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My student experience as a Biomedical Engineering Volunteer in Rwanda

Imagine leaving your home country and going to volunteer in a different country and hopefully you expect all to be ideal as it is back home. Working in a foreign country with a high level of language barrier, some cultural differences, and a reasonable politically different environment, was all new to me but worth an experience to have. All these couldnÔÇÖt stop anyone determined to save lives through saving medical equipment in hospitals of the Republic of Rwanda. Even the little work that could range from placing an equipment in the right place to repairing them and providing consultative Read More

Fogarty program develops bioethics expertise in Uganda

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic took hold in Africa in the 1990s, researchers studying ways to treat and prevent the disease struggled with the ethical questions involved. Was it appropriate to use placebos in trials of drugs that were already proven effective in high-income countries? How could they ensure research subjects were not unduly influenced into participation when the alternative in many cases was no treatment at all? How could investigators clearly communicate the potential risks to populations with little education and low literacy?After consultations with the research community, Read More


The day kick started with a key note speech by Dr. Okello Emmy a Consultant Physician cardiologist on Updates on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) specifically looking at cardiovascular diseases and cancers. He highlighted the current issues in NCDs that need further research which included the area of biomedical sciences, epidemiology, clinical trials and implementation science. He acknowledged the contribution of MEPI-CVD project that has strengthened research capacity in cardiovascular disease which has laid a foundation for future research. He also mentioned research being the first step Read More


The chairperson organizing committee welcomed participants to the conference and introduced the conference theme as well as thanking the funders. Dr. Abel Rwendeire made a presentation on behalf of the Chairman Uganda national Planning Authority Prof. Kisamba Mugerwa. His topic of discussion was National Planning and sustainable development goals for health. He highlighted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development that is based on 5Ps. Its focus is to Ensure that No One is Left Behind as far as sustainable development is concerned. He also highlighted the aspirations of Ugandans in their Read More

Congratulations! Two College of Health Sciences staff among 8 winners of $ 280,000 RIC4CONF Grant at ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)

Warm Greetings from Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) We take this opportunity to heartily congratulate 2 of the College of Health Sciences staff upon winning the RAN RIC4CONF Grant Award Read More

JASH 2016 Abstract Book Download

Please find attached the full Abstract Book for the JASH 2016 Conference. The conference is taking place at the Kabira Country Club. Kindly plan to be part of this exciting College event and download the abstract book below

Program for the 2016 JASH Conference

Please find attached the program for the JASH 2016 Conference. The conference will commence at exactly 8:00am at the Kabira Country Club. Kindly plan to be part of this exciting College event. Further conference details are at

Day of the Lung Science | Management of childhood asthma: from Phenotypes to Endotypes

Childhood asthma is a complex and heterogeneous disease. However, current treatment guidelines assume that it is a homogenous disease entity and advise universal treatment steps with similar medication for all children with asthma. Using this approach, about 10% of children with asthma do not respond to treatment (labelled ÔÇÿnon-respondersÔÇÖ), have severe symptoms and this increases their risk of dying from asthma. Endotypes describe specific pathogenic mechanisms in the development of asthma and how they are linked to clinical presentation. This presentation will focus on endotype- Read More

MakCHS and COVAB Partner with the University of Minnesota

On July 13, 2016 the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center and Makerere University's College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biodiversity (COVAB) signed a master agreement of institutional and program affiliation for cooperation and exchange of students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. Partners anticipate an era of increased collaboration between the two institutions. Learn more about the partnership at

PhD Defence | Improving stroke prevention and outcomes in Uganda: a population survey and hospital based study

This is to kindly request you to save the date for Dr. Jane Nakibuuka's PhD defence which is scheduled for Wednesday 14th September 2016. See details below: Topic: Improving stroke prevention and outcomes in Uganda: a population survey and hospital based study Venue: Davies Lecture Theatre Supervisors: 1. Prof. Elly Katabira, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University 2. Prof. Anthony J Furlan, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 3. Dr. Edward Ddumba Department of Medicine, St Raphael of St Francis Read More