Karusa Kiragu, PhD

Dr. Karusa Kiragu is the UNAIDS Country Director in Uganda. She is a public health specialist and epidemiologist with over 25 years post-doctoral experience in HIV.  Among her responsibilities are to provide leadership and technical assistance to HIV programs, to support the country’s response, and to ensure that people living with HIV are at the center of the response. She has extensive experience in strategic HIV policy formulation and implementation. She works to identify high-impact opportunities and partnerships towards the Uganda’s 95-95-95 goals and deliverables, to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations team, and to support progress tracking through robust strategic information systems. Prior to Uganda, Dr. Kiragu was a senior advisor at UNAIDS Geneva, where she led the global effort on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. This work was documented in a 2017 supplement of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS), which she conceived and coordinated. In the past she has worked at Population Council as well as the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Besides Uganda, Dr. Kiragu has work experience in Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, through short-term and long-term technical assistance. Her Ph.D is from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene.

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