Irene Atuhairwe Duhanga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Makerere University. She has 16 years of experience in Health programming in HIV and AIDS Care and Treatment, Maternal Neonatal and Child Health, and Human Resources for Health and Health Systems Strengthening. She is passionate about Health systems strengthening and a strong
advocate for underserved populations and communities.
Prior to joining Seed Global Health, Irene worked with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) where she supported the development of strong community programs to support HIV Care and Treatment for PLHIV receiving care from faith-based health facilities across the country.
In 2015, she joined the United States Peace Corps Uganda Program where she served as a program specialist and later as the Program Manager for the Global Health Service Partnership. In this role, Irene led and coordinated initiatives for Volunteer support, site development of suitable placements/institutions, maintaining strong relationships with partner institutions, and networks with relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, and professional regulatory bodies among others. She also served as the Ag. Director of Programming and Training where she ensured programmatic support for Peace Corps Volunteers across the three Country program areas.
In March 2019, Irene joined Seed Global Health as the Nursing advisor supporting the organization’s efforts in strengthening Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda through education, practice, and policy and most recently as the Deputy Country Director. In her role as Country Director, Irene leads the Uganda team to ensure country program, administrative and operational integrity while ensuring representation of Seed Global Health with key stakeholders.