Dr Mary Margaret Ajiko, is a general surgeon with interest in paediatric surgery. The PhD projects are related to epidemiology of paediatric surgical conditions and to what extent the need for surgical procedures is meet in Uganda. Further on, a qualitative study investigates perceptions of and barriers to surgical care among caregivers. Finally, a prospective cohort study will investigate outcome after paediatric surgery and test one or two interventions to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality postoperatively. Combined, the paediatric surgery research will provide evidence that can be used to increase and improve paediatric surgical services in Uganda and other countries facing similar challenges.