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Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences (Uganda) in conjunction with Boston University School of Medicine, and Rutgers University- New Jersey Medical School (USA) received a grant from the U.S. NIH - Fogarty International Center to train Ugandans in Basic and Translational Research on Tuberculosis and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases. It is aimed at building a critical mass of basic scientists in Uganda that will be able to foster and create new frontiers of research in TB or other emerging infectious diseases in host-pathogen interactions with a scientific focus in immunology, Read More

Invitation for Online Public PhD Defence

The Dean’s office - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Antwerp Belgium invites you to an online PhD doctoral defence which will take place onWednesday 1 July 2020 at 13:00 Belgian Time(14:00 Kampala Time) via Blackboard Collaborate Exploring the health and wellbeing of adolescents living with HIV as they grow into adulthood:Unique challenges in a low resource settingCandidate : Sabrina Bakeera KitakaPromoter: Prof. Robert  Read More

Strengthening Behavioural Social Science Research capacity in HIV care and prevention in Uganda

The BSSR project was designed to strengthen social behavioural science research capacity to address evolving challenges in HIV care and prevention in Uganda. The project adopted the HIV care continuum framework. The framework models HIV care as consisting of five main stages: HIV testing and diagnosis, linkage to care, engagement/retention in care, ART initiation and adherence, and viral suppression. Engagement in all stages of HIV care is vital to the health of PLHIV. While the continuum of care framework suggests a linear and unidirectional flow through the various stages, in reality Read More

Dr. Kwizera, an anesthetist facing COVID-19 head-on in Uganda

KAMPALA – Frequent trips to intensive care units (ICU), sleepless nights, and resuscitating patients back to life is a frequent routine in Dr. Arthur Kwizera’s work life. He is a senior anesthesiologist in Mulago Hospital’s ICU and Ph.D. fellow under THRiVE (Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence). With COVID-19 forcefully grabbing the globe and changing life patterns, his work portfolio has expanded. He is now using his expertise to nip the pandemic in the bud.At the start of 2020, just as the pandemic was gaining domestic fame, Dr. Kwizera was in the UK Read More

Utilizing E-Learning to enhance Health Professions Education: HEPI Webinar

Join us for the Webinar on Utilizing E-Learning to Enhance Health Professions Education.Join Zoom Meeting ID: 817 2876 6024Password: 468557Agenda.Case Study: Experiences and Lessons Learnt from implementing Online HPE Amidst COVID 19. (10 minutes) - Dr Roy Mayega, Deputy Chief of Party, Resilient Africa Network (RAN), Lecturer Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatics, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.Regional Overview of online HPE learning Amidst and Post COVID 19 Read More

Grand Round - COVID-19: Clinical & Diagnostic Experiences and Preparedness for The Next Phase in Uganda

The Department of Medicine Invites to a Grand Round on COVID-19: Clinical & Diagnostic Experiences and Preparedness for The Next Phase in Uganda AgendaWelcome Remarks: Prof. Damalie NakanjakoClinical Presentation of COVID-19 Patients: Dr. Bruce KirengaDiagnostics for COVID-19: Prof. Moses JolobaPreparedness for next phase of COVID-19: Prof. Rhoda WanyenzeQ&A Session: Prof. Pauline Byakika-KCOVID-19 Research agenda, funding & closing: Prof. Charles IbingiraChairperson: Dr. Misachi WanyengeraSHO Coordinator: Dr. Lillian Tugume Venue: DLTYou can also join via Zoomhttps Read More

Funding bold African innovations addressing health and development challenges

Nairobi, Kenya, 22 May 2020 - The African Academy of Sciences’ has today announced its second Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) ‘Transition to Scale’ call with a commitment of more than US$ 4 million to accelerate innovations with the highest potential for impact and sustainable scalability needed to achieve SDGs.“We are fully committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through rapidly scaling up and harnessing bold scientific innovations that show potential to provide sustainable solutions to complex health and developmental challenges faced Read More

Invitation to the 5th Episode of the RAN Innovation Fireplace Tuesday 9th June, 2020

The RAN Innovation Fireplace is back again!! This June starts off with the promise of great things! On Tuesday 9th June, 2020 we kickoff with the fifth episode of the fireplace, which will be guided by the theme ‘Pivot to the Future’. It has been said that ‘constrain is the mother of innovation and invention’ but how can businesses harness disruption and use it to grow, innovate and remain relevant in the future. We host Shakib Nsubuga, Operations Innovation Manager at Safe Boda, one of Uganda’s most celebrated and Read More

Press Release: Lung Health-Reaching the most vulnerable to eradicate tuberculosis

A consortium of international, regional and national health research and policy organisations working in Africa and the UK have today announced collaborative work on a new DFID-funded Research Programme to improve equitable access to tuberculosis (TB) services to reduce its spread. The work will also support the introduction and scale-up of new TB diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine as they develop to meet global targets to eradicate TB.TB has infected about a quarter of the world’s population and in 2018 is estimated to have caused 10 million people to fall ill, killing 1.4 million. Read More

COVID-19 evidence team established at the Africa Centre MakCHS

The Africa Centre MakCHS has established the COVID-19 Pandemic Rapid Evidence Synthesis Group (COVPRES). This is a group of multidisciplinary scientists in East Africa who have come together in a synergy to identify and synthesize credible evidence around the SARS-Cov 2 virus and COVID-19 pandemic, relevant to low and middle-income countries. COVPRES reflects a social and biomedical view of health in its totality. Thus, the team is multidisciplinary and includes Sociologists, Psychologists, Public Health Specialists, Virologists, Immunologists, Pharmacologists, Laboratory Scientists, Read More