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

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The Chair Grants Management Committee (GMC) Prof. William Bazeyo (Seated Centre) in a group photo with GMC Members, representatives from the NGOs, the Private Sector and Development Partners on 31st January 2020. Mak-RIF has awarded 110 short-term research and innovation proposals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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Mak’s Assoc. Prof. Waiswa Rated Among Top 1% Global Experts in Infant Mortality

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Assoc. Prof. Peter Waiswa, Team Leader, Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Neonatal and Child Health, School of Public Health, Makerere University.

Assoc. Prof. Peter Waiswa, Team Leader of the Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Health at the School of Public Health has been rated as one of the leading experts in Infant Mortality globally by Expertscape. According to the website, he ranks among the top 0.22% of 24,586 published authors worldwide on Infant Mortality. Dr. Waiswa’s ranking was based on 31 articles published between 2010 and 2020.

Expertscape is a platform that searches PubMed’s database and ranks experts according to publications on medical topics in the past ten years. PubMed is a free search engine maintained by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

The platform that considers itself 100% objective further states, “experts listed by Expertscape have demonstrated their expertise by putting their knowledge on paper and getting it through the rigorous review process that characterizes scientific publication.”

We congratulate Assoc. Prof. Peter Waiswa upon his valuable contribution and recognition.

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CDC Director MAT Centre Pre-launch Visit

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CDC Uganda Country Director, Dr. Lisa Nelson made a pre-launch visit to the newly established Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) centre for personnel who administer drugs by injection at Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital. The centre was established with support from PEPFAR through CDC.

The Executive Director Dr. Andrew Kambugu, Dr. Joanita Kigozi and Dr. Martin Ssuuna represented the team from Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI).

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Do You Have a Psychological Family?

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A group of students holds a discussion in the Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 12th March 2019. A psychological family is important for your mental and physical health.

Your psychological health is important for your bodily health, spiritual health, and other forms of health. The “psychological family” is what keeps you psychologically healthy. The psychological family is not necessarily people from your family. The psychological family is that group of people who lift you up; people who support you.

Quite often we have groups we belong to and these could be family, church, friends, rotary or lions club, etc. All these are great if they give you psychological support. People who can keep you afloat are
important in your life.

Try to identify your psychological family and nurture it. Without a psychological family life gets difficult. We all need people close to us for our psychological health.

Henry Nsubuga
Manager, Counselling and Guidance Centre,
Plot 106, Mary Stuart Road (Opposite Mary Stuart Hall),
Makerere University
Email: hnsubuga[at]cgc.mak.ac.ug
Tel: +256-772-558022

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