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Emmanuel Mugisha, PhD, MPH

Country Director, Uganda

Emmanuel Mugisha, PhD, MPH, is PATH’s country director in Uganda, providing linkages at the national, regional, district, and local levels for our work on HIV/AIDS, family planning, reproductive health, vaccines, and maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition.

Dr. Mugisha is a public health specialist with more than 20 years of experience in research, public health program implementation, project management, and monitoring and evaluation, particularly related to HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, vaccines, and systems strengthening. He has led the planning, budgeting, staffing, implementation, and evaluation of many projects, including serving as project leader for the human papillomavirus vaccine demonstration. He has been involved in starting large projects funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including the Advocacy for Better Health project, where he now provides general oversight. He regularly collaborates with Uganda's ministries of health, education, and gender as well as the World Health Organization, USAID, and regional and local partners.

Before joining PATH in 2006, Dr. Mugisha served in various organizations in different capacities, such as study coordinator for the first African HIV vaccine trial with the Joint Clinical Research Center (funded by the US National Institutes of Health). Subsequently, he served as the senior national program officer for the second HIV vaccine trial funded by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).

Dr. Mugisha holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in health systems from the University of South Africa.