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Extension of Swedish Support to Ugandan Public Universities for Research

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Today, 14th May 2020, amidst all odds resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that has turned the world upside down, I witnessed a moment of joy where Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor representing Makerere University and H.E. Ambassador Per Lindgärde, representing Sweden signed an amendment to the Specific Agreement of the Uganda-Sweden Research Training Partnership program, July 2020-June 2022. Hon Matia Kasaijja, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development signed the general Agreement on behalf of the Government of Uganda.

As you are aware, for the last 20-years, Makerere and Uganda in general have continued to enjoyed the generosity of the Royal Government and people of Sweden. To-date, we have received a total 814 MSEK (over USD $100 million). Tremendous achievements have been made including the creation of an environment conducive to high quality relevant research through investment in human resource development, ICT, library resources, and infrastructure development at Makerere and four Partner Public Universities, namely Kyambogo, Gulu, Busitema and Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

It is heartwarming to report that following a successful appraisal of our result-based management outputs and financial discipline, the Royal Government of Sweden has granted us a 2-year prolongation/extension. The prolongation comes with an additional budget support of 45 million SEK (USD 4.5 million; equivalent to UGX 18billion).

H.E. Per Lindgärde (Right) and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) show off the Signed specific Agreement

On behalf of the University Management, I convey our sincere gratitude to the Government and people of Sweden for the financial and material support that has helped to transform the research culture, capacity and quality of research outputs from Makerere University and its Partner Public Universities.

As the Program Coordination Office, DRGT will strive to attain the intended outcomes by applying the key  principles of human rights based approach in its operations, namely transparency, accountability,
participation and non – discrimination.

Sincere appreciation goes to the Principal Investigators (PIs) and researchers that were involved in preparing documents and proposals for this prolongation phase. A lot of work went into this.

Specifically, I wish to thank the Vice Chancellor for the patronage and support; the Government and People of Sweden for this substantial funding; and the entire University Management for creating an enabling environment at Makerere University where all this is happening.

We look forward to an exciting two years ahead.

Article by Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, DRGT, Makerere University

 

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PhD scholarships in Social Sciences for 2021/2022

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania for a fully funded PhD scholarship in Social Sciences for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
The Scholarship is part of a 6- year project on ‘Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in Eastern Africa’, funded by the Norwegian Development Agency through the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) and implemented by the Department of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in partnership with University of Agder in Norway, University of Rwanda and Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. The objective of the scholarship is to enable academically qualified individuals from vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities that would not afford postgraduate education without support, to attain such an education.
It is expected that upon graduation the students can proactively contribute towards socio-economic transformation of their communities.

Please follow this link for more details about the call.

The closing date for receiving applications is Tuesday August 31st, 2021.

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Masters scholarships in Social Work for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda and Rwanda for a fully-funded Masters scholarship in Social Work for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

The Scholarship is part of a 6- year project on ‘Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in Eastern Africa’, implemented by the Department of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in partnership with University of Agder in Norway, University of Rwanda and Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. The objective of the scholarship is to enable academically qualified individuals from vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities that would not afford postgraduate education without support, to attain such an education. It is expected that upon graduation scholars hip beneficiaries can proactively contribute towards socio-economic transformation of their communities.

Details can be found by following this link

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Prolonged use of Traditional Medicines in Malaria Treatment Damages Body Tissues-Study

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A screenshot of the DESAT research dissemination by Makerere University researchers on 16th June 2021 showing; Vernomia amygdalina (Muluswa), Warbugia ugandensis (Atiko) and Abrus precatorius (Osito) species used to treat malaria in Tororo district, Eastern Uganda.

By Jane Anyango

A study funded by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has found that prolonged use of herbal medicines affects body organs.

Researchers recommend that traditional medicines should not be used for more than 14 days. The need for regulation and strengthening quality assurance along the value chain to reduce risks associated with the use of herbal medicines has been emphasized.

This was revealed during the virtual research dissemination workshop of the RIF 1/CAES/025 project titled, “Development of   Safe and Efficacious Anti-Malarial drug from Traditional Medicine (DESAT)” on 16th June 2021.

DESAT is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research project led by Prof. John Steven Tabuti – an ethnobotanist from Makerere University’s Department of Environmental Management  in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Co investigators are Dr. Alice Nabatanzi  from the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Cissy Nambejja, Senior Research Officer, Ministry of Health, Natural Chemotherapeutics Research institute, Prof.  Paul Waako, Vice Chancellor  Busitema University and Micheal R Mutyaba, Manager  Traditional and Complementary Medicine,  National Drug Authority. Other team members from CoNAS are Stanley Ofwono (Laboratory Technician), Diana Sitenda (Student) and  Olivia Maganyi (Para taxonomist).

Presenting the project results, the   Principal Investigator   Prof. John Steven Tabuti said the project undertook research in Tororo district and gathered data to determine the commonly used plant material for the treatment  of malaria  and the safety profiles of selected  species.

“We found through this study that the three species that we investigated were reasonably safe to use in a period of 14 days. Beyond 14 days, we have observed some negative impacts on the organs of the animals.  

One of the effects was on the kidney, another, was a clot in the stomach, and there was also some ulcers in the stomach, and death of some cells in the liver. This suggests that these traditional herbs are not safe. Some of the results have not yet come back, which should tell us if we should be very conscious.

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