KAMPALA, Uganda– Prof. Peter Waiswa, an Associate Professor of Health Policy Planning and Management of the School of Public Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, has been appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group. This appointment has elevated Makerere University’s influence on global health, after they acquired permission from the Ministry of Health to carry out Coronavirus tests.
Prof. Waiswa is a leading African academic with over one hundred publications, with training in medicine from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, in Public Health from Hebrew University, Jerusalem-Israel, and a PhD and Post-doctorate from both joint Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
He has been part of many advocacy efforts, strategic policies, and initiatives especially in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, which efforts have contributed to the UN’s Ending Preventable Maternal Death and Disability strategy and the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) which are driving global policies with impact at scale up.
Prof. Waiswa was the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project in Uganda that achieved a 40% reduction in maternal deaths. He is also a member of Uganda’s National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) whose findings have informed Uganda’s Financing Plan for Immunization, the Uganda Immunization Act, and the Uganda New Vaccines introduction Plan, with the associated scale up strategies.
He is the founder and leader of initiatives that build capacity and generate evidence for maternal, newborn and child health in low and middle income countries, like the Makerere University Maternal Newborn and Child Health Centre of Excellence and the INDEPTH Network Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Research Group.
The renowned professor has participated in advisory roles to UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Pediatric Association, East African Community, African Academy of Sciences, and now to the World Health Organization.
We congratulate Prof. Waiswa on his appointment and hope to see Uganda make strides in the areas of maternal and public health. As an organization, we are committed to ensuring equal access to healthcare for vulnerable communities and would love to appreciate WHO’s efforts on the same.