Dr. Sam Ononge

Title: Effectiveness and safety of Selfadministered Misoprotol for prevention of post partum haemorrhage Dr. Sam Ononge is a Ugandan Registred at Makerere University and he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Makerere University College of Health Sciences where he been for two years. Before that he worked in the same Department as specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, the University gave him title of Honorary Lecturer. Dr. Ononge’s specialization is in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and he is also a trained Clinical Epidemiologist and Biostatistician. Apart from coordinating the research proposal development course in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the postgraduates student, he gives clinical care to patients at National Teaching and Referral Hospital, Mulago. His research interests are in area of reduction of maternal/neonatal morbidity and mortality including HIV in pregnancy. He is the Chairperson of Maternal Mortality Audit Committee of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU). Dr. Ononge received a Young Researchers Award when he presented his research work at the second annual Makerere University Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Public Health Scientific Conference in 2006.

His PhD research is focusing on “The effectiveness and safety of self administered misoprostol for prevention of Post Partum Haemorrhage in rural communities of Uganda: Cluster Randomized trial”


Dr. Ronald Kiguba completed his PhD in Pharmacoepidemiology on 30 March 2016. He has a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and a Master of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MSc.) from Makerere University. Dr. Kiguba is based at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. He is promoting research into the occurrence of adverse drug reactions and medication errors in the East African region. He is interested in promoting the practice of pharmacovigilance and the scale-up of pharmacoepidemiological methods to understand medication use and medication safety issues in resource-limited settings where such data are limited. Documentation of medication-related harms in these settings is expected to foster improved medication safety practices.

His PhD study showed an extensive antibiotic prescription rate among hospitalized Ugandan patients with rampant missed-dose days. The risk of missing a day of prescribed antibiotic treatment was highest on the first day. Dr. Kiguba has since participated in local and international drives to promote antibiotic stewardship.

His research findings also noted a high risk of suspected ADRs linked to the use of antibiotics generally known to be safe, namely, ceftriaxone, levofloxacin and metronidazole. He proposed pharmaceutical quality testing of various generics of the antibiotics on the market.

Dr. Kiguba has participated in national-level stakeholders’ engagements on the use of medicines and their safety which involved the general public through media campaigns; policymakers and healthcare practitioners from the Uganda Ministry of Health, National Pharmacovigilance Centre and health facilities around Uganda. He participated in the drive to revise the existing national PV forms for Uganda where it was proposed to combine the ADR reporting forms for medicines and vaccines.

His publications can be viewed at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Kiguba and he welcomes research collaborations on the use and effects of medicines.

His Cambridge and Uganda Mentors include:

  • Prof. Sheila M. Bird
  • Prof. Charles Karamagi
  • Prof. Waako Paul


Dr. Allen Kabagenyi was the first female THRiVE PhD fellow to successfully defend her Thesis. She was registered at Makerere University School of Statistics and Planning, College of Business and Management Sciences for her doctoral program. She is demographer, researcher, sampling statistician and lecturer at the department of Population Studies, School of Statistics and Planning, Makerere University. Her research interests are in family planning, fertility and related reproductive health issues. She is a Survey Sampling Statistician and a KISH fellow under the University of Michigan–Survey methodology program. She is a Demographic and Health Survey fellow under the USAID-DHS fellowship program as well as Population Communications Fellow, a position she attained from Population Reference Bureau fellowship program supported by USAID.

Her doctoral study sought for explanations for the high fertility rates in Uganda asking whether low contraceptive prevalence was responsible. Owing to the existing divergent views regarding Uganda’s fertility stall, her study findings showed no evidence of a fertility stall in Uganda for the period 1973- 2011. Factors influencing the fertility levels included age at marriage, age and education of the respondents as well as spousal characteristics including education and employment status. Barriers to modern contraceptive use included fear of side effects, stigma associated with use, domestic violence, preference for large family sizes and polygamy. Discussions with health workers indicated partner opposition, stock outs, misconceptions and lack of provider expertise were hindrance to family planning utilization and influence continued high fertility.

