OMNI MED STAFF
Mwebe Edward is the president of Omni Med-Uganda. He is a local resident of Nsumba village, where his parents were born and raised. Trained as a Village Health Team (VHT) Member in May 2009, he has worked tirelessly to educate his neighbors about the critical health issues facing their communities. Now, as Omni Med’s Uganda president, Edward takes the hard work and positive attitude that he practiced at the local level to the larger context of the Sub-County, helping to organize VHT Trainings, coordinate follow-up meetings and quarterly meetings, and provide invaluable input to the direction of the VHT Program.
Nalweyiso Elizabeth is our vice president. Prior to taking on this role, Elizabeth was, and remains, an outstanding teacher and translator as we have trained and maintained VHTs over the years. Elizabeth combines compassion with adroit attention to detail and general business savvy. She helps to maintain our master lists of VHTs, protected water sources, and cook stoves. She also serves as a wonderful Luganda teacher for our volunteers. Her background is in business and agriculture; for many years she has run a successful farm in the Bugoye parish.
Dr Kenneth Kabali serves as Omni Med's Medical Officer. Dr Kabali is an MD, MPH trained at Makerere University in Kampala. He lives in Ntinda with his wife and children. Dr Kabali overseas all of Omni Med's operations, teaches & supervises all student volunteers, and helps the staff with strategic vision and execution. He has been a driving force behind our research efforts, and will co-author several research publications with Omni Med. He began working with Omni Med in November, 2015.
Dr Edward O’Neil Jr. is an ER Physician at Steward St Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is the author of Awakening Hippocrates and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service. He is Chair of the Health Service Taskforce in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Brookings Institution’s International Volunteering and Service Initiative and directs the Omni Med-US operations. He can be reached at email@example.com
Mugabi Henry is our community coordinator. He is from Ssayi village in Ssayi parish and was elected to be the chairman of his village. Henry completed his Advanced level and served as head boy at Helm Senior Secondary School. He is a talented VHT and joined Omni Med staff in March 2018 and has been a wonderful addition to the team. He an effective coordinator and outstanding in all aspects of field work from teaching to construction protected water sources. Henry is married and is expecting his first child soon.
Dr. James O'Donovan is a physician and currently pursuing a PhD at Oxford University in the UK. He signed on in 9/17 as Omni Med's Research Coordinator, and will spend much of the next three years working with us in Uganda. James received the Velji Award for Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation from CUGH, andhas published papers on e-medicine in BMJ Innovations and Lancet Global Health. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University in the Division of Global Health and Human Rights. He served as PI on the trial with Omni Med staff measuring efficacy of Kindle Fire Tablets to train VHTs, and will oversee all of Omni Med's various research projects over the next three years.
Hamala Rebecca is a resident of Mukono and a 2016 graduate of Makerere University where she earned a degree in Development Studies. After graduation, she worked with Mukono District NGO Forum as an administrative assistant for two years. She joined Omni Med in November 2018 as our finance officer. She is passionate about extending a hand to other people and is excited for the opportunity to be a part of Omni Med and help to improve the health of people in different communities of Mukono. She is also interested in reading, writing, travelling, and meeting new people and has a vision to see all people in Uganda living decent and desirable lives.
Namanda Allan Saul graduated from Kyambogo Univeristy in 2016 with an honors degree in Development Studies. He also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from Makerere Centre of Business and Management Sciences and completed an internship with Nakisunga sub-county in the Mukono District. He joined Omni Med in December 2018 and serves as our facilities manager and research/field assistant. Allan was previously working as a pump attendant at a petrol station in Mukono for over one year. Allan has enjoyed assisting James O'Donovan with his research and helping bring more health knowledge to the community. His work ethic and ability to fill a variety of roles have made him a wonderful addition to our staff.
Nalukomo Ruth (left) and Tusubira Judith (right) are both VHTs that have taken on caretaker roles for everyone at Omni Med. They are both wonderful cooks and keep the compound clean. Ruth and Judith always give our volunteers a warm welcome and are considerate and accommodating to any special requests. They are a valuable part of our work and always make sure our staff and volunteers are comfortable.
