KAMPALA – Born in May 11, 1968, Jane Ruth Aceng is a Ugandan pediatrician and politician.
She attended Shimoni Primary School in Kampala capital city.
Aceng studied at Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School for both her Ordinary and Advanced Level education.
She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, a Master of Medicine in Pediatrics, and a Master of Public Health, all from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
She also holds a Diploma in Health Systems Management awarded by the Galilee International Management Institute, in Israel.
Aceng began serving as a medical officer in the health ministry.
At the time she was appointed Director General of Medical Services, she was serving as executive director of Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
Aceng was on June 6, 2016, appointed the Minister of Health in the Cabinet of Uganda by President Yoweri Museveni, a position she’s to date still serving.
Before that, from June 2011 until June 2016, she served as the Director General of Medical Services in the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Infectious Diseases Institute.
She also served as a member of the board of Uganda National Medical Stores, the pharmaceutical procurement and distribution arm of the health ministry, from 2005 until 2016.
In July 2020, Aceng declared her intentions to contest for the position of Women Representative for Lira District, in the 11th Parliament (2021 – 2026), a position she won on NRM ticket.
Aceng has participated and published widely in the field of medicine and some of her works are outlined below;
2021: The Ugandan Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Model: A Data Driven Approach to Estimate Risk
2020: Estimating the Effect and Cost-Effectiveness of Facemasks in Reducing the Spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Uganda
2020: Family Health Days program contributions in vaccination of unreached and under-immunized children during routine vaccinations in Uganda
2019: Uganda’s experience in Ebola virus disease outbreak preparedness, 2018–2019.
2018: Prevalence of protective tetanus antibodies and immunological response following tetanus toxoid vaccination among men seeking medical circumcision services in Uganda
2016: Tetanus Cases After Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention – Eastern and Southern Africa, 2012-2015
2015: Multidistrict outbreak of Marburg virus disease—Uganda, 2012.
2015: Is the glass half full or half empty? A qualitative exploration on treatment practices and perceived barriers to biomedical care for patients with nodding syndrome in post-conflict northern Uganda
2014: Ebola Viral Hemorrhagic Disease Outbreak in West Africa- Lessons from Uganda.
2013: Nodding syndrome in Ugandan children—clinical features, brain imaging and complications: a case series
2005: Rectal artemether versus intravenous quinine for the treatment of cerebral malaria in children in Uganda: randomised clinical trial