Muniini K. Mulera is a paediatrician and neonatologist in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Born in Kabale, Kigezi, Uganda, Muniini studied at Kihanga Boys Primary School, Kigezi High School Primary and Junior Schools and King’s College, Budo before joining Makerere University, Kampala where he studied medicine, graduating in March 1977.
Forced to escape from Uganda in August 1977 before completing his medical internship, he became a refugee in Kenya. He subsequently worked in Lesotho before joining the Department of Physiology at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland as a demonstrator in physiology and research-assistant to Professor Roland E. Moore.
He arrived in Canada in the summer of 1981 to start his residency (postgraduate training) in paediatrics at the University of Calgary, Alberta, under Professor Robert H.E. Haslam.
His work in Canada has included serving as Chief Resident in Paediatrics at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary; Senior Fellow in Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; attending staff neonatologist at the same institution and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.
Muniini has combined his passion for clinical neonatology with collaborative leadership as a team-member in the development and establishment of advanced neonatology services at two centres in Ontario. He also served as Chief of Paediatrics at both institutions.
Muniini strongly believes that health is a state of complete physical, mental, social, spiritual, economic and political wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease. To that end he has devoted his life to advocacy for social justice, human rights and good governance, for they are the foundation for good health.
He has written a weekly column in the Daily Monitor newspaper since 1997, with emphasis on justice, freedom and democracy. For several years, he served as a regular panellist on the Voice of America’s Reporters’ Round Table, a weekly discussion about news and events in Africa.
Muniini has served the Ugandan North American community in various capacities, including membership of the Board of Directors of the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) and as the first Chairperson of the UNAA Board of Trustees.
He was the chief convener of the founding convention of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) and was Vice-President of ICOB from 2004 until 2010.
His main professional focus at present is advocacy for accelerated improvement of maternal-child health, with special interest in East Africa.
He is the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Mahali Salama Uganda, a Canada-Uganda partnership that aims to support a maternal-child health program within an integrated community development process in Mparo, Kigezi.
He is also very passionate about East African regional integration and eventual political federation. He believes that an important element in this process is dialogue and networking among East African people, not just their governments. This website and Fireplace is his contribution to this shared dream.