School of Public Health Alumnus Earns 2013 UN Population Award

University at Albany School of Public Health alumnus, Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, has been awarded the 2013 United Nations Population Award for his work promoting reproductive health and family planning in his native Uganda and other African nations. Dr. Musinguzi, the first MPH graduate of the school, serves as the regional director of Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), part of a global South-South alliance of 25 developing countries. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented the award to Dr. Musinguzi at the UN Headquarters in New York City this past June 28, 2013.

In his role with PPD ARO, Dr. Musinguzi has been a leader in promoting family planning throughout Uganda and Africa. His organization has worked with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other groups including USAID and the Department for International Development (DFID) in these efforts. In 2012, Dr. Musinguzi participated at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. At this meeting, Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, pledged $3.3 million to $5 million of the country’s budget for family planning and he promised to obtain an additional $5 million in funds from donors as well as pledged to push for policies in support of women’s choice of family planning. Through the Advanced Family Planning project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Musinguzi has helped assure African governments honor their commitments to family planning.

A graduate of Makerere University Medical School in Uganda, Dr. Musinguzi practiced as an obstetrician/gynecologist and has taught at the Medical School. He earned his MPH from the University at Albany School of Public Health in 1991. He served as director of Population Secretariat in Uganda’s Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development from 1994 until his retirement in 2009. Since 2009 he has been an international civil servant with PPD ARO.

Dr. Musinguzi credits this award to the team of colleagues he has worked with to address the issues of reproductive health and family planning.