Ugandan doctor ranked global expert in infant mortality 

A Ugandan doctor Peter Waiswa has been recognised globally as an expert in infant mortality research and treatment. Dr Peter Waiswa has been acknowledged by Expertscape as an expert in the field of the care for new mothers and infants on the global stage. 

Expertscape has been tabulating skilled medical experts around the world since 2010 based on PubMed-based algorithms. 

The website was founded, in part, to remove the idea that, “There is no reason that physicians should have a monopoly on knowing who the experts are.” The public should be aware who is best sorted to treat conditions they maybe afflicted with to get the best treatment. 

Uganda’s own Dr Peter Waiswa now joins illustrious company not long after he was named on the World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory board in May 2020. Dr Waiswa’s recognition comes from over ten years of extensive scholarly writing on the subject of infant mortality. 

His public profile explains that Dr. Waiswa is an Associate Professor of Health Policy Planning and Management of the School of Public Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He has training in medicine (Mbarara University, Uganda) and in Public Health (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel) and a PhD and Postdoc (both joint Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden).

He has been part of many strategic policies and initiatives especially in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health. He is a leading African academic with over one hundred publications including books. 

He is also part of advocacy efforts especially to advance maternal, newborn and child health in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. These efforts have contributed to the UN’s Ending Preventable Maternal Death and Disability strategy and the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) which are driving global policies with impact at scale up. 

Dr Waiswa is co-lead of the EN-INDEPTH five countries study that is further validating how to measure these indicators in health systems in low and middle income countries. He was the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project in Uganda that achieved a 40% reduction in maternal deaths. 

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