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Eleanor Namusoke Magongo

Program Officer, Pediatric HIV care & Treatment

Summary

Dr. Eleanor Namusoke, a pediatrician and child health specialist, is the program officer for pediatric HIV care and treatment at the AIDS Control program, Ministry of health-Uganda. She has held this position since January 2013. Eleanor has 8 years’ experience in planning and implementing programs for care and treatment of HIV exposed and infected children at national, regional and district levels. Her key result areas are; strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of the national pediatric HIV program. She offers technical guidance for the development and dissemination of policies, clinical guidelines, protocols, training curricula and algorithms for provision of pediatric HIV/ AIDS care and treatment. She also provides supervision to implementing partners and districts. Dr. Namusoke is a member of the pediatric ART sub-committee which provides technical guidance to the ministry of health on pediatric and adolescent HIV services. Eleanor previously managed a CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative) funded project at the Joint Clinical Research Center. A project whose focus was to increase pediatric ART coverage at the JCRC TREAT sites. She was later seconded by JCRC to work as the pediatric technical advisor at the USAID funded STAR-E project, a district based  TB/HIV project in eastern Uganda. A position she held for three (3) and a half years. Prior to that, Eleanor had worked Baylor-Uganda. She also worked with  Bushenyi local government initially as a medical officer at Kitagata hospital and later as the health sub district head of Bunyaruguru in the same district. She is therefore conversant with the district  health structure. And having worked with the Ministry of Health for almost 3 years, she is also familiar with the national and regional health structures and in particular the way the AIDS Control Program interacts with the different AIDS Developing Partners (ADP’s).

Work experience

Jan 2013Aug 2015

Program Officer Paediatric HIV Care & Treatment

AIDS Control Program, Ministry of Health

  • Provide overall leadership and coordination for the pediatric HIV response in the country
  • Provide technical guidance for the development and dissemination of policies, clinical guidelines, protocols and algorithms for provision of pediatric and adolescent HIV/ AIDS care and treatment services
  • Design strategies, coordinate implementation and monitor progress of interventions to scale up of HIV exposed infant care & pediatric ART to all PMTCT sites in the country
  • Develop annual work plans and budget for the national pediatric HIV response including proposal writing
  • Resource mobilization for the paediatric HIV response in the country
  • Plan and lead regular evaluation of existing systems for pediatric HIV care, treatment and support, as well as to provide technical assistance with appropriate recommendations for system strengthening
  • Conduct support supervision and technical review meetings with regions, districts and implementing partners
  • Provide overall leadership in conducting operations research related to exposed infant care and paediatric HIV care & treatment at national level in order to improve performance
Jul 2009Dec 2012

Paediatric Technical Advisor

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) STAR-E project- Road

  • Develop strategies and interventions for early identification of HIV positive pregnant mothers and their exposed babies, HIV infected children and adolescents to ensure they receive care and treatment services as early as possible 
  • For  those that turn positive, design strategies & interventions in line with the MOH guidelines to increase uptake & utilization of pediatric HIV care & treatment services focusing on early identification for better outcomes 
  • As a national trainer in PMTCT/EID, Paediatrics HIV care & treatment, TB/HIV co-infection management curricula, ensure that the capacity of health workers to provide a quality service is built through training, mentorships, and technical support supervision 
  • Conduct annual operations research to inform our performance and promote quality service delivery
  • Working together with the quality improvement teams, ensure that the pediatric HIV services provided are continuously of high quality 
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to equip health units with the necessary policy documents,guidelines, job aids, IEC materials and data tools including maintaining a good working relationship with the MOH & keeping them updated on our progress
  • Design interventions to improve retention of clients in care & treatment with reduced numbers lost to follow up
  • Support health facilities to implements all designed activities according to the MoH guidelines & policies
  • Mentor the STAR-E clinical mentors who in turn mentor the health unit staff
  • Work with communities to generate demand and utilization of services offered 
  • Create monitoring & evaluating systems to assess our performance
  • Write quarterly reports to donors & the lead organization in the project, Management Sciences for Health(MSH)
  • Prepare annual work plans & budgets for PMTCT-EID/Pediatric HIV services  
  • Represent the project at national meetings organized by MoH & other stake holders and  on some of the technical working groups like the pediatric ART subcommittee
  • Participate in the development of policies, tools, guidelines  and training curricula in PMTCT-EID, pediatric HIV care & treatment
  • Supervise and mentor the health workers recruited under the program
Mar 2008Jul 2009

Paediatrics Outreach Program Coordinator

Joint Clinical Research centre (JCRC)

  • Periodically appraise the above health workers and offer constructive feedback on individual performance and support them to develop professionally
  • Provide strategic insight on the implementation of activities designed to increase uptake of PMTCT-EID & pediatric HIV services at the 7 JCRC Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE’s) and all the 52 satellites sites under the TREAT program
  • Offer technical support visits to the RCE’s and all the 52 satellites sites supported by JCRC to guide them in  implementing  activities according to national policies and guidelines
  • Ensure that the PMTCT-EID & pediatric services offered at the support sites are comprehensive, of high quality  and in line with the ministry of health  standards
  • Design interventions to reduce the number of children lost to follow up hence improving on the numbers retained in care & treatment
  • Liaise with the heads of laboratory, pharmacy and nutrition to ensure timely forecasting and orders {of laboratory reagents, antiretroviral drugs and the Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods(RUTF)} are sent to the relevant staff at CHAI offices in Kampala
  • Periodically meet with the Country Manager of CHAI to update him on the our progress
Dec 2007Feb 2009

Paediatrician

 Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Uganda

  • Offer medical assessment, evaluation and care to pediatric HIV/AIDS patients and their families
  • Participate in the weekly case conferences were we would discuss as a team patients whose management is challenging
  • Mentor and coach students assigned to the clinic for rotations
Oct 2004Jun 2007

