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Mak Study Roots for Enhanced Health Programming for Adolescent Boys and Young Men

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By Joseph Odoi

Globally, the number of people living in urban areas is growing exponentially and envisaged to reach 60% by 2030.

Concurrently, people living in these areas face daily challenges such as a burgeoning use of social media, sedentary lifestyles, inadequate housing, poor social capital and lack of access to basic health services.

Adolescent boys and young men (ABYM) form a significant proportion of urban dwellers which leaves more questions than answers on their healthy transition into adulthood.

However, although global and national data show that adolescent boys and young men have poorer health statistics compared to their female counterparts, little, in terms of research and evidence has been generated to inform the realization of the health needs of this population. Moreover, data for the very young adolescents (10-14 years) are usually missing, since most surveys enroll participants aged 15 years or older.

Inspired by the need to generate evidence to inform health programming for adolescent boys and young men, a team of researchers at Makerere University School of Public Health, led by the Dean, Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze conducted a survey to assess different aspects of health as they pertain to adolescent boys and young men in the capital Kampala.

The study was conducted between July 30 and August 30, 2020, with funding from the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University’s Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF).

In the project entitled; “Formative assessment of the adolescent boys and young men’s health status in Kampala, Uganda”, the researchers collected data on alcohol use, dietary behavior, illicit drug use, tobacco use, sanitation and hygiene, mental health, physical activity & sedentary behaviour, protective factors, sexual risk behavior, violence, and effects of COVID-19 on adolescent boys and young men’s well-being.

As part of the study, the researchers were able to establish health needs, barriers to and opportunities for improving access to and utilization of health services among ABYM, and suggestions on how to reach adolescent boys and young men with health services.

The study team interviewed 2,500 in- and out-of-school adolescent boys & young men aged 10-24 years in all the five Divisions of Kampala District (Kawempe, Rubaga, Makindye, Nakawa and Kampala Central) and conducted 44 qualitative interviews including with adolescent boys and young men, organizations that target young people; as well as funders and other bilateral donors. Data was collected at household and non-household (e.g. work places) settings, using mobile phones.

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Makerere Medical Journal: Golden Jubilee Edition 2022

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Cover Page of the Makerere Medical Journal Golden Jubilee Edition 2022.

It’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Golden Jubilee edition of this phenomenal journal. Yes, The Makerere Medical Journal marks 50 years of publication with this year’s edition and all this has been made possible by the endless efforts and contributions of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Staff and students because without your research submissions and financial support, the journal wouldn’t have made it this far. To you reading this, thank you for contributing to the sustainability of this great project, year in year out.

Here’s a quote to ponder on as you delve into this year’s well-crafted articles and it’s by Zora Hurston (1891-1960), “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” And doesn’t that just define our purpose as researchers?!

This edition’s articles cover pertinent topics ranging from Antimicrobial Stewardship, COVID-19 interventions, Oral Health amongst others. It also features student projects, write-ups on student-led organizations and societies that are making a difference in the life of a health sciences’ student and many more interesting writings. Featured in this issue are international manuscripts from countries like Nigeria and we were also honored to work with other universities within the country and feature some of their students’ articles.

I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to my team of editors that engaged in a rigorous peer review process to ensure that the articles published are up to standard. As the editorial team, we are quite pleased to see the number of undergraduates involved in research steadily increasing and all the efforts that have been put in by the different stakeholders to see this happen are commendable.

With that said, I hope you enjoy every second of your read!!!

LINDA ATULINDA,
MBChB IV

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Research and Writers’ Club 2021-2022

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Call for Applications: HEPI Masters Support Fellowship

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Panelists L-R: Professor Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Professor Francis Omaswa, Professor Jehu Iputo and Professor Joel Okullo at the HEPI-ACHEST Health Professions Education Symposium, 17th June 2022, Makerere University.

Applications are invited for the Health Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI-SHSSU) Masters fellowship programme support from postgraduate students of:

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS)
  • Kabale University School of Medicine
  • Clarke International University
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University

The programme will support graduates in their final year of training leading to the award of a Masters degree on any of the Master’s graduate training programs at the stated University for a maximum of 19 successful candidates.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

Inquiries and Applications must be submitted to hepishssu@gmail.com

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Call for Applications: Faculty Research Training

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The Principal MakCHS-Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (6th R), Prof. Sarah Kiguli-PI HEPI (R), Prof. Francis Omaswa-ED ACHEST (8th R), Dr. Safina Museene-MoES (5th R), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze (3rd R), Prof. Joel Okullo (9th R), Prof. Josephine Namboze (7th R), Prof. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde - ACHEST (2nd R) and other Health Experts at the Symposium on 17th June 2022, MakCHS, Makerere University.

Applications are invited from faculty at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kabale School of Medicine, and Clarke International University to undertake training in research.

Limited research funding will be available for research focusing on community-based, clinical, operational, health professions education, epidemiological, biomedical, and research in Communicable Diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.) or non-communicable diseases of importance to Uganda.

Up to 15 applicants will be selected and they will undergo a brief (2 days) didactic training in research proposal development prior to embarking on their research projects. Up to 4,000 US dollars per applicant (depending on budget) will be available to support the research.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3rd October 2022.

Inquiries can be forwarded to the PI, HEPISU Program on hepishssu@gmail.com

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