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METS Programme gets official nod to Conduct Business

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The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) programme has been officially launched by the Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye at the Serena Kampala Hotel.

In his speech, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye remarked that the Vision2040 emphasises the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation to provide relevant information for focusing programmes and plans. He noted that the contribution of the METS to HIV M & E data will in turn contribute to channelling funds. “The mandate of METS is in line with the vision of the NRM and provides support to enabling government achieve its health sector objectives. One of the challenges now is to accurately know how many people are on ART; some may be registered at different service centres while others come for testing and do not initiate treatment”, he emphasised.

He was happy to note that as part of the work package, the METS will introduce a biometric system that will help address this challenge since now people will be easy to identify and track, irrespective of where they are receiving treatment from. He said the system will also be helpful in monitoring commodities in stores to know early the status of the stocks.

In a special way, Dr. Tumwesigye thanked the District Health Officer for their part in supporting the management of epidemics in the country, adding that many times they are working in settings of limited resources.  On a happy note, he reported that the Ministry of Health has secured substantial funding for testing people in West Nile, Lango, Acholi and Karamoja regions for Hepatitis. He said more funding is expected that will enable the Ministry extend the efforts to Teso region. He further said support for HIV programming will be leveraged to respond to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

He posed questions related to how data is used at district level, wondering whether it is used for decision-making or shared with district councillors for policy making.

He also applauded the College of Health Sciences for the new academic programmes on board including cytotechnology, emergency medicine and biomedical engineering, among others. He requested that many more be started in oncology, nuclear physics, oncology nursing and critical care.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda Country Director, Dr. Steven Wiersma said that the key outcome expected out of this initiative is to ensure use of one comprehensive national functional M & E system in Uganda. He pointed out that coverage of HIV programmes has increased over the years; lack of quality national data and limited use hinders achievement of the 90 90 90 goal.

He further noted that all the work METS is doing will lead to identification of challenges and areas that need to be addressed.

In his remarks, the Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences Associate Professor Charles Ibingira appreciated CDC for the support it has provided to different research initiatives in the College. He added that the mainstay of research at the College is based on funds from US agencies; the government and others. He thanked the School of Public Health for being at the forefront in building critical capacities in health-related fields, adding that key programmes have been brought on board and they are addressing critical gaps in healthcare service delivery.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) programme is a follow-on initiative to the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) project; a five year CDC-supported collaborative undertaking between Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and implemented in collaboration with MoH.

In a keynote address, Professor William Bazeyo, the Dean of the School of Public Health and Principal Investigator METS programme, reported that the META project registered numerous achievements in the areas of building capacity of over 3000 health workers in M&E, quality improvement, data management and use; evaluated HIV/AIDS programmes, supporting health facility staff with training, mentorship and coaching.

He however noted that that despite these achievements, there are several recurring gaps in M & E of HIV programmes requiring more focused and comprehensive efforts to address them.  “There is still parallel and uncoordinated HIV M&E and reporting systems at various levels; insufficient human resource capacity in M&E data management; limited availability and use of strategic information for HIV/AIDS programs; inadequate infrastructure and resources for HIV M&E data gathering and management and sub-optimal quality of HIV and AIDS programs and their respective data”, he emphasised.

He said the programme intends to achieve reinforced national, district and health facility capabilities in M&E and QI for HIV/AIDS programs (M&E); enhanced district-led HIV/AIDS programming and planning: district HIV/AIDS Strategic Plans and annual Work Plans (District-Led Programming); improved understanding of HIV disease burden, incidence, loss to follow-up, linkages and referral services along the continuum of care (Case-Based Population Surveillance) and a well-functioning strategic information system for increased evidence-based decision making in support of an AIDS-Free Generation (Health Management Information Systems).

The five-year programme will be implemented in 48 districts of Uganda and is funded to the tune of USD 35,687,275 for the period 2015 – 2020.

Article by OHCEA Communication Team

 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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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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