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IDI Awarded for Pharmacovigilance by NDA

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The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University has been commended for its passion, unconditional commitment and dedicated service towards pharmacovigilance by the National Drug Authority (NDA).  Pharmacovigilance is the monitoring of the effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use, especially in order to identify and evaluate previously unreported adverse reactions. This award was handed over at the launch of the MedSafety App at the 3rd Annual Pharmacovigilance Stakeholders Round-table Meeting held at Golf Course Hotel on 26th February 2020.

In addition to the institutional award, top performing individuals within IDI were also awarded as follows:

  1. Dr. Arnold Arinaitwe (Accumulated the highest number of reports at a facility) 
  2. Swalha Namanda (the most cases of drug reactions reported)  
  3. Dr. Edna Auma (Constantly supports HIV vigilance, Kawaala Health Centre 4) 
  4. Dr. Bridget Ainembabazi (Recognized for the contribution towards monitoring & reporting of adverse drug reactions) 
  5. Shamim Nakadde (Recognized for the contribution towards monitoring & reporting of adverse drug reactions)

The Award presented to IDI by the National Drug Authority (NDA) in recognition of the Institute’s passion, unconditional commitment and enduring dedicated service towards pharmacovigilance, 26th February 2020, Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, Uganda.

IDI Mulago was identified among the top 10 facilities with outstanding drug reporting in Uganda and all facilities that IDI works with were selected as best in their categories (Kiswa and Kitebi). 

The Med Safety App was created to ensure that only safe drugs are maintained in circulation to the Ugandan population. The app provides an easy and convenient way for people to submit reports on the adverse reactions to drugs used, verify acknowledgment of reports and create a watch list of medication in order to receive personalised news and alerts. The reports provided are used to identify previously unknown issues with the specified medications. 

Several implementing partners attended this launch and these are; Infectious Diseases Institute, Mildmay Uganda, Medicines Transparency Alliance, Health System Advocacy Partnership, Baylor Uganda, National Medical Stores, The AIDS Support Organization, Uganda Association of Pharmacy Owners and Lung Institute. The main funders were CDC and USAID. 

MED SAFETY APP is meant to improve quality and quantity of adverse drug reporting in countries in real-time,” Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO Country Director. 

Dr. Grace Nambatya Kyeyune, the Director of Research NDA also stated that the Med Safety App will help doctors to do timely reporting and avoid inadequacies. 

Article by Rebecca Nakitandwe, Communications Office, IDI

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Fostering Continuous Improvement of Public Health Laboratory Services In Uganda: IDI’s Contribution (2018-2020)

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One of the staff uses the Abbott m2000 RealTime System in the Core Laboratory (CL), IDI, Makerere University.

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University houses a state of the art laboratory – the Core Laboratory (CL) – certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and accredited by the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) as a lead partner in strengthening laboratory systems.

In line with its 5-year (2018-2023) goal of ‘providing high-quality lab services at IDI to meet both clinical and research demands, to support the sustained improvement of lab capacity across Uganda with systems of assured and consistent quality’ to conduct routine testing, specialized clinical research trials, and detection of virulent pathogens of epidemic outbreak nature.

To match internationally standards for clinical laboratory methodologies and clinical applications, the CL has maintained a 25-year record of conducting at least 01 internal audit, 04 external audits annually, besides bi-annual inspections by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), to incorporate the latest best practices. Further, the CL continuously improves its technology and automation to increase productivity and enhance testing turnaround time (TAT).

The CL operates in a One IDI approach, where sister Technical Programs source its support, besides the Ministry of Health of Uganda, local and international academic research institutions and individual research fellows. The outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019 was an opportunity for growth and expansion for the CL, to support national and global preparedness and response to infection prevention and control (IPC). To date, the CL has registered several milestones in enhancing disease laboratory TAT for COVID-19 testing, strengthening human capacity at the forefront on COVID-19 IPC, sustaining laboratory services for other communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as answering research questions.

Please see Downloads for the full technical brief.

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UniCare App: 24/7 Access to Counselling

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UniCare App: 24/7 Access to Professional Counselling Services. Available on Google Play Store.

The Counselling and Guidance Centre (CGC) has developed UniCare, a counselling App for the Makerere University community members (Staff and Students).

Do you have personal concerns that need addressing?

Do you need to improve your life skills?

Are you struggling with something and need to talk to someone professional in confidence?

Then download UniCare from the Play Store and use it at any time of your convenience.

You can access counselling services through instant messaging, phone calls and other forms.

Enquiries:

Tel: +256-751-700897
Email: rbaguma[at]cit.ac.ug, henry.nsubuga[at]mak.ac.ug

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Call for Applications: PhD Fellowships in Bioethics (4th Cohort)

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The Davies Lecture Theatre (Right), School of Biomedical Sciences (Blue) and other buildings at the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Mulago Campus, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Applications are invited for PhD fellowships in bioethics from Makerere University College of Health Sciences (CHS) faculty and individuals who participate in the academic activities of the college who are interested and COMMITTED to becoming bioethics scholars.

Successful applicants should be willing to become bioethics scholars as they work within the structured and mentored training programme with a focus on any aspect of international research bioethics related to Health Sciences. Funding will be available to support 2 successful doctoral candidates up to 3 years of accelerated training leading to the award of the Makerere University doctoral degree.

Eligibility

This training is open to faculty including people who contribute to teaching and research at Makerere University or one of its partner institutions in Uganda, who meet any of the following criteria:

a. Able to articulate a clear research bioethics problem of interest to them.
b. Demonstrate prior participation in bioethics, beyond having submitted research proposals to an IRB.
c. Demonstrate a basic understanding of bioethics in order to know that this is an appropriate next step for the applicant.
d. Demonstrate past active participation in bioethics in health service delivery or at the interface of health related ethical-legal issues
e. Provide evidence of experience in research in bioethics and or authorship in this field
f. Prior master’s level or fellowship level training in bioethics or related fields.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Demonstrated interest in doctoral research training and conducting research with a focus on
    research bioethics.
  2. Potential to handle rigorous academic requirements of the doctoral program.
  3. Having a plan for career development
  4. Capacity towards attaining research leadership and international recognition in bioethics.
  5. Female candidates and medical doctors are especially encouraged to apply

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to makbioethics[at]gmail.com and should consist of a cover letter (1 page only), a resume (not more than 3 pages), a personal statement (Maximum 1 page), a Makerere University formatted PhD research concept (Maximum 10 pages) and two letters of recommendation (sent separately by the referees to makbioethics[at]gmail.com). The personal statement should include your contribution to the academic and research life of a department at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, your aspirations for career progression in the next 5-7 years, research interests and any information you consider relevant.

Closing date for the receipt of applications is 8th October 2021.

Enquiries can be forwarded to the PI, of the PhD bioethics research training Program on makbioethics[at]gmail.com

Timelines:

  • Application deadline: October 8, 2021
  • Interviews: October 15, 2021
  • Notification date: October 22, 2021
  • Proposed start date: November 1, 2021

Part of this training will take place at Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics in the USA in Year 1 for a total of 2-3 months. Successful candidates will receive a monthly stipend based on USA National Institutes of Health regulations, tuition, research funds and travel to the USA. Applicants should demonstrate excellent communications skills and will be expected to work as part of a highly motivated, result oriented bioethics group.

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