MakSPH-CDC Career Watch

Ms Irene Kambonesa Tumuhirwe

Irene Kambonesa is the Director for Training and Education at Mildmay Uganda.  She is a Makerere University IPH/CDC HIV/AIDS fellow alumnus who completed the program 2004 and has over 18 years of experience in training and management of community and public health projects and programs.  Irene is a State Registered Nurse and Midwife with a Master of Public Health Degree from The University of Liverpool UK.

As a director for Education, Irene ensured that Mildmay got a license to operate as an institution for higher learning by National Council for Higher Education. 

Irene directed the running of An Honors Degree Program “A Health Systems Approach to HIV/AIDS Care and Management” validated by the University of Manchester and A Diploma program “Community HIV/AIDS Care and Management validated by Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

The work based programs have developed capacities of individuals in Government ministries, NGOs, Faith Based Organizations, Private Enterprises, Army, police and Prisons  to establish and effectively manage HIV/AIDS programs. Irene oversees the running of short skills development courses, the placement program which offers individuals excellent opportunity to translate theory into practice.  Irene designed a course; participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation course which is well evaluated.  Irene manages a training function worth $1m annually; contributing to Uganda’s health systems strengthening.

Irene represented Mildmay Uganda on the Regional AIDS Training Network (RATN) Board for three years and was the chair of the programs committee for two years.  During that time, Irene spearheaded initiation of creative training program for the deaf and initiated the plan to hold the first HIV/AIDS education conference in the region; and this took place June 2009. Irene was awarded “Certification of Appreciation” in recognition of her valuable contribution to the RATN Network.

Irene is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for RATN.