Meet Our IDM Team

Abel Wilson Walekhwa

Abel Walekhwa

Senior Epidemiologist (Director & Team Leader)

During COVID-19 pandemic, I joined Pathogen Economy Bureau at Science, Technology and Innovation Secretariat – office of the President where I currently serve as a Senior Epidemiologist. I also support research and teaching at Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere University School of Public Health (Uganda). After my master’s research, I was competitively selected among the 13 inaugural fellows at Centre of Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (CEMA) at University of Nairobi (Kenya) where I undertook specific interest in Mathematical Modelling of Rift Valley fever disease, a project I have proceeded with for my PhD studies under the guidance of Dr Andrew Conlan in the Department of Veterinary Medicine.

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Brenda Nakazibwe

Brenda Nakazibwe

Senior Epidemiologist

I work at Science, Technology and Innovation, Secretariat-
Office of the President as the Team Leader, the National Pathogen Economy- Uganda. I am a Ph.D. Aspirant focusing on developing a One- Health Approach for Modeling and Improving Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes. I am also a national trainer of trainers with WHO in Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response. I am a decorated AFENET Corp of Disease Detective (ACoDD) and have participated in response as a frontline Epidemiologist in responding to disease outbreaks on the National Rapid Response Teams for Cholera, Ebola, Anthrax, and COVID-19.  My passion is neonatal and maternal health and I am devoting my efforts to developing models to support designing interventions to mitigate effects of zoonotic diseases on maternal neonatal health.

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Nakasujja-Proscovia

Nakasujja Proscovia

statistician

Nakasujja Proscovia is an accomplished statistician in the final stages of completing her Master’s degree in Biostatistics at Makerere University. With over three years of dedicated experience, she has honed her skills in drawing meaningful inferences and facilitating informed decision-making through data analysis.
Proscovia commitment to her field extends beyond statistics. Her true passion lies in the realm of mathematical modeling, a passion that has been a driving force throughout her academic journey. This fervor led her to incorporate mathematical modeling into her master’s dissertation, where she delved into the complex world of studying tuberculosis(TB). Proscovia is currently engaged in research projects aimed at publishing papers on dengue fever and malaria, further solidifying her presence in the field of modeling.
Her dedication to both statistics and mathematical modeling exemplifies her commitment to enhancing our understanding of complex biological phenomena and contributing valuable insights to the scientific community. With a promising future ahead, Proscovia is poised to make significant contributions to the world of biostatistics and mathematical modeling.

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Moureen Caroline Ochieng

Moureen Caroline Ochieng

Data scientist & Community leader

Moureen Caroline Ochieng is a driven data scientist and community leader, driven by a passion for using data science and mathematical modeling to revolutionize industries. Her journey into data science began as a backend developer on a waste management project in Uganda, where she skillfully utilized Python, Flask framework, and integrated payment options like mobile money, Visa/Master cards, and USSD. This experience proved pivotal in her career, providing invaluable knowledge in data collection and analysis. Actively engages with communities, sharing her expertise while continuously learning from others. She has conducted time series analysis on Covid-19 growth, explored prostate cancer datasets, and currently focuses on developing a mathematical model to understand and mitigate the transmission dynamics of Influenza.

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Kemigisha Grace

Kemigisha Grace

Medical Clinical Officer (MCO)

Kemigisha Grace, a Medical Clinical Officer (MCO), and a Bachelor of Environmental Health Sciences student, at the School of Public Health Makerere University.
Piloting a one-month-onsite continuous professional training of Health Workers in Private For-Profit (PFPs) Health facilities on malaria management in Kampala Uganda.In this project, we will conduct mentorship on Malaria management and adherence to established policies and guidelines. This will build competence for health workers in PFPs yet generate evidence for scaling up this intervention countrywide if successfully executed. By 2040, I see an epidemiologist, grant, winner, capacity builder, and mentor in infectious diseases epidemiological modelling.

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Frank Gramsen Kizza

Frank Gramsen Kizza

Environmental Health scientist

Frank Gramsen Kizza, an Environmental Health scientist. Am working on a modelling project to understand the Impact of Urbanization on the Transmission of Dengue Fever in Kampala Uganda. Epidemiology and modelling skills are critical for understanding and addressing public health challenges. With the ongoing emergence of new infectious diseases, the growing burden of chronic diseases, and the need for evidence-based policy and decision-making, The continued need for professionals with expertise in epidemiology and modelling I believe having such skills will put me in a position to help in the response to such challenges in the future.

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Musisi Pascal

Musisi Pascal

Data Scientist

My name is Musisi Pascal. I have Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Major) and Computer Science (Minor) from Makerere University Kampala. I am currently doing a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematic (computational mathematics) where I am fascinated with Partial differential Equation’s modelling of Ecological phenomenon and my research topic is “Lotka-Volterra Predator-Prey Population Model with Spatial and Temporal Effects”.  I seek to continue carrying out research in PDE modelling of Epidemics and provide Second Opinion Models that can aid in effective decision making. I hope to have a PhD and be a prominent researcher by 2040.

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Muhumuza Nicholas

Muhumuza Nicholas

Public health specialist

Nicholas is a Public health specialist with 12 years of professional work and three years of research experience in Community health worker’s response to disease outbreaks in Uganda.
 My research interest are; Infectious diseases Epidemiology, Statistical Epidemiology and Modelling focusing on malaria and Tuberculosis (TB), Neglected tropical diseases (NTD).
By the year 2040 I want to see myself with a PhD in infectious diseases or neglected tropical disease epidemiology. Published more than 50 articles in research journals, mentored over 1000 people in the varea of infectious disease epidemiology and modelling. I should have won over 50 research grants, worked with international organizations like, WHO, (CDC), UNICEF, AFENET and lecturing in reputable universities across the world.

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Preston Orimwesiga

Preston Orimwesiga

Healthcare Data Analyst/Computer Scientist

Preston Orimwesiga, a skilled software developer, data analyst, and aspiring epidemiologist, specializes in leveraging Big Data and Business Intelligence techniques to drive impactful healthcare data analysis. Holding a BSc. in ITC, I utilize statistical modeling and machine learning algorithms to extract actionable insights. My current project centers on modeling Respiratory Tract Infections in Uganda, aiming to pinpoint crucial factors and craft predictive models for enhanced prevention and control strategies. By 2040, my vision is to establish myself as a respected epidemiologist and data scientist, collaborating on a global scale to forge comprehensive models for disease surveillance, outbreak prediction, and resource allocation, thereby significantly elevating public health outcomes.

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