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The Uganda Cancer Institute to Get a StateÔÇÉofÔÇÉtheÔÇÉart Research and Training Facility

The Uganda Cancer Institute yesterday marked a groundbreaking ceremony to start the construction of a threeÔÇÉstorey Uganda Cancer Institute/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre Clinic and Training Institute. The building will house adult and paediatric exam rooms as well as infectious disease, cancer histopathology and molecular diagnostics laboratories. The groundbreaking ceremony was performed by the Vice President His excellence, Edward Ssekandi who represented the President. In the speech read by Hon. Ssekandi, President Yoweri Museveni noted that death rates due to cancer are Read More

WHO Country Representative Visits the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa

The WHO Country Representative/Uganda, Dr. Joaquim Saweka visited the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) offices to familiarise himself with the Centre before its official launch on November 1st. He congratulated Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health (MakSPH) for winning the highly competitive bid to host the African Centre.Ôö¼├í He urged the Centre staff to start show casing results, create awareness about the Centre and ensure that the Centre benefits all the African countries. The WR pledged WHO├ö├ç├ûs commitment to supporting the Centre Read More

7th Annual Scientific Conference (All for health - One Health) | Day 3 Bulletin

Below are the highlights of day 3 at the 7th Annual Scientific Conference of the MakCHS. Download the attachment.

Makerere Reopens - New 2011/2012 Semester Dates

Aware of the fact that students had missed lectures, the University Council resolved that the University Senate discusses the issue pertaining to the academic calendar and the duration of the semester (in lieu of the time lost). The Senate advised Council accordingly. The Makerere University Senate held an emergency meeting on Wednesday 28th September 2011 and approved the Makerere University 2011/2012 Semester Dates as per the attachment.

Hundreds gather for the conference | Day 1 Bulletin

Hundreds of professionals from Uganda and other parts of the world have converged in Kampala for the 7th Annual Scientific Conference of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS). The event also doubles as the 19th Annual Science Conference of the Uganda National Association for Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH) as well as the WHO 10th Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture. It is being held during the Science Week, an initiative of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST). The three day conferenceÔÇÖs main theme is ÔÇ£All for Read More

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 students├ö├ç├û 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.Ôö¼├í The Read More


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