Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato

 Viola Nilah Nyakato, PhD

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

Department of Human Development and Relational Sciences

P.O. Box 1410 Mbarara, Uganda, Tel: +256 772  982 535

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Place and Date of birth: Mbarara, Uganda 10th December 1977

Education:

PhD (Intra-household social determinants of demand for maternal healthcare in Mbarara district, Uganda),Mbarara University of Science and Technology, February 2014.

Master of Public Health (MPH), Lund University, Sweden, April 2006.

Bachelor of Arts - Honors (Sociology and Religious Studies), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, April 2001.

Positions and Honors

Positions

01/2017 – present       Dean/Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

02/2017 – present        Lecturer, (Sociology, Community Development, Qualitative research, Gender and   Women Health Promotion, Introduction to Gender and Health, Gender and Sexuality and Social Determinants of Health); Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies.

06/2013 – 06/2017Founding Director/Senior Lecturer, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, Mbarara

                                     University of Science and Technology.

09/2010 – 06/2013     Head of Department, Development Studies, Mbarara University of Science and

                                     Technology.

02/2007 – 02/2009        Assistant Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Faculty of Development Studies.

06/2006 – 02/2007        Teaching Assistant/Volunteer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Faculty of Development Studies.

2003 – 2005           Facilitator and Project Coordinator, MUST Peer Education Project, 2003 to 2005

2003 – 20014         Facilitator, Course in Participatory Methods; tools for facilitators – Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Department of Community Health.

2003, 2004, 2005   Facilitator, Global Health Course by Lund University facilitated in collaboration with

                                    Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Department of Community Health.

     Honors

2003          Established a University Peer Education Project at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Collaboration with Lund University, Sweden funded by the Swedish International Agency.

2018          Awarded Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Population Policy Communication Fellows Scholarship.

2012          Awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake a one year Visiting Studies Fellowship at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

2013          Spearheaded the establishment of a community engagement training program for Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies that allows students to work and learn with the community

2013          Co-PI on a VLIR-OUS partnership with the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp to conduct ‘a quasi-experimental study on the implications of intra-household time use on maternal and children’s health care and education.’

2016          Member, Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy

2015          Co-PI on a grant with the Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Ghent in Belgium to implement a project on ‘Mitigating adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes through a comprehensive primary school sexuality education program in southwestern Uganda.’

2015          Recognized as  a 2015 World Heritage Hero at the 39th Session of the German Commission for UNESCO in recognition of the publication on ‘Women in Conservation lessons learned: if women benefit from ecotourism revenues, the environment will benefit too.’

2016          Initiated research projects on adolescent health with Dr. Susan Kools, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, University of VA.  The current project is on, understanding how very young adolescents grow up in Uganda; A situational analysis of the local socio-ecological context of southwestern Uganda.

Presentations

Elizabeth Kemigisha, Viola N Nyakato, Gad N Ruzaaza, Anna Ninsiima, SolomeNajjuka, Else Leye, GilyCoene, Olivier Degomme, KristienMichielsen, Sexuality education for early adolescents in Uganda Dissemination Conference held in held at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 10th July 2018

Viola N Nyakato, Elizabeth Kemigisha, Gad N Ruzaaza, Anna Ninsiima, SolomeNajjuka, Else Leye, GilyCoene, Olivier Degomme, KristienMichielsen, ‘Mitigating adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes through a comprehensive primary school sexuality education program in South-Western Uganda’ Dissemination Conference held in held at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 10th July 2018

Elizabeth Kemigisha, Viola N Nyakato, Gad N Ruzaaza, Anna Ninsiima, SolomeNajjuka, Else Leye, GilyCoene, Olivier Degomme, KristienMichielsen, Sexual health of Very Young Adolescents in South Western Uganda: A Cross-sectional Study Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes and Sexual behaviors, Poster Presentation at the “The 10th  European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International health (ECTMIH) held in Antwerp, Belgium”,  Poster NO. 8P76 16-20th October 2017

Viola Nyakato, Yolande PokamTchuisseu, Tyler Ann Johnson; Ruth Kaziga, MA;DorcusAchen, MA; Mark Rumanzi, Rachel McGlone,Christine Karungi, Susan Kools; Understanding the Sexual & Reproductive Health of Very Young Adolescents in Rural Uganda, presented at the dissemination activities for Centre for Global Health, University of Virginia Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHIRT)project of the National Institutes of Health under award number T37MD008659, August 2017.  

