Sarah N. Ssali, PhD.

Appointment: Senior Lecturer, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University.Co-PI, ReBUILD Project, Uganda Member, Uganda National Bio-safety Committee, Member, Makerere University Council, Member, Makerere University Senior Staff Tribunal.

Area of Interest: Gender, Health Systems, Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Sexuality, Social Networks, Conflict and Post Conflict Situations and their impact on Health, Health Financing and Household health care seeking.  

Sarah Ssali holds a PhD in International Health Studies from Queen Margaret University, a Master of Arts in Gender Studies from Makerere University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University. In addition to these is an accumulation of certificates of short courses undertaken in different fields.

Sarah Ssali is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University.

She has experience researching social sciences dimensions of health. As a Social Scientist, she has vast experience in ethnographic research methods. Dr Ssali is particularly interested in studying hidden behaviors and non hetero-normative sexual behaviors, aspects of minorities in society aiming  to understand how they are structured, what drives these behavior and strategies for change and improvement where such behavior may be detrimental to self and others; and the extent to which they are gendered.

As a result Dr Ssali has conducted research in social networks of people living with HIV; gender law and sexuality, legal aspects of traditional circumcision, femininities and masculinities, gender dimensions of health and wellbeing as well as health financing and has a wide research experience in multiple areas including Gender, HIV and AIDS, Reproductive Health, Health Systems, Public Policy and Politics.

Most of the research has been focused on Uganda, but has also involved research consortia involving countries such Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, USA, UK, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. In these studies,

Dr Ssali has played different roles including PI, co-PI and Junior Investigator.

Funders of these studies have included National Institutes of Health (NIH), DFID, Irish AID, Christen Michelson Institute (CMI) Norway.

Dr Ssali is currently involved in the Irish AID funded project on strengthening public administration and policy to be effectively responsive to HIV, as well as the DFID funded project on Rebuilding Post Conflict Health Systems.