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Dr. Peter Waiswa Named New Adara Development Uganda Director

Posted on : Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Adara New Directors. Dr. Peter Waiswa in the middle.

Dr Peter Waiswa, a leader in maternal and Newborn health both in Uganda and globally has been appointed the new director for Adara Development in Uganda. This is according to a media statement issued by Adara Development in Sydney, Australia today, Wednesday 28 April 2021.

He is an Associate Professor of Health Policy Planning and Management of the School of Public Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Waiswa was appointed alongside other two new directors to the global boards of Adara Development Dr. Cyril Engmann, and Ms. Yangchen Lama who have joined the board of Adara Development USA.

Ms. Audette Exel AO, the Chair of the Adara Group, said she was extremely delighted to welcome the trio to an international non-government organisation that focuses on the alleviation of poverty through health and education services mainly in rural communities in Nepal and Uganda.

“Each has achieved at the highest levels on a global stage. They bring a wealth of experience in service delivery and impact in low-resource settings, including a deep understanding of care to mothers and babies at risk, and of the complexity of remote service delivery. Their involvement will lift our thinking and our international development work to the next level in the years ahead,” Ms. Audette Exel said.

The appointment of these three new directors marks a significant step forward for the international NGO as it marks its 23rd anniversary. Their expertise will guide Adara as it scales its work and touches many more lives.

Adara development partnered with two embedded ‘for purpose’ corporate advisory businesses, which were established to fund the core support and administration costs of Adara Development. Adara has expertise in maternal, newborn, and child health, and remote community development. It delivers service through centers of excellence in Uganda and Nepal and deepens impact through knowledge sharing.

Dr. Waiswa is a medical doctor with training in Public Health, a Ph.D., and a Postdoc. He is a founder and leader of initiatives that build capacity and generate evidence for maternal, newborn, and child health in low- and middle-income countries.

He started the Makerere University Maternal Newborn and Child Health Centre of Excellence and the INDEPTH Network Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Research Group.

Globally, Dr. Waiswa is a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition. He has also participated regularly in an advisory role to WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Pediatric Association, East African Community, African Academy of Sciences, and more.


By Davidson Ndyabahika

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