Archive for the ‘2014 Former Trainees’ Category

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.