Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Robert is a native of Nakaseke, Uganda. He received his doctoral degree in Uganda and completed a nephrology fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine. During Uganda’s violent political instability, Dr. Robert lost his father when he was eight years old and dropped out of school. Fortunately, he rescued by an organization that supported his education. He finished his first degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1999 and immediately went to his home district in Nakaseke to work as a junior doctor in the Nakaseke District Hospital. Following his dedicated service he was employed as the medical director of AFXB, an international organization working in over 5 districts in Uganda caring for over 900 vulnerable children and people with HIV-AIDS (PLWAs). He used the skills and knowledge acquired in this position to mobilize the members in his Nakaseke District to start a community based organization to support orphans and PLWAs. He founded ACCESS in 2002 (then known as the Nakaseke Community Development Initiative) in the Nakaseke District of Uganda.

Dr. Kalyesubula was awarded a scholarship to study Management of HIV-AIDS as a trainer of trainers offered by Mildmay International Study Center and Manchester University (UK). He subsequently studied for a masters degree in internal medicine at Makerere University. He now serves as an honorary Lecturer at Makerere University School of Health Sciences and works extensively in the area of HIV-AIDS supporting curriculum development for the Infectious Disease Institute.

He has presented over 15 papers on both national and international forums urging his colleagues to embrace community based care as a means of bringing health care services nearer to the people. He is a board member to 4 national boards and 2 international boards working in medical education and HIV-AIDS. He has received several grants from, UPHOLD, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Action Medeor, Carpenters’ Union and Makerere University Yale University Collaboration as part of his effort to support ACCESS. Dr. Kalyesubula has recently been awarded the SAWA hero award by the Canadian based NGO forum in recognition of his outstanding work for the people of Nakaseke. ACCESS has also been voted the best performing CBO in Nakaseke two years in a row.

Ssewanyana James, CHO, Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director

James, known in Nakaseke as musawo (doctor) lives and works with ACCESS in Nakaseke. James serves as the primary clinician at LifeCare Center, and oversees ACCESS programs in Nakaseke. James trained as a clinical officer at Nakaseke District Hospital where he met Dr. Robert. Together they founded NACODI, as ACCESS was formerly known. James is active in the Nakaseke community and has greatly contributed to ACCESS involvement with community initiatives.

Estherloy Katali, Financial Officer

Estherloy earned her Masters Degree in Computer Technology at Makerere University. She has worked with the Yale University Medical Partnership at Mulago Hospital as Program Coordinator. Estherloy currently manages ACCESS finances and international partnerships.

Kiyemba Ronald, Program Manager

Kiyemba Ronald earned his Bachelors Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from Islamic University in Mbale, Uganda. He completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration at Ndejje University in May 2014. He joined ACCESS as Program Coordinator in 2009, and was designated Program Manager in 2011. He lives and works at ACCESS facilitating ACCESS community programs and contributing toward the development of the ACCESS compound. Ronald is very active in the Nakaseke community and is an avid soccer player.


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