Prof. Dr. John Rubaihayo

Prof. Dr. John Rubaihayo

Prof. Dr. John Rubaihayo is the Dean of Health Sciences

Dr. John Rubaihayo is the Dean of Health Sciences and an Associate Professor in Public Health at Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal, Uganda. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Makerere University, Uganda and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Master’s degree in Science from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Bachelor’s degrees in Science from Makerere University, Uganda. He has more than 10 years’ experience in teaching public health in higher education institutions (HEIs) in Uganda. He has extensive expertise in epidemiological research, curriculum development and training. He is a member of the Uganda society of health Scientists and the International Biometric Society (IBS).

Research interest is in the area of infectious diseases epidemiology currently working on HIV, malaria and Schistosomiasis.

  • Local promoter/Coordinator VLIR-UOS South Initiative (SI) project entitled: Community development through participatory action research: interventions that facilitate positive living with HIV/AIDS in the community in Uganda” by Dr. John Rubaihayo from MMU (Southern Promoter) and Sofie Vindevogel from University College, Ghent, Belgium ( Northern Promoter) (2018-2020)
  • Local promoter/Coordinator VLIR-UOS South Initiative (SI) project entitled: Reinforcing family food and nutritional security in the Rwenzori region” in western Uganda by Dr John Rubaihayo from MMU(Southern Promoter) and Prof Xavier Gellynck from University College, Ghent, Belgium (Northern Promoter) (2018-2020)
  • Local promoter/Coordinator VLIR-UOS South Initiative (SI) project entitled: Cultivating a community of practice to strengthen capacities for supporting the quality of life of youth living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda” by Dr. John Rubaihayo from MMU (Southern Promoter) and Dr. Sofie Vindevogel from University College, Ghent, Belgium ( Northern Promoter) (2018-2020)
  • Principal co-investigator with Prof Walter Kipp, Prof Duncan Saunders and Dr Arif Alibhai from University of Alberta Canada; Prof Joseph Konde-Lule from  Makerere University and Mr Tom Rubale from the Health Department, Kabarole  Local Government and Mr Patrick Muzinduki from Kabarole Research Centre (KRC)  on  a  research  project  entitled:“Community-based  ARV project” conducted in Rwimi subcounty, Kabarole District (2011-2014).
  • DAAD/PAGEL partnership project: Institutional Capacity Building in Public Health Teaching in Rural Uganda (2014-2017) Implemented by Mountains of the Moon University and the Institute of Tropical Medicine & International Health, Charite University, Berlin, Germany
  • Principal Co-investigator with Prof. Gundel Harm and Dr. Stefanie Theuring (Institute of Tropical Medicine & International Health, Charité – University Medicine Berlin), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze from Makerere University in  an  Esther/GIZ  funded  c o m m u n i t y   project  entitled:  HIV incidence among pregnant women in Kabarole, Western Uganda. The research is being conducted at Kibiito HC IV, Virika hospital and Fort-Portal Regional Referral hospital in Kabarole, Ugand
  • Principal Co-investigator with Prof. Gundel Harms, Prof Frank P. Mockenhaupt and Dr Stefanie Theuring (Institute of Tropical Medicine & International Health, Charité – University Medicine Berlin) in an Esther  funded community p r o j e c t  entitled: “Prevention of malaria in pregnancy and of vertical effectiveness and drug resistance in Fort Portal, Western Uganda”.  The research is conducted at Virika hospital and Fort-Portal Regional Referral hospital in Fort Portal, Uganda
  • Consultant/Coordinator GIZ (German Technical Cooperation) ESTHER-research project on HIV/AIDS and malaria in Uganda in collaboration with the institute of Tropical Medicine and International health (ITMIH), Charite University, Berlin and Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal
  1. Schumann H, Rubagumya K, Rubaihayo J, Harms G, Wanyenze RK, Theuring S. The Incidence of HIV and associated risk factors among pregnant women in Kabarole District, Uganda. PloS One 2020, 15(6):e0234174
  2. Kimera E, Vindevogel S, Reynaert D, Mugenyi KJ, Rubaihayo J, De-Maeyer J,   Engelen A-M, Khamis Musanje,  Bilsen J. Experiences and Effects of HIV-related stigma among youth living with HIV/AIDS in western Uganda: A photovoice study. Plos One 2020, 15(4): e0232359
  3. Kimera E, Vindevogel S, Mugenyi KJ, Rubaihayo J, De-Maeyer J, Reynaert D, Engelen A-M, Nuwaha F,  Bilsen J. Experiences and Perceptions of youth living with HIV in Western Uganda on school attendance: barriers and facilitators. BMC Public Health 2020, 20:79
  4. Kimera E, Vindevogel S, Rubaihayo J, Reynaert D, De-Maeyer J, Engelen A-M, Bilsen J. Youth Living with HIV/AIDS in secondary schools: perspectives of peer educators and patron teachers in western Uganda on stressors and supports. Sahara-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 2019, 16 (1): 51-56
