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Dr. Emmanuel B.K. Luyirika
Physician, Executive Director of APCA
African Palliative Care Association
Palliative Medicine/Pain Management, Family Medicine


Dr. Luyirika is the Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association. He is a board member of the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, president of CoRSU Hospital in Uganda -- a charitable rehabilitation and plastic surgery service for children and adults with disabilities. He was director of Mildmay International in Uganda, worked for the Department of Health at Donald Fraser Hospital in Limpopo Province in South Africa, and lectured in Family Medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa. He was involved in the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Medicines. Over the last 14 years, Dr. Luyirikia has served on several technical committees at the Ministry of Health-Uganda, Uganda AIDS Commission, WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS and as Vice Chairperson of the Council of the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa. He studied medicine at Makerere University, Family Medicine at MEDUNSA, and Public Policy and Management at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.  He has been an investigator and published on several HIV and palliative care research projects, and served on Data Safety Monitoring Boards and technical steering committees in Africa. Current research interests are in palliative care for cancer and other conditions, digital health, and disability either congenital or acquired.


  • Makerere University, 1991 (Medical Degree)
  • Medical University of Southern Africa (now Limpopo University), 2000 (Postgraduate)



1. 2018: Rhee JY, Garralda E, Namisango E, Luyirika E, de Lima L, Powell RA, López-Fidalgo J, Centeno. An Analysis of Palliative Care Development in Africa: A Ranking based on Region-Specific Macro-Indicators. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 May 14. pii: S0885-3924(18)30238-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.05.005. [Epub ahead of print]    
2. 2018: John Y. Rhee, MPH, Eduardo Garralda, MA, Eve Namisango, MSc, Emmanuel Luyirika, MD,  Liliana de Lima, MHA, Richard A. Powell, MSc, Carole A. Robinson, PhD, and Carlos Centeno, MD, PhD. 2018. Factors Affecting Palliative Care Development in Africa: In-Country Experts’ Perceptions in Seven Countries. Vol. 55 No. 5 May 2018 Journal of Pain and Symptom Management    
3. 2017:  Eric L. Krakauer, et al. Palliative Care and Pain Control. pages 235-246. Chapter in a book: Disease Control Priorities, Improving Health and Reducing Poverty 3rd Edition (DCP3). World Bank  
4. 2017: John Y. Rhee, et al. Publications on Palliative Care development Can Be Used as an Indicator of Palliative Care Development in Africa  JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE Volume 00, Number 00, 2017 ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0168  
5. 2017: John Y Rhee, Eduardo Garralda, Carlos Torrado, Santiago Blanco, Ibone Ayala, Eve Namisango, Emmanuel Luyirika, Liliana de Lima, Richard A Powell, Carlos Centeno. 2017 Palliative care in Africa: a scoping review from 2005–16 Vol 18 September 2017  
6. 2017: Liz Grant, Julia Downing, Emmanuel Luyirika, Mairead Murphy, Liz Namukwaya, Fatia Kiyange, Mackuline Atieno, Emilly Kemigisha–Ssali, Jenny Hunt, Kaly Snell, Scott A Murray, and Mhoira Leng 2017. Integrating palliative care into national health systems in Africa: a multi–country intervention study. J. Glob Health. 2017 Jun; 7(1): 010419. Published online 2017 Jun 9. doi:  10.7189/jogh.07.010419    
7. 2017:  Lead Co-author; The APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa  
8. 2017: Co-Author: Building Integrated Palliative Care Programs and Services    
9. 2016:  E Luyirika and F Kiyange, 2016 Editorial: Palliative care for cancer in Africa: an update    
10. 2016: Special Issue: Interventions geared towards strengthening the health system of Namibia through the integration of palliative care  Rachel Freeman, Emmanuel BK Luyirika, Eve Namisango and Fatia Kiyange  Abstract | Full Article | PDFPublished: 07 Jul 2016 / DOI: 10.3332/ecancer.2016.653    
11. 2016: Special Issue: Best practices in developing a national palliative care policy in resource limited settings: lessons from five African countries  Emmanuel BK Luyirika, Eve Namisango, Eunice Garanganga, Lidia Monjane, Ntombi Ginindza, Gugulethu Madonsela and Fatia Kiyange  Abstract | Full Article | PDFPublished: 07 Jul 2016 / DOI: 10.3332/ecancer.2016.652      
11. 2016: Namisango E, Ntege C, Kiyange F, Luyirika E Allosp M. Strengthening pharmaceutical systems for palliative care services in resource limited settings: piloting a mHealth application across a rural and urban setting in Uganda 2016    
