Dr. Richard Sanya
Associate Researcher Scientist 
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

Dr. Richard Sanya is an associate research scientist in the chronic diseases management unit at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). Dr. Sanya is an internal medicine physician by background and has, since 2014, been a full-time researcher leading research projects. His research interests are in epidemiology and interventions for non-communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases.

Currently, Dr. Sanya leads epidemiological and implementation science research projects at APHRC, focusing on non-communicable diseases (hypertension and diabetes), neglected tropical diseases (schistosomiasis) and digital health interventions. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree, a Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine degree and a PhD in Epidemiology.

Prior to joining APHRC, he was a research scientist at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Uganda Research Unit, where he, among other duties, led large epidemiological studies investigating the link between helminths and non-communicable diseases.

Before taking up the full-time research role, he held teaching and clinical positions in Uganda at the Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University (as a lecturer), Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala (as senior house officer) and St. Kizito Hospital Matany, Karamoja (as a medical officer). His ORCID is