Lordrick Alinaitwe

Lordrick Alinaitwe

I am a laboratory scientist, who developed interest in epidemiology of zoonotic diseases while working as a diagnostician at the college of Veterinary medicine, Makerere University. Motivated by my goal to improve human and animal welfare through research, I pursued mentorship from epidemiologists studying neglected tropical diseases then. I picked special interest in leptospirosis and sought training in its diagnosis at the Swiss national leptospirosis reference laboratory, University of Bern, Switzerland. Following the training, I established the diagnostic methods at my work place; and have since been involved in investigating leptospirosis in Uganda, in form of case reports, molecular and serological surveys. In 2018, I completed a Master degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, (Epidemiology track) of Makerere University, and I am currently enrolled at the ILRI as PhD research fellow under the Build Uganda Project. During the fellowship, I will conduct studies on the occurrence, risk factors and distribution of Leptospira in both animals and humans at slaughter facilities and surrounding communities in Uganda. Data accumulated from these studies shall be incorporated into sensitization campaigns and other measures aimed at strengthening of veterinary public health at the point of slaughter in Uganda.