We are searching for community-based solutions that are improving healthcare.
If you have developed and are implementing a healthcare solution, we want to learn from you!
Please click below to submit your solution through our online SIHI share platform.
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We are searching for community-based solutions that are improving maternal and child health, developed by Ugandans, for Ugandans!




The Uganda Ministry of Health and Makerere University are partnering with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) and co-sponsored by UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank and WHO.


Every day, 300 children and 20 mothers die in Uganda. Although many well established medical treatments exist to prevent this, they are not accessible to those who need it most.



Are you a community organization, a health worker, a business owner, a student or a government worker who has implemented a solution that has made healthcare for mothers and children more inclusive, effective or affordable?



Solutions that address the leading conditions killing women, babies and older children e.g. complications during child birth or infections

Solutions that improve health and wellbeing of mothers and babies

Solutions that empower women to have thriving families

If you have developed and are implementing a solution to this challenge, we want to learn from you!

Please click below to submit your solution through our online SIHI share platform.

By sharing your solution with us, you could benefit in several ways

Be recognised by national and global health policy makers


Have a case study published on your solution


Be featured in a WHO/TDR film on social innovation in Uganda


Meet other social innovators in Uganda and become part of the Makerere-Social Innovation in Health Hub

17TH MAY 2017
Solution Sharing Opens



30TH JUNE 2017
Solution Sharing Closes (5pm EAT)

Expert panel review and selection of high impact solutions


Top solutions announced and hosted at Makerere University Social Innovation Hub

Visit to selected projects; Case study research


Innovators to present to the Uganda Ministry of Health and global experts

Thank you for your interest in sharing your solution with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI). If you have any more questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.


Dr. Christine Nalwadda Kayemba is a PhD graduate in Public Health of Makerere University and Karolinska Institute. She is a Lecturer at the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, involved in research, teaching and supervision of graduate students. Her research areas of interest include maternal and newborn health, and health systems. She has participated in various research projects.

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She is a team member of the Maternal and Newborn Canter of Excellence and social Innovations Hub- Uganda for maternal and child health based at the School of Public Health. She is also a member of the National Newborn Steering Committee, coordinated by the Child Health Division, Ministry of Health, and Uganda. She is skilled in scientific writing with publications in maternal-newborn and health systems research among other public health areas.

Dr David Okumu holds MBChB, MPH, PGDHRM degrees. He is a Health Systems Management Fellow at the Makerere University School of Public Health and a District Health Officer, Tororo district, Uganda.

Dr Eddie Mukooyo, Assistant Commissioner Health Services, Division of Health Information, Ministry of Health, Uganda present 32-years of leadership and management experience for Health Service delivery, Health Management Information Systems (HMIS), Information Technology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at both national and district level. A champion for establishing HMIS in Uganda and transforming it to digital/electronic system, training and mentoring national and district staff in the District Health Information Software (DHIS2) and the Medicines tracking using mobile application (mTRAC).

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He is the pioneer in linking HMIS data to score cards for performance monitoring and use of bottleneck analysis for evidence based planning and management of the health services which have been adopted for tracking performance and promoting mutual accountability and effective governance.


He has published widely on the reliability and validity of the Performance of Routine Information System Management framework and tools; presented over 30 papers in international conferences and served as board member on the Advisory Boards of Routine Health Information System Network (RHINO) Washington, DC, USA and was Chair of the Uganda Health Worker Force Advisory Board [2005 – 2008]; member of the Steering Committee of the International Development Evaluation Association, Washington, DC, USA which is affiliated to the World Bank and Measure and Evaluation John Snow Inc. Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Mukooyo was the Personal Assistant to the First Chairperson of the Global Fund; Hon. Dr. Crispus Walter Kiyonga. He is currently a board member of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. He has worked closely with bilateral and multilateral donors such USAID, DFID, JICA, WHO, UNICEF, World Vision, Global Fund and the World Bank


Dr Mukoyo holds a Master of .Science Degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio – USA – 1994; M.B., Ch. B. Degree from Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda – 1983 and has several post graduate qualifications including Postgraduate Diploma in African Leadership in ICT and the Knowledge Society – Dublin City University, Ireland – 2015

Dr Flavia Mpanga Kaggwa is a results’ oriented, dedicated, self –motivated and dependable professional with a solid public health background and experience in public health and development assistance. She has significant experience in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of Primary Health Care (PHC) programmes. Dr Mpanga holds a Master’s degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University, Kampala.

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Holds a certificate in Dynamic Leadership from the Harvard Business School. Is a graduate of the prestigious UNICEF Leadership Development Initiative and most recently completed the programme on Leadership, Women and the UN.


