PROFESSOR PAUL WAAKO PhD
Professor Paul Waako is the second Vice Chancellor of Busitema University, a public University focusing on science and technology. Professor Waako is the Founder Dean, of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He has vast academic experience having held various positions at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Makerere University, Uganda. In additional to obtaining a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, he was made a Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University, London and a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. Professor Waako brings 24 years of professional experience to Busitema University.
He has previously served as consultant to several USAID-supported programs, member of the seven-man World Health Organization (WHO) – International Union of Basic and Clinical pharmacology (IUPHAR) joint task force for developing Clinical Pharmacology in Africa; Member of the task force for the establishment of Kabale University Medical School and has been Visiting Professor and External examiner at several Universities. He has also served on several national and international technical committees. These include the Pharmacovigilance, and the Traditional and Complementary Medicines committees of the National Drug Authority, The Uganda Medicines Control Authority Bill drafting committee, National task force for policy formulation on Traditional and Complementary Medicines, Ministry of Health taskforce for the development of a new Health Promotion Policy for Uganda and the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ESCA) working group on Human resources for Health.
Professor Waako spearheaded the development of an innovative health training curriculum at Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences. The training program provides for a vibrant Community Based Education Research and Service (COBERS) program with students undergoing community placement for four weeks each academic year for the first 3 years of training. With COBERS, a strong team of preceptors have been trained to support students and students gain skills in research proposal writing and linking theory to actual practice in the community.
Professor Waako is married to Engineer Ziria Tibalwa Waako – An Electrical Engineer and they are blessed with five children.