Viola Nyakato, PhD, MPH.; Dorcus Achen, MA; Destinie Chambers; Diana Collins; Ruth Kaziga, MA; Zina Ogunnaya; Maya Wright,KevinaUwizera; Susan Kools; Very Young Adolescent Perceptions of Growing Up in Rural Western Uganda, presented at the dissemination activities for Centre for Global Health, University of Virginia Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHIRT)project of the National Institutes of Health under award number T37MD008659,  August 2016. 

Elizabeth Kemigisha, Viola N Nyakato, Gad N Ruzaaza, Anna Ninsiima, SolomeNajjuka, Else Leye, GilyCoene, Olivier Degomme, KristienMichielsen;Sexual wellbeing of very young adolescents in South Western Uganda: A cross sectional survey assessing Body Image, Self-Esteem and Gender equitable Norms, presented at “Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy (ANSER) conference, University of Ghent, Belgium, December 1 2016.

Elizabeth Kemigisha, Viola N Nyakato, Gad N Ruzaaza, Anna Ninsiima, SolomeNajjuka, Else Leye, GilyCoene, KristienMichielsen, Olivier Degomme; Factors associated with sexual and reproductive health risky behaviors among young adolescents in SW Uganda, presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 12th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in November 2016.

Viola N Nyakato, Elizabeth Kemigisha, Simeon Eloba, WendoMlahagwa, Gad Ruzaaza and SolomeNajjuka;

Can University Students Deliver Sexuality And Reproductive Health Training In Schools? Evidence From the ‘Who Am I?’ Young Adolescent Project, presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 12th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in November 2016.

Simone Mendes,ViolaNyakatoSostineKarungi; Endogenous approaches vs. Capitalist interventions: A case study comparison of the transformative nature of gender-specific empowerment interventions in South-Western Uganda; HDCA Conference 2015: Capabilities on the Move: Mobility and Aspirations; November 2015 Washington DC.

Viola Nyakato‘Impact of Negative Cultural and Religious Practices on Gender Mainstreaming in Uganda’ presented at the November 2015 Gender Workshop organized by Belgian Embassy in Uganda.

Viola N Nyakato, ‘Intra-Household Time Use In Rural Uganda: Trends, Attitudes And Policy Implications’. presented at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, 11th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in December 2015.

Viola Nyakato‘Determining the relevance of remittances for health care services in rural communities in East Africa’ presented at the September 2015 Globalization, Ageing, Innovation and Care (GAIC) meeting held in Nairobi Kenya.

Viola NilahNyakato, Land, Property Rights and Power Relations: what is wrong? panel paper presented at the International Women’s Day organized by Norfolk Federation of Women Institutes, Norwich UK, March 2013.

Jessica Perkins and Viola N Nyakato, Social Networks, Health and Development in Southwest Uganda, 7th Annual Research Dissemination Conference in November 2011.

Viola N Nyakato and Pelupessy Wim, Not by money alone: the health poverty trap in rural Uganda, presented at the Human Development and Capability Approach in New Delhi India September 2008. 

Viola N Nyakato and Ndaruhutse Gad Ruzaaza, The role of social and family relations in promoting community health outcomes and economic progress, A thematic poster presentation at The-Network TUFH Conference, 20 September 2007, Kampala Uganda.

Viola N Nyakato, Unmet sexual and reproductive health of young people; a case study of students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Master’s thesis, Division of Social Science Medicine, Lund University Sweden, April 2006.

Contributions to Science

 Adolescent Health

Kemigisha, E., Bruce, K., Nyakato, V. N., Ruzaaza, G. N., Ninsiima, A. B., Mlahagwa, W., ... &Michielsen, K. (2018). Sexual health of very young adolescents in South Western Uganda: a cross-sectional assessment of sexual knowledge and behavior. Reproductive Health15(1), 148.

