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Lydia Kapiriri

Lydia Kapiriri

Associate Professor, Health, Aging and Society
Member of CHEPA

T: (905) 525-9140 ext 27203

McMaster University
Kenneth Taylor Hall , Rm 236
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4M4

Lydia Kapiriri is an associate professor in McMaster’s Department of Health, Aging and Society and a member of CHEPA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and General Surgery and a diploma in Public Health from Makerere University, Uganda; as well as Masters degrees in Public Health (Royal Tropical Institute) and in Medicine, Public Health (Makerere University). She earned her PhD at the University of Bergen, Norway, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for International Health, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused mainly on health systems and global health research, including priority setting in health care at the different levels of decision making (macro, meso, and micro levels). She is also involved in research related to ethical issues in public health and global health, including international research ethics.


  • Global health
  • Intervention research to promote the adoption of HIV preventive behaviour
  • Priority setting in health care
  • Health systems
  • Public health ethics


Kapriri L, Chanda-Kapata P. The quest for a framework for sustainable and institutionalised priority-setting for health research in a low-resource setting: the case of Zambia. Health Research Policy and Systems.  2018, 16:11.

Essue BM, Kapiriri L. The unfunded priorities: an evaluation of priority setting for noncommunicable disease control in Uganda. Globalization and Health. 2018. 14:22.

Kapiriri L, Razavi D. How have systematic priority setting approaches influenced policy making? A synthesis of the current literature. Health Policy. 2017. 121:937-946.

Kapiriri L
. International validation of quality indicators for evaluating priority setting in low income countries: process and key lessons. BMC Health Services Research. 2017. 17:418. 

Kapiriri L, Sinding C, Arnold E. How do development assistance partners conceptualise and prioritise evidence in Priority Setting (PS) for health programmes relevant to low income countries? A qualitative study. International Journal of Care and Caring. 2017. 13 (2). 255-273.

Kapiriri L, Tharao W, Muchenje M, Khatundi I, Ongoia F. How acceptable is it for HIV positive African, Caribbean and Black women to provide breast milk/fluid samples for research purposes? BMC Research Notes. 2017. 10:7.

Kapiriri L
, Tharao W, Muchenje M, Masinde KI, Ongoiba F. '... They should understand why …' The knowledge, attitudes and impact of the HIV criminalization law on a sample of HIV+ women living in Ontario. Global Public Health. 2016. 11:1231-1245.

Voorhoeve A, Edejer T, Kapiriri L, et al. Three Case Studies in Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage. Health and Human Rights Journal. 2016. 18(2) 11-22. 

Ottersen T, Norheim OF,  Chitah BM, Cookson R, Daniels N, Defaye FB, Eyal N, Flores W, Gosseries A, Hausman D, Hurst SA, Kapiriri L, Ord T, Segall S, Sen G, Voorhoeve A, Wikler D, Yamin AE.  Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage.  Final Report of the WHO consultative group on Equity and universal health coverage. 2014.

 Kapiriri L, Tharao WE, Muchenje M, Masinde KI, Siegel S, Ongoiba F. The Experiences of Making Infant Feeding Choices by African, Caribbean and Black HIV-Positive Mothers in Ontario, Canada. World Health & Population. 2014. 

Kapiriri L
. How effective has the essential health package been in improving priority setting in low income countries?
Social Science and Medicine. 2013. 85: 38-42.


  • Health inequalities
  • Global health
  • Culture and health
  • Research methods
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