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

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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

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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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