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MakSPH Tips Seeta-Nazigo HCIII on COVID-19 Prevention

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The Coordinator Dr. Geofrey Musinguzi (Left) flanked by the In-charge Seeta-Nazigo HCIII Dr. Jennifer Hajambo (2nd Left) addresses Health Workers during the handover of items donated by the SPICES Uganda Project, MakSPH to Seeta-Nazigo HCIII in Mukono District, Uganda on 21st August 2020. The support will boost the facility's efforts to deal with COVID-19 and CVDs.

A team from the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) led by Dr. Geofrey Musinguzi has tipped health workers at Seeta-Nazigo HCIII on keeping safe against contracting Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This health facility is one of the sites where the school is implementing the SPICES Uganda project that seeks to curb the increasing Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) burden.

The team also handed over face masks, a temperature gun, aprons, batteries and measuring tapes. This is intended to boost the efforts to collect more evidence to support policy and interventions in relation to prevention of CVDs.

Uganda is experiencing a shift in major causes of death with cases of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure reportedly on the rise. Studies by MakSPH in Mukono and Buikwe Districts have indicated that many people are hypertensive. The data collected helps Health Workers (HWs) to effectively advise patients.

The increasing burden of CVDs in these districts and Uganda as a whole is compounded by a lack of integrated primary health care for early detection and treatment of people with increased risk.

Dr. Musinguzi says equipping these pilot health centers provides an opportunity for government to scale up such interventions to other parts of the country.

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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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