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Cardiothoracic experts to help establish Mulago open heart surgery unit

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A team of five Egyptian experts from the University of Suez Canal, Egypt were recently in the country to discuss issues regarding collaboration in Cardiothoracic surgery with the College of Health Sciences , Makerere University.

A team of five Egyptian experts from the University of Suez Canal, Egypt were recently in the country to discuss issues regarding collaboration in Cardiothoracic surgery with the College of Health Sciences , Makerere University.

Prof. Baryamureeba(R) greets Dr. Mostafa Elgoahby(L) as Prof. M. El-Badawi(C) looks onThe team led by Prof M. El-Badawi and Dr. Ibingira Charles, Dean, School of Biomedical sciences paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba in his office on Friday 29th 2010, whereupon the team revealed that they had already visited Kenya and Ethiopia on a similar mission.

The team headed by Prof. M. Morsi Amin, a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery revealed that these visits were aimed at assessing the manpower and infrastructure in the respective countries, before deciding on which city they would chose to start with. He disclosed that so far, some Doctors had been picked from Ethiopia and Kenya and they were already undergoing training in Egypt. This he hoped would help brighten the future of cardiothoracic departments in Ethiopia and at Moi University Kenya, and hoped to extend the collaboration to Makerere in Uganda, but are expected to first hold talks with the Ministry of Health as well as Mulago Hospital.

In the case of Uganda, and College of Health Sciences/Mulago Referral Hospital in particular, the team proposed to the facilitate training of Staff interested in the field of open heart surgery, in two ways; Sending their teams of experts to conduct training in Kampala, as they participate in open heart surgery at the College/ Mulago Hospital and Training Ugandan teams in Egypt. In addition they promised to offer open heart surgery to some patients who are currently in need in Egypt.

The experts also proposed to facilitate the establishment functionality of an open heart surgery unit at Mulago Hospital. To achieve this, the team will assess the needs at the College/Mulago Hospital regarding teaching, research and equipment during their visit and see how they can intervene. All the collaboration will be preceded by Agreements with the concerned units.

Prof. Baryamureeba thanked the team for their kind gesture and revealed that their visit had coincided with the Government’s plans to forge relations with partners in the health field. With the establishment of an open heart surgery unit as the eventual goal, he pledged the commitment of Makerere University to further collaborations with the University of Suez Canal, which partnership would eventually benefit all Ugandans.

 

Standing(L-R) Eng. Mohamed Nasr, Dr. Ashraf Emarah, Dr. Mostafa Elgoahby, Dr. Ibingira Charles, Dean Sch. of Biomedical Sciences and Prof. M. El-Badawi. Sited. Prof. Morsi Amin(L) and Prof. V. Baryamureeba(R)

 

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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