Project: Contextualising mobile phone applications for treatment support to Africa: Adherence and retention in care of patients with drug resistant TB
Home Institution: Makerere University Lung Institute, Uganda
Host institution in India: St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, India
Katagira Winceslaus is a Physician who completed his Masters degree in Internal Medicine in 2015 and has been working in the field of pulmonary medicine. Prior to his Masters, Katagira was actively engaged in TB related research, a field he continues to work in today. He is based at the Makerere University Lung Institute (MLI) in Kampala, Uganda where he is engaged in several research projects as a research fellow but also manages patients attending the Lung Institute clinic. He is a senior trial physician on the STREAM stage 2 Multi-Drug Resistant YB (MDR-TB) trial and is co-investigating on two post-TB related research projects at the MLI.
Project: Contextualising mobile phone applications for treatment support to Africa: Adherence and retention in care of patients with drug resistant TB: Although Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) remains the standard of care for patients with MDR-TB, it is labour intensive for health facilities, inconveniencing to patients and has been associated with stigma. Katagira’s project will pilot smart phone-based video observed therapy (VOT) to explore the feasibility and acceptability of integrating VOT for MDR in program settings in Uganda.