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Makerere University College of Health Sciences Wins Grand Challenges Canada Point-of Care Grant

A tool that will guide the rational placement of medical diagnostic devices is soon to be developed for East African countries. The computer-based tool will be developed by Makerere University researchers who have just won a Grand Challenges Canada grant of USD 500,000 to develop the tool and pilot it in the region. Announcing the exciting news, the Makerere University researcher on this grant, Dr. Achilles Katamba said that the purpose of the project is not to develop devices, but gather data that will result into the design of a GIS tool, that will guide decision making regarding Read More

58 Graduate from the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Diploma

Fifty eight (58) local and international students have graduated from the East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. This is the first substantive intake of the diploma program that run its pilot course last year. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Associate Professor Charles Ibingira said that this course was co-hosted by the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMC), based in Moshi Tanzania. Students spent the first six weeks at KCMC and the last six weeks at Makerere University College of Health sciences (MakCHS). Read More


Background The Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH)/Institute of Tropical Medicine ÔÇô Antwerp (ITM-A) Institutional Collaboration has received a grant from the Belgian Government under the 3rd Framework Agreement with the ITM-A, to implement a multi-year project aimed at capacity building for strengthening of the district health system in Uganda. The partners are introducing a Training Programme leading to the award of a Fellowship in Health Systems Management. The project is jointly implemented by the Makerere University School of Public Health, the Ministry of Read More

Laboratory Capacity Innovations at Makerere University College of Health Sciences Infectious Diseases Institute

Innovations and investment in laboratory technology by Makerere University College of Health Sciences have improved diagnosis and follow up of patients, especially HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda. According to the Head of Laboratory Services Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Core Lab (Infectious Diseases Institute, Dr. Ali Elbireer, in Uganda currently the Infectious Diseases Institute at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences has the best laboratory technology in the country. One of the key outcomes of innovations the College has been involved in is the Read More

Cryptococcal Meningitis: A Deadly but Neglected Infection

-MakCHS Research Contributing to Early Diagnosis and Public Awareness It is an infection that kills more people than Tuberculosis in Sub Saharan Africa; unfortunately it does not receive as much attention in terms of management and funding. Addressing the media at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Boardroom yesterday December 13th 2011, Dr. David Meya of Makerere University College of Health Sciences Infectious Diseases Institute said that one million cases develop every year and 670,000 of these will die every year. Dr. Meya said that HIV patients have Read More

Makerere University College of Health Sciences Reaches out to Policy Makers for Research Evidence Needs

The Makerere University College of Health Sciences has moved out of the classrooms and laboratories and has reached out to Policy makers providing them with much needed research evidence for policy decision making. Engaging policy makers for health policy has been one of the areas where academics have been invisible for a long term. Now, the College of Health Sciences has two innovations around this issue; one is a rapid response service to policy makers research evidence needs. According to Dr. Rhona Mijumbi, Project Officer, Rapid Response Service, policy makers at different Read More

Call for Proposals for Research Grants: Africa Initiative

Hello, We are proud to announce that on behalf of the Africa Initiative that the research grants competition is now accepting new proposals for funding of up to $15,000 CAD. We would like to invite applicants to submit proposals that are field-based and address substantive, policy-relevant challenges facing African policy makers at national, regional and global levels in one of more of the areas of conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration and the cross-cutting theme of climate change. Please circulate widely to your colleagues. The Africa Initiative Read More

Call for Applications: Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant 2012

The Africa Initiative exchange program is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Research Grant program for research to be conducted between April and September, 2012.  Please forward this widely on graduate student listservs. The application deadline is January 15, 2012. The AI Graduate Research Grant supports short-term academic placements for Africans and Canadians undertaking research on Africa. The program is building capacity by giving bright, highly-motivated students and scholars an opportunity to discover and impart new learning in a cross-cultural experience. Read More

Makerere University College of Health Sciences Hosts the 1st Evidence Based Health Care in Africa (EBHC) Symposium

Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) involves deliberate use of up-to-date research evidence in making decision about the treatment of patients or the general delivery of health services. WhileÔö¼├í Evidence based health care has been practiced in developed countries much longer, in Africa the approach to health service delivery is still a mystery to many and needs a lot of advocacy work to take root. November 24th 2011, over 80 practitioners, academics, lobbyists and other stakeholders convened at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala to take stock of what is being done and how best Read More

Makerere University College of Health Sciences Students Give Back to Society

They all boarded the bus armed with enthusiasm, zeal and excitement. But most importantly for their hosts, they were armed with an assortment of drugs and supplies. 17th November 2011, the residents of Kiziba, Masuliita in Wakiso district were the beneficiaries of free medical care, courtesy of students of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. The students, under their association, Makerere University Medical Students Association mobilised drugs and other resources from a variety of partners, including pharmaceutical companies, medical engineering companies, banks, civil society Read More