USAID ASSIST Project, University Research Company – Center for Human Services, Gulu, Uganda
Anna Lawino, MBChB, PGDPPM
Quality Improvement Officer, USAID ASSIST Project, University Research Company – Centre for Human Services, Uganda
Société coopérative médicale de Beaulieu scholarship
Anna Lawino graduated from Makerere University, Uganda with a bachelor’s degree in Human Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) and she also obtained a postgraduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute. She currently works as a Quality Improvement Officer with USAID ASSIST (Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems), a project under the University Research Company - Centre for Human Services. She provides technical support to health facilities supported by USAID ASSIST and implementing partners funded by USAID in Uganda, working to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS and TB treatment services through the implementation of collaborative quality improvement approach, coaching, development and updating materials for quality improvement, health workforce development and knowledge management of best practices.
She also held the position of medical officer at the Infectious Diseases Clinic, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, where she worked on projects aimed at strengthening the HIV/AIDS and TB care and treatment services at the hospital. She handled both pediatric and adult patients with HIV/AIDS, and also participated in capacity building of the junior staff of the hospital and medical students on clinical placement from Gulu University, a local university in the area. Earlier, she served with the International Committee of the Red Cross as a medical field officer in a health pilot project in Gulu Central Prison, Uganda, working on the improvement of HIV/AIDs, TB and malaria services in detention. She did her internship in Lacor Hospital, where she practiced as a general practitioner. She has vast experience in working in conflict and post-conflict areas.
Her goal is to ensure that all people have access to quality healthcare services wherever they may be, and she also has interests in maternal, newborn and child health, making sure that mothers have their lives saved as they give life to their babies. All these can be achieved through empowerment with knowledge, and policy changes aimed at addressing these issues. Training in Sexual & Reproductive Health Research provides a great platform to enlighten scholars in addressing these quality performance gaps, through research and evidence-based policy formulation.