Mr Simon Peter Rugera

Mr Simon Peter Rugera

Senior Lecturer, Mbarara University

Mr. Simon Peter Rugera is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Chemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) where he heads the Department of Medical Laboratory Science. He is a graduate of University of Wales (MSc. BMS- Clinical Chemistry), UK and Makerere University (HDMLT, Cert. MLT), Uganda and currently a PhD Fellow at MUST.


For nearly 30 years, he has extensively worked in academia, Clinical setting and research environment. He lectures Clinical Chemistry (Chemical Pathology) to both undergraduate and graduate students on top of supervising students’ research. He has published articles in referred journals.


He has participated in grant writing and currently is a Co-Investigator/Key Person in NIH Forgarty Training Grant “Multi-morbidity in Uganda Research Capacity Initiative (MURCI) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology” and Co-Investigator in a Makerere University RIF Grant “Unlocking the potential of thiocyanate in cassava

root for management of vaso-occlusion crisis in sickle cell disease patients in Uganda”


He championed the setting up of an HIV-AIDS laboratory for both clinical and research needs of Uganda at the onset of HIV-AIDS in Uganda in 1989 that looked among other the characterization of the HIV Virus. He spearheaded the start and transformation of the Makerere University/ John Hopkins University (MUJHU) Core Laboratory at Infectious Disease Institute of Makerere University to accreditation by College of American Pathologists (CAP).


Simon acted as a member of several Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Committees. He served as member of the National Health Laboratory Technical and Policy Advisory Committee of MOH that developed the first National Health Laboratory Policy for Uganda and later the National Laboratory Strategic Plan. He represented all University Medical Schools in Uganda on the Allied Health Professionals Council (AHPC), the regulatory arm of MOH for all allied health professionals (who include laboratory professional. He was privileged to chair the Education, Training and Registration committee as well as represent AHPC on the Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board (UAHEB), a body corporate responsible for examining all allied health training programmes in Uganda. Mr. Rugera has successfully supervised five Master Degree students to completion and participated on examination panels for postgraduate thesis at MUST.


He has participated in several in country, East Africa and African Region and world Laboratory initiatives. He recently concluded two consultancies at EAC level: a consultancy award for East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) to review and harmonise medical laboratory curricular in the East African Community and consultancy on regulation of medical diagnostics and medical devices in the East African Community partner states.


He has also managed several consultancies that include Medical Laboratory Sciences curriculum reviews within Rwanda and Uganda. Previously, he executed a consultancy with USAID funded Uganda Program for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD), St. Augustine International University, Marie Stopes International Uganda (MSIU) and World Health Organisation (WHO) – Uganda.


He serves on several committees of the Faculty of Medicine and University Committees of MUST. He is married with children


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