Dr. Jotham Musinguzi is currently the Dof the Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is a Public Health Physician who until February 2007 was Director of Uganda’s Population Secretariat, housed in the Ministry of Finance, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is currently a Trustee of both the Population Council of New York as well as the Commonwealth Medical Association Trust. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Population Services International (PSI) Uganda and is a Board Member of the Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) based in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the past, Dr. Musinguzi has been a senior lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of Makerere University. He has been President of Uganda Medical Association; Chairman of International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP), based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Until recently, he has served as a Board Member and Honorary Treasurer of Partners in Population and Development.
Dr. Musinguzi had his initial education in Makerere University Medical School in Uganda, where he obtained his first degree in medicine and then later a master’s degree in Obstetrics & Gynaecology before proceeding to the United States to study public health at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.
Since the late 1980s, Dr. Musinguzi’s main interests have been in reproductive health (RH) and family planning (FP), as well HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Musinguzi has represented Uganda on most major international meetings, including United Nations Summits in the fields of RH, FP and HIV/AIDS. Some of these meetings include the international Safe Motherhood Conference in Nairobi in 1987; the World Summit for Children in New York in 1990; the UN Preparatory Committee Meetings (Prepcoms) of the ICPD in New York; the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt in 1994; the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995; the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995; the World Food Summit in Rome in 1996; the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996; and the Millennium Summit in New York in 2000, among others. Dr. Musinguzi has also attended many of the follow-up meetings to these and other international summits and meetings.
In all these meetings and other public appearances, Dr. Musinguzi has consistently and strongly advocated for inclusion of strong and clear language on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in the various official documents, including those of the United Nations and other international agencies, and has endeavoured that reproductive health and HIV/AIDS remain high on the development agenda.