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Mak Stems TB Drug Resistance Trend through Quality Research

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The Department of Medical Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University College of Health Sciences in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has secured US $10 million from the World Bank to establish Centre of Excellence Laboratories in Mbale, Gulu, Mbarara and Arua.

The Department of Medical Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University College of Health Sciences in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has secured US $10 million from the World Bank to establish Centre of Excellence Laboratories in Mbale, Gulu, Mbarara and Arua.

A state-of-the-art laboratory has already been built in Mulago under this project to carryout rapid drug resistance detection, and hence detection that used to take 3 to 6 months can now take one day.

This initiative came in place after research revealed that in Uganda about 500 new cases of multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis occur every year, 50% of which are co-infected with HIV. The World Health Organization also estimates that by 2015 there will be 2 million cases of multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis globally.

Associate Professor Moses Joloba, Head, Medical Microbiology Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University Earlier on, Makerere University College of Health Sciences worked with the Welcome Trust, a UK Charity organization to pioneer the treatment of Drug Resistant TB. Consequently, 20 people were treated and cured and the project was handed over to the National TB Programme.

So far the Medical Microbiology Department and the Ministry of Health have also secured funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) –CDC (PEPFAR) and have renovated and upgraded the National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL) to a world class laboratory. As a result the NTRL has been recognized as a Supra-National Reference laboratory receiving samples from other countries as well as conducting training for them.

In addition, a specimen referral system has been established where samples of difficult cases are referred to the NTRL from upcountry. A quality assurance system has also been established for all TB laboratories in the country. A Kampala survey was also conducted as well as a national survey which showed the level of drug resistance in the country which helps in guiding control measures.

Another important breakthrough is that the Department of Medical Microbiology working with SIDA SAREC found that 70% of TB in Uganda is caused by one type of organism which the research team named Uganda Genotype. “This is a very important achievement for us because it might give clues on the control of TB in Uganda”, said Associate Professor Moses Joloba, Head of the Medical Microbiology Department and also a member of the research team.

Under the Aeras Global TB Vaccination Foundation, the European and Developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), The Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), and the College of Health Sciences through the Department of Microbiology have started work to evaluate various TB vaccines “we have a big population in Iganga and Kampala which we are studying” added Professor Joloba.

The College of Health Sciences is working hard together with its global partners so as to contribute to the national and regional efforts aimed at stemming this trend.

 

Article by Toko Paul, Intern, Public Relations Office, Makerere University

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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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