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Mak-RIF Awards 110 Researchers and Innovators to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Makerere University has continued to uphold Uganda’s precautionary approaches towards responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These approaches include extensive social distancing, locking of public spaces and public transport, allowing only essential services and now the private cars (with only three people in each car also upholding guidelines provided by the Government of the Republic of Uganda and Ministry of Heath) to continue. 

With the urgent need for a domestic understanding of how this pandemic plays out in Uganda’s unique settings, Mak-RIF with funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda has awarded grants to 110 short-term research and innovation proposals. The call for proposals attracted 301 high quality and competitive proposals, additional indication of the potential within Makerere University to carry out research and develop innovative approaches to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The decision to award these projects was arrived at after a rigorous scientific review and selection process engaging external multidisciplinary reviewers.

The projects awarded include research studies that will address public health issues in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, assess the social-economic impact of COVID-19 in Uganda as well as highlight methods for the prevention, treatment and management of COVID-19 among others. We anticipate that results from the implementation of these projects will be impactful therefore contributing to the COVID-19 response and other related pandemic threats. These awards were effective May 26th, 2020 and will run for a period of up to 6 Months. 

See list of awarded projects here.

 

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Call For Applications: Implementation Research & Practice Incubator (IRPI) Program

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Artistic illustration of Medical Science at the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Makerere-Yale-University of California Berkeley PART Program (& Makerere HIV ImS Training Program), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center D43 HIV/AIDS Research Training program, announces plans to recruit a new cohort of participants for its newly renamed Implementation Research and Practice Incubator (IRPI) program, formerly known as the Implementation Science Fellowship.

Objective: To provide a part-time, executive-style didactic training and mentoring program to prepare scientists and practitioners to lead a new implementation research and/or practice initiative. Program graduates will develop an implementation protocol suitable for adoption and public dissemination to the scientific and public health communities.

Target audience: Faculty, PhD students, Implementation science program trainees, Staff of either Implementation or Research Programs/Projects, Implementation Science short course Alumni, Public health Practitioners and Clinicians.

Requirements:

Main pre-requisites to be considered during selection include:

  1. Masters’ or Doctoral training and at least three years’ experience in health-related research or practice
  2. Clearly specified implementation problem related to implementation research or implementation practice
  3. Availability to participate all incubator activities (Quarterly modules and works-in-progress sessions)
  4. Support for implementation of the proposed project from a qualified sponsor with a commitment of protected time to work on the project free from other responsibilities (at least 1 day per week)

Program Description:

The program will be structured in four quarterly modules with interlaced bi-weekly works-in-progress sessions spread out over on year and cover the following topics:

2021 Q4        Implementation Science Overview

2022 Q1        Implementation Planning and Design

2022 Q2        Implementation Launch

2022 Q3        Implementation Evaluation

Application process for the ImS course:

Submit an online application form at:  https://forms.gle/ZqeUJacWPUCktimXA. Applicants are required to also submit a one-page concept sheet summarizing the background, objectives, methods, and implications of the proposed project together with a detailed CV to the Administrator –PART Program Mr. Richard Senvewo on richard[at]walimu.org.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15th October 2021.

Note: The number of attendees will be limited and will be chosen by application.

Only accepted applicants will be contacted.

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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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