Henry Ddungu, MD

Henry Ddungu, MD

Consultant, Hematology/Oncology Uganda Cancer Institute
Kampala, Uganda

E-mail: hddungu@fhcrc.org, hddungu@icloud.com
Skype: ddungu

Dr. Henry Ddungu is a Consultant, Hematology/Oncology at the Uganda Cancer Institute, Mulago Hospital an organization with a mission to provide state of the art cancer care and prevention by advancing knowledge, research and professional development. He has worked with Palliative Care Organizations in Uganda and Africa initially as a clinician providing palliative care services to terminally ill cancer and AIDS patients and later as an Advocacy Manager for Africa. He has been passionate about teaching and has taught palliative care in Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. His focus is seeing that all those in need of palliative care, including opioids, can access them throughout Africa. His current research interest is in supportive care interventions that would help improve cancer patients’ quality of life.

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Other Appointments:

  • Senior Fellow, Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases (UPCID), collaboration between the Uganda Cancer Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
  • Associate Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Medicine.
  • Fellow, International Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG), University of Wisconsin
  • Honorary Lecturer, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Key Accomplishments:

  • Advocacy manager with APCA. Advocate for improved access to and availability of opioids for palliative care patients in about 18 countries in Africa through regional workshops on access to opioids.
  • Presentations on advocacy for palliative care at various international meetings.
  • Leader, publication of multiple APCA advocacy materials.
  • Member, International Expert Collaboration (IEC) for advancing opioid availability globally.

Education / Honors:

  • Leader, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, San Diego, CA, USA, 2010-2011
  • International Pain Policy Fellow, Pain and Policy Studies Group, WHO Collaborating Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2006-2007
  • Fellowship (Hematology/Oncology), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, CA 2004-2005
  • Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 2000-2003
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1992-1997

Key Publications:

  1. Ddungu H: Palliative care: what approaches are suitable in developing countries? Br J Haematol 2011
    Powell RA, Kaye RM, Ddungu H, Mwangi-Powell F: Advancing drug availability-experiences from Africa. J Pain Symptom Manage 2010, 40(1):9-12
  2. Mukaya JE, Ddungu H, Ssali F, O’Shea T, Crowther MA: Prevalence and morphological types of anaemia and hookworm infestation in the medical emergency ward, Mulago Hospital, Uganda. S Afr Med J 2009, 99(12):881-886
    Ddungu H, Johnson JL, Smieja M, Mayanja-Kizza H: Digital clubbing in tuberculosis–relationship to HIV infection, extent of disease and hypoalbuminemia. BMC Infect Dis 2006, 6:45

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