Makerere University School of Public Health obtained funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a Center for Digital Health Payment Initiatives and Research (DHPI-R) in Africa. The project formed a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) comprising experts in public health and research; health economics; gender; policy making, planning and management at country and global level; and in digital payment technologies. 

Key terms of reference (ToRs) and functions of the TAG 

  1. To provide oversight to project implementation in both Anglophone and Francophone countries.  
  2. Provide input in the process of developing a research agenda and in priority setting of areas of investment in digital payment research evaluation.
  3. Technical input in the development of research protocols, publications and reports, and other project outputs
  4. Advance research uptake to informal policy and program practice to countries and donors on the value of digital payment of health workers
  5. To support the formation of, and actively participate in the community of practice on digital payment of health workers.
  6. Participate in brainstorming session to share information, evidence and lessons learned, and explore opportunities for innovation to overcome common challenges

Five categories of the TAG membership


TAG Member


Maria May; Senior Program Officer

Harvard T. H. Chan – School of Public Health

Margaret Anne MCConell

Ministry of Health (MoH) in Uganda and Senegal

MoH in Uganda - Dr. Driwale Alfred

MoH in Senegal – Mr. Ibrahima Khaliloulah Dia

Academic institutions i.e., Makerere University School of Public Health and University of Dakar

MAKSPH – Professor Elizeus Rutebemberwa

UCAD - Professor Diack Fall

Gender experts in Uganda and Senegal

Prof. Sarah Ssali (MAKSPH, Uganda)

Dr. Mariame Sougou (UCAD, Senegal)


TAG Personnel

Sarah Ssali

Associate Professor and DEAN, School of Women and Gender Studies
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Margaret Anne McConnell

Associate Professor of Global Health Economics and Population
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DR. Alfred Driwale

Assistant Commissioner of Health Services: Vaccines & Immunization; and Programme manager at the UNEPI.
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Dr. Peter Wakholi

PHD in Information Sciences with Research in Business processes in mobile systems from University of Bergen, Norway
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DR Ndeye Mareme Sougou

Associate-Professor of Preventive medicine and Public Health at the School of Public Health of the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar
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PROF. Elizeus Rutebemberwa

Associate Professor of Public Health and Deputy Dean at Makerere University School of Public Health
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DR. Ibrahima Khaliloulah Dia

National coordinator of Digital Health in Senegal
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Ndiack Fall

Associate Professor of Economics at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal
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