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Vincent Batwala


Name: Dr. Vincent Batwala
Position: Assoc. Professor

Address: Department of Community Health, Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Box 1410,
Mbarara, Uganda
Location: Community Health Building, Ground Floor, Room 12
Phone: +256 701 118258

Research areas

Dr Vincent Batwala has spent considerable time in malaria clinical trials including validating diagnostic tools to assess their accuracy and cost-effectiveness at the primary level of care in Uganda, an endemic area in sub Saharan Africa. His work provides empirical evidence for the need to improve diagnostic accuracy in such settings in the era of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT); and will continue to impact on public policy. He is currently assessing the health and economic outcomes associated with treatment of patients with ACT when tested negative – a common practice in sub Saharan Africa. He is interested in evaluating new tools that will contribute to malaria eradication. Further interests include: infectious disease surveillance; cost-effectiveness analysis; and spatial distribution of health outcomes.

Education and Training
Makerere University, Uganda. PhD in Public Health, 2013
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Master of Public Health (MPH), 1998

Awards & Honors

· 2015: Honor by SCIENCEDOMAIN International for maintaining the High Peer Review Standard of British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research (BJMMR). Ref. No.: SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/2015_BJMMR_18999.  

· 2014: Honor as “Best Researcher,” Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.

· 2012: Award for Excellence in Research and Publication, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, Boston, USA.

· 2012/2013: Fogarty Research Scholar Award, Harvard School of Public Health, USA.

· 2011: Honor to present a paper at “The Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM2011), Antalya, Turkey.

· 2008-2012: PhD grant from the Centre for Health Research and Development, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

· 2006: Scholarship by Danish Government (through DANIDA) to study in Denmark.

· 1997-1998: Scholarship by Israel Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV), Jerusalem.

· 1997: Joint Award of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), British Medical Journal (BMJ) and Project Hope to attend the “Third International Congress on Peer Review in Biomedical Publication, Prague, Czech Republic.

· 1989-1994: Scholarship by Inter-University Council for East Africa to study in Tanzania.


Current research activities

1. Health and economic outcomes associated with treatment of patients with Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) when tested negative

2. Refugee Health


Critical Thinking Skills

I am a peer reviewer for 8 international journals. This is a voluntary service to benefit the scientific community. In this regard I was honoured by SCIENCEDOMAIN International for maintaining the High Peer Review Standard of British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research. Ref. No.: SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/2015_BJMMR_18999.

I review manuscripts for the following international journals:

· Archives of Public Health

· BMC Health Services Research

· British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research

· Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety

· Journal of Public Health in Africa (JPHiA)

· Malaria Journal

· Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

· Tropical Medicine and International Health



1. Mangwi Ayiasi RKolsteren PBatwala VCriel BOrach CG. Effect of Village Health Team Home Visits and Mobile Phone Consultations on Maternal and Newborn Care Practices in Masindi and Kiryandongo, Uganda: A Community-Intervention Trial. PLoS One. 2016 Apr 21;11(4):e0153051.

2. Agrawal T, Avci P, Gupta GK, Rineh A, Lakshmanan S, Batwala V, Tegos GP, Hamblin MR. Harnessing the power of light to treat staphylococcal infections focusing on MRSA. Curr Pharm Des. 2015;21(16):2109-21.

3. Mulogo E, Batwala V, Nuwaha F, Aden A, Baine O. Cost effectiveness of facility and home based HIV voluntary counselling and testing strategies in rural Uganda. Afr Health Sci. 2013 Jun;13(2):423-9

3. Batwala V, Magnussen P, Nuwaha F. Comparative feasibility of implementing rapid diagnostic test and microscopy for parasitological diagnosis of malaria in Uganda. Malar J 2011, 10:373.

4. Batwala V, Magnussen P, Mirembe J, Mulogo E, Nuwaha F. Timing of malaria messages for target audience on radio airwaves. Malar J 2012, 11:283.

