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Communicable diseases such as HIV, malaria, lower respiratory infections and tuberculosis top the burden of disease, with regular infectious disease outbreaks of meningitis, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, polio, hepatitis E and B, Ebola and Marburg.
While Uganda has made significant strides in implementing health security initiatives, challenges linked to its health system, economy and geography mean the country remains vulnerable to disease outbreaks. Its estimated population of 43 million people includes over one million refugees.
* National annual projection, Jul 2021
Meet our Country Coordinator
Dr. Winyi Kaboyo leads our work tackling deadly diseases in Uganda. He is a Ugandan national with more than thirty years’ experience as a veterinary epidemiologist and public health specialist, specializing in zoonotic infectious diseases.
Winyi joined the Tackling deadly diseases in Africa programme from his previous role as National One Health Technical Advisor for the Preparedness & Response project in Uganda, funded by the US Agency for International Development and led by DAI. In this role, he implemented work to oversee and coordinate country-wide activities to strengthen the One Health approach as well as infectious disease preparedness and response.
He previously worked for Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture and later Ministry of Health, serving as Acting Commissioner of the Community Health Department as well as Assistant Commissioner of Veterinary Public Health. Winyi holds a master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's in veterinary medicine from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.