Esther Buregyeya

Makerere University

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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.

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