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Vicky Abenakyo
Executive Director , National Non-Government Organization
Kampala, Uganda
Public Health Specialist (MPH) with BSc. Human Nutrition & Dietetics, Dip. in Clinical Medicine and PGD Project Management. Over 10 yrs experience coordinating Operational Research, health projects in health systems strengthening & capacity building for In-service health workers. Competent in Curriculum development, stakeholder engagement, resource mobilization, leadership & Grant Management
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Finance/Accounting, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Communications, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Organizational Leadership: Three years of experience in Senior leadership equipped me with; leadership skills, building effective teams, decision making, conflict resolution, resource mobilization, donor engagement and managing partnerships.

More than 15 years of Health Systems Strengthening working with key players at Ministry of Health to the grassroot communities.

Using quality Improvement approaches, mentoring and data use to address locally identified gaps in service delivery.

Through facility-based mentorships, have contributed to improved health workforce capacity to assess their gaps and design solutions locally, use data to prioritize and leverage existing capacity such as Result Based Financing and supporting district and health facility leaders.

Capacity Building: Over 15 years experience in curriculum development, planning, implementing and evaluating capacity building programs and conducting mentorships contributing to In-service capacity development / Continuous Medical Education.

Technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in the areas of Child Health, Nutrition, HIV, Malaria, TB and other Infectious Diseases management

Project/ Study Management: Rich experience with implementation for clinical research, operational research, pilot studies to inform policy and short / long term one research project implementation.

Monitoring and Evaluation of project implementation against set KPIs, developing tools for M&E and setting up systems to track progress against targets.

Grants management adhering to donor specific policies for USAID, CDC, Global Fund and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among others.

Good communication skills through report writing, presentation for different audiences, internal and external communication.

Managing critical partnerships such as Donor relationships, Government departments, development partners, districts, health facilities and the community including special communities such as Adolescent Girls and Young women, Youth engagement, Key Populations among others

Data analysis for quick summaries on program/ project performance to inform implementation, reporting and progress assessment

Team building: Strong team building to produce competent teams, supporting teams achieve more and through improving their systems and addressing any bottlenecks.

Conflict management skills: Handling a team of over 30 staff in multiple locations and previous experience managing bigger national teams, I have gained competence in effective conflict management for sustained productivity.
Master of Public Health:

Graduated in 2018 with a GPA Score of 4.1 out of 5 for the two-years Master’s program at the Uganda Christian university in Kampala, Uganda.

The nature of study included lectures, group work, coursework, placements and the subjects covered included: Foundations of Public Health, Health Care Systems, Statistics, Epidemiology. Research methods for Public Health, Health Promotion for Primary Health Care, Ethics in Public Health, Biostatistics, Health, Poverty and Development, Health Services Management, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Health Policy, Planning & Health Economics, Human Resources for Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Thesis. Thesis Tittle: “Exploring Perceptions on causes and Time to Loss to follow up of HIV Positive Children Less than 12 Years old on Antiretroviral Therapy at Kawolo Hospital”.

Post Graduate Diploma Project Planning & Management:

Completed the one-year program in 2014 with a GPA score of 3.83 out of 5 at Uganda’s most famous management training institute the Uganda Management Institute.

This was a practical course with practical training in concepts taught and required a working experience to relate the studies to the real-world experiences. The subject areas covered included; Management Skills Improvement, Quantitative Methods in Decision making, Management Information Systems, Research Methods & Techniques, The Project and its Environment, Project Cost Management, Project Risk & Disaster Management, Project Procurement Management, Project Planning & Programing, Project Monitoring & Evaluation, Project Quality Management and Managing NGOs.

BSc. Human Nutrition & Dietetics:

Graduated with a second class Upper with a GPA score of 4.26 out of 5 for a three-year full-time program.

The subjects covered include; Principles of Nutrition, Diet Therapy, Chemistry, Backyard farming, General Microbiology & Health Education, Communication Skills & Humanities, Computing, Dietary Interactions, Biostatistics, Dietetic Cookery, Diet Therapy, Food Purchasing, Storage & distribution, Child Care & Development, Clinical Dietetics, Product Development & Sensory Evaluation, Human Biology, Entrepreneurial Skills, Issues in Development, Rural Sociology, Biochemistry, Nutritional assessment, Computer & Nutrition, Advanced Human Nutrition, Food Chemistry & Analysis, Dietetic Practice, Diet Therapy, Human Nutrition & Dietetic Projects, Nutrition through the Life Cycle, Food Processing & Preservation, Dietetic Guidance & Counseling, Theory & Practice of Public Health, Nutrition Education, Dietetic Meal Planning & Service, World Food Security, Research Report, Resource & Institutional Management Dietetic Practice.

Diploma in Clinical Medicine & Public Health:
Completed a three-year clinical course at the School of Clinical Officers in Fort-Portal Uganda.
The subjects covered included; Health Education, Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health Care, Ophthalmology, Environmental Health, Pharmacology, Dentistry, Microbiology, Psychiatry, Maternal Child Health & Family Planning, Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Public Health and Research.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Registered with the Allied Health professionals' Council of Uganda
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