12. 2016: Namisango E, Kiyange F, Luyirika EBK. 2016. Possible directions for palliative care research in Africa. Palliat Med. 2016 Jun; 30(6):517-9. doi: 10.1177/0269216316647879.    
13. 2016: Namisango E, Ntege C, Luyirika EBK, Kiyange F, Allsop M J.  Strengthening pharmaceutical systems for palliative care services in resource limited settings: piloting an m HEALTH application across a rural and urban setting in Uganda  BMC Palliative Care BMC series 2016 15:20  DOI: 10.1186/s1290 2016   Received: 10 December 2015 Accepted: 10 February 2016 Published: 19 February 2016    
14. 2015: Powell RA,  Ali Z , Luyirika E, R Harding R, Radbruch L, Mwangi-Powell  FN . Out of the shadows: non-communicable diseases and palliative care in Africa BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2015; 0:1–5. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000751        
15. 2014: Rawlinson FM, Gwyther, L Kiyange F, Luyirika E; Meiring M,  Downing J. 2014. The current situation in education and training of health-care professionals across Africa to optimise the delivery of palliative care for cancer patients. Ecancer 8 492 / DOI: 10.3332/ecancer.2014.492 current-situation-in-education-and-training-of-health-care-professionals-across-africa-to-optimise-the-delivery-of-palliative-care-for-cancer-patients.php    
16. 2014: Rawlinson FM, Luyirika E. 2014. Collaboration across continents to produce e-learning for palliative care education in Sub Saharan Africa. ecancer   ed36 / DOI: 10.3332/ecancer.2014.ed36    
17. 2013: Downing J, Namisango E, Kiyange F, Luyirika E, Gwyther L, Enarson S, Kampi J, Sithole Z, Kemigisha-Ssali E, Masclee M, Mukasa 1; 2013. The net effect spanning diseases- crossing borders; highlights from the fourth triennial APCA conference and annual HPCA conference for palliative care. E cancer 2013. 7; 371.  
18. 2013: Cleary J, Powell RA, Munene G, Mwangi-Powell FN, Luyirika E, Kiyange F, Merriman A, Scholten W, Radbruch L, Torode J, Cherny, NI. 2013. Formulary Availability and regulatory barriers to accessibility of opioids for cancer pain in Africa: a report from the Global Opioid Policy Initiative (GOPI), Annals of Oncology 24 (Supplement 11): xi 14 – xi 23, 2013
19. 2013: Luyirika E, Towle MS, Achan J, Muhangi J, Senyimba C, Lule F, Muhe L, 2013. Scaling Up Paediatric HIV Care with an Integrated, Family-Centred Approach: An Observational Case Study from Uganda. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 6; 8(8):e69548. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069548. Print 2013.    
20. 2012: Emmanuel Luyirika, Henry Nsobya, Richard Batamwita, Pheona Busingye, William Musoke, Lillian Nabiddo,Yvonne Karamagi, Barbara Mukasa. 2012: A home-based approach to managing multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Uganda: a case report. AIDS Res Ther. 2012; 9: 12.Published online 2012 April 2    
21. 2012: Glenn J. Wagner1*, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar1, Dickens Akena, Noeline Nakasujja, Elialilia Okello, Emmanuel Luyirika, Seggane Musisi, 2012:  Depression and Its Relationship to Work Status and Income among HIV clients in Uganda, World Journal of AIDS, 2012, 2, 126-134 doi:10.4236/wja.2012.23018 Published Online September 2012 ( 1  
22. 2011: Emmanuel Luyirika, Ekiria Kikule, Moses Kamba, Florence Buyondo, Richard Batamwita, Amber Featherstone, Edward J. Mills,2011.Meeting the Challenges of Disability and HIV in East Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. Volume 57, Number 3, July 1, 2011    
23. 2011: Emmanuel Luyirika. 2011. HIV: The Medical game changer, Palliative Care: A special report.  Africa Health July 2011    
24. 2009: Ellen MacLachlan a; Stella Neema b; Emmanuel Luyirika c; Francis Ssali d; Margrethe Juncker e; Charles Rwabukwali f; Marie Harvey g; Terry Duncan g. 2009.Women, economic hardship and the path of survival: HIV/AIDS risk behaviour among women receiving HIV/AIDS treatment in Uganda. AIDS Care,21:3,355 — 367 2009.    
25. 2007: David Heiden, et al. 2007. Cytomegalovirus Retinitis: The Neglected Disease of the AIDS Pandemic, PloS Medicine December 2007 Volume 4 Issue 12    
26. 2006: Winnie Bikaako-Kajura, Emmanuel Luyirika, David W. Purcel , Julia Downing, Frank Kaharuza, Jonathan Mermin, Samuel Malamba, Rebecca Burnell 2006. Disclosure of HIV Status and Adherence to Daily Drug Regimens Among HIV-infected Children in Uganda, AIDS Behaviour. 2006  

Books and Contribution to Other Publications  

1. Palliative Care for People with Haematological Cancers, Chapter in book titled: Tropical Hemato-Oncology, Editors: Jean-Pierre Droz, Bernard Carme, Pierre Couppié, Mathieu Nacher, Catherine Thiéblemont, ISBN: 978-3-319-18256-8 (Print) 978-3-319-18257-5 (Online)  
2. Participated in the building of the Rule of Law Index 2015 and 2017- the health care aspects  
3. Participated in the building of the 2015 Quality of Death Index; Ranking Palliative Care Across the World