case western reserve university





David Kaawa-Mafigiri


Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Anthropology,
AIDS International Training and Research Program,
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Case Western Reserve University


Dr. Mafigiri received his PhD in Anthropology at CWRU in May 2007. His doctoral research, funded by the UNICEF/UNDP/WORLD BANK/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), examined social networks and social support for tuberculosis treatment in Kampala. As a post-doctoral fellow he is engaged in both research and teaching opportunities in the Departments of Anthropology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at CWRU and in Uganda.

Dr. Mafigiri is a co-investigator of a recent proposal: “Center for Social Science Research on AIDS (CeSSRA), which will be funded by U.S. National Institutes of Health Global Partnerships for Social Science AIDS Research (R24): an NIH RFA for collaborative applications between U.S. (or other developed country) institutions and institutions in countries hard hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The CeSSRA is a 5 year program which will establish a combined training and research program that will be a collaboration between the CWRU Department of Anthropology and Makerere University (MUK), the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mbarara, Uganda. The Center aims to establish a "critical mass" of well-trained social scientists and thereby strengthen the overall research profile of the Uganda social science research community. He will serve as the Associate Director of the Center. In this capacity, he will coordinate the research and training activities, including direct responsibility for the research project “A Longitudinal Study of the Social Context of HIV Treatment Seeking in Urban and Rural Uganda during the Era of Increased Availability of ART”.

In the past, Dr. Mafigiri has conducted research on HIV/AIDS and TB since 1995, including research on vaccine preparedness with the Uganda-CWRU collaboration and serving as co-investigator of a study on women’s access to treatment. He also worked as a scientific officer in the social science section of the Medical Research Council Programme on AIDS in Uganda where he coordinated HIV/AIDS behavioral science projects in the Masaka District of Southwestern Uganda.