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Researchers Encourage Community to Use Herbal Medicine

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Most individuals have a negative perception about herbal medicine as regards its safety and effectiveness. However research has proven that the use of herbal medicine is actually reliable and effective. As such, many researchers, scientists and food nutritionists gathered together in the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) dissemination workshop on 23rd June 2011 at Makerere University, to address this negative perception about natural medicine. The participants shared their findings and reviews on nutri-medicinal plants among others.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha, Chairperson NAPRECA noted that the research network had been in existence for many years and herbal medicine is the key in health care delivery. “Although many people perceive herbal medicine as medicine for the poor and some Christians oppose using it saying that those who make it are witchdoctors, it is clear that with disease resistant microbial strains on the rise, there is need to go herbal.” She further made it clear that medicine got from nutri-medicinal and traditional plants is not poisonous as is the general perception. She however observed that it is only when the wrong (usually excess) dosage is administered that the medicine becomes poisonous.

Therefore with the steadily rising population limited to only a few, and often ill-equipped health facilities, natural products that cure diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia among others are effective for use. Uganda is steadily embracing natural products, and gone are the days when the country would depend on foreign help to carry out research on medicinal plants.

During the workshop, researchers presented their findings and reviews that were quite impressive. Alice Nabatanzi one of the researchers presented her work which was based on nutria-medicinal values of amaranthus species in Uganda which had dietary fibre, vitamins and lysine in their seeds. She named a lot of amaranthus species in Uganda that included dubius, lividus, hypochondriacus, and caudatus.

Nakibuuka Mary Magdaline, a student of Makerere University also presented her research on anti-oxidant content of nutria-medicinal African indigenous plants used in the management of HIV/AIDS opportunistic ailments in the communities of Central and Western Uganda. Among her findings were indigenous plants for example vernonia amygdalina that cures malaria, bidens pilosa which cures wounds and albizia coriarai that cures cough. These indigenous plants have been observed to reduce oxidative stress, an underlying factor which may contribute to aspects of the HIV disease such as viral replication.

Researchers however revealed that they often face a number of challenges such as; myths and stigma from people, problems when it comes to packaging due to lack of facilities for example some pack in polythene bags, and limited shelf life of some of their products. However, despite the challenges, the researchers have faith in their work and are even looking forward to attaining scholarships to help deepen their research knowledge. There will be another NAPRECA conference in Nairobi on 4th August, 2011, where the researchers hope to share their findings and gain more knowledge.


Article by Grace K. Magare, Intern, Public Relations Office, Makerere University

Most individuals have a negative perception about herbal medicine as regards its safety and effectiveness. However research has proven that the use of herbal medicine is actually reliable and effective. As such, many researchers, scientists and food nutritionists gathered together in the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) dissemination workshop on 23rd June 2011 at Makerere University, to address this negative perception about natural medicine. The participants shared their findings and reviews on nutri-medicinal plants among others.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha, Chairperson NAPRECA noted that the research network had been in existence for many years and herbal medicine is the key in health care delivery. “Although many people perceive herbal medicine as medicine for the poor and some Christians oppose using it saying that those who make it are witchdoctors, it is clear that with disease resistant microbial strains on the rise, there is need to go herbal.” She further made it clear that medicine got from nutri-medicinal and traditional plants is not poisonous as is the general perception. She however observed that it is only when the wrong (usually excess) dosage is administered that the medicine becomes poisonous.

Therefore with the steadily rising population limited to only a few, and often ill-equipped health facilities, natural products that cure diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia among others are effective for use. Uganda is steadily embracing natural products, and gone are the days when the country would depend on foreign help to carry out research on medicinal plants.

During the workshop, researchers presented their findings and reviews that were quite impressive. Alice Nabatanzi one of the researchers presented her work which was based on nutria-medicinal values of amaranthus species in Uganda which had dietary fibre, vitamins and lysine in their seeds. She named a lot of amaranthus species in Uganda that included dubius, lividus, hypochondriacus, and caudatus.

Nakibuuka Mary Magdaline, a student of Makerere University also presented her research on anti-oxidant content of nutria-medicinal African indigenous plants used in the management of HIV/AIDS opportunistic ailments in the communities of Central and Western Uganda. Among her findings were indigenous plants for example vernonia amygdalina that cures malaria, bidens pilosa which cures wounds and albizia coriarai that cures cough. These indigenous plants have been observed to reduce oxidative stress, an underlying factor which may contribute to aspects of the HIV disease such as viral replication.

Researchers however revealed that they often face a number of challenges such as; myths and stigma from people, problems when it comes to packaging due to lack of facilities for example some pack in polythene bags, and limited shelf life of some of their products. However, despite the challenges, the researchers have faith in their work and are even looking forward to attaining scholarships to help deepen their research knowledge. There will be another NAPRECA conference in Nairobi on 4th August, 2011, where the researchers hope to share their findings and gain more knowledge.


Article by Grace K. Magare, 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

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Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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