MakSPH-CDC Career Watch

Mrs Penninah Kyoyagala-Tomusange
Academic:

BA (Social Work and Social Administration) Makerere University
MA (Development Studies) University of Leeds

Current Employer: UNFPA
Position:
National Project Professional- Reproductive Health and Population and Development (Mbarara Office)
Professional interest:
Reproductive health, Child health and HIV
Membership to professional bodies:
Life member of Reproductive Health Uganda, member of Social Workers Association of Uganda

Introduction

I joined the fellowship program in 2004. I had just returned from pursuing my MA studies at Leeds University. I had always wanted to be called a Fellow because most on the autobiographies I read of great people, there was something to do with fellowship.

When I read the advert calling for application, I felt the moment had arrived. I submitted my application, after some time I was called for interviews and then the good news came, a phone call made to congratulate me, I was delighted. I was hosted by the Uganda Red Cross Society. While to the fellowship program I was every minute to learn something new. I did a lot of reading than I had last done during my senior six. I want to leave the fellowship a better person and very clear on my career growth plan.

Successes

After the fellowship I joined Childfund International as HIV Advisor. I performed this function for 14 months and was promoted to program coordinator. My promotion was as a result of what I did and how I did it. The senior management at that time saw me as a different person- organized, good planner, enthusiastic. Frankly speaking the fellowship program enhanced these skills in me. Having a diary and filling it daily taught me to become a better planner. I used to take some of these things for granted during the fellowship program but in real work they are handy.

The fellowship program exposed to a lot of knowledge on HIV. I have used that knowledge to lead a team develop a multi million dollar grant on pediatric AIDS care. The grant was awarded the best by the Korean Cooperation Agency and implementation started October 2009. This is the very first project of this nature for Childfund in Uganda and Africa.