By Dr. Monica Okuga | The World Health Organisation (WHO) new antenatal care guidelines recommend that every pregnant woman should make eight hospital/health facility antenatal care visits. In addition, pregnant women should have at least 2 obstetric ultrasound scans done; the first being done in early pregnancy (20-22 weeks) and the second in the third trimester/intrapartum for purposes of identifying any fetal anomalies and complications.
This is also in line with Uganda’s RMNCAH (Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health) Investment case. In Luuka, most pregnant mothers seek antenatal care from lower level health facilities. The district of Luuka in Eastern Uganda lacks a hospital and the highest level of service provision is at Kiyunga Health Centre IV. Most of these women do not have access to ultrasound scan services as these are non-existent in the district. However, those who must get a scan done have to incur travel expenses to the nearest district hospital (Iganga-about 30kms away) or private providers (outside Luuka) who can offer these services. This is in addition to paying for the services, which makes it expensive and far from reach for the most-at-need population.
After successful implementation of obstetric ultrasound scan services at the district hospital in Iganga with trained midwives at the forefront of conducting the scans, the Centre of Excellence for Maternal and Newborn Health Research at Makerere University School of Public Health at the beginning of this year launched a pilot study ‘Testing a Community-based Ultrasound Scan system during early and late antenatal care to facilitate gestation age dating, referral and preterm care in Luuka District one the low resource districts in eastern Uganda’ in Eastern Uganda. The aim of the pilot is to collect data and information that will inform scale up of the ultrasound services in lower level health facilities in other districts where it’s lacking.
Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
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.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
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.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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