Posts Tagged ‘Uganda’

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.

Research site monitoring for compliance with ethics regulatory standards: review of experience from Uganda

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

An assessment of Makerere University College of Health Sciences: optimizing health research capacity to meet Uganda’s priorities

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Quality of care in contraceptive services provided to young people in two Ugandan districts: a simulated client study

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Constraints and prospects for contraceptive service provision to young people in Uganda: providers’ perspectives

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Mr. Paul Kutyabami

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Mr. Kutyabami is a lecturer at the Department of Pharmacy at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee at the College for four years and is Managing Director of Medline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He received a BPharm degree from Makerere University and an MA in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in the USA. He is currently involved in conducting research and supervising students in research. His other duties include lecturing postgraduate students in research ethics and undergraduate students in professional ethics. His own research focuses on access to medicines and ethics.

He has facilitated sessions at several research ethics and Good Clinical Practice workshops for investigators and Research and Ethics Committee members. He collaborated with other Ugandan Fogarty bioethics fellows to form the Bioethics working group under the Uganda Society for Health Scientists. The Bioethics working group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) through which it has developed a training curriculum for Research Ethics that is being offered by the UNCST to investigators and Research and Ethics Committee members.

Paul Kutyabami recognizes that the increased volume of research activities at the College of Health Sciences puts a strain on existing resources for training in research ethics and reviewing, regulating and monitoring research processes. Through participation in the Johns Hopkins Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program he hopes to gain knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to the establishment of a unit of Bioethics at the College of Health Sciences which will house a research ethics training program.

Persistent High Fertility in Uganda: young people recount obstacles and enabling factors to use of contraceptives

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Mr. Freddy Eric Kitutu

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Mr. Kitutu is a pharmacist and assistant lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Makerere University. He participates in didactic and experiential courses of undergraduate students in the College of Health Sciences and also supervises several undergraduate students in their final year research projects.

Freddy hopes to improve his knowledge and skills of ethical review processes and research methods to contribute to a growing body of work in empirical research ethics and bioethics. He will pay keen interest to operations of institutional research boards, federal requirements for human research participant protection, and public health ethics. He believes the Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will provide an opportunity to identify and network with researchers interested in cutting edge issues in research ethics and bioethics. Such networks will facilitate his continued inquiry into and development in research ethics and bioethics after the fellowship.

The knowledge and skills acquired through the Fellowship will ensure that he has the ability to play an active role in ethical review processes at the College of Health Sciences. In addition, these competencies will enable him to contribute constructively and significantly to the long term goal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences to establish a regional centre of bioethics. His research interests include indicators of and strategies to improve quality of the ethical review process in emerging economies, particularly issues concerning group dynamics and community representation in ethical review boards and mechanisms to identify and solve emerging research ethics challenges in resource limited settings.

Ms. Aida Nakawunde

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Ms. Nakawunde serves as the Assistant Research Coordinator at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the Makerere University Kampala. In her current position she manages the administrative work of the School of Medicine IRB. Her responsibilities include receiving and recording submitted protocols that are pending IRB review and approval, reviewing student and project protocols before forwarding them to the Coordinator, preparing minutes and official documents of the IRB and other research –related meetings, and assisting the research coordinator in preparation and coordination of logistical issues at the research office.

Aida hopes to supplement her experience working with the operations and management of IRBs and research ethics with further training in the field of research ethics. The additional skills gained through participating in the Johns Hopkins Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will help her gain more insight into research ethics and allow her to take a bigger role in ethics review at the College of Health Sciences. She hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained to improve the quality of ethical review processes of IRBs at the College (i.e. School of Medicine IRB, School of Health Sciences IRB, School of Public Health IRB and School of Biomedical Sciences IRB) and Uganda at large and to serve effectively on institutional review boards. She hopes to assist with the establishment of an e-IRB system and a Centre for Bioethics within the College of Health Sciences. She looks forward to mentoring and collaboration opportunities with experts at Johns Hopkins and the Berman Institute of Bioethics.