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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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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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