Makerere University hospital received a donation of medical equipment from the Makerere University Joint AIDS program (MJAP) on 30th July 2015. The Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who received the equipment on behalf of the University commended MJAP for contributing to better service delivery at the facility.
The equipment included a microscope and a Pima CD4 machine; a simple effective point of care to measure CD4 count. This machine will make it possible for patients to receive their CD4 results in les than 20 minutes as opposed to the intial days and weeks of waiting for the same.
“Uganda has some of the best trained doctors but absence of equipment is a major constrain. I take this opportunity to thank MJAP for the collaboration with Makerere University. A healthy nation is a wealthy one. We need to address health issues even at the institutional level so that these efforts eventually aggregate into improvement nationally,” he said. Prof. Nawangwe further applauded efforts at putting up a teaching hospital at Katalemwa through Public private Partnerships.
In highlighting the advantages of this CD4 machine, the lab technician Francis Kalule pointed out that it is user friendly and has an inbuilt battery saving system which enables it to work without hydro electric power. It has the ability to provide absolute CD4 count values in points as opposed to percentages, for example 500 cells per cubic meter.
According to Dr. Jennifer Namusobya, Director MJAP, “With the Pima CD4 machine, patients do not have to make a second trip to the hospital to collect their results, a costly and time consuming process.”
The Director, Makerere University Hospital, Dr. Margaret Wandera, observed that the donation of both machines will go a long way in supplementing services at the University hospital. She shared that Makerere University is open to similar partnership for equipment and other logistics.
By Marion Alina
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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