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A natural leader, Ekwaro A. Obuku started his political career early on as a community mobiliser since his school days in St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK, 1992 – 1998) where he was Sports Prefect, Kiwanuka House and Captain SMACK Eagles Basketball team captain. While at the University (1998 – 2003), Ekwaro was the President SMACK Old Boys Association, campus chapter; Secretary for Health and eventually Chairman of the Gallant Rats in Mitchell Hall. Before ascending to the Presidency of the Uganda Medical Association, Ekwaro served as the Mobilization Chief (2013 – 2015) and Secretary General (2015 – 2017) in both case elected unopposed. Where he instituted policies that tripled accrual of membership from 300 in 2013 to 1,000 in 2017.

In his campaign for the UMA Presidency, Ekwaro focused on the following 10-point programme:

1. Agenda setting through a new UMA 5 year strategic plan 2018 – 2023 focusing on People, Problems, Policy and Politics.

2. Open UMA diaspora chapters to expand participation of Ugandan Doctors globally

3. Increase civic awareness of Ugandan Doctors via Legislative reforms and Legal AID.

4. Establish the UMA Investments Limited (UMAIL) as a special purpose vehicle for the UMA plaza and other private sector driven enterprises

5. Negotiate to lift ban on recruitment for 1,000 government Doctor jobs

6. Promote professionalism through ethics and standards

7. Engage His Excellency President Museveni constructively to build a new consensus around “health is wealth”

8. Scholarships for Senior House Officers worth 2.5 billion Uganda Shillings

9. Hostels for Junior House Officers (Intern Doctors)

10. Strengthen labor and industrial relations via the Mungherera Petition

Ekwaro A. Obuku is a medical doctor (M.B., Ch.B, Makerere University 2003) and a clinical trialist (MSc. Clinical Trials, University of London 2009) with experience in implementing large public TB and HIV programmes. He has worked with local and international state and non state agencies including the Adjumani District Local Government; Arua Regional Referral Hospital; National TB and AIDS Control Programmes; Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University; Case Hospital; Makerere University Business School Clinic (MUBS); Makerere-Mbarara Joint AIDS Programme (MJAP); Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) and the University of Maryland/Institute of Human Virology. Ekwaro is a PhD Research Fellow in Health Policy at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.