Dr. Denis Akankunda is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Makerere University School of Public Health.  His research centers on generating evidence to inform the development of interventions for safe delivery and child survival among expecting women within the Sub-Saharan Africa region. He is an expert in research and program evaluations relating to HIV and AIDS, nutrition, environmental health, behavioral change and communication, malaria control and child immunization. Earlier, Denis worked with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health - New York as a Deputy Director for a health systems strengthening and an emergency care program in Ghana and Rwanda. He earned his Dr.PH in Health Policy Management from the State University of New York at Albany. He is familiar with the monitoring and evaluation framework for the USAID Feed the Future nutrition program in Karamoja region. In 2015 Denis led a World Bank team to conduct a national mapping exercise on Social Enterprises contributing health care delivery in Uganda to explore their synergies and the partnership challenges that can be addressed by the World Bank and other stakeholders.  He has offered consultancy services to the World Bank - Uganda where he conducted and evaluation exercise on Uganda’s HIV/AIDS health information systems and has published a book offering statistical methods to examine factors that undermine a functional HIV/AIDS health system. Previously, he managed two Centers for Disease Control projects in Nigeria and South Africa that offered voluntary counseling and testing of HIV and other maternal and newborn health services. He has authored and co-authored a number of research publications and has written news articles on a variety of health topics with a goal of impacting health policy.

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