5. Batwala V, Magnussen P, Nuwaha F. Cost-effectiveness of malaria microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests versus presumptive diagnosis: implications for malaria control in Uganda. Malar J 2011, 10:372.

6. Batwala V, Magnussen P, Nuwaha F. Antibiotic use among patients with febrile illness in a low malaria endemicity setting in Uganda. Malar J 2011, 10:377.

7. Batwala V, Magnussen P, Nuwaha F. Are rapid diagnostic tests more accurate in diagnosis of plasmodium falciparum malaria compared to microscopy at rural health centres? Malar J. 2010; 9:349.

8. Batwala V, Magnussen P, Nuwaha F. Challenges to implementation of Artemisinin Combination Therapy policy in Uganda. Int Health 2010; 2(4):262-268.

9. Bårnes GK, Naess LM, Rosenqvist E, Guerin PJ, Caugant DA, Fogg C, Piola P, Pinoges L, Nabasumba C, Ghabri S, Twesigye R, Bajunirwe F, Batwala V, Borrow R, Frøholm LO, Aaberge IS, Røttingen JA. Fractional Doses Vaccine Study Group. Avidity of serogroup A meningococcal IgG antibodies after immunization with different doses of a tetravalent A/C/Y/W135 polysaccharide vaccine. Scand J Immunol. 2011; 74(1):87-94.

10. Guerin PJ, Naess LM, Fogg C, Rosenqvist E, Pinoges L, Bajunirwe F, Nabasumba C, Borrow R, Frøholm LO, Ghabri S, Batwala V, Twesigye R, Aaberge IS, Røttingen JA, Piola P, Caugant DA. Immunogenicity of fractional doses of tetravalent a/c/y/w135 meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine: results from a randomized non-inferiority controlled trial in Uganda. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2008; 2(12):e342.

11. Batwala V, Mulogo EM, Arubaku W. Oral health status of school children in Mbarara, Uganda. Afr Health Sci. 2007; 7(4):233-8.

12. Fogg C, Twesigye R, Batwala V, Piola P, Nabasumba C, Kiguli J, Mutebi F, Hook C, Guillerm M, Moody A, Guthmann JP. Assessment of three new parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pan-pLDH) tests for diagnosis of uncomplicated malaria. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2008; 102(1):25-31.

13. Mabumba ED, Mugyenyi P, Batwala V, Mulogo EM, Mirembe J, Khan FA, Liljestrand J. Widow inheritance and HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda. Trop Doct. 2007; 37(4):229-31.

14. Mulogo EM, Witte K, Bajunirwe F, Nabukera SK, Muchunguzi C, Batwala VK, Bagenda F, Farr C, Barry S. Birth plans & health facility based delivery in rural Uganda. East Afr Med J. 2006; 83(3):74-83

15. Caugant DA, Fogg C, Bajunirwe F, Piola P, Twesigye R, Mutebi F, Frøholm LO, Rosenqvist E, Batwala V, Aaberge IS, Rottingen JA, Guerin PJ. Pharyngeal carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in 2-19-year-old individuals in Uganda. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2006; 100(12):1159-63.

16. Nabukera SK, Witte K, Muchunguzi C, Bajunirwe F, Batwala VK, Mulogo EM, Farr C, Barry S, Salihu HM. Use of postpartum health services in rural Uganda: knowledge, attitudes, and barriers. J Community Health. 2006; 31(2):84-93.

17. Batwala VK, Nuwaha F, Mulogo EM, Bagenda F, Bajunirwe F, Mirembe JB. Contraceptive use among in and out-of school adolescents in rural southwest Uganda. East Afr Med J. 2006; 83(1):18-24.

18. Atai-Omoruto A, Luboga S, Kolbe R, Batwala V, Haq C, Sewankambo N. Strengthening Health Care: The Future of Family Medicine in Uganda. Uganda Health Info Dig 2004; 8(2 & 3), 91-104.

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