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Mak Launches Zoonotic Disease Management Capacity Building Project

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Makerere University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVC AA) has today officiated at the launch of a project that will see the Institution take lead in building capacity in Zoonotic Disease Management. The CAPAZOMANINTECO project will use an integrated ecosystem health approach to manage human diseases of animal origin such as Ebola in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Speaking at the launch, the DVC AA, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang appreciated the support given to Makerere University by the Norwegian Government.The CAPAZOMANINTECO project is one of the 9 projects funded by the Norwegian Program for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) at Makerere University.

NORHED aims at increasing higher education and capacity building in low and middle income countries to increase incomes and reduce poverty.

Spearheaded by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), CAPAZOMANINTECO is a collaborative effort of 4 universities: University of Zambia, University of Barl El Gazal (South Sudan), Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Makerere University, which is also the grant recipient.

L-R: DVCAA-Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang, Project Coordinator NMBU-Prof. Eystein Skjerve and Deputy Principal CoVAB-Dr. Jessica Nakavuma at the CAPAZOMANINTECO Project Launch, CoVABDr. Okello Ogwang saluted the country management team for the concerns in terms of public health raised by this project, which he said, “bring all of us together."

According to Dr. Clovice Kankya, the Project Coordinator Makerere University, the project will improve the health and wellbeing of people in the participating countries of Uganda, Zambia and South Sudan through strengthening education and research.

Dr. Jessica Nakavuma, Deputy Principal, CoVAB expressed gratitude to NORHED for availing what is needed to build capacity and stressed that Makerere was prepared to effectively manage the project.

"I am confident that Makerere University under the coordination of Dr. Clovice Kankya shall achieve the desired goals of this project", said Dr. Nakavuma.

Deputy Principal CoVAB-Dr. Jessica Nakavuma (L) and Dr. Clovice Kankya (R) at the CAPAZOMANINTECO Project Launch, Makerere UniversityDr. Kankya explained that the project will improve research capacity in zoonoses, food system and food safety issues within universities and public health sectors. He also noted that the timing for the launch could not have been better.

"The launch of this project is timely due to re-emerging threats like Ebola that the region is grappling with" he said. He further stated that in order to effectively manage such diseases, the project will employ the One Health approach of integrating different disciplines to promote health.

Professor Eystein Skjerve, the Project Coordinator, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) explained that Norway has had a long historical collaboration with Uganda and Zambia in zoonotic diseases since 2001.

"Uganda is the biggest partner of NORHED since its launch in 2012", noted Professor Skjerve. He said that of recent, Norway has been involved in developing the young state of South Sudan and that NMBU's main role in the CAPAZOMANINTECO project will be to complement research and teaching capacity in the 3 participating countries.

Director DRGT-Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza makes his contribution during the CAPAZOMANINTECO Project Launch, According to Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, Director Research and Graduate Training, the launch symbolized the nature and character of several other collaborations that Makerere is engaged in.

"Records show that Makerere and her partners have over the years propelled the research agenda together. We shall continue to consolidate and develop research through strengthening research capacity." Prof. Buyinza said.

Among the deliverables of this project is support to researchers at Masters and Doctoral level. 6 PhD students, 2 from each of the participating countries presented their research proposals during the launch. The beneficiaries are enrolled in the University of Zambia, Makerere University and Norwegian University of Life Sciences. “The students will each carry out research within their respective countries of origin, as is the requirement of the project” noted Dr. Kankya

Story by Jovia Musubika (CoVAB) and Prossy Nabatte

 

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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
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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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