Pamela Khanakwa is a lecturer in the Department of History, Archaeology, and Heritage Studies at Makerere University, and a research associate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). She holds a PhD in African history from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, and an M.A. and B.A. from Makerere University. In 2015 she received an APN individual research grant to study contested ownership and ensuring conflicts over land in the Bulambuli district of Uganda. She is also a recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) African Humanities Program (2013–2014). Her research interests include masculinities, ethnic nationalism, and land struggles in eastern Uganda.

Research and Practice | May 2, 2016

“If I Die, Let Me Be the Last”: Reflecting on Dr. Lukwiya and Uganda’s Efforts Against Ebola

“Promoting public awareness about the disease and developing mechanisms of social support to victims and affected communities is extremely critical because the outbreaks of virus diseases such as Ebola are social issues inasmuch they are medical issues, and go beyond biomedical concerns alone. None of these tactics, however, are possible without good governance and effective leadership, which we as Africans must advocate for and hold our leaders accountable.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Martine Perret. Taken January 17, 2015. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
A burial team volunteer disinfects their personal protective equipment after carrying the body of a woman who died from the Ebola virus.