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George Barnabas Kirya, MBChB, MMed, MSc, Dip.Bact., LLD (Honorary), is a Ugandan physician, academic, microbiologist, politician, and diplomat. He served as the chairman of the Uganda Health Services Commission from 2007 to 2012.[1] Previously, from 1997 until 2003, he served as Uganda's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.[2]

George Kirya
Born1939 (age 79–80)
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
(Master of Medicine in Microbiology)
University of Birmingham
(Master of Science in Microbiology)
(Honorary Doctor of Laws)
University of Manchester
(Diploma in Bacteriology)
OccupationPhysician, researcher, academic
Years active1966 – present
Known forMedical practice and research
Home townPallisa
TitleFormer Chairman, Uganda Health Services Commission


Background and educationEdit

He was born at Ngora Hospital in 1939 to Joshua Kirya, a Mugwere from the Eastern Region,[3] and Miriam Najjemba a Muganda from Uganda's Central Region.[4] Kirya attended Busoga College Mwiri for his O-Level studies.[5]

He then transferred to Mbale Secondary School for his A-Level education. In 1961, he entered the Makerere University School of Medicine, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1966. He then obtained a Master of Science in Microbiology in 1971 from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. His diploma in Bacteriology was obtained from the University of Manchester in 1975. In 2001, in recognition of his service as a diplomat, the University of Birmingham awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.[4][6]


Following his internship at Mulago Hospital, Kirya joined the Master of Medicine postgraduate program, speculating in microbiology. Upon graduation from the MMed program, he joined the East African Virus Research Institute (EAVRI), a department of the East African Community, which is now known as the Uganda Virus Research Institute. He served as a research officer before becoming the principal medical research officer and head of arbovirology at EAVRI.[4]

From 1970 until 1973, he served as visiting lecturer in the Department of Microbiology at Makerere University School of Medicine. From 1973 to 1975, he was a senior lecturer at Makerere, teaching microbiology, surveillance, and research at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He served as a professor and head of the Department of Medical Microbiology at Makerere from 1978 until 1986.[4]

From April 1986 until November 1990, he served as Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Uganda's largest public university. In 1997, he was appointed Uganda's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, serving in that position until 2003.[4][7]

He returned to Uganda in 2003 and was appointed chairman of the Uganda Health Services Commission, serving in that capacity until 2012.[8] Between 2007 and 2011, he served as the Chancellor of Lugazi University.[4]

Other responsibilitiesEdit

Professor George Kirya has written extensively in peer journals in the field of virology, with emphasis on arbovirology. He also writes articles in Ugandan, nationally circulated English language newspapers.[9][10] He is the Chairman of the board of directors of THETA, a Ugandan NGO that aims "to improve health and access to health care through promotion of collaboration between the traditional and biomedical health care systems".[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Maseruka, Josephine (7 July 2009). "IGG Should Handle Late Comers, Says Professor Kirya". Kampala: New Vision. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ Vision Staff (30 October 2001). "Uganda: Kirya Was Not Authorised to Sell London Residence – Permanent Secretary". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ Kiryabwire, Geoffrey (17 August 2007). "Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Judge, Commercial Division, High Court of Uganda: 2007 Press Clipboard". Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Vision (7 August 2012). "Uganda's Top Expert on Insect Viruses". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. ^ Musasizi, Simon (3 October 2010). "100 Years On: Mwwiri Mourns Lost Glory: Prominent Old Boys – Educationists (Academics)". The Observer. Kampala.
  6. ^ UoB (2014). "Honorary Graduates of the University of Birmingham since 2000" (PDF). Birmingham, UK: University of Birmingham (UoB). Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ George B Kirya (23 November 1998). "The Ugandan High Commissioner Replies To Our Recent Report on Civil Rights Abuses in His Country". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ Ismail Musa Ladu (1 May 2010). "Health Service Commission wants doctors' salaries raised". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  9. ^ Professor George B Kirya (27 June 2013). "DDT use would save many lives in Uganda". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ Professor George B Kirya (31 March 2015). "To fight unemployment, establish vocational schools in all sub-counties". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  11. ^ Theta Uganda (31 October 2016). "Theta Uganda: Chairman – Profile". Kampala: Theta Uganda. Retrieved 31 October 2016.

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Preceded by
Asavia Wandira
Vice Chancellor of Makerere University
Succeeded by
Senteza Kajubi