Freddy Kitutu PhD, MSc
Freddy Eric Kitutu is a Lecturer, Health Systems Pharmacist and Researcher at Makerere University in Uganda. He serves as the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Since, April 2nd 2020, Dr Kitutu has been part of the Special Advisory National COVID19 Committee on Epidemiology chaired by the Senior Presidential Advisor on Epidemics. He has recently supported the Uganda Ministry of Health to conduct of the national Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Hand Hygiene (HH) Survey in health facilities in Uganda, as part of the WHO Global IPC survey. He has a doctoral degree in Medical Science (Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology) from Uppsala University of Sweden. He has participated in three Global Fund New Funding Model Grant Application processes, twice as the National Technical Lead and Facilitator for Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health in 2017 and the Malaria Funding Request in 2020, respectively. His methodological expertise are in mixed-methods studies, intervention design and evaluation of complex health interventions with a strong quantitative background. He also currently serves as the Antimicrobial Stewardship, Consumption and Use program lead at Makerere University Pharmacy Department, working closely with government to implement relevant activities prioritized in the AMR National Action Plan 2018 to 2023.
Sabin Social & Behavioral Research Grants Project
Using Community Influencer Groups to Address Covid-19 Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy in Buikwe, Uganda
The project, led by co-investigators Dr. Freddy Kitutu and Jacquellyn Ssanyu, explores the spread of misinformation and its social drivers in the border community of Buikwe to inform an intervention addressing circulated misinformation. In their research, the team worked to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 misinformation and explore the effect of COVID-19 misinformation on vaccine acceptance in Buikwe District. The team then used these research findings to develop a dialogue-based intervention, in which they aimed to mobilize and empower community members to spread alternative messaging.