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4th THRiVE AGM - 18th to 20th June, 2012 at icipe Duduville Campus, Nairobi, Kenya

The 4th THRiVE Annual General Meeting, will be held at icipeÔÇÖs Duduville headquarters in Nairobi 18-20 June 2012. The THRiVE consortium is funded by the Wellcome Trust, within the context of its African Institutions Initiative that begun in 2009. The consortium has its hub at the College of Health Sciences of Makerere University, and includes six other institutions in East Africa (two research and four academic) and two UK universities. More Details here :

Health systems Management Fellowship Program Launched at MakSPH

The School of Public Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences has launched a fellowship program in health systems management aimed at building and strengthening capacity, specifically competencies for senior managers working in health systems. The work-based fellowship will create opportunity for professional development as well as create a sense of professionalism. The fellowship program is implemented by Makerere University School of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) - Antwerp Belgium, Ministry of Health Uganda and the Uganda Public Health Read More

MakCHS Nursing Students Urged to get More Engaged in Research

Makerere University College of Health Sciences nursing students held their first ever research dissemination event recently. The event which is the first of its kind, was hailed by all speakers as an innovation that was long overdue. During the two day event students presented results of their research work and critiqued each other, fostering learning and strengthening skills. The theme of the dissemination workshop was ‘The Role of Nursing Research in Improvong Patient’s care Outcomes: Translating Research into Practice’. The workshop was held at the College in Read More

Seminar on publishing by health researchers in Africa

Dear All, The THRiVE Programme at the University of Cambridge (as well as other organisations such as the Public Library of Science- PLoS, RAND Europe, Biomed Central, etc.) will be taking part in a seminar in Cambridge on Friday 1st June, titled 'Getting in the access loop: Enabling more health researchers in Africa to publish effectively'. The seminar will take place from 4-6 pm (hence 6-8pm EAT), and will be broadcast live as a HIFA2015 webinar too, so that participants from all over the world can join us (irrespective of location or internet speed). You are all Read More

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