Dr. Rosalind Parkes Ratanshi


Director Academy for Health Innovation Uganda

Rosalind combines her experience as a physician and a researcher to improve health systems with an emphasis on HIV and sexually transmitted infections in Uganda. She is the Founding Director of the Academy for Health Innovation, Uganda based at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University and is a Principal Research Associate at University of Cambridge, UK. She is a principal investigator on various multi-disciplinary studies investigating the impact of digital technologies. She and her team developed the ARTAccess App tool which allows HIV drug delivery in private pharmacies which is being scaled nationwide in Uganda. Their Call for Life tool has supported the Ugandan Ministry of Health COVID-19 response through automated calls to COVID contacts and psycho-social support to those affected as well as those living with HIV and TB. Her Medical Drones project is piloting HIV drug delivery, and COVID and STI sample delivery to remote areas. Rosalind is a strong advocate for multi-disciplinary work, for example a History of HIV project brought together with artists, social scientists and bio-medical teams to create an exhibition at the Uganda Museum and now a film showing on TV stations around Uganda. She is a module leader for Masters in Global Health at Cambridge and is a PhD and Masters supervisor at Makerere and Cambridge. She serves the Aga Khan Development Network in various voluntary roles as Chairperson of Aga Khan Health Services in Uganda and a member of the Aga Khan Development Network Testing Sub-committee, and is Vice President of the Aga Khan National Council for Uganda.