Dr. Esther Buregyeya, is an Associate Professor and Head of Department for Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University School of Public Health. She is a Ugandan physician with a master of philosophy in health sciences (with a bias in occupational health) from University of Bergen, Norway and a PhD in medical sciences from University of Antwerp, Belgium. Esther is a research expert in disease control with over 16 years of experience in service including clinical work in a district as a medical officer, teaching and research. She has a strong background in field research with vast experience in designing and implementing community and facility-based research mainly in HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
Esther has been engaged in capacity building and mentorship programs for almost 15 years as a Lecturer. She participates in teaching including research methods, communicable and non-communicable disease control interventions for undergraduate and graduate students. She has also supervised more than 20 graduate students to completion. Esther worked as a One Health Focal Person on the One Health Central and Eastern Africa/One Health Workforce Project (OHCEA/OHWF). She is a member of the National One Health Platform and National Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Her research interests include HIV, tuberculosis, AMR, emerging and re-emerging diseases and mHealth. Her current research is on i) using mHealth to improve linkage to care among tuberculosis patients and promoting hand hygiene in health care facilities-key intervention in controlling AMR. ii) DOT Selfie: A Mobile Health Intervention with Transfer of Social Bundle Incentives to increase treatment adherence in tuberculosis patients in Uganda. iv) Using a behavioural approach to design an antimicrobial stewardship intervention in healthcare facilities in Kampala, Mukono and Luwero Districts, Uganda.