The Makerere University Lung Institute was established on 17th September 2015 following the acceptance of a proposal to establish a lung institute by Lung Consortium International (LCI) by Makerere University (Mak). On the 23rd November 2015, the first governance structure comprising of the institute governance board, IGB, chaired by Prof. Charles Ibingira (Principal of the College of Health Sciences) and the Institute Technical Advisory Board (ITB), chaired by Prof. Isaac Okullo (Deputy Principal of the College of Health Sciences) and management team lead by the Director, Dr. Bruce Kirenga and Co-Director, Prof Rupert Jones were inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor in the Senior Common room in the Mak main building.LCI is a consortium of Ugandan and international lung health specialists.
The Makerere University Lung Institute (MLI) was founded with the main aim of championing lung science in the university. Since its founding, the institute has had significant contribution to lung science by expanding the number of lung scientists, publications, and building diagnostic and care capacity.Makerere University Lung Institute is a champion in innovative lung health research that integrates disease prevention, clinical care and training in sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a convergence of communicable and non-communicable lung diseases such as Tuberculosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma and lung cancer.