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Charles Batte, MD

Dr. Charles Batte, is a Health Economics Research Fellow at the Lung Institute. His career goal is vested at the nexus of chronic disease epidemiology modelling, health economics, and cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) with the aim of answering questions of relevance to patients and policy makers. In 2016, he joined the Makerere University Lung Institute (MLI) as a Health Economics research fellow. He conducted economic analysis on the National WHO TB catastrophic patient costs survey.

As an innovator in the Respiratory and Pulmonary diseases space, He developed the Wulira App, a hearing loss assessment mobile phone application that can be used in patients with MDR-TB, HIV, Cancer and presbycusis adapted to the Ugandan setting. The app is available to the public on Google play store. It has since been taken up by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of ICT who are supporting its scaling under the National ICT Initiatives Support Program (NIISP).

His recent work has focused on determining the prevalence and associated factors of COPD among HIV/AIDs patients. He led a systematic review that determined the contributions of Makerere University Faculty to research in NCDS over the past 20 years and identified gaps in NCD research in Uganda. He is the training coordinator of MakNCD TRAINING focused to finding resources to train and support faculty and students carrying out NCDs related research at Makerere University. He is the Principal Investigator of the “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of the SIMPLE Tb diagnostic strategy Vs Standard of care” study.

Dr. Batte is a recipient of awards including; Most outstanding student of the year 2011 at Makerere University, Laureate Fellow of the International Youth Foundation for innovation in Health 2013, Commonwealth Youth Bright Ideas award 2015, Regional Winner Commonwealth Youth Worker Award, and National ICT Innovations Support Program (NIISP) Award 2018.