Dr. Godfrey Siu Etyang


Dr. Godfrey Siu Etyang is a Lecturer at the Child Health and Development Centre, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Medical Research Council Unit at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Dr. Siu holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree in Adult Community Education from Makerere University, a Master of Science in International Health from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and a PhD in Medical Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Glasgow in the UK. 

His broad interests are concerned with the potential health contribution that an explicit focus on gender and masculinity can bring to men, women and their families. My PhD research titled ‘Dividuality, masculine respectability and reputation: exploring the link between men's uptake of HIV treatment and their masculinity in rural eastern Uganda’, examined men’s health seeking behavior for HIV in a gold mining area in Busia district, eastern Uganda. I have published several articles on this topic (see list of peer reviewed publications below). My current work focuses on developing and evaluating interventions on parenting and families to reduce sexual and gender-based violence and child abuse and improve children’s health and wellbeing, and on understandings men’s risk relationships with adolescent girls and young women. I also maintain an interest in exploring and testing interventions for young people living with HIV and their parents. I have fairly good research and training skills.  


  1. J. Pulerwitz, C. Valenzuela, A. Gottert, G. Siu, P. Shabangu & S. Mathur (2021): “A man without money getting a sexual partner? It doesn’t exist in our community”: male partners’ perspectives on transactional sexual relationships in Uganda and Eswatini, Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2021.1904521
  2. Martin Mbonye, Godfrey Siu & Janet Seeley (2021): Conflicted masculinities: understanding dilemmas and (re)configurations of masculinity among men in long-term relationships with female sex workers, in Kampala, Uganda, Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2021.1891569
  3. Ekusai DS, Siu G, Nabeta HW., Anguzu G, Walimbwa S, Lamorde M, Bukenya B & Kambugu A:    “You would not be in a hurry to go back home”: patients’ willingness to participate in HIV/AIDS clinical trials at a clinical and research facility in Kampala, Uganda: BMC Medical Ethics volume 21, Article number: 77 (2020)
  4. Siu G.E, Batte, A., Tibingana, B., Otwombe, K., Sekiwunga, S., & Paichadze, N. Mothers’ perception of childhood injuries, child supervision and care practices for children 0-5 years in a peri-urban area in central Uganda: Implications for prevention of childhood injuries. 2019: Injuries Epidemiology
  5. Dhabangi A, Idro R, John CC, Dzik WH, Siu GE, Opoka RO, et al. (2019) Community perceptions of paediatric severe anaemia in Uganda. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0209476.
  6. Dhabangi, A.  Idro, R. John, C. C.  Dzik, W. H.  Opoka, R.  Siu, GE. Ayebare, F. & van Hensbroek, M. B. (2019). Caregivers and community perceptions of blood transfusion for children with severe anaemia in Uganda: Transfusion Medicine, Vol 29 (1), pp 61-67
  7. Osingada CP, Siu G, Amollo M, Muwanguzi P, Sewankambo N, & Kiwanuka N. (2019). Acceptability of HIV testing for men attending televised football venues in Uganda. BMC Public Health volume 19, Article number: 1136 (2019)
  8. Gottert A, Pulerwitz J, Siu G, Katahoire A, Okal J, Ayebare F, et al. (2018) Male partners of young women in Uganda: Understanding their relationships and use of HIV testing. PLoS ONE 13(8):
  9. Anthony Batte, Godfrey E. Siu, Brenda Tibingana, Anne Chimoyi, Lucy Chimoyi, Nino Paichadze & Kennedy Otwombe (2017): Incidence, patterns and risk factors for injuries among Ugandan children, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, DOI:10.1080/17457300.2017.1416484
  10. Siu, G.E., Wight, D., Seeley, J., Namutebi, C., Sekiwunga, R., Zalwango, F. and Kasule, S. (2017). Men’s involvement in a parenting programme to reduce child maltreatment and gender based violence: formative evaluation in Uganda. The European Journal of Development Research. doi:10.1057/s41287-017-0103-6.
  11. Boydell, N., Nalukenge, W., Siu, G., Seeley, J. and Wight, D.  (2017) How mothers in poverty explain their use of corporal punishment: a qualitative study in Kampala, Uganda. European Journal of Development Research, (doi:10.1057/s41287-017-0104-5) (Early Online Publication)
  12. Siu, GE, Kennedy CE, Bakeera-Kitaka, S. Young people with HIV attending a transition clinic in Kampala, Uganda: An exploratory study of social context, illness trajectories, and pathways to HIV testing and treatment. Children and Youth Services Review 65 (2016) 9–16
  13. Mbonye M, Siu GE, Kiwanuka T, Seeley J. Relationship dynamics and sexual risk behaviour of male partners of female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda. African Journal of AIDS Research 2016, 15(2): 149–155
  14. Siu GE, Wight D & Seeley J. ‘Dented’ and ‘Resuscitated’ Masculinities: the impact of HIV diagnosis and/or enrolment on antiretroviral treatment on masculine identities in rural eastern Uganda. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 2014
  15. Siu, GE, Wight, D & Seeley A.J (2014). Masculinity, social context and HIV testing: an ethnographic study of men in Busia district, rural eastern Uganda. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:33
  16. Mburu G; Mala R, Siu G, Bitira, D; Skovdal, M & Holland, P. Intersectionality of HIV stigma and masculinity in eastern Uganda: implications for involving men in HIV programmes. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1061
  17. Kawuma, R; Bernays, S; Siu GE; Rhodes, T & Seeley, J (2014). Children will always be children': exploring perceptions and experiences of children living with HIV who may not take their treatment and why they may not tell. African Journal of AIDS Research 13(2): 189-195.
  18. Nakamanya, D; Siu, GE; Lassman, R; Seeley, J & Tann J.C (2014). Maternal experiences of caring for an infant with neurological impairment after neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: a qualitative study. Disabil Rehabil, Early Online: 1–7
  19. Whyte, RS; Siu, GE & Kyaddondo, D (2014). Partners: ‘In’ Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte Reynolds Susan (Ed.). Duke Press.
  20. Whyte, RS; Siu, GE & Kajubi, P (2014). Work: In’ Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte Reynolds Susan (Ed.). Duke Press.
  21. Whyte, RS & Siu, GE (2014). Drugs: ‘In’ Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte Reynolds Susan (Ed.). Duke Press.
  22. Meinert, L & Siu, G (2014). Robinah and Joyce: The connecting Sisters. ‘In’ Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte Reynolds Susan (Ed.). Duke Press.
  23. Siu, GE & Whyte RS (2014). John: Working Contingencies. ‘In’ Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte Reynolds Susan (Ed.). Duke Press.
  24. Whyte RS & Siu, GE (2014). Contingency: Interpersonal and Historical Dependencies in HIV care. ‘In’ Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa. Elizabeth Cooper & David Pratten (Eds). Palgrave Macmillan