Archive for the ‘Former’ Category

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.

Mr. Chrispin Mweemba

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Chrispin Mweemba is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health, University of Zambia. He attended the University of Zambia (2005) where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Economics before proceeding to the University of Cape Town (2011) where he received an MPH in Health Economics. Some of the courses that Mr Mweemba teaches include; Inequality measurements, Resource allocation and priority setting in health care and Health care financing. Soon after joining the University of Zambia in 2012, Chris was appointed as the Masters of Public Health program coordinator and has held that position ever since. Chris is also coordinating the Health Policy and Management Unit (HPM) in the department, which has since introduced the Bioethics course to the Masters students.


Prior to joining the University of Zambia, Chris worked for Population Council and coordinated two projects, worked for SHARPZ (Serenity Harm Reduction Program Zambia) on a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) Randomized Control Trial (RCT) to assess impact of the evidence-based treatment for traumatized children. Chris also coordinated a UNICEF/Zambia Ministry of Health collaborative project on new-born, child and maternal health.


Chris hopes that being part of the program will give him the appropriate knowledge to teach bioethics and also enable him to sit on the University of Zambia Biomedical Research Ethics Committee (UNZABREC). Chris intends to use his opportunity at Johns Hopkins University to interact with experts in bioethics and help shape his PhD research idea on justice and resource allocation in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Steven Mpungu Kiwuwa

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dr. Steven Mpungu Kiwuwa is a lecturer at the Department of Child Health and Development centre, School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He has a background in Human Medicine, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He recently graduated (January 2014) with a Doctor of Philosophy of Makerere University where he investigated Gene diversity of Plasmodium falciparum in children with mild and severe malaria.


Steven’s department is responsible for coordination of the medical undergraduate COBERS (Community Based Education, Research and Service) program at the medical school. As a lecturer, his duties entail participation in the teaching of research methodology and community diagnosis, student instruction and supervision. Additional activities entail teaching and supervision of graduate students in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Laboratory based scientific methods. Steven was instrumental in the establishment of the research coordination office and the streamlining of IRC review procedures as an IRC administrator and member at the medical school; and was also actively involved in the coordination of ethics capacity strengthening grants with support from EDCTP and AMANET.


Steven has also participated in international collaborative research initiatives funded by the European Union (EU) 6th and 7th framework programs. He worked as the regional coordinator and contact point for the East African region, on a networking project on poverty related diseases during 2007 to 2010 and recently worked as “EO2HEAVEN” (Earth Observation and Environmental modelling for the mitigation of Health risks) local project coordinator for investigating the impact of climatic and environmental variables on the outbreaks of cholera epidemics in Kasese district in Uganda (2010 – 2013).


As a trainee of the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training program, he plans to further develop and enhance his skills in bioethics, provide a leadership role in the training programs of bioethics at Makerere University, and actively participate in the activities of the proposed bioethics centre, including developing monitoring and performance programs for IRC activities, creating and fostering innovative approaches for ethical review by IRCs and mentoring of students and junior faculty in bioethics activities.

Dr. Gaonyadiwe (George) Mokone

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dr. Mokone holds a PhD (2006) in Exercise Physiology from the University of Cape Town. After completing his doctoral studies, he worked for one year as a lecturer at the University of Botswana where he taught Human Pathophysiology to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. He left the University in 2007 to join the University of Dundee in Scotland, where he taught several courses in exercise science, physiology to dental and medical students and offered a specialized BSc (Honors) course on tendon injuries. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Mokone taught Medical Microbiology and Human Physiology at Nursing College in Botswana for a year.


George rejoined the University of Botswana as lecturer (Human Physiology) in January 2009 when the University opened the first and only medical school in Botswana. Since its inception, he has coordinated the first two years of its five-year medical degree program. In August 2013, he was appointed to the University of Botswana Institutional Review Board (UBIRB) and it is through this appointment that he was later nominated by the University of Botswana to apply for the the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Previously, George attended ethics training workshops organized by Johns Hopkins University and UB as well a week-long workshop organized by University of Pennsylvania, University of Botswana and the Botswana Ministry of Health in 2010.


As an active researcher in biomedical sciences and medical education, George hopes his time in the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will help shape and improve his knowledge of ethics principles and applications in the research arena, particularly though interactions with others outside of his institution who are experienced in bioethics. He plans to share knowledge gained with University of Botswana the through workshops and seminars and to carry out his own bioethics research projects beyond the training period.

Dr. Gershom Chongwe

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dr. Chongwe is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia. He has a medical and public health background and currently teaches quantitative research methods and basic epidemiology to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also currently enrolled in doctoral studies with the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. His thesis focuses on the immune responses of the gut in response to mycobacteria and its relationship with enteropathy.


Gershom has been involved in a number of clinical trials for new malaria drugs in Zambia. He has also monitored a multicenter clinical trial on behalf of the World Health Organization which took place in Tanzania and Zambia between 2008 and 2010. Over the past few years, he has been involved in operations research projects in collaboration with the national TB control program.


Gershom’s interest in research ethics arose during the time he served as the Secretary (administrator) for the TDRC Ethics Research Committee for four years. That experience broadened his understanding of the research setting, the roles of the different players and the challenges of conducting research in this environment. He hopes the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will deepen his understanding of research ethics and he has a strong desire to share the knowledge he gains from the training with both his colleagues and students. While participating in the program, he hopes to conduct a needs assessment of the existing ethics committees in Zambia with a view to improving their operations.