Empowering African communities

Moses Nayenda Katabarwa 97MPH has made a career of bridging worlds.

Born in Uganda and educated in the United Kingdom and at Emory, Katabarwa combines his medical skill with his native intuition to promote public health programs in Africa that work within existing community structures, rather than imposing care from the outside.

An epidemiologist for the Carter Center's health programs, Katabarwa has been named the 2005 Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award winner. The Sheth Award was established by Goizueta Business School Professor Jagdish Sheth to recognize international alumni who have gone on to achieve prominence in universities, governments, private sectors, or non-governmental organizations around the world.

Katabarwa joined the Carter Center in 1996, directing its Uganda office until 2003. He then came to Atlanta to serve as medical epidemiologist for the center's Global 2000 river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs.

"Together, [these diseases] affect nearly 350 million people in more than seventy countries around the world, and once you know this, you begin to get a sense of the true scope and importance of Dr. Katabarwa's work," says Holli A. Semetko, vice provost for international affairs and director of Emory's Halle Institute, who served on the selection committee for the Sheth Award. "Not only does he bring hope to people in countries afflicted by these terrible diseases, but he does so in a way that empowers communities to manage their own health problems."



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