GHI Uganda Partnership Directors: Cynthia Haq, MD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences; Linda Baumann, Ph.D., RN, Professor, School of Nursing; Ajay Sethi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences; Tony Goldberg, Ph.D., D.V.M., MS, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine
The GHI has continued active partnerships for health in Uganda through education, research and development projects through the leadership of many UW faculty members.
Tony Goldberg, Ph.D., D.V.M., MS, of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, an epidemiologist with special interests in zoonotic disease transmission, leads the Kibale EcoHealth Project, an interdisciplinary project focused on the ecology of infectious diseases transmitted among people, domestic animals, and wild non-human primates in the region of Kibale National Park in western Uganda. Dr. Goldberg includes UW students and faculty in his projects in Uganda to promote the health of animals, people, and the environment.
Professor Ken Shapiro and John Ferrick (CALS) continue training programs including a Masters in Nutrition in the Makerere University School of Public Health, and to promote nutrition education for village health workers. Professor James Ntambi (Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences) and John Ferrick continue to offer the popular UW undergraduate course on Health and Nutrition in Uganda, and to pursue research on nutrition, diabetes and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Solomy Ntambi, MSW (UW Hospital and Clinics) has supported social work and other health professional internships in Uganda.
Several School of Medicine and Public Health continue with educational or research projects in Uganda. Dr. Frank Graziano (Internal Medicine) continued his efforts to enhance the skills of Ugandan health professionals to provide anti-retroviral therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Scott Mead (Internal Medicine) visited Buluba Hospital with students in the Health and Disease in Uganda field course to explore options for future collaborations. Dr. Cindy Haq (Family Medicine) returned to the Department of Family Medicine at Makerere University in May of 2010 to continue her support of the development of family medicine as a discipline, and as a member of a consortium of European and North American universities working to strengthen primary health care in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ajay Sethi, Ph.D., an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Population Health Sciences who specializes in HIV, anti-retroviral therapy, and substance abuse, continued his programs to promote and evaluate mobile anti-retroviral pharmacies in rural Uganda funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is building and sustaining a team of Ugandan and UW graduate students to conduct epidemiological research in Uganda.