Emilio Ovuga, Md, PhD

Dean of the Faculty of MedicineGulu UniversityUganda

Dr Emilio Ovuga, PhD is Professor of Mental Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University in northern Uganda, and Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Dr Ovuga completed his undergraduate medical education at Makerere University in 1976, and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the same university in 1981. Dr Ovuga holds a joint PhD of Karolinska Institute, Sweden and Makerere University, Uganda in suicidology and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr Ovuga worked at Makerere University, serving that institution in various capacities including being Head of the Department of Psychiatry and member of several committees of Senate from 1989 to 2006. Outside his home country, Uganda, Dr Ovuga worked as a psychiatrist in Kenya from 1981 to 1984 and the Transkei homeland of South Africa from 1984 to 1989. Apart from active administrative duties, Dr Ovuga is also currently working on the development of a vibrant research ethics review system in Uganda where he is Chair of the Forum of Institutional Review Committees in Uganda (FICU). Dr Ovuga is married with nine children including three daughters and six sons, and is grandfather to three sons. Dr Ovuga loves country music, regae, jazz and pop music and old African music from Zaire/DR Congo. During his spare time Dr Ovuga loves gardening and tending to his compound.

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If, as a health care or social service provider, one was called upon to help someone who has experienced terror in the hands of a hostage taker, an irate and chronically abusive spouse or parent, or a has survived a motor vehicle accident, landslide, earthquake, hurricane or even a massive flood, what would be one's priority response? What would be considered as the most pressing need of the individual requiring care? Whatever the answer to each of these questions, people who have experienced terror, suffer considerable psychological injury. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Global Context offers some answers to meet the needs of health care and socials service providers in all settings, whether in a hospital emergency room, at the war front, or natural disaster site. The take home message is, after providing emergency care, there is always a pressing need to provide mental health care to all victims of traumatic stress.

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