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The IDI Bulletin Q1: Jan-Apr 2020

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Greetings from the Infectious Diseases Institute-IDI McKinnell Knowledge Centre at Makerere University Main Campus!

I would like to highlight the evolution of our work, from the vantage point of having been at the Institute since its inception. In nearly two decades, our fundamental mandate of freeing Africa from the burden of IDs has not really changed. However, to maintain relevance to societal needs, particularly here in Uganda, IDI has proactively embraced a strategic shift in the disease areas of focus.

As we envisaged achieving epidemic control of HIV (based on encouraging data from well-conducted surveys), we elected to embark on newer areas of contribution. That is why we created the Global Health Security (GHS) Programme to prevent, detect and respond to diseases like Ebola, and the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance. Our contribution to the prevention and managing HIV has been immense and undisputed. Yet, the whole
HIV/AIDS experience – in its own right a deadly and devastating experience – may just have been a practice opportunity for more devastating infectious diseases. Adversaries such as like Ebola or SARS or the novelSARS-COV-2, the cause of COVID-19!

With its long incubation period (anywhere between 7 and 11 years), HIV’s can be viewed as an epidemic in slow motion compared to Ebola and now COVID-19, which has an incubation period of just days. Comparatively, HIV allowed up the opportunity to set-up prevention, surveillance and health care delivery systems. I am convinced more than ever that our HIV experience is highly relevant to the COVID-19 response. Led by our Global Health Security Programme, IDI has supported the Government of Uganda since COVID-19 was anticipated. We have done this by enhancing systems at points of entry and are leading efforts to protect healthcare workers through IPC training, provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and alcoholbased hand rub. I invite you to read our quarterly newsletter to bring you up to speed with our contributions.

Dr. Andrew D. Kambugu, Sande-McKinnell Executive Director, IDI

 

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Capacity Building Opportunity: ‘FAIR’ Methodology Workshop

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PhD Students attend a training course in Scholarly writing and Communication Skills in the Main Library, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda on 19th August 2019.

Makerere University School of Public Health has received a capacity building grant from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health International Injury Research Unit, through Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS), which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

This activity is to support development of health systems that meet the needs of rehabilitation and assistive technology across the lifespan.

This is to therefore invite applications from all interested faculty and graduate students of Makerere University to participate in the FAIR methodology workshop.

This FAIR methodology, a qualitative research method is a participatory simulation technique where the research process is planned and conducted with those individuals whose life process and actions are under study. Being a new technique in the research world, we would like all those interested especially in Makerere University to take this chance and learn.

Applicants are required to register their interest through the link (https://bit.ly/3AwAaLg ) by October 14th, 20225PM Kampala time.

For inquiries please email spokello@musph.ac.ug 

Please see below for the detailed flyer.

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