MUST & MRRH Leadership
Professor CELESTINO OBUA, MD, PHD
Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Professor Celestino Obua is the current Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Professor Obua is a Ugandan physician, pharmacologist, academic and academic administrator. He holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam. He also holds the degree of Master of Science in Pharmacology, obtained from Makerere University, the oldest and largest public university in Uganda. His Doctor of Philosophy(PhD), also in pharmacology, was obtained from Karolinska University, in collaboration with Makerere University, in January 2009. Dr. Obua served as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and eventually as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences (MUSBS), a component of Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS). He also served as the Deputy Principal of MUCHS, under the Principal,Professor Nelson Ssewankambo. On Friday 24 October 2014, he was installed as the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), the second academic to serve in that position, after Professor Frederick Kayanja, who served from 1989 until 2014.
CELESTINE BARIGYE, MD
Hospital Director, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital
Dr. Celestine Barigye was appointed Director of the Mbarara Regional and Referral Hospital in December 2014. Prior to this appointment he served as the Technical and Personal Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda. Other career highlights include: an appointment as Bushenyi District Health Officer, lecturer at Kampala International University, hospital board member and, active member of several academic and administrative committees. His research interests include infectious diseases with attention to HIV, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea in developing countries. Dr. Barigye graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Science (MBchB) from the Mbarara University of Science and Technology where he also completed his internship training. He went on to receive a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in International Health at Melbourne University, Australia.
Assoc. Professor JOSEPH NGONZI, MD, PHD
Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Dr. Ngonzi is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Mbarara University in southwestern Uganda. He has done work in HIV/AIDS among pregnant and postpartum women in Uganda. He has researched on HIV disclosure facilitators and hinderances among pregnant women in Uganda as well as on HIV Infection and risk of postpartum infection, complications and mortality in rural Uganda. He has interest in cervical cancer control among HIV infected women. His focus in gynecology work and research has been in cervical cancer screening, while his focus in Obstetrics has been in maternal safety, including management of maternal HIV infections, maternal hemorrhage and maternal sepsis.
Dr. Ngonzi has also personally witnessed numerous maternal deaths and obstetrical near misses, many of which have been caused by postpartum sepsis. These experiences have also inspired his research interests on understanding causes of sepsis, means to prevent it, and the responsible use of antibiotics especially among HIV infected women. His research focus now is to improve maternal outcomes through appropriate antibiotic use and sepsis prevention in resource-limited settings among HIV infected and uninfected women.