Leadership – Uganda

Leadership – Uganda

Dr Nathan Kenya-Mugisha MBCHB, MMED, MPH

Dr Nathan Kenya-Mugisha   MBCHB, MMED, MPH

Dr Nathan Kenya-Mugisha is a senior consultant paediatrician, and is the Chair of the Board of Management of YouBelong in Uganda. He is currently the executive director of Walimu, a Ugandan and US registered NGO, established to improve the outcomes for severely ill patients at health facilities in low and middle income countries, through strengthening health systems so that a high standard of quality health care is achieved and is sustainable.

He has held senior positions, including the position of Director of Health Services (Clinical and Community Health Services), and Acting Director General, of the Ministry of Health, for the Government of Uganda. He has represented the Uganda Ministry of Health in work with UNICEF and the WHO.

Dr Kenya-Mugisha is the current chair of Uganda Health Care Federation (UHF) and the immediate past president of the Uganda Medical Association, and is actively involved in Uganda based organisations committed to strengthening social capital in Ugandan society and increasing the social and economic participation of its citizens.

Monsignor David Cappo, Co-Founder and CEO

Monsignor David Cappo, Co-Founder and CEO

David Cappo is the co-founder and chief executive of YouBelong. He is an Australian citizen working in Uganda and throughout East Africa. A qualified social worker and a Catholic priest, he has many years of front line experience in family counselling, mental health counselling, juvenile justice rehabilitation programmes, caring for neglected children, and community development. In more recent years he has led a successful reform of the mental health system for the South Australian Government, as well as creating innovation in social policy in reducing homelessness, juvenile justice reforms, and re-engaging young people with complex needs, with innovative education programmes.

He has chaired the Social Inclusion Board and was the Commissioner for Social Inclusion for the South Australian Government. He has also served as the Vice Chair of the National Social Inclusion Board and as a member of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel on Mental Health. He also holds the position of Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University, S. Australia.

Committed to enhancing both dignity and opportunity for the poorest in society, he has been honoured by Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor, and with his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to social inclusion.