Researchers for globalization to overcome Modern Health Problems

Makerere University Chancellor Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera has encouraged researchers to engage in global cooperation as a way of overcoming health problems.

This was during the final session of the One Health Symposium organized by Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) in conjunction with University of Zurich.  The event was at the Davis Lecture Theatre at MakCHS.

The session gathered different professionals in the area of science to share experiences and research on health under the theme: One Health One World.

The symposium showcased health researchers focusing on reduction and elimination of infectious diseases on the globe through international partnerships.

Addressing the delegates, Professor Kagonyera; a re-known veterinary scientist as well, expressed gratitude to Makerere University and University of Zurich for the mutual working relationship which has led to great opportunities and developmental research programs in the area of science.

ÔÇ£I really commend this symposium because it has brought together professionals to learn, share experiences and research leading to more relationships building. Therefore I would like to assure the University of Zurich that your investment in this partnership will not be tarnished, rather t will thriveÔÇØ, he added.

Chancellor Kagonyera speaking at the closure of the two-day One Health Symposium held under the Makerere University-University of Zurich partnership Highlighting Tuberculosis, Ebola, HIV, malaria and polio as the most common diseases affecting the globe, researchers urged the institutions to engage in various international collaborations to eradicate infectious diseases in the world.

Dr. Anou Dreyfus from the section of Epidemiology at the University of Zurich, said that many factors have been discovered as key in spreading the diseases in which domestication, urbanization and industrialization are central due to their important role on humans├ö├ç├û relationship with animals and environment. 

ÔÇ£Humans and animals end up competing for the small breathing space leading to contamination and therefore contraction of infectious disease,ÔÇØ said Dr. Anou Dreyfus.

In his presentation, Prof. David Nadal, Epidemiologist from the University of Zurich,   expressed his concern on the need for international collaboration when he remarked, ├ö├ç┬úThis infectious disease problem is not an individual or continental issue rather the calamity affects the entire globe. Therefore it is through the international cooperation that we can eliminate this serious health threat├ö├ç├ÿ. 

However, Elly Katabira, Professor of Medicine and the CHS, said that for the countries to live a global world partnership, they should focus on capacity building, health interventions, infrastructure development, mutual respect, and transparency.

 ├ö├ç┬úGlobal world partnership means working together for a similar goal or mutual benefits for those partnerships, therefore countries should pull the resources to fight against infectious diseases since it is a world├ö├ç├ûs problem,├ö├ç├ÿ he remarked.

In her speech, the Dean, School of Medicine, Prof. Harriet Mayanja Kizza could not hide her happiness about the collaboration between the University of Zurich and the College of Health Sciences saying that it has been of great benefit to the science students and staff at large.

ÔÇ£Many of our students have gone to Switzerland for research and other education purposes. Therefore I would like to thank the initiators of this collaboration in alignment with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Makerere University and the University of Zurich in 2008,ÔÇØ she said.

Dr. Christine Sekagya, the Study Coordinator IDI, also appreciated the cooperation the Institute has with the University of Zurich explaining that it has been of great benefit to the students of IDI. 

├ö├ç┬úThis collaboration has improved our research section on anti-TB drugs, through capacity building, providing technical support, anti-TB pharmaceuticals, two Schimadzu HPLC machines, and also securing scholarship for students on PHD program in addition to continuous training, and onsite drug estimation to facilitate our research on anti-TB drugs,├ö├ç├ÿ she explained. 

During the symposium the Vice President University of Zurich handed over 10 PhD scholar- ships for students from Infectious Disease Institute to the Makerere University Chancellor, Prof. George Mondo Kogenyera as a way of strengthening the Makerere university- University of Zurich partnership. 

The Vice President of the University of Zurich, Prof. Daniel Wyler, applauded the academic excellence of Makerere University and assured ZurichÔÇÖs support in the health science and research department.

This was the first symposium of its kind and the two parties agreed to various meetings for the betterment of the countries and the world at large.