MacKenzie MacRae graduated from Bates College in 2016, where she majored in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She was a member of the women's ice hockey team and sailing team. MacKenzie completed coursework for her Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts University in 2019. She has always had a keen interest in medicine and public health and began working in Uganda in July 2019 as the strategic coordinator and research coordinator for Omni Med. She is currently applying to medical schools and plans to pursue a joint degree in public health.
Luyiga Cissy is a VHT for Kiyoola village in Kiyoola parish. She works with Omni Med as a supervisor for VHTs across seven sub-counties that have been trained in taking blood pressure measurements. She also assists in our daily fieldwork by leading quarterly trainings, conducting home visits, and acting as a translator. Cissy is a single mother with four children.
Dr. Edison Mwrorozi is a Professor of Pediatrics at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and a widely respected health leader. He serves as a clinical and research leader through Uganda Chartered HealthNet, also based at Makerere, and has scores of publications on community health, pediatric illness, and public health issues. He is a close partner wtih Omni Med, co-authored Omni Med's first RCT, and second survey trial. He is on staff at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.
Dr. Benjamin Lough is an Associate Professor in Social Work at the University of Illinois and serves as its Program Director. Prior to this, he worked as a senior researcher at Washington University's Center for Social Development. Dr Lough is widely considered one of the world's experts on service abroad. He has authored multiple papers on service and is a co-author of Omni Med's first RCT and our second study authored by Dr. Daniel Mays. He continues to work with the International Forum on Development Service and with the Building Bridges Coalition at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. His research focus remains the impacts of international volunteerism.
Dr. Alan Penman is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Mississippi. He has a medical degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, an MPH from the University of Alabama, a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Mississippi. Dr Penman has been bringing groups of medical and public health students from the University of Mississippi annually since 2014. He has been involved in research, grant and program design with Omni Med directly for years and is a core collaborator on the ongoing Enhanced VHT Trial. He has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He travels to Uganda every year with UMMC medical students.
Dr. Deo Sekimpi is one of the founding fathers of Uganda's Village Health Team Program. He is a physician and epidemiologist who serves as the Secretary General of the Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH) in Uganda. He received the 2012 World No Tobacco Day Award from World Federation of Public Health Associations. He has served in the Ugandan Ministry of Health, at Makerere University's School of Public Health and has scores of publications on numerous public health issues. He has worked closely with Omni Med and served as a mentor and guide to Dr O'Neil, Omni Med staff, and many volunteers. He helped design our VHT maintenance program, advised on all of our research and will be a key contributor in the Enhanced VHT Pilot and Full Trial to start in 2018.
Mr. Patrick Kibaya is a senior associate at Uganda Chartered Healthnet in Kampala, a Ugandan NGO that promotes access to information by healthworkers using information and communication technologies (ICTs). Mr Kibaya coordinated the data collection for Omni Med's first RCT in Uganda and has considerable expertise in monitoring and evaluation. He has served as a frequent consultant to our research in Uganda.
Dr. Daniel Mays is an Internal Medicine/Primary Care resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. While a GWU Medical student, Class of 2016, he received two prestigious scholarships, the Primary Care Scholarship, and the Lazarus Family Scholarship in Health Care Delivery, through which he undertook graduate studies in global health policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and spent 9 months working with Omni Med in Uganda. While there he performed a study that assessed how VHTs can be better supported in their work and retained over time. Danny also helped Omni Med staff reorganize the budget & administrative structure, and drafted a reading list for incoming volunteers. Danny and GWU student Anne Waldrop, '17, designed the Health Equity Scholars Program, ongoing at GWU currently. Despite the rigors of a medical residency, he remains actively involved in the program.
Zac Tabb is a 4th year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island. He worked with Omni Med for most of his 29 months of Peace Corps service in Uganda in 2008-10, coordinating and leading much of our earliest efforts. He helped us train 406 VHTs serving 73,000 people, and co-wrote our hybrid training manual with Dr Jenny Thompson. In 2011, he worked in the Omni Med office as assistant director. He is a co-author of Omni Med's first RCT, which he helped to design and implement. In 2016-17, Zac was a Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Moshi, Tanzania, working on an NIH trial involving youth living with HIV. He remains actively involved in the Omni Med work in Uganda. Given his extensive experience there and knowledge of the program, his input remains valuable for all.