The Organizing Committee

Philippa Makobore is an Electrical Engineer and the Department Head of the Instrumentation Division at the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). Her core expertise is the design of electronic applications that are appropriate and affordable for low resource contexts in healthcare. Under her leadership, the Instrumentation Division has designed and developed award-winning medical devices that include a diagnostic tool for pneumonia and the Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF). 

Sheillah holds a biomedical engineering degree from Makerere University and currently finalizing her postgraduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Uganda management Institute. She’s an emerging expert in the medical oxygen plants and delivery systems in Uganda. In Uganda, Sheillah locally manages FREO2 Australia, a charity research organization to locally advance research and development of affordable oxygen technologies. These systems provide uninterrupted supply of oxygen to children even during power outages.

Sheillah also co-founded Shishi International, a start-up with vision to local assemble and manufacture medical devices for neonatal and maternal care in Uganda with support from the United States African Development Fund. With her expertise, she’s currently the maintenance engineer for the 14 oxygen plants in regional hospitals under the 1.8 million USD project managed by Silverbacks in partnership with Ministry of Health. Sheillah has also consulted Clinton Health Access Initiative on training of health workers and technicians in oxygen systems.

Eng. Wanda is a Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in Construction. He has been involved in the design, construction, installation, rehabilitation and maintenance of Health Infrastructure such as; Buildings, Equipment, Communication Facilities, and Ambulance services {BECA} since he joined Ministry of Health, Uganda

Eng. Sam SB Wanda has a wealth of experience in carrying out the above with funding from Government, AfDB, The World Bank, The EC, JICA, The NDF, The GEF, CDC, and other Partners. Since joining UNAMHE in 1996, Wanda has attended many International Conferences organized by the IFHE, SAFHE/CEASA & FEAHEA in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa. He has visited many hospitals across the globe and gained a wide understanding of health care.

Sam Byamukama holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University Kampala, a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Technology Management from the University of Cape Town and MSc Biomedical Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He joined UNAMHE in 1999 and he is also a member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

He started his career working with medical equipment vendors and has acquired a wide experience in managing the medical technology life-cycle from needs assessment to technical specifications, evaluation, procurement, installation, utilization, maintenance and decommissioning – covering facilities in both the private and public health sector.  He is also familiar with medical device regulations. Recently (2017) he has worked as Project Biomedical Engineer for the Uganda Government/African Development Bank (AfDB) funded project to establish the East Africa Center of Excellence for Oncology at the Uganda Cancer Institute

Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko completed his MEng degree in Medical Engineering at the Queen Mary University of London in 2007. He then held a Teaching Assistant position at the same university for one year. He obtained his Doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is a lecturer and Acting Head of the Biomedical Engineering Program at Makerere University. For the last 6 years, Robert has worked on a number project under Knowledge for Change, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Ministry of Health and Makerere University among others to improve Biomedical Engineering practices in a number of Ugandan Hospitals through strengthening the capacity of local technicians and training of students. He has held several consultancy positions locally and internationally including the Uganda Cancer Institute and the University of Rwanda. He also runs a number of research projects focusing on innovations and improving access to appropriate healthcare technologies

Dr. Obungoloch is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). He has broad experience working with medical technologies. He has expertise in installation, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment and he was previously the head of the equipment repair workshop at (MUST).

Dr. Obungoloch has a background in Biomedical Engineering with specific interests in, appropriate medical technologies, especially for low and middle-income countries. He has contributed to the establishment of Biomedical engineering in Uganda having been part of the team that started the first Biomedical Engineering Program at Kyambogo University in 2011. He laid the groundwork for the establishment of Biomedical Engineering at MUST. As part of his Ph.D. research, Dr. Obungoloch developed an infant size low field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, which is suitable for applications in low resource countries for diagnosis of some ailments such as hydrocephalus.   In collaboration with The Pennsylvania State University and Delft University of Technology, Dr. Obungoloch is implementing this technology in Uganda

Ms. Faith Akello is a Director at LA Event Aces an upcoming event management company in Uganda. Her expertise has grown over the last 3 years in the field where she has had a relatively wide experience working with different professional medical associations ranging from AAU, APU, UNAMHE, ECSU/EMU and others providing services in event administration and management.

She has a foundation in Travel and Tourism Management from Makerere University Business School, and her focus is on the travel & hospitality sector. With this background, she and team are well able to coordinate logistics, target advertisement and participants for events and activities around the country.



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