Kemigisha, E., Nyakato, V. N., Bruce, K., NdaruhutseRuzaaza, G., Mlahagwa, W., Ninsiima, A. B., ... &Michielsen, K. (2018). Adolescents’ Sexual Wellbeing in Southwestern Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Assessment of Body Image, Self-Esteem and Gender Equitable Norms. International journal of environmental research and public health15(2), 372.

Ninsiima, A. B., Leye, E., Michielsen, K., Kemigisha, E., Nyakato, V. N., &Coene, G. (2018). “Girls Have More Challenges; They Need to Be Locked Up”: A Qualitative Study of Gender Norms and the Sexuality of Young Adolescents in Uganda. International journal of environmental research and public health15(2), 193.

Hyttel, M., Thomsen, C. F., Luff, B., Storrusten, H., Nyakato, V. N.,& Tellier, M. (2017). Drivers and challenges to use of menstrual cups among schoolgirls in rural Uganda: a qualitative study. Waterlines36(2), 109-124.

Viola N Nyakato, Unmet Sexual and Reproductive Health of University Students in Uganda; Saarbrücken., Lambert Academic Publishing February 2013

Viola N Nyakato, The path to maturity and sustenance for young people within rural south western Uganda; a scenario from Kisoro District; Mbarara University of Science and Technology Medical Journal., February 2007 Vol. 13 

Brenner Jenny, Bagenda Fred, Nyakato Viola, Ruzaaza Gad Ndaruhutse, Kabakyenga Jerome and Singhal Neha; A Situational Analysis of Child Health in CPS - MUST Project Communities in South-western Uganda  Paediatr Child Health  2004;9;  (Supp A):33A

HIV/AIDS.

Jessica Mayson Perkins,;Viola N Nyakato; Bernard Kakuhikire,; Pamela K Mbabazi,; H. Wesley Perkins,; Alexander C. Tsai,; S. V. Subramanian,; Nicholas A. Christakis and David R Bangsberg (2017)  Actual vs. Perceived HIV Testing Norms, and Personal HIV Testing Uptake: A Cross-sectional, Population-based Study in Rural Uganda; AIDS and Behavior Journal DOI 10.1007/s10461-017-1691-z

Choudhry, V., Ambresin, A. E., Nyakato, V. N., &Agardh, A. (2015). Transactional sex and HIV risks-evidence from a cross-sectional national survey among young people in Uganda. Global health action, 8.

Maternal Health.

Viola  NNyakato (2016); Intra-Household Social Determinants of Maternal Health and the Preventive Function of Primary Health Care in Rural Uganda: Opportunities and Challenges. European Academic Research Journal, Vol. IV Issue 3

Viola Nyakato and Charles Rwabukwali, Couple Relations, Decision making Hierarchy and Use of Maternal Health Care in Rural Uganda, European Academic Research Vol. I, Issue 6, September 2013

Viola N Nyakato, Gender Inequality in Household Labour: Implications for Demand of Maternal Health Care in Uganda, In MansahPrah (Ed) Insights into Gender Equity, Equality and Power Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fountain Publishers, Kampala 2013

Viola N Nyakato and C Rwabukwali (2015). Women on the Margin, Decision-making and the Unmet Need for. Maternal Health in Rural Mbarara District Uganda., IJMCH 3(2): 101-109

Women and Culture.

Perkins, J. M., Nyakato, V. N., Kakuhikire, B., Tsai, A. C., Subramanian, S. V., Bangsberg, D. R., & Christakis, N. A. (2017). Food insecurity, social networks and symptoms of depression among men and women in rural Uganda: a cross-sectional, population-based study. Public Health Nutrition, 1-11.

