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Over UGX150 million raised for International Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases

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On 12th December 2017, over UGX150 million was raised during the Mak Fundraising dinner organised by Makerere University College of Health Sciences together with St. Augustine International University to mobilise resources for the upcoming 1st International Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Symposium scheduled to take place from 12th to 15th February 2018 at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The Minister of State for International Affairs, Hon. Oryem Henry Okello officiated at the fundraising drive that engaged corporate and development partners from both public and private sector as well as partners from the business world.

The Minister acknowledged the tremendous support from development partners towards fighting against NCDs in Uganda and encouraged them to continue soliciting funds to boost the health sector of the country. He pledged to mobilise more partners, fellow ministers and friends to work with the committee and also contribute towards the noble cause.
 The Minister of State for International Affairs, Hon. Oryem Henry Okello adressing the guests.
Hon. Oryem applauded the brains behind the 1st International Non Communicable Diseases Symposium saying that, Uganda has yarned for an awareness campaign on Non Communicable Diseases. “We live in a terrible situation without knowledge on NCDs. The percentage of victims of NCDs in Uganda is very high, including myself. This drive is a formidable one and I believe we are going to achieve the intended goals,” he said.

He encouraged Ugandans to go for screening so that they can understand their status earlier and adopt the preventive measures or start the medication. He pledged to extend the campaign to fellow ministers so that they can also carry out the test “talk to your friends and family about this and encourage them to go for tests and screening. I pledge to reach out to the cabinet ministers so that they can also be tested and screened during this drive. We need to fight this killer disease before it fights our population,” the Minister remarked.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo called for a collective measure to create awareness among Ugandans on the Non Communicable Diseases. He also urged Ugandans to embrace the development of a research fund geared towards collecting data aimed at finding lasting solutions on Non Communicable Diseases.

“We discovered that little research has been done on NCDs. Africans we are depending on research done by the western world. We need to support our own research. Makerere University might not be endowed with funds but it is endowed with human capacity to do research. Therefore if we raise funds, I am sure the University together with other partners can carry out research on the NCDs,” said Prof. Bazeyo.

Chief Guest, State Minister for International Affairs-Hon. Henry Oryem Okello (C), DVCFA-Prof. William Bazeyo (5th L) with Members of Management, Staff and Guests at the Upcoming Non-Communicable Diseases Symposium 2018 Fundraising Dinner, 12th December 2017, Pearl of Africa Hotel, Kampala Uganda.

He thanked all the developmental partners that have immensely contributed towards the symposium as well as the Research fund. Prof. Bazeyo recognised the efforts of H.E King Caesar Augustus Mulenga to mobilise funds for the symposium and the research fund.  He thanked the Principal of College of Health Sciences Prof. Charles Ibingira for commitment to hosting a successful symposium.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor informed the audience that Makerere University Council chaired by Eng. Charles Wana-Etyem would contribute UGX50million. Prof. Bazeyo also pledged to contribute UGX5million towards the Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases.
Appreciating the drive to fight against NCDs in Uganda, the Chairman of St Augustine International University H.E King Caesar Augustus Mulenga, pledged to contribute UGX100milliom towards the Symposium and also pledged on behalf of St Augustine International University to raise UGX50 million annually for a period of 7 years towards development the research fund.

H.E King Caesar Augustus Mulenga emphasized the need to create awareness on NCDs when he said, “there is a need to make Ugandans know that Non Communicable Diseases are here and here to kill. We therefore need to provide this information. We must teach them about the prevention of NCDs.”
“Ugandans should develop a culture of early screening to detect and treat the diseases in infancy stages. We need to make it a rule or a policy that there must be early screening in schools, organisations, institutions and also screening among family members,” he added.
 The Chairman of St Augustine International University H.E King Caesar Augustus Mulenga talking to the Managing Director of Bank of Baroda Mr. Ashwini Kumar.
The 1st International Non Communicable Diseases Symposium will take place from 12th -15th February 2018 at Speke Resort Munyonyo. Organised by Makerere University College of Health Sciences and St Augustine International University under a theme: “Building momentum to address the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa,” the symposium focuses on creating attention to the NCDs epidemic in Uganda and the region among general public, business community, researchers, clinicians, funders, and policy makers that will result into a formidable multi-disciplinary response to stop the epidemic. It also aims at creating networks and consortium that will generate data and design interventions for prevention, early detection and treatment of NCDs as well as creating national policies, frameworks and multi-disciplinary health systems to curb the ill health and early deaths from the Diseases.

According to the Chairperson of the National Organising Committee, Prof. Fred Wabwire, the symposium will inform research focused on finding innovative solutions to epidemic and endemic diseases.

In a presentation, the Principal of College of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Ibingira said that  the minimal response to the NCDs by Ugandans has been due to low public awareness, and weak health systems that are aligned to only communicable diseases and limited data to support the design of presentation and intervention.
“Many Ugandans have died due to lack of knowledge about the diseases. So many of them have gone to hospitals only to be diagnosed of cancer in its advanced stages. Another issues is that we have weak and poorly facilitated health centres with no screening equipment,” he said.

The Principal of College of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Ibingira making a presentation.

He encouraged the public to support the awareness drive that the College of Health Sciences together with St Augustine International University is organising to enable the society understand the preventative measures for Non-Communicable Diseases. Prof. Ibingira urged Government to support health centres with equipment and necessary facilitation in line with Non Communicable Disease prevention and awareness.
 
The Makerere University Fundraising Dinner was graced by the Managing Director of Bank of Baroda Mr. Ashwini Kumar, Chairman Crown Beverages Ltd (Franchise holder for Pepsi in Uganda) Mr Amos Nzeyi, the Director, Directorate of Socio-Economic Monitoring and Research (DSEMR) in the Office of the President Hon. Vincent Tumusiime, representatives from DFCU Bank, Stanbic Bank, Victoria Motors, Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG), Aga Khan Hospital among others.

Article by: MAK Public Relations Office

 

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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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