Target Malaria's team in Uganda works in collaboration with the Uganda Virus Research Institue (UVRI), based in Entebbe and is headed by Dr. Jonathan Kayondo.
Context of our work
Uganda has one of the highest global burden of malaria cases, with over 90% of the population at risk, malaria remains Uganda’s leading cause of death, especially in children. The disease causes immense detrimental health effects and is responsible for 30 to 50% of outpatient visits and 15 to 20% of hospital admissions. The average economic loss in Uganda due to malaria annually is over $500 million. In 2021, WHO reported that there were an estimated 20,6 million malaria cases and over 26,400 estimated deaths in the country.
Target Malaria Uganda is hosted at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). The institute engages in health research on human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral aetiology. Target Malaria Uganda is led by Dr. Jonathan Kayondo, who is the Senior Research Officer for the Department of Entomology, and the current acting Head of Department of Entomology at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). Target Malaria activities fall under the Department of Entomology and Vector Biology, which focuses on the study of various arboviral vectors, especially yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and malaria. The Division is involved in capacity building and provides advice on vector control to the Government of Uganda.
Dr. Jonathan Kayondo
Target Malaria Uganda's Principal Investigator
Dr. Jonathan Kayondo is Principal Investigator for Target Malaria in Uganda. He is also Senior Research Officer for the Department of Entomology, and the current acting Head of Department of Entomology at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
Our Ugandan Team
Target Malaria Uganda’s research is supported by a dynamic team based at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe. The team is dedicated to ensuring the research helps to reduce the burden of malaria across the country. Target Malaria employs a diverse team in Uganda including qualified insectary staff, scientists and an engagement and communication team committed to working closely with key stakeholders and communities around the insectary, village sites and at the national level to inform them about the research process and studies. The scientific team is mentoring students in PhDs and Master’s degrees for their contributing work in training and deepening the research in biology and biotechnologies.
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