The former president of the World Medical Association and Senior consultant psychiatrist Dr. Margaret Mungherera has succumbed to cancer in an Indian Hospital, according to the Uganda Medical Association.
Dr. Mungherera who has met her death at 59 has been a doctor for 30 years, and a psychiatrist for 20 years with forensic psychiatry as her special area of interest.
She served as the president of the World Medical Association from October 2013 until October 2014 as well as president of the Uganda Medical Association.
Dr. Mungherera attended Nakasero Primary School and Gayaza High School for her elementary and secondary education respectively. In 1977, she was admitted to Makerere University to study human medicine. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree.
After one year of internship at the Mulago National Referral Hospital, she attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1984.
In 1992, she obtained a Master of Medicine in psychiatry from Makerere University. Her chosen field of concentration is forensic psychiatry.
From 1992 until 2000, she worked as a registrar at the Butabika National Referral Hospital, responsible for forensic services. From 2000 until 2003, she was a consultant psychiatrist at the Mulago National Referral Hospital and was responsible for forensic services.
Since 2003, she has served as a senior consultant psychiatrist at the Mulago Hospital Complex, responsible for psychiatric emergency services. Since 2012, she has been the clinical head of the Directorate of Medical Services (Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry) at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.
After 31 years of continuous service, Mungherera retired from civil service effective 30 June 2015.
She was a worthy advocate for better health, her role will continue to have a great impact on humanity and May her Soul rest in peace.