USCR has two Boards, an executive board and non executive board. The members of each board are
Dr. Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige ; Chairman Executive Board
Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige, commonly known as BMK, is a Ugandan businessman, entrepreneur and
hotel owner. In 1986, BMK Group started a general trade and manufacturing company. Ten years later
in 1997 Hotel Africana was born with only 40-rooms they have now expanded to 233 rooms and 30
serviced apartments on Kololo Hill, a prestigious location within Kampala’s central business district.
He named his hotel, Hotel Africana. During the next ten years, the hotel grew into a five star
establishment, with several amenities, a swimming pool, manicured gardens and a conference center,
the Africana Conference Center, with a seating capacity of 3,500 delegates. In addition to the hotel, BMK
has invested in real estate, construction equipment, motorcycle distributorships and foreign exchange
bureaus across East and Central Africa. He was also the founder of the Boda Boda rides a term he says
was first used at the Boda of Uganda and Kenya when people used to cross on bicycles he later
introduced Motorcycles imported from Japan and the culture of Boda Boda’s was born. Bulaimu
Muwanga Kibirige is the Chairman and Managing Director of the BMK Group of companies, whose
member businesses include:Hotel Africana, 2-4 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo Hill, Kampala, Uganda , BMK
Group (U) Limited, Nateete, Kampala, Uganda, BMK Group (K) Limited, Nairobi, Kenya , BMK Group (T)
Limited, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, BMK Group (R) Limited, Kigali, Rwanda BMK Group (Z) Limited,
Lusaka, Zambia , Hotel Africana Forex Bureau 1, 2-4 Wampewo Avenue, Kampala, Uganda, Hotel
Africana Forex Bureau 2, 16-18 William Street, Kampala Uganda, BMK Construction Leasing Company,
Kigali, Rwanda, BMK Oil Equipment Company, Kampala, Uganda.
Dr. BMK has been very instrumental in raising funds to support sickle cell initiatives from the Ugandan
Dr. Sikander Lalani; Member Executive Board.
Dr Lalani is Chairman of Roofings Group which is made up of Roofings limited, Roofings Polypipes and
Roofings Rolling Mills.
Dr lalani is very enthusiastic about giving back to community and for this reason he has support for sickle
cell initiatives in Uganda.
Mr. Nsubuga Erostus; Member Executive Board, Chairman Economic and Bussiness Committee
Mr. Nsubuga is the proprietor of AGT Group and he is the Chairman and Chief Executive. Mr.Nsubuga is
a Swedish citizen born in Uganda. He is an entrepreneur with vast experience in international marketing
in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has worked for 10 years for Ericsson AB Telecommunication company in
Stockholm, Sweden as Sales and Marketing Manager for Africa and Asia. He Pioneered in setting up the
first Mobile Cellular Telecommunication Network in East and Central Africa, Celtel – now Airtel Uganda,
where he worked as Sales and Marketing Director for 5 years. He is the pioneer of Mobile World
International BV, a Dutch company dealing in distribution of Mobile Cellular telecommunication
products for different network operators in Africa where he worked as Managing Director for 3 years.
Mr.Nsubuga has other responsibilities and some of them are:
He is : The Chairman of Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium (UBBC): Chairman of Buganda
Cultural and Development Foundation (BUCADEF): Chairman of Swedish-Ugandan Business Association
(SUBA): Chairman of Tissue Culture Business Network (TCBN) in East and Central Africa: He sits on the
Presidential Technical Advisory Committee on Business Competitiveness in Uganda under the
Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT) 2015-2018: He sits on CICS committee under the Ministry of
Finance in Uganda: He is a Board Member of the newly constituted organization “The European Business
Forum (EBF) in Uganda.
He was the: Chairman of National Crop Research Resources Institute (NACRRI) in Uganda 2006 – 2009:
Chairman of Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT) Agribusiness in Uganda, advising the President of
Uganda on Agricultural Business Investments in the country 2007 to 2010: and others.
Mr. Nsubuga has been very instrumental in the Family Economic empowerment program where AGT
group has given planting materials and technical support to families affected by sickle cell disease.
Prof Christopher Magala Ndugwa;Member Executive Board
Prof Christopher a renowned Paediatrician, pioneer of the Mulago Sickle Cell clinic and former head of
Mulago Paediatric department. Prof Christopher is also Chairman of the Polio Eradication Campaign in
Uganda and runs a sickle cells clinic at Nakivubo which is considered a role- model clinic for sickle cell
Anaemia in the East African region.
Prof Christopher is Ugandans most experienced sickle cell expert and he guides the strategic direction of
UASCRF so as to enable an impactful service delivery.
Dr Lawrence Kaggwa; Member Executive board
Dr. Lawrence Kaggwa previously worked as the Executive Director of Mulago Hospital; Uganda’s
National Referral Hospital for 12 years. He left Mulago to work as the Director Planning in the Ministry of
Health in Uganda. He is a retired Senior Consultant Surgeon a specialty he practised and taught for a
long time. He currently works with AMREF (African Medical Research Foundation) as a consultant and
has served on the board for many years. Dr. Kaggwa is the Vice chairman of the Board and the chairman
Human Resources Committee of the Board St. Francis Hospital Nsambya.
Dr. Kaggwa has been very instrumental in aiding USCR to formulate partnerships with key government
agencies, international organisations and other regional bodies.
Ms Annet Dolorence Namirembe; Member Executive board
Ms Annet Dollorence Namirembe, a Senior Principal Nursing officer of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya. She
is also a member of the Buganda Government, Ministry of Health Senior Management team .
Ms. Annet is very instrumental in overseeing our programs regarding offering free medicine to people
living with sickle cell throughout the country.
