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Depression is the 4th leading cause of burden of disease in women

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The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) – DVC AA has established a programme for nurturing the next generation of academics. Under this programme, recent Graduates of PhD studies will be availed the opportunity to make public, findings from their doctoral research.

The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) – DVC AA has established a programme for nurturing the next generation of academics. Under this programme, recent Graduates of PhD studies will be availed the opportunity to make public, findings from their doctoral research.

Apart from knowledge sharing, the seminars seek to enhance networking among intellectuals both within and outside Makerere University. Furthermore, it is believed that research findings provide a rich ground for policy reviews and enhancement of national development goals.

The PhD Seminar Series Programme was launched on 2nd September, 2010 with Dr. Euzobia Baine, who made a presentation on "Gender and Teaching Education in Uganda: Responses to Contemporary Changes". The second series was held on 27th October 2010 and featured Dr. Joshua Tugumisirize, who presented his findings on “Depression, Women and Culture: A comparative study of depression among Malawian and Ugandan women”.

In her remarks The Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza emphasized on the need for Makerere University to nurture public intellectuals. “As Faculty of the premier University; the academia of Makerere have a duty to take the lead and in fact enrich public debate on issues of National Import.” “Indeed I opine that the academia have a duty to play as leading public intellectuals while at the same time maintaining rigorous commitment to traditional scholarship,” added Prof. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza.

Dr. Joshua Tugumisirize delivers his presentationDr. Joshua Tugumisirize the series’ presenter noted that although depression is a common and disabling disorder, it is poorly understood and is often unrecognised and untreated. “The extent to which cultural factors influence the nature, the experience, the extent, recognition and treatment of depression remain to be resolved,” he noted.

He further observed that although the rate of depression in women varies widely between countries and ethnic groups, women were more vulnerable to a wide range of adverse conditions and situation such as: poor relationship with significant others, poor relationship with mother, mother-in-law and inadequate material and emotional support.

Results from the comparative study showed that although the depressive symptoms were more common among the Malawian (Mzuzu) women than their Ugandan (Wakiso) counterparts, the prevalence of depression was by over 10% higher in Uganda than Malawi. The main factors associated with depressive illness were coercive sex, debt burden and marital conflict for women in Mzuzu, and domineering spouses for women in Wakiso.

It was also observed that whereas there was no difference in the level of instability of marriage in Wakiso and women in Mulanje (Malawi), the women in Uganda have more severe depressive illness. This was likely to be associated to the fact that the Mulanje women have more access to social/peer support.
In conclusion, Dr. Tugumisirize observed that there are wide variations in the rates of depression among Malawian and Ugandan women. However, the role of culture in contributing to depression in both countries remains unclear. Nonetheless, psychosocial factors which may have cultural basis are more significantly associated with depression.

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Dr Joshua Tugumisirize,
Formerly at Department of Psychiatry, Makerere College of Health Science
Email: jtugumisirize@yahoo.com
Phone: +256-772-929741

 

 

 

 

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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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