KAMPALA — The former Director General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health Prof. Anthony K. Mbonye is dead.
Prof. Mbonye, 58, a husband to Ms. Lucy Nakyobe the head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet died in a Kampala hospital on Sunday morning after a short illness, family sources said.
“Unfortunately, we have lost him,” a Family member said.
His death has also been confirmed by State House.
“The [Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet] Ms. Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye with deep sorrow announces the death of her dear husband Prof. Anthony Kabanza Mbonye this morning. He was Prof. at the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, MUK & UCU and former Director General Health Services, ” Nabusayi wrote.
He was a professor of public health, College of Health Sciences, MUK UCU and former Director of Health Services #RIPMbonye” she posted on Twitter.
Mbonye has been a Professor at the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University; and Uganda Christian University.
He had a broad background in medicine and public health with expertise in malaria, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases control; healthy systems, policy development and programming.
Previously he was Director General Health Services supervising all community and clinical programs in the Ministry of Health.
Over time, he provided technical leadership and concluded a package of strategic interventions to improve health service delivery in Uganda.
As Director of Health Services, he was a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) providing oversight for the implementation of Global Fund Grants to control of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB in Uganda.
As a Commissioner of Health Services and later as Director of Health Services, he coordinated multiple development partners in the delivery of the Reproductive Health services; and spearheaded several innovations and strategies that improved access to sexual and reproductive health services with reduced fertility, increased access to contraception and adolescent health services; and reduction in maternal mortality in Uganda.