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Mak holds Good Health Research Practices Training in partnership with DAAD

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Over 40 participants have convened at the School of Health Sciences, Makerere University to take part in the Kampala-Uganda DAAD Alumni Event training on Good Health Research Practices (GHRP). The participants include teaching staff from Bioethics, social sciences, environment, food science, animal science, pharmacy, philosophy, ICT, public health, library science, and members of the School’s- Research and Ethics Committee (REC).

The four day hands-on training; running from 18th to 21st February 2019, is funded by DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) and organized by the School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University in partnership with Heidelberg University and World Health Organization /TDR.  

Conducted in several countries worldwide, the GHRP by WHO /TDR aims at promoting ethical considerations among students, teaching staff and other researchers. It is a requirement to participate in this training before conducting fieldwork to ensure good ethical practices and understanding of the human and animal protection of rights as study objects.

Opening the workshop on Monday, 18th February 2019, the Chief Guest – Mr. Steven Heimlich, the in-Country DAAD office representative expounded the international role the German Academic Exchange Service. He highlighted funding opportunities under DAAD including the provision of scholarships to pursue Masters, PhD studies and Post Doctorates at Makerere University and in other partner Universities. Mr. Heimlich appealed to the audience to tap into the wide range of DAAD opportunities such as funding for research and development work, three to six months fellowships, funding for conference travel as well as the DAAD Annual Alumni Event.

Reflecting on the long and valued partnership between Makerere University and DAAD, the Acting Dean School of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Rwenyonyi Mugisha emphasized the need to maintain the German-Ugandan connections and hoped this would continue for generations to come.
Welcoming the participants, the Chairperson of the School of Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB), Dr. Paul Kutyabami applauded DAAD for significantly contributing to the internationalization agenda of Makerere University as well as funding research and capacity building programmes.

During the Opening Ceremony, the participants listened to an informative presentation titled, “The role of WHO/TDR in organising Courses on Bio-Ethics.”The presentation was delivered by two Guest Professors namely Dr. Pauline Grys and Jamila Nabieva from Heidelberg University, who are respected for holding regular summer GHRP courses in Germany.

In an exclusive interview with Ms Ritah Namisango of Mak Public Relations Office, Dr. Juliet Kiguli-a Member of REC commended DAAD for funding the GHRP training and prioritizing the participation of women.“Majority of the participants are DAAD funded scholars and alumni from Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and other countries in the region. It is gender-inclusive because DAAD would like to see more women grow in academia and research,” remarked Dr. Kiguli.

Some of the members of faculty who attended the Opening Ceremony include:  Prof.  Charles Rwenyonyi Mugisha, Dr. Pakoyo Kamba-Head of the Department of Pharmacy, Dr. Paul Kutyabami, Dr. Juliet Kiguli, Dr. Alfred Wasike, Dr. John Barugahare, Dr. Khalid Rajab, Dr. Fred Kitutu, Ms. Stellah Imot and Ms. Evelyne Katusiime.

For more information on available opportunities, please visit the DAAD office at Makerere University-Lincoln House, Flat B7; the DAAD office in Nairobi, and the DAAD website www.daad.de

Article by: Mak Public Relations Office

 

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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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