Phellister is a Tropical Epidemiology group fellow of Medical statistics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well NIH Fogarty fellow of John Hopkin university School of Public Health where she attended key graduate trainings in biostatics and HIV with statistics after having completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics at Makerere University.
Prior to joining PACE Uganda, she spent her early career years working with the Uganda Country coordinating mechanism for Global fund as a Program oversight advisor; the Kenya Medical Research Institute under the Welcome trust in Kenya and Rakai Health Science Program implementing HIV/AIDs, Malaria and community research projects. On secondment from the Malaria consortium, she supported the Ministry of Health Uganda Malaria Control Division in setting up nationwide M&E systems to improve malaria programming in the country. Her work career involves strong engagement in developing national collaborative programs and activities with Global Fund, Ministry of Health (MOH), Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), World Health Organization and United States Government (USG). She has made significant research contributions in the prevention and management arena of Malaria, HIV/TB and nodding syndrome epidemics and is currently a principal investigator in the national Ministry of Health-Global Fund supported study on Durability monitoring of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in Uganda.
Her passion for evidence-based decision making and resource mobilization to address community challenges whilst enhancing social justice, gender equality, diversity for all and equitable access to health care services for vulnerable populations majorly the children, youth, adolescent girls, and young women makes her stand out in leading PACE.
Her Value for money analytical skills applied in her oversight leadership has attracted a multiplicity of funding agencies including CDC, Against Malaria Foundation, the Global Fund tailoring these resources to promote synergies and sustainable community responses towards universal health coverage (UHC).
Additionally, Phellister has extensive governance experience working as a Board member on several Civil society and private sector institutions and currently is an active member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund.
She has also made significant contribution to improving the country’s education standards as an assessor at the Uganda National Council of Higher Education and Proprietor of the Adolescent Girls and Young Women skilling and Carly Childhood Development Aspire Academy.