Margaret Mutumba

Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Statistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Margaret Mutumba, Program Director, Western University
Dr. Margaret Mutumba is passionate global health scholar-advocate and award-winning health innovator with over 10 years of experience in reproductive & fertility health in Sub-Saharan Africa. During this time, Dr. Mutumba has served as the WHO consultant for Human Reproduction and led successful initiatives focused on reduction of maternal mortality, youth impacted by the HIV epidemic, reproductive rights advocacy and more recently, addressing barriers to fertility care through awareness, research, and digital health solutions. Dr. Mutumba is the founder of MedAtlas; a digital health start-up whose goal is simplifying access to specialist healthcare in Africa. MedAtlas aims to utilize technological advances to deliver fast, affordable, quality specialist care to the continent. Dr. Mutumba’s commitment to equitable innovation and healthcare access has been recognized by various awards including the Social Innovation Award from the University of Toronto and Startup Awards by Velocity. Dr. Mutumba is also holds a position at Western University as the Director of the Frugal Biomedical Innovations Program; an innovative initiative aimed at co-developing and implementing culturally appropriate and affordable medical devices & technologies that address the healthcare needs of communities in Indigenous, remote and low-resource contexts in Africa. Furthermore, Dr. Mutumba is on the Board of the Canadian Association for Global Health where she has served as a co-chair for the 2023 Canadian Conference for Global Health. She has also served on the Board of the YMCA of Three Rivers and Young People Travel USA. Dr. Mutumba’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology from Kings College London, a Master of Public Health from Imperial College London and PhD Public Health Sciences from the University of Waterloo, Canada. While at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Mutumba’s doctoral research focused on access to affordable fertility care in Sub-Saharan Africa and hopes that this work will offer a roadmap for public health institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions in providing affordable specialist healthcare for the millions of people who struggle to access it. Research interests: global health innovation, reproductive and fertility health, reproductive advocacy, Africa, low resource contexts.
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