Biography

Dennis is a retired Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University. Prior to this, he was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where he was first introduced to the clinical and medical urgencies associated with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. He founded the Salama SHIELD Foundation in 1992 and has been engaged in the design of health and development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa for over 40 years, conducting HIV/AIDS ethnographic research in Canada, Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Currently residing in Ontario, he is blessed with Rita, his wife of 36 years, and two sons.

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Salama SHIELD Foundation (SSF) is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has been present in the Lyantonde District of Uganda for over 27 years. By virtue of its participatory-action research approach to development,1 SSF has secured and sustained the trust of community members. Many of the persons and families engaged in SSF’s …

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My name is Nakiguli Margaret, and my story is now filled with hope. While previously very poor, I was able to come out of poverty, and am now a respected and valued member of my community. Distrust, suspicion, and fear are often socially experienced in my village in southwestern Uganda. For me to have overcome […]

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Almost 25 years ago, women and men gathered in Dublin, Ireland, for an international conference on water and the environment. The Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development agreed upon at this event was a pivotal document six months before Rio and the Earth Summit.1 The Dublin Statement provided the first official recognition of …

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