May 14th 2012, the Makerere University College of Health Sciences was host to Members of the Science and Technology Committee of the UK House of Commons.
The team was led by the Committee Chair, Andrew Miller. Other members were Stephen Metcalfe (MP) Pamela Nash (MP), Roger Williams (MP) Dr Farrah Bhatti (staff).
Top on the MPs’ agenda was; 1) How the UK Government supports scientific capacity building in developing countries and how it should be improved? 2) What the most effective models and mechanisms for supporting research capacity in developing countries are? 3) How the UK Government monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the scientific capacity building activities it supports? 4) What role DFID’s Chief Scientific Adviser plays in determining priorities and in the development and assessment of capacity building policies? 5) How government activities are co-ordinated with the private and voluntary sectors?
ReBUILD (post-conflict health systems research consortium) and Future Health Systems II (FHS) were some of the projects whose progress was discussed. They are both implemented by the School of Public Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Both projects are funded by DFID.
Presentations delivered by the Country Leads of the two projects indicated that the research projects have and do continue to contribute to development of human resources for health through PhD and other training opportunities attached to the projects; actual doing of research that builds skills and working with experienced researchers which provides mentorship opportunities.