Roy William Mayega

Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Makerere University


Dr. Roy William Mayega MB.ChB, MPH, PHD Dr. Roy William Mayega is a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the School of Public Health in Africa’s premier university, Makerere University, Uganda. He is also the Instructional Materials Designer and Editor for the School of Public Health’s MPH Distance Education program. He underwent basic training as a Medical Doctor at Makerere’s Medical School. Later, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the School of Public Health, Makerere (2006). He holds a PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institutet Sweden through an institutional collaboration with Makerere University. Since starting his medical career as an intern doctor in 1998, Dr. Mayega has accumulated atleast 19 years of experience in public health related work, 6 of which were spent at primary care level. He worked as a Medical Officer, Assistant Director District Health Services and acting District Health Officer, Kiboga District Local Government in rural mid-western Uganda. Dr. Mayega teaches Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Research Methods, Disease Control, Leadership and Disaster Management to graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Mayega’s current research interests include non-communicable disease control, disaster risk reduction, resilience and innovation. The focus of his PhD studies was type 2 diabetes, resulting into a thesis entitled: Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Uganda: Prevalence, risk factors, perceptions and implications for the health system (published May 2014). His formative work has informed subsequent efforts to design possible interventions for improving type 2 diabetes prevention and care in resource constrained settings like Uganda. Dr. Mayega is currently a co-investigator of a multi-country research group that is testing an innovative package of facility and community interventions for improvement of prevention and care for type 2 diabetes at primary care levels in different socioeconomic settings. This cluster randomized trial is now in its third year of implementation. The Uganda part of this study is being implemented in a rural low income district. Dr. Mayega has also been part of several initiatives to improve policy and programs for NCDs in Uganda, and is part of a team exploring the feasibility of establishing a long-term NCD risk factor surveillance and intervention cohort in Uganda.

1 FEB, 2019 15:30-17-30 hrs. PS 1.1 Addressing the Behavioural Determinants of NCDs: Empowering or Victim-Blaming?