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FST students receive Presidential nod of approval



Body Mass Index (BMI), is a number calculated by taking a person’s weight in kilograms against their height in square meters (kg/m2). It is an inexpensive and easy to perform method of screening for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Body Mass Index (BMI), is a number calculated by taking a person’s weight in kilograms against their height in square meters (kg/m2). It is an inexpensive and easy to perform method of screening for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

BMI is interpreted following standard weight status categories that are the same for all ages and for both men and women as in the illustration below,

BMI                  Weight status

Below 18.5        Underweight

18.5-24.9           Healthy weight

25.0-29.9           Over weight

30.0 and above   Obese

The BMI ranges show the relationship between body weight, disease and death. Over weight and obese individuals are at increased risk of many diseases and health conditions including; hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, some cancers like endometrial, colon and breast cancers.

President Museveni tours BMI student's standThe recently concluded Department of Food Science and Technology’s 20th anniversary saw the President visit students’ exhibitions where one group explained to him what BMI is and how it is used to assess body fat and risk of disease. When asked if they could take his measurements, he instead smiled and told them what his height and weight measurements were and asked where he could find the group, upon which one member offered their business card. The President continued to listen to explanations about healthy eating and the foods available on our local market before moving on to the next stall.

It therefore came as a pleasant surprise when on Sunday 3rd October 2009, one of the students received a call from the President, asking if he could use their consultation services at 5.00pm that day, an appointment the students were only to happy to fix.

At 5:00pm on the dot, the students were at the State House Entebbe gate, ensuring punctuality for this all too important appointment. They waited in the lounge and later met the President in his gym, where the consultation went on. The President freely interacted with the students, which encouraged them to talk with ease about the various food groups and physical activity. After the consultation, the President extended an invitation to the students to join in as he did his routine exercise, an invitation they had to forfeit as they hadn’t anticipated to join the president as he worked out.

Then the big question, “Where do you see you business in the next few years?” the President asked. The students proceed to give him their plans whereupon he advised them on expanding their business to become more accessible to more Ugandans.
What came out clearly during their discussions was the President’s commitment to support all the students who had exhibited their products during 20th anniversary of the Department Food Science and Technology.

Pres. Museveni receives tips on healthy dieting


It was quite an experience for this team of students, where the President advised them about doing business i.e. he became their business advisor and they his nutrition advisors. The students under their company Nutrisat Uganda were glad to include His Excellency among their valued clients, as he actually paid them handsomely for their consultation services.


More information

  • The Nutrisat website is under construction and it will be launched by the end of this year.
  • Nutrisat Uganda Ltd has done work with Barclays bank branches in Kampala and crowned it with the successful health awareness week in July 2008 at Barclays bank Kampala Road.
  • Nutrisat Uganda Ltd hopes to extend its services to other corporate organizations in its corporate wellness programs as part of promoting good health through adequate nutrition and physical activity.
  • Nutrisat Uganda Ltd has a vision of fighting disease through embracing health. The team at Nutrisat Uganda Ltd believes that every one in the population can make healthy and informed choices in nutrition.

Team Contacts
Nutrisat Uganda Ltd
Kitante, Kampala
Tel: +256-313-112763
Mob: +256-772-488330
Email: or
The Nutrisat Uganda Ltd. team consists of two nutritionists and one administrator.


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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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