Dr Femke Bannink Mbazzi

Associate Professor

MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
Nakiwogo road

Dr Femke Bannink Mbazzi is a clinical and educational psychologist, and cultural anthropologist with over 20 years of research and clinical work experience in disability inclusion and mental health in Uganda. She is passionate about the participatory development and testing of culturally appropriate health and education interventions for young persons with disabilities. She explored the importance of belonging and ‘Ubuntu’ in her PhD research and has since considered this in all research studies and interventions she designs and implements.

She is an Associate Professor at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), based in Uganda, where she heads the Disability Research Group at the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. The Disability Research Group consists of East African researchers with and without disabilities who develop and implement African disability research. The group also hosts and builds capacity of PhD and MSc students and offers internships for young graduates with disabilities.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


MRC Uganda unit & partners courses and trainings

Disabilty and Mental Health

Global Mental Health

Master projects EPH and GHD



Children and Youth

Participatory research

Mental health


Research Area
Social and structural determinants of health
Disease and Health Conditions
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The impact of COVID-19 measures on children with disabilities and their families in Uganda
MBAZZI, FB; Nalugya, R; Kawesa, E; Nimusiima, C; King, R; Van Hove, G; SEELEY, J;
Disability & Society
‘Obuntu Bulamu’ – Development and Testing of an Indigenous Intervention for Disability Inclusion in Uganda
BANNINK MBAZZI, F; Nalugya, R; Kawesa, E; Nambejja, H; Nizeyimana, P; Ojok, P; Van Hove, G; SEELEY, J;
Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research
‘We Have to Try and Teach Them from Home’ – Parents’ Perspectives on Education of Children with Disabilities During the First Year of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Uganda
BANNINK MBAZZI, F; Kawesa, E; Nimusiima, C; Nalugya, R; Van Hove, G; SEELEY, J;
International Journal of Disability Development and Education
Translating the Ubuntu philosophy into practical disability inclusive interventions
Ubuntu Philosophy and Disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Developing a training on disability for healthcare workers in Uganda: a mixed methods study
SMYTHE, T; Ssemata, AS; Slivesteri, S; MBAZZI, FB; Kuper, H;
Adaptations culturelles du protocole EMDR standard dans cinq pays d’Afrique
MBAZZI, FB; Dewailly, A; Admasu, K; Duagani, Y; Wamala, K; Vera, A; Bwesigye, D; Roth, G;
Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
Obuntu bulamu: Parental peer-to-peer support for inclusion of children with disabilities in Central Uganda.
Nalugya, R; Nambejja, H; Nimusiima, C; Kawesa, ES; Van Hove, G; SEELEY, J; BANNINK MBAZZI, F;
African journal of disability
Global initiative for stress and trauma treatment - traumatic stress relief training for allied and para-professionals to treat traumatic stress in underserved populations: A case study
Pupat, A; Dewailly, A; Guidot, F; Duagani, Y; Kawesa, E; Carriere, R; MBAZZI, FB;
European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
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