David Kalema

David Kalema
David Kalema

David Kalema holds a Master of Education Degree (Makerere University-Uganda) and has been involved in various works ranging from classroom teaching, social work, program design to project management. Between 1995 and 2005 he worked as a peer educator/trainer in life skills based HIV/AIDS control programs in the Sub-Saharan Africa, authored numerous resource materials and was involved in designing and implementing the Presidential Initiative on AIDS Strategy for Communication to the Youth (PIASCY) for Uganda. In 2006 he joined the field of treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and substance abuse and is current Executive Director of Hope and Beyond Rehab in Kampala-Uganda. David is Founder and Chairperson of Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance and previously served on the board of East African Alcohol Policy Alliance Board. As a policy lobbyist David participated in formulation of Uganda's National Drug Control Master Plan, National Alcohol Policy and The Alcoholics drinks Control bill.


David is currently researching on 'culturally effective treatment programs for alcohol service users in Uganda', a country recently reported to experience worst alcohol related burdens, globally. The study, a collaboration between Ghent University and Makerere University will document the cultural adaptations necessary to have an evidence based treatment strategy for people with Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders in Uganda and neighbouring countries. 


Selected publications

Kalema, D., Vanderplasschen, W., Vindevogel, S., Baguma, P., & Derluyn, I. (2017). Treatment challenges for alcohol service users in Kampala, Uganda. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research.

Kalema, D., Vanderplasschen, W., Vindevogel, S., & Derluyn, I. (2016). The role of religion in alcohol consumption and demand reduction in Muslim majority countries (MMC). Addiction, 111(10), 1716-1718. doi:10.1111/add.13333

Kalema D. & Vanderplasschen W. (2015). Features of Alcohol Abuse Treatment in Uganda. African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies  (https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajdas/article/view/133133 )

Kalema, D., Vindevogel, S., Baguma, P. K., Derluyn, I., & Vanderplasschen, W. (2015). Alcohol misuse, policy and treatment responses in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Uganda. Drugs: education, prevention and policy, 22(6), 476-482. doi:10.3109/09687637.2015.1006180

An overview of all publications can be found here.



Postal address:
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Gent

Visiting address:
Begijnhoflaan 464
B-9000 Gent

Tel: ..32 (0)9 331 03 02
Fax: ..32 (0)9 331 03 15
Email: David.Kalema@UGent.be