Dr.Peter Waiswa is a Ugandan medical doctor trained in Public Health. He graduated with a joint PhD and later a Post-Doctoral fellowship; both as joint degrees/fellowships from Makerere University, Uganda and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Currently, Dr. Waiswa is an Associate Professor at Makerere University School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Uganda and also a visiting Researcher at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden since 2013. Prior to joining academia he worked as a district medical officer with Ministry of Health for 8 years in Uganda. He is the Founder and Coordinator of the INDEPTH Network Maternal and Newborn Research Group in Accra, Ghana and the Makerere University Maternal and Newborn Centre of Excellency in Uganda. His research interests include health systems, implementation research, and evaluation with a special focus on maternal, newborn and child health.  He is a co-PI of the Uganda Full Country Evaluation of GAVI support for Immunization in Uganda (2014 to date) and a member of the Uganda National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (UNITAG). Dr. Waiswa regularly engages in policy debates, advocacy and planning at local, national, Africa and at the global level. He is widely published in Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Health Systems.

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Dr. Suzanne Kiwanuka is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy Planning and Management at Makerere University School of Public Health (Kampala, Uganda) with a passion and vast experience in health systems strengthening and evidence based policy making through strengthening of implementation research. Dr. Suzanne holds a doctorate in Oral epidemiology and international health from the University of Bergen, Norway, a masters degree in public health and is a doctor of dental surgery. Dr. Suzanne has led several projects as a PI and Co-PI. She is a co-team leader on a project aimed at saving lives of mothers and newborns through community empowerment and health systems strengthening in three districts in Uganda. Dr. Kiwanuka has vast experience in consultancy work funded by several multi-lateral partners that has been acquired over the past 10 years. Dr. Kiwanuka is strongly grounded in knowledge management and the use of evidence to inform policy following a long term collaboration with the Cochrane Centre (Effective Practices and Organization of Care Group, Oslo, Norway) and the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre, at the Institute of Education, London) to synthesize policy relevant evidence for strengthening human resources for health particularly in Low and Middle Income Countries to identify effectively address health worker challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries. She has worked with the Cochrane Effective Practices and Organization of Care Group to produce and peer review SUPPORT summaries in collaboration with Evidence Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet). Her significant contributions to science include the building of a community of practice and of the capacity for knowledge translation across ten African countries under the knowledge Translation Network For Africa (KTNET Africa) She is also also a highly experienced and widely published maternal and newborn health researcher with extensive experience working with district leaders and communities. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, MBChB, MPH, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). She has vast experience in infectious diseases research, capacity building and program management, especially in the area of HIV and TB and has also conducted several studies in maternal and child health. Prior to joining MakSPH, Dr. Wanyenze was the Program Manager for the Makerere University Joint AIDS Program. Her work has been funded by the NIH, CDC, Global Fund, among others, and she has over 100 peer‐reviewed publications in public health. She has developed and sustained a number of national and international research and service collaborations. Dr. Wanyenze is very active in public health policy leadership in Uganda, has served on various technical committees of the MoH and other agencies, and boards of a number of organizations.

Dr David Musoke is a Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Makerere University, MSc in International Primary Health Care from University of London (UK), and PhD in Public Health from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK). Besides teaching and student supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including coordinating the research dissertation of the Bachelors of Environmental Health Sciences programme, he is involved in vast research in Uganda which has been published and presented at conferences extensively. He is Coordinator of the short course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and was instrumental in its development. Part of his research is on diseases (such as malaria and cervical cancer), environmental health (including water quality, sanitation and hygiene), and health systems/services (such as health-seeking behaviour and human resources for health). Currently, he is conducting research on integrated malaria prevention among rural communities in Uganda, and community health workers (CHWs) who are a key human resource for health. He has also used photovoice, a community based participatory research methodology, in his research including among youth and CHWs. He spearheaded the organisation of the first-ever International Symposium on CHWs held in Kampala in 2017. He is a member of many professional associations including the Environmental Health Workers’ Association of Uganda (EHWAU), Health Systems Global (HSG), and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), UK. Currently, he is the Secretary of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) Africa group, as well as Co-chair of the HSG Thematic Working Group on CHWs. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University (UK) as well as External Examiner at the University of Malawi, and National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe).

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