Olive Kobusingye is a Ugandan surgeon and injury epidemiologist. She is a graduate of Makerere University, the University of London, and the State University of New York at Albany. She is married and a mother of two daughters. She has lived in the UK, the USA, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe. She and her family live in Kampala, Uganda.
Some visitors to the site have commented that the author profile is too brief. I am not sure what people want to know about an author – I suppose we all look for different things. How old is she? Is she married? Does she have children? Where did she go to school? What does she do on Sunday afternoon? Does she play any sport? Does she understand Chinese? Is she an introvert? Does she like mangoes? Or pets?
So – I will try to answer some of these questions. I do not speak Chinese, but I speak Swahili and French, in addition to 2 Ugandan languages. My parents had dogs, so I grew up around dogs. And cats and goats … as a grown up I find that it is too much responsibility looking after dogs.
All through my days as a young doctor and surgical resident I played squash and was even ceded. A knee injury put an end to that, and now I play tennis once in a while.
Unlike many people who get a masters degree and they follow it up with a PhD, I did three different masters degrees! Okay – I know that was a bit of overkill, but as a result, I have had a very interesting career. I have worked in many different settings – as a quality assurance officer in the Ministry of Health, as a Research Scientist in the Bureau of Injury Prevention, New York State Department of Health, as a clinician, and a researcher. In fact my training and experience in public health and epidemiology came in handy when I needed to research the material for The Correct Line.
My passion over the last several years has been the treatment of injured people, and the prevention of injuries – road traffic crashes, burns, falls, assaults, etc. Between 2003 and December 2008 I worked as the regional advisor on violence and injury prevention at the WHO’s regional office for Africa. Before that I was on faculty at Makerere University, Department of Surgery, where I worked as an accident & emergency surgeon. I was the founding executive director of the Injury Control Center – Uganda, now a WHO collaborating center in violence and injury prevention. I was the founding Secretary General of the Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa. Currently I am the deputy Chair of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN).
Many people have asked if The Correct Line is my first book. I have recently edited two books, one on road safety in Africa, and the other on violence and health in Africa. Both of them have been published by the World Health Organization. I have also published many journal articles and chapters in text books.