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DAAD GHRP Training Leaves Participants Transformed for Life

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The four day hands-on training on Good Health Research Practices (GHRP) funded by DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) came to a resounding end on Thursday, 21st February 2019 with participants admitting that they had been transformed for life. Officially opened by in-Country DAAD Office Representative, Mr. Steven Heimlich on Monday, 18th February 2019, the training was organized by the School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University in partnership with Heidelberg University and WHO /TDR, and facilitated by Heidelberg’s Dr. Pauline Grys and Jamila Nabieva. TDR is the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.

Participants paid keen attention to the group activities

“I have learnt that the planning stage is very important” testified a participant, “planning helps you to come up with mitigation measures; not that you will need them, but just in case you encounter challenges along the way” she added.

“Having come from a qualitative research background, it was interesting to see how the human sciences use theories to construct their arguments. This has been a good learning experience” remarked a male participant.

Participants formed multidisciplinary teams during the four day hands-on training

“I must give credit to the organisers for being able to bring together anthropologists, sociologists, engineers, pharmacists, philosophers, public health specialists and putting them in groups. This was a great choice of participants and we held very enriching discussions in our groups” remarked a male pathologist.

Speaking on behalf of the facilitators, Jamila Nabieva thanked all participants for the great patience exhibited during the all-day sessions and their various contributions. “We strongly believe in working in groups with peers and we thank Juliet (Dr. Kiguli) and Dr. Paul Kutyabami, the Chair Institutional Review Board (IRB) /Research Ethics Committee (REC) for organising and preparing all this” she added.

One of the facilitators Jamila Nabieva (2nd Right) interacts with group members during a breakaway session

“I sincerely thank Dr. Pauline Grys and Jamila Nabieva for facilitating this training. Pauline and Jamila are quite popular and well respected in Germany for holding summer GHRP trainings” remarked Dr. Juliet Kiguli, the GHRP Uganda DAAD Alumni training organiser.

Dr. Kiguli further thanked the DAAD Regional Office in Nairobi and the DAAD in Uganda Office based at Makerere University for ensuring that the training takes place by availing the much-needed resources.

L-R: Dr. Juliet Kiguli, Dr. Pauline Grys and the Head International Office, Makerere University Ms. Martha Loy Muwanguzi

Earlier in the week, Dr. Kiguli and Dr. Grys paid a courtesy call on Mrs. Martha Loy Muwanguzi, Head International Office in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, who spoke highly of Makerere’s relationship with DAAD. “Mrs. Muwanguzi who hosted us at her office spoke about DAAD as a strong supporter of Higher Education in Uganda, especially the sciences” affirmed Dr. Kiguli.

Representing the Head, Department of Pharmacy – Dr. Pakoyo Fadhiru Kamba, Dr. Khalid Rajab thanked the IRB/REC Chair-Dr. Kutyabami, Ms. Stella Imot, Ms.Evelyne Katusiime and Dr. Kiguli for organising the training as well as DAAD for sponsoring the four-day event.

Acting Dean School of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Rwenyonyi Mugisha (Left) and in-Country DAAD Office Representative-Mr. Steven Heimlich (Right) during the Training's opening session

“I would most importantly like to thank our facilitators because we have all learnt a lot. I had initially thought that the training was all about ethics but I am happy that we have received a package consisting of both ethics and science” remarked Dr. Rajab, before quoting Sophocles – great tragedian of ancient Greece’s “Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud”.

Concluding the day’s remarks, the Acting Dean School of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Rwenyonyi Mugisha thanked all participants for taking part in the course and DAAD for availing the resources. He also thanked the Principal Prof. Charles Ibingira for supporting the School and the lecturers for drafting the proposal that led to DAAD’s sponsorship of the training.

Dr. Juliet Kiguli (Left) interacts with one of the multidisciplinary groups during a breakaway session

“This training is the first of its kind in the history of the School of Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB). It is not easy to commit yourselves for a whole week but I am sure that after today, you are all going to conduct research in a different way” said Prof. Rwenyonyi Mugisha.

He asked the facilitators to take time off to enjoy Uganda’s rich wildlife before returning to Germany and on a humorous note, promised to award each participant a non-graded certificate for in the health sciences, “no one fails”.

Prof. Charles Rwenyonyi Mugisha (Right) hands over a certificate to one of the participants as Heidelberg University’s Dr. Pauline Grys (Left) and Jamila Nabieva (2nd Left) witness during the closing ceremony on 21st February 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

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.

Eligibility

  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Confirmation/Approval Process

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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University

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.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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