DR. SEKAGYA YAHAYA HILLS

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 Currently a PhD candidate at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2017-present), he brings a wealth of experience and education to his multifaceted career. Dr. Sekagya holds a Diploma in Law with First Class honors from the Law Development Centre (2016-2017), a Master of Public Health from Bugema University (2012-2015), and a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from Makerere University Medical School (1987-1993). Additionally, he has acquired diplomas in Environmental Science from Makerere Institute of Environment (2002-2003) and extensive training in traditional medicine through apprenticeships with Buyijja Traditional Healers (2005-2010) and African Healers (1994-2000).

Dr. Sekagya’s professional roles include serving as the Katikiro of the Royal Hereditary Institution of Namuyonjo-Bulondoganyi in Bugerere under the Buganda Kingdom, Secretary of the Board of Directors for the International Indigenous HIV & AIDS Corporation based in Canada, and Director of PROMETRA Uganda, the national chapter of PROMETRA International. He is the Founding Director of the Dr. Sekagya Institute of Traditional Medicine and holds membership in several significant organizations, including the Uganda National Integrated Forum for traditional health practitioners, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ Technical Committee on Health Services Standards, the Research and Ethics Committee of THETA-REC, and various traditional health associations.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sekagya has successfully designed and implemented numerous projects. As a Biovision grantee for over a decade (2010-2023), he has promoted ecological organic agriculture, traditional medicine, and environmental conservation in Mpigi District. His initiatives also include a decade-long project with the Ford Foundation (2000-2010) aimed at building capacity among traditional healers in Uganda and a collaborative project with ICIPE Kenya (2008-2011) to enhance the effectiveness of traditional medicine in marginalized communities.

Dr. Sekagya’s ongoing projects include the Solution-Oriented Research for Development Program (SOR4D), focusing on the role of museums as agents of change in traditional medicine knowledge transfer in Uganda (2023-2026).