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Infectious Diseases Institute Starts Construction of 6 Million Dollar State- of- the- Art Learning Centre

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University College of Health Sciences on April 18th 2012 performed a ground breaking ceremony marking the first phase of the construction of a $ 6M Learning Centre that will provide up to date teaching and content methodologies to students from all over Africa and around the world.The centre will use face-to-face as well as distance learning methodologies. The first phase of construction will cost $ 3.5M. The building will stand next to the Department of Pharmacy Makerere University Main Campus. The building is being funded by Makerere Read More

Establish Protected Time for Mentorship at Makerere University College of Health Sciences

While mentorship is a core element of medical education, its proper implementation at Makerere University College of Health Sciences is challenged and hampered by high clinical, research and teaching demands. Presenting results of a study on the ÔÇÿStatus of Mentorship at Makerere University College of Health SciencesÔÇÖ, Dr. Damalie Nakanjako pointed out that mentees interviewed for the study noted that the lack of time by mentors was one of the key challenges, while the mentors also noted the low critical mass of mentors as a key challenge. Dr. Nakanjako presented the results at a Read More

Environmental Health Students Tackle Environmental Pollution as a Key Causal Factor in Climate Change

  The Makerere University Environmental Health Students Association (MUEHSA) held their Annual Scientific Conference 12th-13th April 2012 on the theme, ÔÇÿEnvironmental Pollution: A Key Factor to Climate Change and its Impact on HealthÔÇÖ. Opening the conference, the Dean School of Public Health, Associate Professor William Bazeyo pointed out that twenty years ago, although people were talking about issues like pollution, there was no recognition for environmental health and it was not an area of study in the School of Public Health. ÔÇ£Medics think they can do Read More


The Deputy Chairman, Rubirizi District, Mr. John Mubangizi has called on universities with health training programs to intensify community student placement strategies as one of the most cost-effective ways of dealing with health promotion and education. Mr. Mubangizi was speaking to a delegation from Medical Education for Equitable Services for All Ugandans (MESAU) Consortium, together with a delegation from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Coordinating Centre and the US National Institutes of Health. The three delegations were on a site visit mission to get a feel of Read More


For Makerere University College of Health Sciences to generate a new crop of leaders, the concept and practice of mentorship has to be institutionalised with the necessary facilities and structures in place. While opening a one day mentorship workshop for staff and students of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the Deputy Principal Professor Celestino Obua noted that mentorship should not only be seen as necessary for students, but should be extended to junior faculty as well.He said when senior staff fail to mentor the junior faculty, the basis for generating the next generation Read More

Improving Documentation and Information Flow in the Health Sector will Help Project its Performance and Achievements

The Commissioner for Nursing in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Enid Tumwebaze has called upon health workers to improve their documentation and information flow practices as one of the ways to improve health service delivery in Uganda. Mrs. Tumwebaze was recently presiding over the graduation ceremony of 66 health workers who have been pursuing a Certificate Course in Health Service Management at the School of Public Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. This was the sixth intake since the course was designed. ÔÇ£Right now the Ministry of Health is not scoring high, Read More

Mentorship Grows an Individual from a Novice to expert ÔÇô Professor Sam Luboga

A Senior faculty at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Professor Sam Luboga has cautioned mentors against making their mentees do the mentors will, but instead work at providing an environment that enables mentees do what they want to do. Speaking at a one day mentorship workshop for faculty and students of Makerere University College of Health sciences, Professor Luboga, said that the mentorÔÇÖs role is an enabling one where he/she provides guidance on personal matters, challenges the mentee to be curious and identify opportunities, points out to the mentee their weaknesses Read More

Honoring Africa's Health Workers on World AIDS Day

In todayÔÇÖs Huffington Post article by Dr. Elly Katabira and Dr. Warner Greene, they note that, "Today, President Obama and former President George W. Bush are commemorating this World AIDS Day in an address to George Washington University students, calling for the 'beginning of the end of AIDS.' This is a welcome reaffirmation of U.S. leadership in accelerating global efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The impact of this commitment will be felt from Washington D.C. -- where infection rates rival that of many African countries -- to Kampala, Uganda." ÔÇ£Less Read More


24-year old Charles Batte, Makerere University College of Health Sciences 4th year medical student did his country and university proud when he emerged winner of the stiffly-competed for ÔÇÿYour Big Year Competition 2012ÔÇÖ, beating 60,000 competitors.   MakCHS Communications Officer Ms. Milly Nattimba talked to Charles about the award and the social entrepreneurial work he does. Below are excerpts of the interview Charles, at your age, you have achieved many things that even people twice your age can only dream about. What inspires you to do the kind of things Read More