Post Graduate Student (MMED Pediatrics & Child Health)

Makerere University Medical School- Department of Paediatrics

  • Offer medical assessment, evaluation and care to all patients admitted on the pediatric wards of Mulago national Referral Hospital 
  • Participate in weekly journal clubs, organized CME sessions, Mini & grand rounds were different patient scenarios are discussed
  • Teach undergraduate students
  • Conduct research as part of my requirements for the MMED qualifications    

 

Mar 2004Sep 2004

Head Bunyaruguru HSD & Medical Officer In-Charge, RugaziHc IV

Bushenyi Local Government Rugazi HC IV, Bunyaruguru Health Sub-district (HSD)

  • Offer medical assessment, evaluation, care and treatment to all patients admitted on all wards and those attending the outpatient department
  • Handle administrative duties as the In-charge of the health unit    
  • Supervise all the clinical and support staff at the health facility including periodic appraisals for all the staf
  • Participate & oversee the budget making process, annual work plan for the entire HSD including managing the allocated funds
  • Work with the MoH and district to organize, conduct and supervise all the national health campaigns in the HSD e.g. the National Immunization Days, Child Days Plus etc
  • Make drug orders to the National Medical Stores (NMS) and also make purchases of the same from the Joint medical Stores (JMS) including physically travelling to pick the drugs from JMS
  • Conduct postmortems for the HSD
  • As a secretary to the Health Unit Management Committee (HUMC), attend all the meetings to update the committee on the affairs of the health unit and to  offer technical guidance were needed
  • Support supervision to all the 11 health facilities in the HSD including the HC IV  on a quarterly basis
  • Represent the HSD at district and national meetings
  • Teach university students that came for placement to the facility i.e. from Makerere University Medical School, Mbarara University Medical School and Kampala International University
Nov 2003Feb 2004

Medical Officer Kitagata Hospital

Bushenyi Local Government – Bushenyi District

  • Offer medical assessment, evaluation, care and treatment to all patients admitted on all wards and those attending the outpatient department including performing surgical operations were needed
  • In the absence of the medical superintendent, handle administrative duties as delegated
  • Support supervision to lower health facilities within the HSD on a quarterly basis
  • In turns with other medical doctors and together with the pharmacy technicians make drug requisition to the NMS and also make purchases from the JMS including physically travelling to pick the drugs from JMS
  • Participate in organizing , conducting  and supervising all the national health campaigns in the HSD e.g. the National Immunization Days, Child Days Plus etc
  • Conduct post-mortems for the HSD
  • Teach University students who came for placements at the hospital
Sep 2002Oct 2003

Medical Officer

Kiwoko Hospital- Luweero District

  • Offer medical assessment, evaluation, care and treatment to all patients admitted on all wards and those attending the outpatient department including surgical operations were needed
  • Conduct medical outreaches to communities distant to the hospital
  • Teach university students that came for placement to the facility i.e. from Makerere University Medical School, Mbarara University Medical School including students from Ireland
  • Participate in journal clubs

 

Education

20042007

Master of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health

Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University Medical School
19962001

Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBchB)

Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University Medical School

Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Surgery

Skills

Problem solving skills
Coordination & leadership
Good analytical skills
Familiar with national, regional & district health structure
Management skills
Policy, program development & monitoring expertise

Research

 Oct-Nov 2012 , “How a health systems intervention contributes to reducing loss to follow up of HIV  exposed infants: a case study of a rural health center in Uganda” This abstract was accepted as an oral presentation at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing China

31st Oct- 3rd Nov 2012,  I was also chosen out of 350 applicants worldwide for the “Emerging Voices for Global Health 2012 Training” that took place for 2 weeks before the symposium and aims at  promoting young researchers.                                                                                  

July 2012, “Proactive Identification of HIV exposed infants to reduce missed opportunities for a DNA PCR test at the Young Child Clinic (YCC) of three health facilities in rural eastern Uganda” Poster presentation, poster number WEPE170 at the IAS 2010.

July 2010, Using outreaches to test more children for HIV infection: A world AIDS day experience, electronic poster,  poster number CDE1055 at the IAS 2010.

 July 2009, “Barriers to timely initiation of anti retro-viral therapy among HIV infected children admitted to Mulago pediatric wards”, poster presentation at the  IAS 2009. 

 September 2008 , Barriers to timely initiation of anti retro-viral therapy among HIV infected children admitted to Mulago pediatric wards”, poster presentation at the 11th International Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore, MD, USA

July 2007 “Barriers to timely initiation of anti retro-viral therapy among HIV infected children admitted to Mulago pediatric wards”, poster presentation at the 11th International Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore, MD, USA, Oral presentation at the 8th Annual Uganda Society for Health Scientists.

 

 

Technical Skills and Competencies

  • Competent with Computer, in MS word, Power Point, Spread Sheets, MS outlook
  • Good report writing and accountability skills gained over the years
  • Grant writing skills/ Resource Mobilization
  • Budgeting skills
  • Training Skills as reflected above
  • Research skills as evidenced by the abstracts that have been written and presented both locally and internationally
  • Sociable with great Interpersonal skills.

Professional Memberships

  • Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Association (UMDPA)
  • Uganda Society of Health Scientists (USHS)
  • Uganda Christian Medical Fellowship (UCMF)

References

Prof. Philippa Musoke

Associate Professor

Makerere University College of health Sciences

Department of pediatrics

P.O.Box 7072 Kampala-Uganda

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Elizabeth Namagala

National Coordinator ART

Ministry of Health, AIDS Control Program

P.O Box 7272, Kampala-Uganda.

Tel. +256 772 490 150

Email: [email protected]