Dr. Katabarwa is the Senior Program Epidemiologist for The Carter Center’s River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis, and Schistosomiasis programs. Prior to coming to Atlanta in 2003, he was the Centers Country Representative in Uganda. Dr. Katabarwa has worked at a senior level with other non-governmental organizations: OXFAM (UK), World Vision International (USA), and River Blindness Foundation (USA). Dr. Katabarwa is also an anthropologist who helped establish a national community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) program for onchocerciasis (river blindness) control. The success of this program resulted in the Ugandan government approving community-directed interventions (CDI) approach as a national policy for all community based health programs in 2001. A similar approach was adapted by WHO’s African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) in 1996 with his involvement. Through The Carter Center, programs, he provides technical support to elimination programs in Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda. He provided technical support to Onchocerciasis Control Programs in Cameroon (2003 to 2011) and Nigeria (2003-2006). He was a member of the Technical Consultative Committee (TCC) for the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) covering 20 countries from 2002 to 2007. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Katabarwa was a guest researcher at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and since 2005, an Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where he is a member of the Community Advisory Board. Since 2007, he has focused more on elimination of river blindness from Uganda (where he is a member of the Uganda Onchocerciasis Elimination Expert Advisory Committee), Sudan, and Ethiopia. Dr. Katabarwa received the Emory University's Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award in 2005. He has published widely in peer-reviewed Journals and books since 1999 on mapping disease distribution, management of control/elimination programs, community-directed interventions (CDI) approaches in public health, involving women in community health programs, integration of health care services into CDI approach, control and elimination of onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis.
1. Diseaase elimination 2. Community-directed eye care services 3. Involvement of women in community health care service delivery 4. Vector Borne Diseases.