The visiting Rockefeller Foundation Vice President, Ms. Heather Grady has hailed the College of Health Sciences for using well seed money to obtain maximum impact. Ms. Grady was visiting the College as part of a familiarization tour if Makerere University to get an idea of the activities and projects the Foundation funds at the University.
├ö├ç┬úSeed money can have great impacts if used well.Ôö¼├í Makerere University has been a leader in many areas, and community training of students is a rewarding element and addition to education in health├ö├ç├ÿ, she said.
The Principal College of Health Sciences Professor Nelson Sewankambo said the College has benefited from funding from Rockefeller Foundation for transforming of management of tertiary institutions and preparation of formerly the Medical School into a College of Health Sciences. ├ö├ç┬úWe got a little over USD 200,000 to do this work and the College of Health Sciences became the first constituent college of Makerere University.
According to Professor Sewankambo the Collegiate system has enabled communication between the different units across the college unlike in the past where medicine and public health were operating as two separate entities. Ôö¼├íÔö¼├íÔö¼├í
├ö├ç┬úUsing the Rockefeller Foundation funding of USD 200,000, the College decided to develop a new curricula making education student-centered as opposed to the old teacher-centered approach, so that students are in charge of their studying. Community Based Education and Services (COBES) was also introduced so that students get to know as well what happens in the community├ö├ç├ÿ, Professor Sewankambo added.
Professor Sewankambo reported that learning from the College approach, the University introduced compulsory internship across all courses in the Second year of student, where students seek placement with an organisation working in their area of interest.Ôö¼├í
The School of Public Health has been the major beneficially of funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. Speaking at the meeting, the Dean School of Public Health, Associate Professor William Bazeyo said one of the most successful projects funded by the Foundation is the Health Emergency Project (HEMP) which developed stand-alone curriculum that is still being used by partners even after the project ended. He added that all personnel that were trained in the region facilitated the development of disaster management plans for their governance units in the respective countries.
He appealed to the Foundation for more support especially in the area of e-learning which the School is focusing on for the Distance Learning courses.
Some of the areas mentioned that could be considered for funding by the Foundation were construction of an environmental referencing laboratory, training in leadership for health, university-wide e-learning mode, health systems and climate change. Ôö¼├íÔö¼├íÔö¼├í