Vice Chancellor of Busitema University

Prof. Paul Waako

Academic Qualifications:

2000 - 2003: Doctor of Philosophy Degree University of Cape Town, South Africa.

1995 -1997: Master of Science in Pharmacology, Makerere University, Uganda

1988 -1993: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

2004 - 2005: Post graduate Diploma in management Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, Uganda

Relevant Work Experience

  1. May 2019 to present day: Vice-Chancellor Busitema University
  2. 2013 - 2019: Dean, Busitema University Faculty of Health sciences
  3. 2004 - 2013: Professor and chair, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Makerere University.

Recognitions, awards and research Achievements

  1. Recognized by the President of Uganda for Unique contribution in the field of Biomedical sciences, 2006.
  2. Fellow of the Uganda national Academy of sciences
  3. Member of several National and International expert committee
  4. Has over 80 publications in peer reviewed Journals
  5. Supervised over 10 PhD students and over 30 MSc. Students

Research and Institutional Capacity Building experience

  1. 2004- 2010: Coordinator of the Regional Technical Resource Centre for Training and Research on Medicines, Makerere University. This is a collaborative initiative between Makerere University, University of Dar es salaam, Nairobi University and Muhimbiri University and the University of Rwanda, Butare with support from the USAID-supported management sciences for Health. The aim was to build capacity for access to Medicines.
  2. 2007: Host and Coordinator of the Regional course on Medicines and Therapeutics committees. This is program jointly run with the Management Sciences for Health. USA. It aims at strengthening Medicines management in hospitals.
  3. 2004-2012: Coordinator of the Clinical Pharmacology sub-program under SIDA/SAREC support to Makerere University (A capacity development program Supported by SIDA). Part of the general SIDA support to Makerere University.
  4. 2006-2010: Country Coordinator of The International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs Initiative on Adherence to Antiretrovirals (INRUD-IAA). This project was funded by SIDA and the United states agency for international development and covered five countries; Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The total project Value was 3 M USD.
  5. Country Co-principal Investigator for the Access to medicines in Africa and Asia (AMASA) project. A collaborative project of Universities in Europe, Africa and Asia- funded by the European Union. (2010 to 2012). Project Value for Makerere University was Euros-240,000
  6. Makerere University lead person on the strengthening pharmaceutical systems project (SPS). (A USAID- funded project that closed in Uganda in 2010). Project value for Makerere was USD 100,000.
  7. Makerere University Lead person on activities of the Securing Ugandan’s Right to Essential Medicines (SURE).: This is a 25 M USD project granted to Uganda. The grant was awarded the Management sciences for Health, Makerere University. A USAID funded project to which Makerere is an implementing partner 2010 to 2014. Project value for Makerere University was UGX 800M
  8. Coordinator of MEPI-MESAU at Busitema University an, NIH/PEPFAR funded project; 2012 to 2016. The total project value for Busitema University was USD 320,000.
  9. Coordinator of Survival-Plus project at Busitema University; a NORHERD support project 2013-2018. The total project value was 3 M USD of which USD 200,000 was for Busitema University.
  10. 2014 to present day; Coordinator of the Busitema University -Seed Global Health Collaboration. Through this collaboration Seed global health has supported Busitema University in training doctors and nurses; providing visiting faculty to train students and mentor local faculty, equipping skills lab and mentoring instructors on skills training, providing learning resources like text books and e-materials.
  11. 2015 - To present day; Chair, Interim ODL Steering Committee. The commonwealth of learning has supported Busitema University with the development of The Open and Distance Learning policy, the Quality Assurance Policy and a business Plan for roll out of ODL at Busitema University.
  12. 2018; Principal Investigator: Tracking and Mapping antimicrobial Resistance. This is a North-South collaborative project between Busitema University and the University of Antwerp Belgium supported by the VILROUS to the tune of 60,000 Euros. Grant Number UG2018SIN236A10

F. Publications (selected out of 80)

Waako PJ, Odoi-Adome R, Obua C, Owino E, Tumwikirize W, Ogwal-Okeng J, Anokbonggo WW, Matowe L, Aupont O; Existing capacity to manage pharmaceuticals and related commodities in East Africa: an assessment with specific reference to antiretroviral therapy. Human Resources for Health 2009, 7:21 (9 March 2009).

Hannah Akuffor, Phyllis Freeman, Eva Johansson, Celestino Obua, Jasper Ogwal-Okeng, Paul Waako (2014) Doctoral Education and Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening: An Example at Makerere University in Uganda (2000–2013) Higher Education Policy , 27, Issue 2, pp 195–217

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Vice Chancellor of Busitema University

Telephone: +256 772 468458; paulwaako@yahoo.com