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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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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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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

Click here for more information about the Counselling and Guidance Centre

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Mak Adds Thermal Imaging, 3D Printing to Fight Against COVID-19

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Prof. Noble Banadda-Project PI and Chair, Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering explaining how 3D printed face shields are made at a press conference held on 28th August 2020 in the Main Hall, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Makerere University under the Department of Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering (DABE), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) on Friday 28th August 2020 unveiled three new additions to help control the spread of COVID-19 in public spaces. The Thermal Imaging for detection of COVID-19 as well as Three-Dimensional (3D) printing of biodegradable face shields and components for the Bulamu Ventilator are all aimed at boosting the contribution of local content to the fight against the pandemic.

The Principal Investigator of the project and Chair, DABE Prof. Noble Banadda while welcoming participants to the unveiling acknowledged the support of Makerere University Health Services led by Prof. Josaphat Byamugisha and the University of Liverpool in helping to develop the Thermal Imaging component.

“Although the hardware already exists in the public domain, our academic contribution has been the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Language (ML) to develop an algorithm that can; unlike the temperature gun, take readings from four places – the throat, mouth, nose and forehead and come up an average temperature” he remarked.

Prof. Banadda shared that over 7,000 images obtained with the help of the University Hospital were used to train the algorithm which can enable the Thermal Imaging to detect people with flu-like symptoms unlike the temperature gun. He noted that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and partners had trained an algorithm that can identify COVID-19 from a cough and this would be integrated into the Thermal Imaging setup in the future.

He thereafter unveiled the 3D printing aspect with which the project had produced biodegradable face shields and components for the Bulamu Ventilator. “The shield component is made of acetate; a biodegradable polymer of wood and cotton, while the clasp was designed in consultation with a professor of medicine to ensure that it doesn’t form mist and is comfortable to wear.”

The reusable face shield also has antimicrobial properties, is easy to clean and is expected to retail for approximately UGX 5,000. The 3D Printer, said the PI can also be used to print three dimensional organs for disciplines of medicine, building models for architecture and any other programmes that rely on objects for teaching.

The Director of Quality Assurance Dr. Vincent Ssembatya and initiator of the Bulamu Ventilator innovation also made a brief presentation on how 3D printing has greatly aided the project. “Using the 3D printer, we are now able to print eleven components of the pneumatic system.”

In his remarks the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked Prof. Banadda, Dr. Ssembatya and their respective teams for the efforts invested in contributing to the fight against COVID-19. “3D printing gives very accurate dimensions and has brought about a huge revolution in technology.”

The Vice Chancellor recognized the presence of the Chairperson Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) Board of Directors Dr. Jane Mulemwa and Representative of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Lt. Gen. Charles Angina and thanked all partners for sparing time to attend the unveiling. “We are operationalizing the Intellectual Property (IP) office and are expecting to build a Science and Technology park where all our disciplines will work together to develop even more innovations.”

Introducing the Special Guest Lt. Gen. Angina, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba paid tribute to Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho and OWC for supporting the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) Annual Entrepreneurship Expo. “The expo has over the years nurtured a lot of innovations into small businesses where our young people have been gainfully employed as part of small scale industries and contributed to the country’s development.”

In his remarks Lt. Gen. Angina commended the University leadership for the continued innovations that prove that Makerere can be the number one Higher Education Institution on the continent. “By coming up with such innovations, you have been patriotic and contributed to the global call for the fight against COVID-19.”

Lt. Gen. Angina remarked that the Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) and other outstanding innovations have paved the way for new ones to follow in their footsteps. “With the manufacture of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Uganda we will be able to have a double score on cars that can be powered by petroleum products and electricity.”

The Deputy Chief Coordinator OWC tasked the Bulamu Ventilator innovators to quickly secure approval for the essential device and produce as many as possible so as to meet the demand not only in Uganda, but the rest of the Africa. He equally tasked the Thermal Imaging team to expand their scope to night vision devices so as to enhance the nocturnal operations of security agencies.

He concluded his remarks by appreciating the President and Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces, H.E. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for his leadership that recognizes the contribution of the academia, research and innovations to national development.


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