HCU is blessed with a wonderful team of staff, advisors, and volunteers.
Co-Directors Drs. Jerome Kabakyenga and Jenn Brenner offer visionary leadership. HCU field activities are led by our capable and committed Program Manager, Teddy Kyomuhangi. Field staff include project coordinators, a finance officer and clerk, administrators, drivers, and IT and research support. MUST faculty district health managers and local health providers support implementation. More than 50 Canadians have donated a month or more of their time to support technical expertise, training, research, and mentorship in the field.
HCU also teams up with development partners doing related or complementary work in Uganda. Our volunteers, partner organizations, and generous donors have made us a success!
Dr. Jenn Brenner
Dr. Jenn Brenner, our Canadian Director, is a paediatrician and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. She has a passion for global health and has practiced medicine and supported health initiatives in a number of countries. For the past decade, her focus has been in Uganda, serving HCU since its inception. Jenn was also a founding and executive member of the Global Child & Youth Health Section at the Canadian Paediatric Society, is a Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (CAN-MNCH) Metrics Working Group member, and has participated in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ Expert Panel on Canada’s Strategic Role in Global Health.
Dr. Jerome Kabakyenga
Dr. Jerome Kabakyenga is our Ugandan Director and an HCU founder. He is currently also the founder and Director of the newly established Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Institute (MNCHI) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Jerome is a Professor of Public Health at MUST, previously serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 2002-2013. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Makerere University), a Master of Public Health (University of Leeds), a PhD in Public Health (Lund University), and was awarded the Teasdale-Corti Global Health Leadership Award from Canada’s Global Health Research Initiative. Throughout his career, Jerome has successfully collaborated with several local and international institutions to support community-based health in rural communities.
Healthy Child Uganda’s Mbarara office is managed under the capable hand and direction of our Program Manager, Teddy Kyomuhangi. Teddy boasts a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Sociology) (Makerere University), a Diploma in Project Planning and Management (Makerere University), and a Master of Public Health Leadership (Uganda Christian University). She has extensive experience in managing community-driven programming, mobilizing sponsorship, overseeing volunteers, and leading participatory training workshops. Teddy enjoys the flexible dialogue between Ugandan and Canadian staff members, and her goal is to find ways to support and enable communities to drive their own development projects.