Medard Twinamatsiko, Robert Bitariho and Viola N Nyakato (2015); Women in Conservation, lessons learned: if women benefit from ecotourism revenues, the environment will benefit, too; Published by Bird Life International available at http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/women-conservation-let-women-benefit-ecotourism-revenues-biodiversity-will-benefit-too

Viola N Nyakato, Land inequality and Family Planning, In DRUSSA Platform2013 Getting Evidence Based Development Research into Use in Sub-Saharan Africa available at http://www.nicanveg.org/sites/default/files/files/PLATFORM2013_CompleteVersion_DRUSSA_Research_Uptake_Final.pdf

Viola N Nyakato and Wim Pelupessy; ‘Not by money alone: the health poverty trap in rural Uganda’; Nnnuaire Des Grands Lacs 2010-2011; Antwerp University website - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Afrique-2010-2011-Grands-Annuaire/dp/2296129862

Research Support

ACTIVE

VIRL-OUS Team Project                                 2015 to 2018

In collaboration with University of Ghent, Free University of Brussels and Uganda Martyrs University

Mitigating adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes through a comprehensive primary school sexuality education program in South-Western Uganda

Role: Co-Principle Investigator

PREVIOUS

Operation Wealth Creation/National Agricultural Advisory Services                         08/2016 – 03/2017

Field assessment research in south western Uganda to study:

·        The Role of Private Credit Providers in Financing Coffee Production in South-western Uganda;

·        Power Relations within the Tea and Fruit Sub-Sectors in Uganda: Where is the Farmer? A Case of the South–Western Region;

·        Putting the Smallholder Farmer at the Centre in the Coffee, Tea and Fruit Sub-sectors:  When will the Private Sector take a Visible Lead?;

·        Mapping Tea Farmers with Unweeded Gardens under the Garden Store Approach in Kigezi Region.

·        Role: Team Leader

WOTRO Science for Development                  2015 to 2017

In collaboration with Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, University of Tilburg, Netherlands.

Cost benefit analysis of Cash Transfer Programmes and Post Trauma Services for Economic Empowerment of Women in Northern Uganda

Role: Local Contact Person

Conservation International and Birdlife International             2014

The Involvement of Women in Integrated Conservation and Development (ICD) Policy Implementation and Governance

Drawing Lessons from tourism Revenue Sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’ in collaboration with Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC), Uganda

Role: Co-Principle Investigator 

VIRL-OUS South Initiative                            2013 to 2015

In collaboration with Prof. Nathalie Holvoet

Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp

Exploring opportunities for partnership and initiating joint research on the topic: Intra-household and gender analysis to address food and health insecurities among rural communities in south western Uganda

Role: Co-Principle Investigator 

Post Graduate Studies Research Supervision: 
AchenCharrotte, Social-cultural influencing factors on parent-child sexual and reproductive health communication; a case study of Southwestern Uganda – PhD, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Registered 2017, Ongoing  
Elizabeth Kemigisha, Comprehensive Sexuality education for young adolescents in primary schools in south western Uganda; implementation and outcomes, PhD, University of Ghent, Registered 2016, ongoing 
Pamela Kampire,Gender Relations and Child Nutrition: A study of Intra-household Bargaining in Rural Uganda – PhD, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Completed February 2017 

ZibarAryampwera, Microfinance Services and Women Poverty: A Case Study of Kagango Sub County, Sheema District, Uganda, MA, Development Studies, MUST Completed 2016

AchenCharrotte HIV status and Domestic Violence., MA. Development Studies, MUST completed 2015.

Lilian S Rutandaro, Integrating Community- Based Response to Address OVC Needs by Civil Society Organisations: A Comparative Study of ICOBI and Ankole Diocese in Mbarara District – Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, MUST, completed 2012

NamalaAngella Clare– Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, MUST, completed 2012

Weijahe Clare, Examining the State of Health Services Utilization among Refugees: A Case Study of Nakivale Refugee Camp, Rugaaga Sub-county, Isingiro District - MA Development Studies, MUST Completed 2010

Juliet Ntawubona, Participation of Women in Recruitment for Political Decision-Making Positions in Mbarara District – MA Development Studies, MUST Completed 2009 

 

Referees

Prof. Celestino Obua

Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

P.o Box 1410 Mbarara

Phone: +256 777237723

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Prof. Charles B Rwabukwali

Department of Sociology

Makerere University

P.O Box 7062

Kampala Uganda

Phone +256-41-540650

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Prof. Frederick I.B Kayanja

Former Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

P.o. Box 1410 Mbarara

Phone: +256 752 985570

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