Steven Ssendagire is currently working as a Senior Resident Mentor with the Health Policy Planning and Management (HPPM) Department of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). His primary responsibility with MakSPH is to socialize Master of Public Health (MPH) officers into the world of Public Health Practice. Steven has also been and is still involved in writing and managing a number of research related projects implemented by MakSPH. Steven Ssendagire is a Pharmacist by undergraduate training with a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Previously, Steven has worked with the International Medical Group (IMG) as a Pharmacist, MakSPH as an academic mentor and project coordinator, with International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a training coordinator and most recently as an Epidemiologist with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Division (ESD) at the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Uganda.

Steven Ssendagire has extensive interest and practical experience in multi-country project management, Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), capacity strengthening for outbreak preparedness and response, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of infectious disease surveillance systems, implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR), Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) assessment, coordination of infectious disease preparedness, outbreak investigation and coordination of disease outbreak response using the Incident Management System (IMS). Steven’s current research interests include collaborative governance and coordination of resources for responding to infectious disease outbreaks

Mr. Aloysius Mutebi is a Research Fellow in the department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at the School of Public Health, Makerere University. He holds a Bachelor of statistics degree and Masters Degree in Public Health of Makerere University plus s post graduate diploma in development planning with computer techniques of Erasmus University, Netherlands.  He received additional training in National Accounts from Munich, Germany. Aloysius’s specialized areas of interest include: Health Information Systems, Human Resources for Health, Monitoring and Evaluation, family planning and maternal and child health. He has worked with various local and international consultancies on different programs funded by international organizations for over 15 years. Aloysius worked on willingness to pay for HIV drugs studies, service voucher studies in hard to reach areas, the recent project monitoring and accountability.

Ms. Rebecca Racheal Apolot is a research fellow in the department of health policy, planning and management. She obtained both a bachelors degree in Environmental Health Science and a master of Public Health from Makerere University School of Public Health, and she is also a trained field epidemiologist. Rebecca has training in climate change mitigation and adaptation from SMHI- Sweden. Currently she is the program coordinator for the Future Health Systems study at Makerere University School of Public Health and an investigator in RinGs-FHS study in Uganda looking at accountability in MNH among the physically disabled and adolescent mothers. She is also involved in other studies; on costs of illness of Vaccine-preventable diseases in Uganda (JHU-MakSPH collaboration) and of Value of Health in Uganda (UNC-MakSPH). As a field epidemiologist, she has excelled in investigating and responding to many disease outbreaks including Ebola in West Africa in 2014 in Sierra Leone where she was crown and given honorary titles of Mummy Queen in two different chiefdoms of Gbendembu Ngowahun and Sanda Teindaren for successfully and speedily controlling Ebola in the chiefdoms.  Rebecca played a technical advisory role in field epidemiology-Community based disease surveillance in the Uganda Red cross that responded and controlled cholera in 7 districts of Eastern Uganda in 2016. Her innovation in using community structures to respond to Ebola in Bombali-Sierra Leone has worn scientific innovations award in the world of Science. Her research area of interest and passion is Community based and driven innovations in health systems 

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Mr. Kakaire Ayub Kirunda is a communication for development specialist. Working as a Communications Specialist, he oversees communication activities that support the implementation of a couple of maternal and newborn health projects under the HPPM Department and ensures 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 journalistic works and media fellowships to his name. He is also a media mentor and trainer. Kakaire holds a Bachelors of Mass Communication and an MA in Communication for Development. He is currently pursuing another MA, in Health Promotion, Education and International Development.

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