These were conclusions made:

  • Continued education of females beyond secondary and encouragement of late entry into marriage would deter high fertility in Uganda
  • Low contraceptive use is not the sole predictor of persistent high births, but a combination of explanatory factors.
  • Regular stock-out, limited method choice, and lack of provider expertise are an impediment to Family Planning utilization
  • Partner opposition to family planning, education and employment status influence fertility levels
  • There is was no evidence of a fertility stall in Uganda for the thirty eight year period studied


Title: Hypertension and Obesity among Adults in an Urban Slum (Kibera) in Nairobi, Kenya Ms. Beatrice Olack is a Kenyan registred at Makerere University. Since childhood public health has interested me profoundly .I’m a holder of Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology degree from Kenyatta University currently working with Center for Disease Control and Prevention as the International Emerging Infections Program (IEIP) Study Coordinator in Kibera Slums. I oversee the systematic collection analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data collected for use in public health action to reduce morbidity and mortality in the slum. Public health research kindles my quest to understand the world and people around me.

Working in the slums for over 5 years has opened my eyes to the concerted efforts urgently needed to assess health burden and determinants of disease morbidity among slum residents at the community level. Besides my involvement in research, I enjoy mentoring teenagers to formulate principles and morals that make differences in their lives. My long term career goal is to be one of the leading principal investigators in health research. Research Inerests


Title: Epidemiology of soil transmitted helminths and Plasmodium falciparum among school children in Bumula District, western Kenya Ms Stella Kepha is a kenyan registred at Makerere University, a recent graduate from the University of Nairobi, where she obtained both her BSc degree in Biology and Msc in Applied Parasitology. She has a passion for research on parasitic diseases which are prevalent in the tropics but have largely been neglected yet they impact on the quality of life in infected individuals. Her research interest is in immuno-epidemiology of these parasitic diseases, with a focus on understanding the immunological mechanisms underlying helminth-malaria co-infection. She hopes that her research findings will help give direction as to whether malaria control should be integrated to deworming programs or not.

Ms Kepha also hopes that her research findings would make a positive contribution toward improving the lives of infected individuals and plans to pass on the skills and experience acquired during this fellowship to younger scientists


Title: Demand creation for couples’ HIV counseling and testing, linkage to and retention in HIV care among married couples in Rakai, Uganda Mr. Joseph KB Matovu is a Ugandan registred at Makerere University, holds a Master of Health Sciences (International Health) degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. He is an Honorary Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) where he also doubles as the Training Manager for the MakSPH-CDC Fellowship Program. His areas of interest include research on HIV counseling and testing among individuals and couples, sexual risk-behaviors among key populations (female sex workers, truck drivers, fishing communities), male circumcision for HIV prevention, behavior change communication, and family planning practices.

Mr. Matovu is an Associate Editor for AIDS and Behavior journal and has reviewed manuscripts for several prestigious journals including the Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Journal of the International AIDS Society, AIDS Care, among others. He has also reviewed conference abstracts for the International AIDS Conference, International AIDS Society Conference, International Family Planning Conference, among others.

Mr. Matovu has so far published twelve (12) journal articles, and is currently working on three manuscripts, including a book chapter on biomedical HIV prevention advances in Uganda. His most recent paper entitled “Trends in HIV counseling and testing among married individuals in Rakai, Uganda” – published in BMC Public Health on July 1, 2013 – has been featured on MDLinx (http://www.MDLinx.com) under the “Infectious Disease, Allergy/Immunology, Pharmacy” speciality. In 2008, Mr Matovu received an HIV Research Fellowship from the HIV Research Trust (UK) to document couples’ HIV counseling and testing promotional practices at Project San Francisco in Rwanda, and has continued to conduct research on couples since then. Mr Matovu’s doctoral research focuses on demand creation for couples’ HIV counseling and testing (couples’ HCT) as well as assessing the effect of couples’ HCT vis-à-vis individual HCT on timely linkage to and retention in HIV care. He will be supervised by Assoc. Prof Fred Wabwire-Mangen of Makerere University and Dr Jim Todd of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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