Site: Kampala, Uganda
Focus: Lung Health
Affiliation: Makerere College of Health Sciences; Walimu; Yale University
Lead mentor: J. Lucian (Luke) Davis, MD, MAS
Local contacts: Achilles Katamba, MBChB, PhD
The Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Yale University host a long-standing collaboration in lung disease research. The program focuses on tuberculosis (TB) and other pulmonary complications of HIV, with an emphasis on diagnosis and active case finding of TB. Active projects fall under several umbrellas. The Uganda TB Implementation Research Consortium (U-TIRC) uses implementation science approaches to design, introduce, and evaluate novel approaches to improve TB services in clinic and community settings. Walimu, a Uganda-registered non-governmental organization, uses implementation science to improve the quality of severe illness management in health facilities across Uganda. Additional projects look at non-communicable diseases including asthma and COPD. The Makerere School of Public Health Higher Degrees, Research and Ethics Committee and the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology provide strong ethical oversight for these sites. Makerere has a strong tradition of highly successful Fogarty sponsored research training programs; all of the current mentors at the site are former Fogarty trainees now faculty at Makerere. The site has well-established research offices and clinical sites in multiple locations in Uganda.
On-going projects include: