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I am a Global Health researcher, currently working as a Research Specialist at Karolinska Institutet and Postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University. My mission is to improve the situation for children living with disabilities in low-income settings, through increased knowledge on prevalence, risk factors and development and implementation of relevant interventions.
As a Research specialist for Karolinska Institutet I am working on a collaboration with UNICEF, with an extensive review of screening instruments for early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities in low-income settings. I am also involved in the Akwenda intervention programme for children with cerebral palsy in Uganda.
As a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University, I am one of the Principal Investigators of a research project for children with developmental delays and disabilities in Nepal, focusing on identifying risk factors at the time around birth and development of a family-centred intervention. I am also one of the course leaders for a course in Global Medicine.
I have previously lived and worked in Uganda for over four years, first as a representative for the Karolinska Institutet at the Iganga-Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site and later as a PhD student. I did my PhD studies on children with cerebral palsy in Uganda, looking at prevalence, functional development and access to care, available for download here. I have been involved in developing interventions for children with CP in Uganda; namely a goal-directed, family centred intervention to increase wheelchair use, as well as the multi-component Akwenda intervention for increased quality of life for children with cerebral palsy and their caregivers. I have also been involved in research activities in Lao PDR and India. In addition to my academic activities, I have done volunteer work in Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.
Our research in the news
A Nutritional status and growth of children and youth with cerebral palsy in eastern Uganda: a longitudinal, comparative, population-based study. Namaganda L, Andrews C, Wabwire-Mangen F, Peterson S, Forssberg H, Kakooza-Mwesige, PLOS Global Public Health. 2023. 3(6): e0001241
A Goal-Directed Program for Wheelchair Use for Children and Young People with Cerebral Palsy in Uganda: An Explorative Intervention Study. Andrews C, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Kamusiime S, Forssberg, H, Eliasson, A-C. J. Clin. Med. 2023, 12, 2325.
Participation of children and youth with cerebral palsy in Uganda: Activity attendance and involvement compared with peers without cerebral palsy. Andrews C, Imms C, Eliasson AC, Wanjala G, Kamusiime S, Opio E, Namaganda L, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Forssberg H. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2023 Feb;65(2):274-284.
Validity and test-retest reliability of the Ugandan version of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI-UG) in children and youth with cerebral palsy. Amer A, Hermansson L, Jarl G, Kamusiime S, Forssberg H, Andrews C, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Eliasson AC. Child Care Health Dev. 2022 Oct 7.
Functional development in children with cerebral palsy in Uganda: population-based longitudinal cohort study. Andrews C, Namaganda L, Eliasson AC, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Forssberg, H. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2021.
Akwenda intervention programme for children and youth with cerebral palsy in a low-resource setting in sub-Saharan Africa: protocol for a quasi-randomised controlled study. Saloojee G, Ekwan F, Andrews C, Damiano DL, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Forssberg H. BMJ Open, 2021. 11(3), e047634.
Excessive premature mortality among children with cerebral palsy in rural Uganda: A longitudinal, population-based study. Namaganda LH, Almeida R, Kajungu D, Wabwire-Mangen F, Peterson S, Andrews C, Eliasson AC, Kakooza-Mwesige, Forssberg H. PLoS One. 2020;15(12):e0243948.
Important report on cerebral palsy in Bangladesh: but different findings compared with other countries need further exploration, Commentary. Andrews C, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Eliasson AC, Forssberg H, Dev Med Child Neurol. 2019 May;61(5):511-512.
Impairments, functional limitations, and access to services and education for children with cerebral palsy in Uganda: a population-based study. Andrews C, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Almeida R, et al. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2019.
Prevalence of cerebral palsy in Uganda: a population-based study. Kakooza-Mwesige A, Andrews C, Peterson S, Wabwire Mangen F, Eliasson AC, Forssberg H. The Lancet Global health. 2017;5(12):e1275-e82.
Determinants of consistent condom use among female sex workers in Savannakhet, Lao PDR Andrews C, Faxelid E, Sychaerun V, Phrasisombath K.. BMC Women's Health (2015) 15:63
Commentaries on our publications
- Teaching master programme in Global Health Karolinska Institutet
- Teaching occupational therapy programme Karolinska Institutet
- Teaching Global Medicine course Uppsala University
- Co-course leader Global Medicine course Uppsala University
PhD Medical Sciences, MSc Global Health, BSc Physiotherapy