Maureen Nabatanzi

Research themes
  • Biodiversity
  • Food and nutrition
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Health
Research countries
  • Uganda

Public health, Epidemiology, Zoonotic Diseases

Thesis title

Distribution of arboviruses under land use, biodiversity, and climate changes in Uganda

Thesis abstract

Environment, climate, and land-use changes modify ecosystems and in turn interactions between the environment, animals, and humans. Uganda hosts the Albertine Rift, rich in biodiversity and a hotspot for the emergence of novel pathogens and disease outbreaks. Meanwhile, Uganda is facing rapid deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change with potential consequences on the emergence of mosquito-borne (arboviral) diseases, which are not well understood. This study aims to model the distribution of mosquito-borne viral diseases across the vector, animals (livestock), and humans amidst changes in land use, biodiversity, and climate.

Study sites include biodiversity-rich National Parks (Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, and Murchison National) and adjacent disturbed landscapes (Kasese and Arua Cities). Data will combine sequences of virus genomes, and social-economic-, environmental- and climatic factors from online databases. Using an interdisciplinary methodology, we will combine the phylogeography of viruses, ecological niche modeling of current and future habitat suitability, and Bayesian decision modeling to predict outbreak risk areas and define potential outbreak prevention policies. Our findings will describe the drivers and risks of arbovirus disease outbreaks and guide the design of prevention policies.



Nabatanzi, M., J.R. Harris, P. Namukanja, S.N. Kabwama, S. Nabatanzi, P. Nabunya, B. Kwesiga, A. R Ario, P. Komakech.  2024.  Improving maternal and neonatal outcomes among pregnant women who are HIV-positive or HIV-negative through the Saving Mothers Giving Life initiative in Uganda: An analysis of population-based mortality surveillance data.  PLOS Glob Public Health, 4(2)   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Martha Isabella Achan, Immaculate Nabukenya, Sarah Mitanda, Joanita Nakacwa, Herbert Bakiika, Maureen Nabatanzi ... and Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero.  2023.  COVID-19 and the law in Uganda: a case study on development and application of the public health act from 2020 to 2021.  BMC Public Health, 23   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Maureen Nabatanzi, Herbert Bakiika, Immaculate Nabukenya, Mohammed Lamorde, Justine Bukirwa, Martha I. Achan ... and Daniel Stowell.  2023.  Building National Health Security Through a Rapid Self-Assessment and Annual Operational Plan in Uganda, May to September 2021.  Health Security, Volume: 21, Issue: 2   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Maureen Nabatanzi, Benon Kwesiga, Lilian Bulage, Bernard Lubwama, Alex Riolexus Ario, Julie Harris.  2022.  Epidemiology of Dysentery, Uganda, 2014-2018.  Journal of Interventional Epidemiology and Public Health, 5   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Maureen Nabatanzi, Vivian Ntono, John Kamulegeya, Benon Kwesiga, Lilian Bulage, Bernard Lubwama, Alex. R. Ario & Julie Harris.  2022.  Malaria outbreak facilitated by increased mosquito breeding sites near houses and cessation of indoor residual spraying, Kole district, Uganda, January-June 2019.  BMC Public Health, 22   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Maureen Nabatanzi, Gloria Kimuli Seruwagi, Florence Basiimwa Tushemerirwe, Lynn Atuyambe & David Lubogo.  2021.  “Mine did not breastfeed”, mothers’ experiences in breastfeeding children aged 0 to 24 months with oral clefts in Uganda.  BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 21   . (Open Access)   Further Information

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Maureen Nabatanzi

Junior Researcher


Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use


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