Professor C.M. Ndugwa retires from active service at MU-JHU Care LTD.

August 1, 2016

One of MU-JHU’s founding members Professor Christopher Magala Ndugwa (MbChb,MMed Paed,DCH,DTM&H ) resigned from his position at MU-JHU.  As one of the founding members of the MU-JHU Research Collaboration, which started out as Case Western Reserve Collaboration in 1988 with investigators from Case Western ( Prof. Karen Olness and Prof. Fred Robins ) and Makerere University (Prof. Francis A. Mmiro and Prof. C. M. Ndugwa).

Prof. C. M. Ndugwa shows his Honorarium from MU-JHU as the staff bid him farewell

He has contributed significantly to the PMTCT and Paediatric HIV research agenda in Uganda. Indeed, he departs from MU-JHU at a time when PMTCT has achieved transmission rates of < 5%. In addition, Prof Ndugwa has been a great teacher and mentor to a large number of doctors, nurses and allied health care workers. His footprints in pediatrics and child health stand out clearly.
Prof. Ndugwa, as a Senior Investigator/CQMP Officer at the Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration, has made major contributions to the Quality control and quality assurance unit at MUJHU. He has been leader for this unit as the Clinical Quality Management officer {CQMP} for all MU-JHU research Collaboration DAIDs funded studies. He made tremendous decisions during the QA/QC meetings that helped to improve the team. He is one of team players that would ALWAYS keep time , a man of great wisdom and humility– inspiring many because of these qualities. Several revisions were made to the site CQMP during the period when Prof. Ndugwa worked as the CQMP.
“He is one of those pediatricians that anyone would want to manage their children and has special passion for Sickle cell patients” many staff members were heard sharing .

He was head of department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University for over 14 years (1979 – 1993) and provided significant leadership during the challenging times of political instability in Uganda. His commitment to Sickle cell disease care and research has continued after he stepped down from being head of the the Sickle Cell Anaemia Clinic/Day Care Centre at Mulago Hospital, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health for many years. He is also the Chairman of the National Polio Eradication Committee. He is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.  Although he has retired from active service at MU-JHU, his passion and work as a paediatrician still continue.

Compiled by Prof. Philippa Musoke, Dr. Maxensia Owor and Maria Musisi

Romana Nabbosa