Makerere University School of Social Sciences
Dr David Kaawa-Mafigiri is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Social Work and Social Administration, School of Social Sciences, Makerere University Kampala. As a medical anthropologist with public health training experience, he integrates biomedical and socio-behavioural/community perspectives to health sciences research and education through robust interdisciplinary training. Dr Kaawa-Mafigiri embeds social science research techniques including ethnography to improve response to outbreaks and epidemics of infectious diseases and antimicrobial threats in the great lakes region of East and Central Africa. He has participated on the National Task Force for Avian influenzas and other zoonotic disease outbreaks as the Lead Anthropologist. He is also a senior research fellow at Equal Opportunity for Women and Children (EWOC) a National NGO dedicated to the wellbeing of women and children through better access to their rights. Additionally, he is a member and Secretary for the Makerere University School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (MAKSS REC). Research interests include: Anthropology of infectious diseases; International health; Urban health; Political economy; HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis; emerging infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response, Social networks, social support and community-based approaches to health care delivery, health beliefs and health behaviour; Uganda, East Africa.