Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda (SAHU) is a collective of amazing people striving to build delightful products.

The Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda is a multidisciplinary society devoted to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents. The Society was founded in December 2012 following a regional training in Kampala that was led by experts from Columbia and Makerere Universities and the Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre.

Recognizing that health is more than the absence of disease, the Society for Adolescent Health in Uganda (SAHU) promotes positive adolescence/youth development, illness prevention, achievement of individual potential, and a sense of physical, mental, and social well-being.

In its pursuit of optimal adolescent health and developmentally-appropriate health care, SAHU believes that scientific research provides the evidence base for effective health promotion as well as prevention and treatment of illness and injury.

Executive Members

Dr. Sabrina Kitaka

Dr. Sabrina Kitaka

President of SAHU

Senior Lecturer & Paediatric & Adolescent Health Specialist, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University College of Health and Sciences Kampala, Uganda and President of SAHU. Dr. Kitaka is passionate about promoting adolescent health and medicine in East Africa. For the past 15 years, she has taught Adolescent Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Joseph Rujumba

Joseph Rujumba PhD

Vice President of SAHU

Joseph Rujumba, PhD, is a Lecturer at Makerere University in Paediatrics and Child Health. With a PhD in International Health, he actively researches social determinants of health, particularly in child, adolescent, and maternal health. By December 2020, he had published 25 peer-reviewed articles, contributing significantly to areas such as HIV, breastfeeding, SRH, adolescent health, Sickle Cell, and Malaria.

 Denis Lewis Bukenya

Denis Lewis Bukenya

Founding Vice President

Denis Lewis Bukenya BSWSA, MPA is a social worker and an Adolescent Health Training Specialist and the Training Manager at the Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre, a pioneer Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights program in Kampala, Uganda, that provides advocacy and youth-friendly reproductive health and related services.

Dr. Zari Godfrey Rukundo

Dr. Zari Godfrey Rukundo

General Secretary

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Mbarara University of Science and Technology University (MUST). Dr. Rukundo is also the General Secretary of SAHU and the programme Director for MMed Psychiatry Training program. He has expertise in psychiatry through his research in schizophrenia, depression, and mental disorders secondary to general medical conditions

 Dr. Betsy Pfeffer

Dr. Betsy Pfeffer

Co-Founding President

Retired Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, U.S.A. Dr. Pfeffer is an adolescent medicine clinician who saw teens in an outpatient and inpatient setting, taught medical students and residents and lectured internationally on multiple topics related to adolescent health care. She currently is working as a founding member of Global Health Initiative (, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve health and wellness outcomes in Uganda.

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