Dr. Kirabira Joseph

Head of Department


Department of Psychiatry

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Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry of Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences located at the Mbale campus of Busitema University, in Mbale city, Eastern Uganda. The department is composed of well dedicated staffs offering both teaching, research and clinical mental health services to the people of Eastern Uganda and beyond. It is accommodated under Mbale regional Referral Hospital which is one of the largest public hospitals in the region. The department was established in 2013 under Busitema University and has continuously provided mental health and related service to different people ranging from students to the general community. We provide a very conducive ambiance and opportunity for student learning and patient management.

Mission and Objectives

Our mission is provide up to date and evidence-based mental health training for both undergraduate and postgraduate students through teaching and research so that they can positively impact clinical service delivery wherever they go.


Our vision is to be a centre of excellence for mental health training and clinical service delivery at all levels in the region.

Departmental Staff

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Dr. Joseph Kirabira Head of Department +256703032703, +256775470542. kirabirajoseph64@gmail.com
Ms Ethel Wandeka Nuwamanya Assistant Lecturer +256775634884 ewandeka2@gmail.com

Services Offered


The department of Psychiatry offers teaching services in line with mental health either within the department or as support to other departments. The main course covered within the department is Psychiatry which is taught to fourth years students of Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery during their recess semester.

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Selected Publications

(Kirabira et al., 2018, 2019, 2020)

Kirabira, J., Forry, J. B., Kinengyere, A. A., Adriko, W., Amir, A., Rukundo, G. Z., & Akena, D. (2019). A systematic review protocol of stigma among children and adolescents with epilepsy. Systematic Reviews, 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-019-0940-9

Kirabira, J., Lam, A., Ssuna, B., & Rukundo, G. Z. (2020). Psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents with active epilepsy in southwestern Uganda. PAMJ - One Health, 3(9), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.11604/pamj-oh.2020.3.9.25146

Kirabira, J., Nakawuki, M., Fallen, R., & Zari Rukundo, G. (2018). Perceived stigma and associated factors among children and adolescents with epilepsy in south western Uganda: A cross sectional study. Seizure. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2018.03.008