The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University College of Health Sciences on April 18th 2012 performed a ground breaking ceremony marking the first phase of the construction of a $ 6M Learning Centre that will provide up to date teaching and content methodologies to students from all over Africa and around the world.
The centre will use face-to-face as well as distance learning methodologies. The first phase of construction will cost $ 3.5M. The building will stand next to the Department of Pharmacy Makerere University Main Campus. The building is being funded by Makerere University, Hank McKinnel, Kathy Burke, Sue and Nick Hellman, Infectious Diseases Institute, Accordia Global Health Foundation and many other individual donors.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University Professor Venansius Baryamureba thanked the IDI for always coming up with initiatives which have positively impacted the lives of many people in Uganda and other parts of the world. Professor Baryamureba also thanked the Principal College of Health Sciences, Professor Nelson Sewankambo for putting up a good fight and working hard to develop the College of Health Sciences.
Professor Baryamureba lifts high the hoes ready to perform the ground breaking ceremony On his part, Professor Sewankambo said that having the centre in place means that the IDI will be able to take care of and teach more students in and outside Uganda about HIV/AIDS, and thus reduce the prevalence. He said the Institute shall be able to do more research on malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Alex Coutinho, the IDI Executive Director, thanked Makerere University for providing the land on which the centre will be constructed. He thanked all those that have provided funding so far and appealed for more funding from more sources.