School of Public Health
Phyllis is a Ugandan Public Health Physician with over 10 years of experience conducting health systems and operational research. She works at Makerere University School of Public Health as a Senior Researcher focusing on: improving both the public and private health sector in low income settings; quality of care for children in rural communities; maternal and child health policy analysis; and social innovation in health.
Phyllis led an innovative introduction of the WHO/UNICEF supported integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea strategy within drug shops in Uganda from 2010 – 2015, which earned her an award for professional performance in sustainable development and public health; and her research group recognition for social innovation in health care delivery. She regularly works as an external health system and child health expert advisor for various international agencies. Dr. Phyllis is the Makerere University Principal Investigator for Social innovation in Health Research Collaboration.
Freddie has over 15 years of experience working in medical/health research and policy and is an associate professor of health policy and systems management at Makerere University School of Public Health. He has extensive experience in policy related research and policy engagements in areas including: health service provision, health sector governance and financing, health system performance and health policies and innovations that straddle these aspects in Uganda and similar developing countries.
His research portfolio includes organizational reforms; decentralization of health services; autonomy and efficiency of hospitals; and the impact of performance-based contracting on the health workforce and health system. Freddie has led a multi-disciplinary team to conduct a Health Systems Assessment covering the main building blocks of the health system including medicines and logistics systems for medical products in Uganda. He has provided technical services to WHO, DFID, USAID, World Bank, Ministry of Health, Uganda AIDS Commission and multi-lateral and bilateral agencies and foundations. He serves on the Sector Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Working Group of the Ministry of Health in Uganda and on the governing board of Health Systems Global – a professional association of practitioners of health systems and policy research.
Maxencia is a final year student pursuing a Bachelors degree in Environmental Health Sciences (BEHS) at Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda. She is serving as an intern with the Ugandan SIHI team, supporting their work to promote community-based social innovations in maternal and child health in Uganda.
As a Public Health student and a young scientist, Maxencia is one of the founding members of a student led initiative, Integrated Community Health Initiative Organization (ICHIO) which aims at combating preventable diseases in Uganda through community empowerment. During the BEHS internship program with Uganda Village Project, Maxencia worked in a rural community leading a team of six in diagnosing community health problems and implementing interventions which aimed at improving the health status of the community. For her final year undergraduate project, she is doing research on usage of Insecticidal Treated Nets among primary school pupils, under the supervision of Dr. Phyllis Awor. The information from this study aims to inform policy makers and implementers for improving malaria prevention strategy in line with covering up existing implementation gaps.