The former Principal, College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Professor of Internal Medicine, Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo and Prof. Sarah Kiguli, a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health in the School of Medicine, CHS, Makerere University have been awarded five-year grants by the Fogarty International Center. Prof. Sewankambo’s African Association for Health Professions Education and Research project award was received under the Infectious Diseases Institute while Prof. Kiguli’s award is one of seven five-year grants by the Fogarty International Center’s Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) to African Medical Schools.
According to the announcement published in Fogarty’s Global Health Matters newsletter, the seven projects will be awarded about US$22 million over five years, through a new program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Makerere University and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Addis Ababa University, University of Nairobi, Eduardo Mondlane University, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science and the University of Zimbabwe will each receive part of the US$22million funding.
The award to Prof. Kiguli’s project; Health Professions Education and Training for Strengthening the Health System and Services in Uganda, will help to scale up the training of health professionals through a partnership between medical and nursing education institutions in Uganda and the US. Professor Kiguli is the Principal Investigator of a team of Health Professionals from the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, with partnership from Busitema University, Kabale University, Clarke’s International University, Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery, Yale University and Johns Hopkins University.
Additionally, a related award will provide nearly US$4 million over five years to fund the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth). The AFREhealth award to Makerere University will enable the institution to serve as a leadership and convening organization to network African research and higher educational institutions to develop and share innovations, curricula and policy. Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo, as well as Doctors Prisca Adejumo (University of Ibadan), Jean Bisimwa Nachega (Stellenbosch University) and Fatima Suleman (University of Kwazulu Natal) will serve as Principal Investigators to the project.
“Through this new program called HEPI, we are empowering African institutions to tackle the region’s most pressing health problems, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS, and reduce the suffering and death the epidemic continues to cause across the region,” said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass.
Reacting to the news of the award, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated both Prof. Nelson Sewankambo and Prof. Sarah Kiguli upon playing their part to strengthen Makerere University’s quest to be a research-led university, and a leader in health professions education.
“I wish to heartily congratulate Prof. Nelson Sewankambo and Prof. Sarah Kiguli upon reaffirming the College of Health Sciences’ and indeed Makerere University’s global reputation and the continent’s leading institution for innovation, training and research in the field of health sciences. I equally thank the Fogarty International Center for recognizing our groundbreaking innovations and supporting our aspirations to contribute to the training of a robust health care and research workforce in sub-Saharan Africa,” added Prof. Nawangwe.
For more information please contact:
Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University
Email: sewankam[at]infocom.co.ug, Mob: +256-782-366751
Prof. Sarah Kiguli, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University
Email: skwalube[at]yahoo.co.uk, Mob: +256-772-588044
Issued by: Ms. Ritah Namisango, Principal Public Relations Officer, Makerere University, Email: pro[at]admin.mak.ac.ug
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.
But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.
He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.
He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.
So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.
Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline. The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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