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Mak-Sida Exhibition Showcases Knowledge Transfer and Value Addition

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Makerere University and the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Mak-Sida) held an exhibition to showcase research and the latest innovations from different Colleges of Makerere University. The exhibition, held on Monday, 8th April 2019 was one of the activities scheduled for the 2019 Makerere-Sweden Bilateral Research Programme Annual Planning Meeting which will run from 8th to 12th April 2019.

Exhibitors included students and stakeholders from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Health Science (CHS), College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Makerere University Center for Health and Population Research (MUCHAP) and Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC).

An exhibitor explains to a Swedish participant how the aquaponics setup works

Exhibitors from the College of Health Sciences offered free screening of Non Communicable Diseases, checking for blood pressure, Diabetes and Body Mass Index (BMI).

The Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development (AFRISA), CoVAB showcased valued added fish and meat products such as sausages as well as smoked, frozen and tinned fish which helps to give the delicacy a longer shelf life. They also exhibited products made from leather such as belts, shoes and bags.

A Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) Staff member prepares to have her blood pressure checked by an exhibitor from the College of Health Sciences (CHS)

MUCHAP has supported over 26 PhD researchers, several masters and undergraduate students from various universities in Uganda. They presented their recent research findings on population and Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) risk factors survey carried out in Iganga and Mayuge Districts.

The following are some of the recent studies conducted by MUCHAP;
•    Injury and Disability study
•    Implementing community dialogues to enhance patients reporting of diverse drug reactions (ADRs) to improve pharmacovigilance.
•    TB Vaccine Trial Site Preparedness
•    Epidemiological and implementation research on Cerebral Palsy
•    Malaria Vaccine Preparedness Study.

CREEC sensitized participants on the activities they do which include;
•    Hands on and online training courses by an accredited assessment center
•    Applied research that ensures the delivery of sustainable energy solutions for off grid communities.
•    Extensive experience in solar energy to offer expert advice and support for the design of solar innovations
•    Capacity building and transferable skills for technicians, students and other stake holders
•    Testing solar Photovoltaic (PV) products like solar panels, batteries and lanterns in a high tech facility
•    Analyzing solar PV products in field laboratories to study customers behaviors and preferences

The research and innovations showcased are funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in partnership with Makerere University.

Written by: Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Volunteer, 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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