Abel Bizimana holds a Master of Science degree in Health Services Management of Uganda Martyrs University and a 2-year fellowship certification in Transformative Leadership and Management of HIV/AIDS and MCH programs of Makerere University School of Public Health-CDC fellowship program. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health-Health Promotion of Uganda Martyrs University (Just completed) Other qualifications include Diploma in Health Promotion and Education and a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health both of which were awarded by the Ministry of Health (Uganda).
Abel has a tortuous academic path. After completing P.7 in 1987, he failed to join Mutolere, his first choice. He joined Kabindi SSS where he completed S4 with difficulty due to highly violent home with 18 aggregates. He was to join Advanced Level for PCB but failed again due to financial reasons; instead he joined a low cost Kisoro Primary Teachers College for more than a year and a half and when Ministry of Health (which was in-charge of health training schools) brought the first interview trip to Kigezi at Kabale Nursing School. Abel performed exceptionally well in the interview and the panel of interviewers reviewed his performance and potential and admitted him for a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health of 3 years at Fortpotal Medical School which was admissible in the then policy. Abel worked in Kisoro Hospital and later a manager of Nyarusiza HCIII. The then DHO saw a mobilization potential and recommended that he benefits from AfDB funding for Diploma in Health Promotion which he served in for 19 years.. The then policy allowed that someone with two two diplomas at Uganda Martyrs University can, upon passing a written and oral Graduate Admission Test, qualify for joining a Master’s Program and Abel succeeded and was awarded MSc. Health Services Management of Uganda Martyrs University. This later qualified him to attend a post-Masters Fellowship of Makerere School of Public Health as a Transformative Leader in HIV/AIDS and MCH programs, mentored at Mildmay Uganda. It is from here in 2015;
Abel joined politics and led Kisoro as LCV Chairperson for last 5 years. Abel has made use of Weekend Program at Rubaga Campus of Uganda Martyrs University and on 21 May 2021 will graduate with Bachelor of Public Health-Health Promotion (BPHHP) The back and forth of this academic path demonstrated a resilient and a committed personality in Abel, blended with policy and academic opportunities that presented.
Abel is currently completing first term as governor (LCV Chairman) of Kisoro district and an Elect of the same position for 2021-2026/ Kisoro is located in Southwestern Uganda. He is the Chairperson of the District Executive Committee (DEC), the cabinet, and Secretary (Minister) of Works and Technical Services of Kisoro District Local Government.
Abel is by profession a community-based clinician, a professional health manager and educator with rich experience in health systems management, advocacy, social mobilization and behavior change communication. Abel has managed health facilities, directed community-based programs, conducted operations studies and coordinated implementing partners, especially in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of health programs, quality improvement of health services and mass health campaigns. Abel is an HIV/AIDS and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) fellow of Makerere University School of Public Health-CDC fellowship program where he acquired rich experience in to delivery of family-centered, comprehensive and integrated HIV prevention, and care and treatment services in 16 districts of central Uganda. He led the site set-up & 10 cervical cancer screening sites in Uganda including establishment of the electronic information management system
Abel intends to pursue a PhD career in implementation science and advocacy, collecting and using evidence to influence policy and practice with more focus on mothers and children.