Martin Mbonye, BA, MA

He is a project leader of the Social Science program at Medical Research Council, Uganda Virus Research Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration and a Masters of Sociology from Makerere University. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS research for the last 10 years and has been a project leader on various social science studies at the MRC sites in Masaka and Jinja. He is interested in male treatment seeking with particular interest in vulnerable men.

Project – Men and HIV prevention: Investigating the role of masculinity in the Health seeking habits of male partners of female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda
For his PhD, Martin will explore how masculinity (defined as the social manifestation of being a man) influences health seeking habits of male partners of female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda. Societal norms often dictate what is required to be perceived as being a good and strong man. Sometimes men in trying to fit within their ascribed roles are exposed to high risk of HIV infection. This work will employ an ethnographic approach which involves spending extended periods in the setting and attempting to see the world from the point of view of the research participant.


  1. Prof. Janet Seeley, Uganda Virus Research Institute and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  2. Dr. Godfrey Siu Etyang, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine Child Health and Development Centre

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