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.



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