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Mak shines at 2nd International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Bangladesh

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The Second International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs) was recently held from 22nd to 24th November 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This symposium, organised by icddr,b, (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) was attended by over 500 delegates including researchers, policy makers, funders, implementers, health practitioners, academics and CHWs from 35 countries.

Dr. David Musoke (second right) with other members of the steering committee of the Community Health Workers Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global

At the symposium, Makerere University was recognised for organising and hosting the first symposium in Kampala in 2017 under the School of Public Health in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (UK) and the Ministry of Health. The first symposium, which led to these events being held globally every 2 years, was attended by over 450 participants from 22 countries. Indeed, it was due to the success of the first symposium that the CHWs Thematic Working Group (TWG) of Health Systems Global (HSG) formally institutionalised these biennial events.

Officiating at the opening ceremony of the symposium, Dr. David Musoke, a Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, and also Co-Chair of the CHWs Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global, said he was pleased that the efforts of Makerere in conceptualising and organising the maiden symposium had made a significant contribution to the work of CHWs globally. He added that this cadre of human resources for health is crucial in primary health care and public health particularly in low- and middle-income countries hence deserve to be recognised and supported better for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.

MakSPH's Richard Ssempala makes his presentation at the 2nd International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Other staff of Makerere University in attendance were Prof. Elizeus Rutebemberwa and Richard Ssempala who all made oral presentations further showcasing outputs from Uganda. The third symposium will be held in 2021, and many countries have expressed interest in hosting it, following in the footsteps of Uganda and Bangladesh.

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

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.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

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.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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