Joseph Baruch Baluku, MB ChB, M. Med, M. Sc, is a research scientist with the Makerere University Lung Institute and the head of the Division of Pulmonology at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. He is also the general secretary of the Association of Physicians of Uganda. He previously chaired the Mildmay Uganda Scientific and Research Advisory Committee, a non-governmental organisation that supports HIV programming for almost 90,000 people with HIV in rural Uganda. His research interests are in HIV, TB/HIV co-infection, other respiratory infections, and the overlap of non-communicable and infectious diseases. As such he has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications on HIV, tuberculosis, COVID – 19, aspergillosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, helminthiasis, malaria, HIV-related lung cancer and cardiovascular risk factors. He was the of the Joep Lange Award at the INTEREST 2020 conference.