Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization

The Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (ACVI) was constituted in June 2012 mainly to advise and guide the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) in particular and the country at large on the effective use of vaccines to control vaccine-preventable diseases; the introduction of new and underused vaccines into the national health system; how to strengthen Uganda’s health system to better deliver life saving vaccines; and on issues connected to immunization practice. Activities for the first six months are funded by the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) of the US National Academies. The idea to convene the ACVI was first discussed with diverse stakeholders in Uganda (both individuals and organizations) including the Ministry of Health. They all expressed unqualified support to the project.

primary
chair: medicine
name: Prof. Nelson Sewankambo
position: Principal, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala
alternative
co-chair: medicine
name: Prof. George B. Kirya
position: Health Services Commission, Kampala.
MoH / UNEPI
name: Dr. Jesca Nsungwa-Sabiiti
position: Assistant Commissioner, Child Health, MoH.
EPI Team Leader, World Health Organisation
name: Dr. Eva Kabwongera
position: EPI Health Specialist, UNICEF
Civil Society
name: Dr. Patrick Y Kadama
position: Director, Policy & Strategy, ACHEST, Kampala.
Civil Society
name: Prof. Francis Omaswa
position: Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) Kampala
Health Economics
name: Ms. Diana Kizza
position: Health Economist, Sabin Vaccines Institute, Kampala
Health Policy
name: Dr. Peter Waiswa
position: Lecturer, Dept of Health Policy, Planning and Management Makerere University School of Public Health
Paediatrics
name: Prof. Sarah Kiguli
position: Head of Dept., Paediatrics Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala
Paediatrics
name: Dr Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka
position: Senior Lecturer, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala
Vaccines / Vaccinology / Vaccine Development
name: Dr. Jesca Lukanga Nakavuma
position: Department of Biomolecular Resources and Biolab Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University
Vaccines / Vaccinology / Vaccine Development
name: Dr. Annet Kisakye
position: National Advisor, Polio Eradication Initiative
Health Systems
name: Dr. Lawrence Kaggwa
position: AMREF
Disease Surveillance
name: Dr. Roy William Mayega
position: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Makerere University School of Public Health
Parliament
name: Hon. Benson Obua-Ogwal, MP
position: Parliament of Uganda
 
  
  
Advisors
name: Dr. Emmanuel Mugisha
position: Country Manager, PATH Uganda
Advisors
name: Mr. Christian Acemah
position: Institute of Medicine, USNAS

POLICY ADVISING IN UGANDA

Establishing the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization) Support for this work was provided by the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) of the U.S. National Academies, Washington, DC. The Ministry of Health in Uganda also supports the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (ACVI).

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