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University Hospital Receives Facelift, Remodelling On Course

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In 2017, the Leadership placed the management of the Makerere University Health Services under the College of Health Sciences (CHS). This decision coincided with works being undertaken by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Makerere University as compensation for the land annexed during expansion of Makerere Hill Road.

The works under the MoU which included resurfacing of roads, parking lots, construction of walkways as well as installation of street lighting within the Main Campus also had a component that catered for renovations at the University Hospital.  

On Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-Prof. William Bazeyo, accompanied by Director Estates and Works-Eng. Christina Kakeeto, Principal CHS-Dr. Charles Ibingira, Acting Director, Engineering and Technical Services, KCCA-Eng. Justus Akankwasa, Director University Hospital-Dr. Margaret Wandera and other officials from Makerere and KCCA were taken on a guided tour of works completed under Phase I of the hospital renovation by the contractor.

In her remarks, Eng. Christina Kakeeto congratulated the contractor upon successfully completing the works which gave the University Hospital a new paintjob. She however urged the contractor’s representative to take note of all the observations made during the site tour and have them corrected by the next site meeting.

The team inspects the paint job at the back of the University Hospital during the site tour on 23rd January 2018

Dr. Margaret Wandera who was all praise for the facelift thanked members of Management and stakeholders present for making time to attend the site inspection. She noted that whereas Phase I had given the buildings a much needed new look, she looked forward to even more improvements in subsequent phases.

The Principal CHS, Dr. Ibingira applauded the Estates and Works Department (EWD) for being on ground to supervise the works and thanked the University Management for allocating funds to the renovations. “We have a lot of faith that the Makerere Administration will give us all the necessary support to continuously remodel this facility until all clinical, fencing, plumbing and other structural needs are met.”

He noted that apart from the structural facelift, a lot of equipment is needed to improve the services of the facility and hoped that the support would be forthcoming.

Eng. Justus Akankwasa in his remarks expressed happiness at once again being at Makerere. “I have a deeply entrenched sense of care for Makerere University as an institution I served for twelve years under the Estates and Works Department” he said, further adding “My career was founded here.”

KCCA's Eng. Justus Akankwasa (standing) makes his remarks as L-R: Dr. Margaret Wandera, Prof. William Bazeyo, Dr. Charles Ibingira, Eng. Christina Kakeeto and Dr. Mbabaali listen

He thanked Makerere for trusting KCCA to implement all the compensation works under the Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP 2). Under KIIDP 2, KCCA is widening and upgrading roads and drainages in Kampala. It also is easing revenue collection, house and road location.

In his remarks, Prof. William Bazeyo, thanked the contractor for a job well done and tipped him to satisfactorily complete the remaining works, so as to better his chances of being considered for subsequent renovation Phases. He thanked KCCA for all the renovation works undertaken at the Main Campus, noting that, “everyday, I receive an increasing number of requests from parties who want to tour Makerere University, thanks to the attractive facelift by KCCA.”

Prof. Bazeyo challenged the University Hospital leadership to not only focus on the facelift but also the clinical services. “As you are aware, the Staff Health Insurance Scheme is now operational, and if you improve the services here, you will be able to attract the staff and more revenue” he concluded.

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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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