Dr. Abel Kakuru

Project Manager, Tororo, Uganda


E-mail Address:  akakuru@muucsf.org

 

Dr. Abel Kakuru

Professional Interests:
HIV and Malaria in children, Epidemiology and Statistics


Current Main Activities:
Coordinating the Promote Paediatrics project, ensuring the smooth running of the Tororo PROMOTE study site

 

Education and Training:
University of London, MSc. Epidemiology

Makerere University, MB.Ch. B

 

Publications:


1. Ikilezi G, Achan J, Kakuru A, Ruel T, Charlebois E, Clark TD, Rosenthal PJ, Havlir D, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Prevalence of Asymptomatic Parasitemia and Gametocytemia among HIV-Infected Ugandan Children Randomized to Receive Different Antiretroviral Therapies. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2013 Jan 28;


2. Kakuru A, Jagannathan P, Arinaitwe E, Wanzira H, Muhindo M, Bigira V, Osilo E, Homsy J, Kamya MR, Tappero JW, Dorsey G. The Effects of ACT Treatment and TS Prophylaxis on Plasmodium falciparum Gametocytemia in a Cohort of Young Ugandan Children. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2013 Feb 4;


3. Jagannathan P, Muhindo MK, Kakuru A, Arinaitwe E, Greenhouse B, Tappero J, Rosenthal PJ, Kaharuza F, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Increasing incidence of malaria in children despite insecticide-treated bed nets and prompt anti-malarial therapy in Tororo, Uganda. Malar J. 2012 Dec 28; 11(1):435.


4. Achan J, Kakuru A, Ikilezi G, Ruel T, Clark TD, Nsanzabana C, Charlebois E, Aweeka F, Dorsey G, Rosenthal PJ, Havlir D, Kamya MR. Antiretroviral agents and prevention of malaria in HIV-infected Ugandan children. N Engl J Med. 2012 Nov 29;367(22):2110-8. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1200501. PMID: 23190222


5. Arinaitwe E, Gasasira A, Verret W, Homsy J, Wanzira H, Kakuru A, Sandison TG, Young S, Tappero JW, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. The association between malnutrition and the incidence of malaria among young HIV-infected and -uninfected Ugandan children: a prospective study. Malar J. 2012 Mar 27;11:90. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-11-90.


6. Kay J, Wanzira H, Sandison T, Kakuru A, Bigira V, Kamya M, Homsy J, Tappero JW, Havlir D, Dorsey G, Ruel T. Virologic suppression in nevirapine-exposed HIV-infected infants initiating antiretroviral therapy in rural Uganda. J Trop Pediatr. 2012 Jun;58(3):194-9. doi: 10.1093/tropej/fmr071. Epub 2011 Sep 19.


7. Sandison TG, Homsy J, Arinaitwe E, Wanzira H, Kakuru A, Bigira V, Kalamya J, Vora N, Kublin J, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Tappero JW. Protective efficacy of co-trimoxazole prophylaxis against malaria in HIV exposed children in rural Uganda: a randomised clinical trial. BMJ. 2011 Mar 31;342:d1617. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d1617.


8. Verret WJ, Arinaitwe E, Wanzira H, Bigira V, Kakuru A, Kamya M, Tappero JW, Sandison T, Dorsey G. Effect of nutritional status on response to treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapy in young Ugandan children with malaria. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2011 Jun;55(6):2629-35. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01727-10. Epub 2011 Mar 7.


9. Creek D, Bigira V, Arinaitwe E, Wanzira H, Kakuru A, Tappero J, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Sandison TG. Increased risk of early vomiting among infants and young children treated with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine compared with artemether-lumefantrine for uncomplicated malaria. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Oct;83(4):873-5. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2010.10-0158.


10. Vora N, Homsy J, Kakuru A, Arinaitwe E, Wanzira H, Sandison TG, Bigira V, Kamya MR, Tappero JW, Dorsey G. Breastfeeding and the risk of malaria in children born to HIV-infected and uninfected mothers in rural Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 Oct;55(2):253-61. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181eb4fd7.


11. Gantt S, Kakuru A, Wald A, Walusansa V, Corey L, Casper C, Orem J. Clinical presentation and outcome of epidemic Kaposi sarcoma in Ugandan children. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 May;54(5):670-4. doi: 10.1002/pbc.22369.


12. Katrak S, Gasasira A, Arinaitwe E, Kakuru A, Wanzira H, Bigira V, Sandison TG, Homsy J, Tappero JW, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Safety and tolerability of artemether-lumefantrine versus dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for malaria in young HIV-infected and uninfected children. Malar J. 2009 Nov 30;8:272. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-8-272.


13. Arinaitwe E, Sandison TG, Wanzira H, Kakuru A, Homsy J, Kalamya J, Kamya MR, Vora N, Greenhouse B, Rosenthal PJ, Tappero J, Dorsey G. Artemether-lumefantrine versus dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for falciparum malaria: a longitudinal, randomized trial in young Ugandan children. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Dec 1;49(11):1629-37. doi: 10.1086/647946.