'Clinical Trials – Are Global trials truly Global? How can LMICs play a more central role?'


The George Institute for Global Health invites you to the second session of the 'Tea with Africa' series on Tuesday 24 May at 6:30pm AEST, 2:00pm IST, 9:30am WAT, 9:00am BST, 10:30am CAT, 11:30am EAT: 'Clinical Trials – Are Global trials truly Global? How can LMICs play a more central role?’

The 'Tea with Africa' series is part of our Africa Partnership Initiative, and aims to facilitate collaboration and learning. Each event provides an opportunity for outreach and connection with the global health community.

In an informal setting, panellists from across Africa and The George Institute in different regions will share perspectives on a global health topic. Following this, discussion and interaction with the audience is encouraged, to exchange unique challenges and solutions and discuss implications for different regions. Audience participants who would like to contribute further or build connections are invited to share contact details and/or send reflections from the event for potential inclusion in the post event wrap-up blog.

The second of the series will focus on 'Clinical Trials – Are Global trials truly Global? How can LMICs play a more central role?'. Each speaker will talk for around 4 minutes, with the majority of time dedicated to discussion and Q&A with the audience. 

•  Dr Emmy Okello
•  Prof Rati Ndhlovu
•  Dr. Niveditha Devasenapathy

Host Olive Kobusingye will facilitate the discussion among speakers and with the audience.


  • Dr. Emmy Okello

    Dr. Emmy Okello is chief of cardiology at the Uganda Heart Institute and honorary associate professor at Makerere University. Okello graduated from Mbarara University School of Medicine and earned his Ph.D. from Makerere University. He received advanced training at Case Western Reserve University through a fellowship of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) - managed by Fogarty and funded by PEPFAR, the NIH Common Fund and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Okello has recenty led two large clinical trials in Uganda.

    Emmy Okello
  • Professor Chriatidzo Ndhlovu

    Professor Chriatidzo Ndhlovu is an Associate Professor in the Internal Medicine Unit in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe. As a medical educator and clinician involved in nephrology and HIV medicine, she has vast experience in internal medicine, renal care and care of HIV patients in a resource-limited settings. Her current research is mainly in cryptococcal meningitis and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

    Chriatidzo Ndhlovu
  • Dr. Niveditha Devasenapathy

    Dr. Niveditha Devasenapathy is a medical doctor, trained in clinical research and applied statistics with over 15 years of experience in clinical and public health research. She currently leads The Better Treatments program at The George Institute, India office. She is a recipient of the prestigious DBT/Wellcome Trust–India alliance Intermediate Clinical and Public Health fellowship (2020) for the design and evaluation of a technology-based post knee arthroplasty rehabilitation monitoring strategy. She has been involved in the design and analysis of several multicentre randomised controlled trials in maternal health and cardiovascular disease.

    Niveditha Devasenapathy
  • Host: Dr Olive Kobusingye

    Olive Kobusingye is an accident & emergency surgeon, injury epidemiologist, and published author. She is Director of the Trauma, Injuries and Disability programme at the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, Board Chair of The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network, and co-founder of The Great Outdoors, Uganda.

    Olive Kobusingye