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ÔÇÿIt is Good to be Intelligent but Hard work is the Thing!ÔÇÖ

Hard work, ingenuity, professionalism and passion are what a University medical student needs to become a useful professional later in life. This phrase or others to its effect, is what new students at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) have been hearing since they reported late August 2011. ÔÇ£Congratulations for making it to the College of Health Sciences; being intelligent is an asset, hard work is a must. There are no short cuts to hard work; we have seen many students fail after joining us with excellent grades. Hard work is the answerÔÇØ, the Principal Read More

Trial Results Challenge the use of Fluid Resuscitation as Emergency Treatment for African Children with Shock from Severe Infections

The surprise findings of a landmark clinical trial show that a long-standing treatment, called Fluid Resuscitation, does not confer the expected benefits when given to African children suffering from severe infections including malaria and septicemia (bloodstream infection). The study was conducted by scientists from institutions in UK and Africa. The scientists are urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to change the pediatric emergency guidelines for Africa and other regions where there is limited access to intensive care units. They also say that further research is needed Read More

MESAU Consortium Defines the Minimum Competencies for Medical Education in Uganda

The goal of health professional education including medical education is to improve population health. It is vital that our medical graduates have the required competencies to deal with the health needs of communities in Uganda and beyond. It is good practices that competencies should be considered in planning medical curricula, as well as studentsÔÇÖ instruction and assessment. Aligning the education goals, instruction and outcomes is important step towards producing medical graduates who can meet the population needs, empower communities and enhance human wellbeing.┬á The MESAU Read More

NEW POST AT THE PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT, DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE MAKERERE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES: RESEARCH FELLOW

The Makerere Palliative Care Unit (MPCU) is an academic unit within the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences that was started in 2008. The aim of the unit is to operate a centre of excellence which improves access to quality evidence-based care for patients and families in need. This is done by delivering an integrated clinical service within the context of a national referral hospital site in Uganda, carrying out research, training and capacity building in collaboration with partners and developing leaders in Palliative care. Read More

MakCHS Becomes a Member of the Prestigious US-based Association of Academic Health Centres International

The College of Health Sciences has been officially accorded membership of the Association of Academic Health Centres International (AAHCI). This means that the College will begin participating in international fora convened by the association. This news was communicated to the College Principal Professor Nelson Sewankambo, by association President and Chief Executive Officer, Steven A. Wartman, in Washington, DC. ÔÇ£On behalf of the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), I am delighted to officially welcome Makerere University College of Health Sciences Read More

MakCHS and Duke University agree to have Stronger Bond by Exploring more areas of Collaboration

Makerere University College of Health Sciences and the Duke University, USA, have held discussions geared at strengthening the collaboration between the two institutions. Areas that were identified for further collaboration included Rehabilitation medicine, critical care nursing, mental health, cancer diagnosis (especially prostate and breast cancer), among others.   A Duke University delegation, led by the President, Mr. Richard Halleck Brodhead, was recently in Uganda to explore ways of strengthening and expanding the collaboration. Currently, under the collaboration, Read More

Scholarship for East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

 The East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) is an annual course offered at Makerere University and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMC). The course is offered under a collaboration between Makerere University Kampala (Mak), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) UK, University of Washington (UW) USA, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) USA, and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMC) Moshi, Tanzania.The course brings together international (US and UK) and African (Ugandan and Tanzanian) medical doctors into one classroom to study Read More

The College of Health Sciences Sets its Research Priorities

The College of Health Sciences, Friday 1st July 2011 held its Research Agenda setting meeting to identify and agree on its research priorities. The meeting was attended by staff and faculty from the different Schools in the College. ÔÇ£Outcome exceeded expectation in view of divergence of the field.┬á We managed to come to a common agreement which was inclusive-no one felt left out, one of the participants said.ÔÇØ ┬á The Principal College of Health Sciences, Professor Nelson Sewankambo emphasized that this was important as complaints have always been raised about Read More

Rockefeller Foundation Vice President Ms. Heather Grady Hails College of Health Sciences for Optimal use of grants

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. ÔÇ£Seed money can have great impacts if used well.┬á Makerere University has been a leader in many areas, and community training of students is a rewarding element and addition to education in healthÔÇØ, she said. The Principal College of Read More

Why is there a Wide Gap Between What we Know and What we Do?

This is one of the issues addressed by one of the papers in a PLoS Medicine series on maternal, neonatal and child health in Africa. Authored by among others, MakCHS Principal, Professor Nelson Sewankambo, the article has now become part of the WHO/PLoS Special Collection, ÔÇ£No Health Without ResearchÔÇØ.  Other authors are James Whitworth and Valerie A. Snewin of the Wellcome Trust, UK. Using research evidence for better health policy and planning is a major key area of focus, globally. The WHO is therefore focusing its World Health Report (WHR) 2012 on the theme of research Read More

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