  5. Ikiriza A, Andinda M, Kamukama R, Mugisa T, Rubaihayo J, Semana Factors Associated with Utilization of Insecticide Treated Nets Among Residents of Kamwenge Town Council-Kamwenge District-Uganda. International Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapy 2019, 4(1): 1-6
  6. Kimera E, Vindevogel S, De-Maeyer J, Reynaert D, Engelen A-M, Nuwaha F, Rubaihayo J, Bilsen J. Challenges and support for quality of life of youths living with HIV/AIDS in schools and larger community in East Africa: a systematic Systematic Reviews 2019, 8:64
  7. Decker S, Rempis E, Schnack A, Braun V, Rubaihayo J, Busingye P, Tumwesigye MN, Harms G, Theuring Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV: Postpartum adherence to Option B+ until 18 months in Western Uganda. PLoS One 2017, 12(6): e0179448
  8. Machnowska P, Hauser A, Meixenberger K, Altmann B, Bannert N, Rempis E, Schnack A, Decker S, Braun V, Busingye P, Rubaihayo J, Harms G, Theuring S. Decreased emergence of HIV-1 drug resistance mutations in a cohort of Ugandan women initiating option B+ for PMTCT. PLoS One 2017, 12(5): e0178297
  9. Rempis EM, Schnack A, Decker S, Braun V, Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Busingye P, Harms G, Theuring Option B+ for prevention of vertical HIV transmission has no influence on adverse birth outcomes in a cross-sectional cohort in Western Uganda. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017, 17:82
  10. Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Konde-Lule J, Wamani H, Nakku-Joloba E, Makumbi F. Frequency and distribution patterns of opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. BMC Res Notes 2016, 9:501
  11. Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Konde-Lule J, Makumbi F. Forecast analysis of any opportunistic infection among HIV positive individuals on antiretroviral therapy in Uganda. BMC Public Health 2016, 16:766
  12. Schnack A, Rempis E, Decker S, Braun V, Rubaihayo J, Busingye P, Tumwesigye NM,Harms G, Theuring S. Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Option B+ Era: Uptake and Adherence During Pregnancy in Western Uganda. AIDS Patient Care STDS 2016, 30(3):110-8
  13. Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Konde_Lule,J.Trends in prevalence of selected opportunistic Infections associated with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. BMC Infectious Diseases 2015, 15:187
  14. Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Konde_Lule,J. Trends in prevalence of diarrhoea, Kaposi’s sarcoma, bacterial pneumonia, malaria and geohelminths among HIV positive individuals in Uganda. AIDS Research and Therapy 2015, 12:20
  15. Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Konde-Lule J, Wamani, H, Nakku-Joloba E, Makumbi F. Prevalence  and  Factors  Associated  with  Opportunistic  Infections  in  HIV  Positive  Patients  on Antiretroviral Therapy in Uganda.  International Journal of Tropical Disease & International Health 2015, 10(1):1-13
  16. Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye MN, Konde-Lule J, Wamani, H, Nakku-Joloba E, Makumbi F, Etukoit MB.Trends and predictors of mortality among HIV positive patients in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy in Uganda. Infectious Disease Reports 2015; 7:5967
  17. Braun V, Rempis E, Schnack A, Decker S, Rubaihayo J, Tumwesigye NM, Theuring S, Harms G, Busingye P, Mockenhaupt FP. Lack of effect of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy and intense drug resistance in western Uganda. BMC Malaria Journal 2015, 14:372
  18. Theuring S, Schnack A, Rempis E, Decker S, Braun V, Rubaihayo J, Busingye P, Harms G. Prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV in the Option B+ era: uptake and adherence during pregnancy in Fort Portal, Uganda. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2015, 20(suppl1):89
  19. Theuring S, Mugenyi K, Rubaihayo J, Busingye P, Harms, G. Antiretroviral Therapy Programme Retention and Outcomes after 12 Months in a Retrospective Patient Cohort in Fort Portal, Uganda: The Ongoing Challenge of Male ART Performance. Journal of AIDS Clinical  Research 2015, 6:2
  20. Rubaihayo J, Akib S, Moghusu E, Abaasa A. High HIV prevalence and associated factors in a remote community in the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda, Infectious Diseases Reports 2010, 2 (e13): 40-46
  21. Rubaihayo J, Tukesiga Ephraim, Abaasa A . Reduced susceptibility to pyrethroid insecticide- treated nets by the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae s.l. in western Uganda. BMC Malaria Journal 2008, 7:92
  22. Rubaihayo J, Moghusu E, Claudes P, Abaasa A. Schistosomiasis transmission at high altitude crater lakes in Western Uganda. BMC Infectious diseases, 2008, 8:110

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