Dr. Major Lukiah Lucky Mulumba ;
Dr. Lukiah is Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Degree, University of Alabama, USA. She was
very instrumental in starting Uganda American Sickle Cell Rescue Fund- America in 2005. Through her
continued effort she has overseen the transformation of the sickle cell people in uganda.
She has also been a very big pillar in the establishment of UASCRF -Uganda. She is working to create
partnerships of UASCRF with organisations in the diaspora.
She is interested in ;
1. Developing Sickle Cell research in Uganda
2. Evidence based practice/treatment in all health care centers in Uganda
3. Supporting infrastructure development to include sickle cell clinics in each district of Uganda
4. Supporting the creation of a Major bone marrow center in Uganda
5. Contributing to an increase life expectancy, better living conditions for those living with sickle
cell in Uganda
6. Working with Ministry of Education to create a school curriculum to include sickle cell education
MEMBERS OF THE NON EXECUTIVE BOARD
Mrs. Winfred Lalani ;
Mrs. Winfred lalani is a former Miss Uganda Aspirant . She is very enthusiastic about community
development initiatives . She is an advocate against gender inequality of rural women in Uganda. Her
goal is to see that women in Uganda being treated with the due respect they deserve.
Mrs. Winfred is currently championed the family economic empowerment program. She has donated
Land along Gayaza road to our Sickle Cell Mother’s forum to start up a pilot poverty eradication farm.
Hajj Haruna Kalule Kibirige;
Hajj Haruna commonly known as HKK is the Managing Director of Hotel Africana. Hajj Haruna has been
instrumental in championing sickle cell initiatives in Eastern Uganda particularly Manafwa.Hajj Haruna has continuously given Hotel Africana resources to sickle cell initiatives. He has encouraged all the hotel staff to test and know their sickle cell genotype
Mr. Stuart Mwesigwa ;
Mr. Mwesigwa is the Business Development Manager at Roofings
Group. He is very instrumental in fundraising for USCRF in the corporate industry.
Mr. Abdullah Mulumba;
Mr Abdullah Mulumba is a registered Nurse in the USA. He has played an oversight role on the various
health programs USCRF has run over time. He has also been instrumental in the helping UASCRF write
Ms. Sarah Kibirige;
Ms. Sarah Kibirige is a Marketing expert working with Hotel Africana. She was very instrumental in the
success of the sickle cell annual conferences. Ms Sarah is continuously guiding UASCRF on how to
market its brand.
Tusuubira Sharifu Kiragga; Executive Director
Sharifu Tusuubira is the Executive Director of the Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation (USCRF), a nonprofit organization working to promote awareness, sensitization and fighting Sickle Cell Disease in Uganda. Sharifu is also the Chair of the Basic Sciences Research Group at Clarke International University, focused on developing research initiatives in the management and sensitization of the sickle cell disease in Uganda.
Sharifu is a Biomedical Scientist with over 6 years’ experience, He is a holder of an MSc Biomedical Science from Makerere University. Sharifu advocates for people living with sickle cell disease to have rights to independent thinking, participate freely in community activities or further agency and enjoy the same privileges like the ‘normal’ people as well as trying to address the associated social stigma and construction around the general conceptualization of the disease. Living with Sickle Cell, Sharifu provides a firsthand narrative through his personal lived experiences to address issues of care, behavior, stigma and discrimination among persons with sickle cell in different locales. Sharifu advocates for people living with sickle cell disease to have rights to independent thinking, participate freely in community activities or further agency and enjoy the same privileges like the ‘normal’ people as well as trying to address the associated social stigma and construction around the general conceptualization of the disease. Sharifu has reached over 40,150 people, set up 18 support networks and registered 20,153 across the country.
Sharifu is also a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow under the Civic Leadership track at Kansas State University. He was also selected for the prestigious Professional Development Experience (PDE) with the Office of Senator Vincent Hughes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Samuel Sendiwala; Project co-ordinator
Mr Sendiwala serves as the Project Coordinator,where he is tasked to coordinate all organisation
activities,implementing the agreed action plans to the agreed standards as instructed by the different
committees and the Board.He is also responsible for the effective preparations and delivery of all project
events and meetings and production of the necessary documents for effective flow of information
amongst members.He also evaluates the project activities and reports the progress to the Executive
Mr Sendiwala served at various levels in UASCRF.He also started as a Volunteer in 2013 helping in the
organising of the 1st Sickle Cell Conference.He has been coordinating activities of the organisation till
Before this,Mr Sendiwala has served in other institutions as the Operations Manager at Promote Uganda
Ltd where he was responsible for negotiating for contracts with Government and private sector in
promoting Trade,Tourism and Investments.He has also worked with DFCU Bank in the Electronic Banking
department where he was promoting the use of the online banking sysem to customers and other
members of staff,handling and solving customer complaints with the service.Mr Sendiwala has also been
key in cordinating Uganda Diaspora Social Networking Events held in Uganda.Mr Sendiwala holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and persuing a Diploma in Project Management.
Ms. Tracy Balita Nagawa ;
Project Officer holds a bachelor’s degree in adult and community education
and has undertaken a training in sickle cell disease management .I joined UASCRF as a volunteer and
later took a training in sickle cell management and counselling and i became a project officer in the
organisation. My role is project management, support the secretariat in regular coordination with the
ministry of health and other stakeholders ,coordination with the partners,supervise and support field
activities,monitoring,documentation and Reporting and other duties and responsibilities as assigned by
the UASCRF that are within my experience and expertise. I have also ever worked with Uganda Youth
Development Link (UYDEL) as a counsellor ,it was an organisation dealing with youths that are drug
addicts and prostitutes.