Dr. Christine Ondoa is the Director General of Uganda AIDS Commission. She commenced her duties on the 27th of February, 2014 following her appointment to this office by the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Dr. Ondoa brings with her a rich academic background plus a wealth of experience in medicine, health, policy design and implementation, public health service delivery, program administration and management, in addition to advocacy and leadership skills. She has served in key regional, national, and international positions. Before her appointment to Uganda AIDS Commission, she was the Minister of Health in 2011 to 2013. She later served as a Senior Presidential Advisor to His Excellency the President of Uganda on Public Health Issues, besides serving as a board member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, GAVI.
Dr. Ondoa also served as the Executive Director of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Director of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, and she too was the Regional Pediatrician for the West Nile region based in Arua Regional Referral Hospital. Dr. Ondoa has worked with several international organizations such as WHO, GAVI, USA funded President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief - PEPFER, AIDS/HIV Integrated Model District Program -AIM, Save the Children, and UNICEF where she served in different capacities ranging from coordinator to trainer. Furthermore, Dr. Ondoa coordinated Uganda’s national Malaria Control Program, the HIV/ AIDS Program, and the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization for a number of years.
She holds a Bachelor of Human Medicine and Surgery, a Masters of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health, with additional training and experience in pediatric HIV/AIDS. On top of that, she holds a Masters in Management Studies in Public Administration and Management, as well as several post graduate certificates in leadership. Furthermore, she has carried out extensive research on topical public health themes such as HIV/AIDS and health service delivery among others. She also belongs to several professional medical bodies.