Dr. Gloria Seruwagi is a public health specialist with background training in social and behavioural sciences. She has several years of work experience that straddles policy development and programming, research and university teaching. She has key interests in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH); health systems & policy. Passionate about equity and social justice, Gloria also takes keen interest in social protection, leadership and system strengthening to improve outcomes for vulnerable groups. Dr Seruwagi is a seasoned researcher with skills in using both qualitative and quantitative approaches although her bias is in qualitative, participatory methodologies. She has over ten years’ experience in university teaching, has conducted extensive research and evaluations and has also provided consulting and advisory services within Uganda, the African region and abroad collaborating with a number of local, regional and international agencies. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 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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Ms. Lydia Kabwijamu is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at the School of Public Health, Makerere University. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health.  She has over five years’ experience in implementing programs aimed at improving Maternal and Child health at community and health facility level. Currently, she works at the Centre of Excellence for Maternal, Newborn and Child health as an Assistant Coordinator and on the Early Childhood Nutrition and Development project. Lydia’s research interests include Maternal, newborn child and adolescent health.  

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Justine Namakula is a social scientist working with the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.  She is the Coordinator of ReBUILD consortium research projects in Northern Uganda. Her research interests are: Adolescent sexual reproductive health(sex education and Health promotion);Gender relations and gender analysis; women empowerment, Poverty and Vulnerability, Health systems reconstruction in post conflict settings, Human resources for Health and Role of private sector in Health system development. She is currently doing her PHD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh focusing on the role of private for-profit health sector in rebuilding the health system in post conflict Northern Uganda. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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