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OUTSTANDING! Lancet recognises Makerere’s Prof. Waiswa for spearheading better health systems in Africa, beyond

Prof. Waiswa is currently a Professor of Health Policy, Planning and  Management at School of Public Health, Makerere University

Prof. Waiswa is currently a Professor of Health Policy, Planning and Management at School of Public Health, Makerere University (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA —The Lancet, a world leading medical journal  has published an article recognizing Makerere’s  Prof. Peter Waiswa for building Health Systems  in Africa and Beyond. 

This recognition comes after decades of  his tireless efforts aimed at improving health Systems and health policies, research, teaching, advocacy and execution of maternal, newborn and child health programmes.

Prof. Waiswa is currently a Professor of Health Policy, Planning and  Management at School of Public Health, Makerere University and also a visiting Researcher at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden since 2013.

He graduated with a joint PhD and later a Post-Doctoral fellowship; both as joint degrees/fellowships from Makerere University, Uganda and Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Prior to joining academia, he worked as a district medical officer with Ministry of Health for 8 years in Uganda.

He is the Founder and Coordinator of the INDEPTH Network Maternal and Newborn Research Group in Accra, Ghana and the Makerere University Maternal and Newborn Centre of Excellency in Uganda.

His research interests include health systems, implementation research, and evaluation with a special focus on maternal, newborn and child health.

He is a co-PI of the Uganda Full Country Evaluation of GAVI support for Immunization in Uganda (2014 to date) and a member of the Uganda National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (UNITAG).

Dr. Waiswa regularly engages in policy debates, advocacy and planning at local, national, Africa and at the global level. He is widely published in Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Health Systems .He sits   on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Advisory Board for Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

Upon receiving this news, Prof.Waiswa who is a Professor of Health Policy  Planning  and  Management at School of  Public  Health, Makerere University noted that the article is a vote of confidence in Makerere University’s efforts towards system strengthening and maternal and newborn child health research.

To read the article published by Lancet on Prof.Peter’s journey towards system  Strengthening and Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Click
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(22)01783-4/fulltext?rss=yes

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