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A Network of Health Facilities Saving Mothers and Newborns in Eastern Uganda

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The MaNeScale project is one of the so many public health projects that worked towards creating a change in the Maternal Newborn Health in Uganda. The motivation behind the design of this project was to develop an innovation that saves mothers and their newborns by strengthening the local health system using the available resources. The purpose of this innovation was to curb the unacceptable high maternal and neonatal mortality rates which accounted of 6000 maternal deaths, 32000 neonatal deaths and 39000 still births amidst the policy implementation gap in Uganda. The project was implemented in Busoga region an area that has over 4 million people which is 10% of the country’s total population. The solution presented through MaNeScale entailed the following components to improve the MNH care services in Busoga region;

  • Training and mentorships for knowledge, skills and team work which involved passing on skills to providers regarding Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn care and maternal and perinatal audit and later supplemented with advanced newborn care training.
  • Data strengthening that focused on developing institutionalized newborn registers which were inexistent in Uganda which were strengthened through mentorship.
  • Catalytic provision of key drugs, supplies and equipment for maternal and newborn care was also a great component of the project that was a one off supply to bridge gaps. Moreover, provision of these essential commodities is now done by the individual health facilities.
  • Engaging leaders and developing champions was also part of the MaNeScale solution. This was done right from the beginning and was continued through feedback during mentorship, a quarterly collaborative of all health facility leaders by level, and by involving emerging good performing health workers as co-mentors. In the end, this created maternal and newborn champions across the region.
  • Lastly was involving the community in various ways: 1) Mothers were involved in designing and implementing KMC; 2) In Luuka district we run a community health worker model or Village Health Team (VHTs) approach with 250 VHTs, and 3) We have on an annual basis held meetings with technical and the political leadership of the region to consult and give feedback.

MaNeScale registered a lot of positive impact and success that includes establishing neonatal units from 0% to 100% in six hospitals and six health center IVs that are all functional, 120 health provider acquired skills, over 35,000 mother and baby pairs delivered in the health facilities over the five years with improved care due to the quality improved interventions were institutionalized and overall, the maternal mortality ratio, neonatal mortality and still births significantly dropped. One key story is how we saved a mother and her quintuplet babies by caring for them in a general hospital by only nurses and midwives

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.

Eligibility

  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University

RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links

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Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.

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  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.  https://youtu.be/etv2-W1U3O0
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3. https://youtu.be/73h2p8P0BLw
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3. https://youtu.be/Ule3P1-tjC4

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