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IDI Statement on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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In December 2019, a Novel Coronavirus outbreak emerged in China. The virus is known as COVID-19 and it represents a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously known to infect humans. It is believed to be a zoonotic disease, that is a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans, however it is now being spread mainly from person to person. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 outbreak in China a public health emergency of international concern, requiring all countries to develop capabilities for containment including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and to facilitate reporting to WHO. Currently, the virus has infected over 40,000 people worldwide, with most cases in China, resulting in more than 900 deaths.

While there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Uganda, there is a risk of importation of the disease into the country. Makerere University through its Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is working with stakeholders to support public health efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to Uganda. With support from United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an international non-governmental organization called Resolve to Save Lives, IDI is supporting implementation of national preparedness plans for COVID-19 including adaptation of international guidelines to local context. In addition, leveraging on its ongoing efforts for prevention of Ebola virus disease, IDI is working to strengthen surveillance for COVID-19 and to implement infection prevention and control measures for health workers and the general community. Key measures include frequent cleaning of hands either with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and respiratory hygiene (covering the mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow when sneezing and coughing).

Although there is no approved treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, Makerere University, through IDI and its partners has capabilities to conduct clinical research for vaccines and therapeutics prior to or during outbreaks. Makerere University remains committed to strengthening health systems and contributing towards the containment of emerging infectious diseases.

The Ministry of Health (in a Press Statement issued by the Minister of Health on 11th February 2020) further appeals to the general public to remain calm and report any suspicious cases to the nearest health facility or call the toll-free lines 0800-203-033 and 0800-100-066. The following officers may also be contacted

  • Mr. Atek Kagirita on +256-782-909153
  • Dr. Alan Muruta on +256-772-460297
  • Dr. Bernard Opar on +256-772-469323

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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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