Professor Peter Waiswa

Peter Waiswa is a Ugandan medical doctor, Associate professor of Health Policy Planning and Management at Makerere University School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Uganda. He is a health systems researcher with particular focus on newborn health and development and maternal-newborn-child health services. He leads the InDepth network (Network of DSS Sites around the world) on Maternal-Newborn Health and is a frequent advisor to international organizations on maternal, newborn and child health. He holds a joint PhD degree from Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University, and is on the faculty at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, as well as at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Prof Waiswa worked as a District Medical Officer for eight years under Iganga District Local Government where he rose to the rank of Principal Medical Officer. He has extensive experience in health systems and health service management. His research and program interests in low and middle income countries include health systems research including policy analysis, implementation and operations research, and how well these are linked to programming. Prof Waiswa has published over 60 peer reviewed articles in top global journals in Public Health but also books and book chapters. He is also involved in various community initiatives especially in Busoga, his motherland and recently received an Independence medal from the president for his community service.

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Dr. Monica Okuga

is a medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at the School of Public Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Monica has over five years experience in quality improvement work at facility and community level.

She has previously worked with projects funded by European Union, WHO, USAID, PEPFAR, PLAN international. Her current interests lie in health systems strengthening and quality improvement for maternal and newborn care.


Mr Kakaire Ayub Kirunda

Kakaire Ayub Kirunda is a communication for development specialist with the department of health Policy, Planning and Management at the Makerere University School of Public Health. Working as a Communications Specialist, Kakaire’s role is to guide communication activities that support the implementation of a couple of maternal and newborn health projects under the Centre and ensure impact of research activities with communities, sub national and national policy makers and international audiences.

A former senior health writer and deputy news editor with Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper, Kakaire’s entry into public health came in 2009 when he resigned his newspaper job to pursue the two year Makerere University School of Public Health-Centres for Disease Control fellowship programme.

Although he is now largely into research communications and uptake, Mr Kakaire is an award winning science journalist, with so many works and fellowships to his name. His area of focus was population, health and the environment. He is also a media mentor and trainer.

Kakaire holds a Bachelors of Mass Communications and an MA in Communication for Development.