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Dr Emmanuel Luyirika, Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association
Dr Emmanuel Luyirika is the executive director of the African Palliative Care Association, a pan-African palliative care organization with programmes in several African countries.
He is a board member of the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and President of the Executive Board of CoRSU Hospital in Uganda, a charitable rehabilitation and plastic surgery service for children and adults with disabilities.
Previously, Dr Luyirika was the country director of Mildmay International in Uganda. He also worked for the Department of Health in South Africa and lectured in Family Medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa. He has served on several technical committees at the Ministry of Health Uganda, Uganda AIDS Commission, WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS and as vice chairperson of the Council of the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa. He has also been part of the International Atomic Energy Agency/WHO ImPACT mission in Africa. In addition, Dr Luyirika has also served on a committee of the American Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewing PEPFAR funded programmes in Rwanda.
He studied medicine at Makerere University in Uganda, family medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa and management and policy informatics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Dr Luyirika has published widely and been a co-investigator on several studies in palliative care as well as studies on HIV and cancer. He has served on several data safety monitoring boards and technical steering committees of research trials in Africa. In addition, he has co-author of several chapters of cancer and palliative care books.
Dr L believes in interaction across professional and cultural divides and in multi-profession partnerships to develop better technological and non-technological solutions to health challenges facing Africa and beyond. He believes in the importance of faith and spiritual care in strengthening palliative care and health care in general to improve patients’ quality of life. He also believes that faith and spiritual care can lead to overall personal improvement while embracing ethical approaches to ensure universal access to care on the continent. He has been married for 26 years and has three adult children.