Dr Agnes Kiragga
Dr. Agnes Kiragga is the Head of Statistics and Data Management Unit, and research scientist at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS).
She holds a PhD in Statistics with vast experience in HIV clinical research and use of advanced statistical methods.
With Uganda ranked 10th globally in HIV infection rates, she has taken it upon herself to tackle HIV in her country. She is combating the problem by creating risk profiles from a 300,000-strong HIV database at the University of Mekere in Kampala. Focusing on Ugandan women, she uses machine learning to analyze pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) retention rates among those who are at a high risk of getting the virus as well as anti-retroviral therapy retention for women who already have the disease.
She hopes to merge data science and machine learning methods to available “large data” and health records as to predict and prevent HIV among high-risk groups in Africa, especially adolescent girls and young women.
She was recently named by Quartz to be among the Quartz African Innovators 2019.