her knowledge and skill in the field of bio-ethics. Her goal is to position herself to become a trainer of trainers once she has completed the course. She also plans to develop a bioethics curriculum which can be implemented across various faculties at her university.

Dr. Joseph Zulu

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Dr. Joseph Zulu completed a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a PhD in Public Health. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Health Promotion at the Department of Public Health, University of Zambia. From 2008 to 2012, he served as an Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Zambia, Student Welfare and Residences Department.


Joseph has 8 years of professional and research experience in human resources for health, heath policy and systems research, gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, infectious diseases, as well as child and social protection. His PhD focused on analyzing the integration process of national community-based health worker programs in health systems in Zambia and other low and middle income countries. He is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and University of Zambia – focusing on post abortion care in referral hospitals in Zambia as

Ms. Basutli Ramontshonyana

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Basutli Ramontshonyana is currently working as the University of Botswana Institutional Review Board (UB IRB) Assistant Administrator at the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Research Ethics Unit. Basutli obtained her Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities in 2007 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 2008 from the University of Botswana.


Basutli is responsible for preliminary coordination of the IRB ethics clearance a prerequisite for obtaining the Botswana research permit. This includes advising staff and students on IRB and Government research permit application guidelines and procedures; documentation of IRB records and retrieval of information as required; screening of protocols for completeness and determining types of review; and communicating with Principal Investigators. She also prepares IRB meeting schedules, organizes IRB meetings, workshops and takes minutes during IRB meetings, as well as providing any other relevant administrative requirements.


Before joining ORD, Basutli worked as an Intern Research Assistant for several externally and internally funded projects at UB which exposed her to proposal writing, study designs, data collection and analysis, conducting the informed consent process and translation of informed consent forms from English to Setswana (the commonly used local language) for nine months.


Basutli’s experience at ORD broadened her understanding of research and bioethics issues. She believes that the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will further enrich her capacity and experience in research ethics, enabling her to embark on the scientific and ethical review research proposals of research involving human subjects, a task that she has not been performing. She is also hopeful that she will gain experience in writing and reviewing research and bioethics related articles. At the end of her training, she hopes to share the knowledge and skills gained both her colleagues at the research ethics unit, the university and Botswana as a whole through collaborative training, publishing, networking and presenting at both local and international conferences.

Dr. Janet Nakigudde

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Janet Nakigudde is a behavioral scientist Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda.  She attended Makerere University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and thereafter attended Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Makerere University in a sandwich program to obtain a doctorate in Psychology in 2011.  As part of her work, she mentors undergraduate and postgraduate students in behavioral science and bioethics. She is also involved in clinical work in the hospital and started the psychological assessment and management of patients in the two Uganda National referral hospitals (Mulago and Butabika).  In 2013-14, she was awarded the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar award for a clinical attachment.


Through her work, she has gained experience working with vulnerable populations with her PhD thesis focusing on postpartum psychosis and family social support.  Since completing her PhD, she has continued to work with vulnerable populations such as children, refugees, and those affected by Ebola and Maburg.  In a collaborative study with New York University, she and her collaborators tested out strategies to improve mental wellbeing of primary schoolchildren children in Uganda by implementing a classroom-based behavioral management program. This program was welcomed by the Ugandan Ministry of Education and the two parties are now working on ways of scaling up and implementing it in primary school teacher training colleges in Uganda.  During the Ebola and Maburg outbreaks in Uganda in 2012 and early 2013, she coordinated the psychosocial team work of the two task forces. As a result, she was awarded a medal at the last 2015 Uganda International Women’s day cerebrations as one of the Ugandan women achievers.


She is an IRB member of the School of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences and is also a vice chair for the Mengo Hospital IRB. She is interested in the justice and fairness processes of carrying out research in clinical and community settings.  She hopes that the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will enable her to effectively carry out her IRB duties, enhance her tutoring of students in bioethics and research work and work towards her University’s mission in bioethics.