Dr Mpanga has over 16 years of experience in implementing public health programmes. At UNICEF, Dr Mpanga has the primary responsibility of providing technical, financial and administrative oversight of key policies strategies, to leverage resources for children and women programmes. This includes support for the implementation of the national Health Policy and Health Sector Development Plan by engaging in key working groups in the Ministry of Health i.e. monthly Health Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC), monthly The Health Development Partners group (HDP) the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund, monthly Maternal Child Health (MCH), Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) and other technical working groups.


She currently manages the child health team at UNICEF directly supervising six professional staff and takes the lead in engaging with key development partners, including the World Bank, Global Fund, DFID, PMI, USAID, Belgium, JICA, KOICA, SIDA, CDC and the UN, in the planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes in Uganda at both central and district levels’.

Dr John Mark Bwanika is a Medical doctor who is passionate about healthcare innovation. As a founding partner of The Medical Concierge Group Limited, he has first-hand experience of social innovation in health. He is also the Clinical Trial Coordinator at the Infectious Diseases Institute.

Dr Peter Kaddu is a medical doctor and public health specialist with over 15 years’ experience working with Health Systems and Public Health Programming in governmental and non-governmental settings. An experienced team leader, Peter has planned, implemented and managed public health, HIV/AIDS, RMNCH programs in the public domain as well as donor funded programs. Peter has successfully written grant proposals and implemented numerous donor funded projects across various districts at community and facility level.

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He has experience in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programming using the health systems strengthening approach. Peter also has expertise in community health programming and experience in the implementation of iCCM and approaches to quality improvement on health care systems.


He earned his M.B. Ch.B degree from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and a Master of Public Health Degree from the Royal Tropical Institute/Vrije University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is currently the Director of Health for Living Goods, Uganda.

Robinah Kaitiritimba is the Executive Director of UNHCO. She has vast experience in the right to health and the Rights Based Approach (RBA) in Uganda and has worked in the health sector for over 15 years. She is a WHO patient safety champion, a member of institutional review boards of Makerere University School of Public Health and Uganda National Council for Science and Technology.

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She represents civil society at the highest policy and decision-making organ in the health sector – Health Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC). She is a member of various boards of organisations focused on the right to health. Robinah is skilled in Right to Health policy advocacy, Community Participation and Social Accountability with trainings supported by WHO and World Bank. She is a trainer under the global social accountability network – Communities of Practitioners in Social Accountability for Health (COPASAH). She has led studies funded by the World Bank and European Union. She Holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and Management and Bachelors in Social Sciences with a series of international trainings.

Dr Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka is a Senior Lecturer of Paediatrics and Child Health at the School of Medicine, Makerere University, College of Heath Sciences. She is also a Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Health Specialist at the Mulago National Referral Hospital. She is a Ugandan medical doctor who completed her MBChB at Makerere University in 1995; and completed her Masters of Paediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University in July 2002.

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She was a Gilead Fellow at the Infectious Diseases Institute from 2003-2011 where she undertook a Fellowship in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and did research on HIV-infected adolescents. She is a PhD Candidate (2014-2017) at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.


Dr Kitaka has co-directed the adolescent programs at the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic(PIDC) in Mulago, which is led by the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation, Uganda since August 2003. The PIDC is a Baylor-Uganda supported clinical centre of excellence which has one of the largest Paediatric and Adolescent HIV programs in Eastern and Southern Africa with over 2200 HIV-infected adolescents in care. Dr Kitaka has taught Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Department of Paediatrics since October 2002. She has participated and supervised research projects and has over 25 publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr Kitaka continues to participate in an on-going consultation with the WHO and UNICEF on the global scale-up of adolescent care among HIV positive patients and recently has engaged with WHO as an expert addressing the health needs of adolescents in Africa.


Dr Kitaka is a past president of the Uganda Paediatrics Association (2009-2011); and the Founding President of the Society of Adolescent Health of Uganda (2012-2017); she sits on various Ministry of Health Committees and various Boards, including the Adolescent Technical Working Group. She is a member of the Uganda National Advisory Committee for Vaccines and Immmunization; and a former member of the GAVI Civil Society Steering Committee (2009-2013). She is an Affiliate member of the Section on International Child Health (SOICH) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and a fully registered International member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She is a Board Member of the Straight Talk Foundation since 2016.


Recently, Dr Kitaka underwent training(August 2016) as a regional trainer for East, Central and Southern Africa Region on Adolescent Health for Service providers. The training was supported by WHO Headquarters, EuTeach and the WHO Afro EAS Regional Office, participants included Country Technical advisors from the WHO office as well as master trainers from different training institutions in the region who were co-opted by the various universities. Dr Kitaka has supervised over 30 post graduate students, and sits on 2 PhD advisory committees. In the spring of 2017, Dr Kitaka was invited as a plenary speaker in March 2017 at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), in the United States to talk about the ‘Scale up of Adolescent Health in a Resource Limited Country’, this as a result of her work with the Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda.