We are pleased to present to you the 2020 report. This abridged version highlights select achievements of our University College.
The year AD 2020 was unique and historical; being the era when COVID-19 pandemic struck the entire global civilization and crushed many local economies. AD 2020 has thus, been a turning point, literally, shaking everything. Our systems where laid bare; and adjustment to a new normal became urgent. Despite this assault, we shall be forever grateful, that our scientists, technocrats, administrators and support teams, wriggled through; emerging with certain key outputs, which we have been able to share here. The teams kept focused on accelerating efforts for advancing Makerere University’s vision of being the number one leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa. We have continued to place emphasis on building skilled human capital while driving transformative research and innovation, teaching, learning and service. As you will find in subsequent sections, despite the pandemic ecosystem, AD 2020 was marked by vital initiatives at the college. We received considerable support from the Government of Uganda, local and international partners.
The college vision of continuously creating a healthier, wealthier and safer society through animal value, was thus greatly reinforced. We have strengthened blended learning approaches, putting more emphasis on E-Learning programs as a way of not only controlling COVID-19 virus spread, but also as a mechanism for enhancing access to education. It has been exciting to see both students and staff graciously embrace the e-system under a new normal, challenges notwithstanding.
With pride therefore, we wish to salute the Government of Uganda, university administration, our staff and partners; recognize the sacrifice, service, value and impact of the work we have attained together. Without this contribution, the drive towards building CoVAB as a new generation of veterinary colleges in Africa and beyond would not have been realized.
May the Eternal God forever bless you all.
For God and My Country! As We Build for the Future!
Prof. John David Kabasa
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Dissemination & stakeholder engagements on Paratuberculosis Research findings held
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) conducted a dissemination and stakeholder consultation workshop following a successful completion of phase I of the research on Paratuberculosis funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The study was conducted in partnership with the Universities of Goettingen and Leipzig, in Germany and partners from the University of Khartoum and Ibn Sina Specialised Hospital in Sudan from 2018 till now.
The dissemination workshop held Monday 26th September 2022 at Piato Restaurant in Kampala was also a forum where a number of stakeholders came together as one of the initial preparatory activities for the upcoming successor phase II research to be conducted in the coming 3-year period. The project was a trigger for additional funds from the European Union and Germany on COVID19 and Antimicrobial Resistance in collaboration with other six African countries namely, DRC, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Madagascar.
According to CoVAB’s Dr. Okuni Julius Boniface, one of the Principal Investigators, the new collaboration involves Makerere College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and now covers One Health issues including COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and Humans.
He said the meeting was convened to inform the stakeholders in the broader partnership about the objectives and to share the results for the collaboration spanning the last four years. He said the engagement was necessary in order to create a rapport for future engagements. ‘We are desirous of engaging with fellow researchers, policy makers, government agencies in order to make a synergistic contribution towards solutions to problems affecting Human welfare using a One Health Approach’, he stated in a statement about the engagement.
He noted that all stakeholders were willing to collaborate and to play a leading role in propelling the research agenda on Anti-Microbial resistance and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
The partnership is aimed at building capacity through training of the next generation of researchers, which will also ensure sustainability of the outputs realized. “I noted that there is no sustainability after close of projects such as lack of proper use of equipment acquired in the process of implementation” noted Dr. Ahmed Abd El Wahed from Leipzig University. Prof. Uwe Truyen, the Director of the Institute of Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Public Health at the University of Leipzig in Germany said “the ongoing collaboration covers areas of Research, Capacity Building, networking, engagement and knowledge transfer with African Countries taking lead”.
The Principal of the College of Health Sciences Makerere University, Prof. Damalie Nakanjako extended her appreciation to all the stakeholders for their willingness to handle the challenge of infectious diseases in a multi sectoral manner. She said the success of the program and the network will be realized only if they came up with a database that can be used by all other African Countries as a reference.
The Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine, while making his remarks at the close of the meeting noted that the ongoing research was a manifestation of the objective of the University, which is being research led. He said although the majority of the students were undergraduate, the future of the University is targeting having more postgraduate students. He commended the German-funded project that is already supporting a Ph.D student. He congratulated the team for winning project support amidst the high competitiveness of accessing project funds.
On another note, Prof. Mwiine extended his appreciation to Prof. Ojok Lonzy who taught and mentored a number of staff at the College for his humility and sense of humor with which he passed on knowledge to the students. He also used the opportunity to thank the staff in his college for the good work they were doing by putting Makerere University high in its research agenda.
Also appreciated at the dissemination meeting was Assoc. Prof. Jessica Nakavuma who was hailed for her role of teaching Microbiology across Colleges for over thirty years.
Other speakers included Co Principal Investigator Prof. Ejobi who emphasized the need for networking which was essential in as far as informing stakeholders was concerned.
One of the beneficiaries of the project, Ph.D student Judah Ssekitoleko took off time to explain his experience undertaking his studies in Uganda on a Germany supported project. He said there was big contrast working on research here locally with instances of challenges like power fluctuations, the use of sophisticated equipment and lack of adequate capacity to use them. He appreciated the advantage of working from home that reduced the pressures of missing family and network.
Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine Assumes Office as Chairperson AFRISA Board of Directors
The Principal College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Prof. Norbert Frank Mwiine assumed to the position of Chairperson Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development (AFRISA) Board of Directors following the handover by the outgoing Chair Prof. John David Kabasa
The handover was held on Thursday 15th September 2022, in the Rotary Peace Centre at Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility. It was witnessed by a number of key stakeholders that included the Board members and members of the University management.
In his remarks as incoming Board Chairperson, Prof. Mwiine commended his predecessor Prof. John David Kabasa for ensuring that knowledge was transferred from shelves to communities through industrial skilling.
He explained that as provided by AFRISA Articles of Association, the Principal for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) is the Chairperson of the Institute’s Board of Directors, and hence his assumption to the office.
He explained that Prof. Kabasa, while serving as College Principal was the Institute’s Board Chairperson and on handing over the Office of College Principal to Prof. Mwiine, this also called for the handover of the Board’s Chairperson Position to the newly appointed College Principal, in respect to AFRISA Articles of Association.
In his handover remarks, Prof.John David Kabasa who is also the Principal Innovations Director in AFRISA took time to explain to the persons that witnessed the handover some brief background of the Institute and the journey it went through in building industrial communities that can be seen today.
“AFRISA initiative came about as a result of directives by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda for Makerere University to design innovations that would appropriate Prosperity-For-All agenda and address the burgeoning challenge of perpetual poverty, peasantry and youth unemployment,” said Prof Kabasa.
He narrated that on 18th December 2006 at State House Nakasero, H.E the President of Uganda held a meeting with Makerere Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) academia. Subsequently, in 2007 and 2009, H.E, in four separate communications, directed major reforms in the Veterinary, Animal and Agricultural Education, Research and Extension systems.
Subsequently, Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and Development (AFRISA) was established by the Makerere University Council in March 2010. He said AFRISA is a Not- for-Profit, semi- autonomous, Academic-Community-Public-Private Partnership (ACP3) engagement platform; guaranteed by the Makerere University Council. It is an innovation institution that advances industrial value chain and development education in Africa by using the SPEDA (Skills Production Enterprise Development and accreditation) Model which links Education into Production and employment.
Prof. Kabasa further commended the support from the Institute’s Board of Directors for uplifting AFRISA up to date while listing some of the Institute’s achievements.
He said through the SPEDA Model, an advanced Diploma was established for skilling industrialists. He said that AFRISA as an innovation of Makerere University also established Industrial Certificate Programs and has so far trained over 3900 industrialists.
Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, a Principal Legal Officer who is also a Board member congratulated Prof. Mwiine for the appointment as Principal CoVAB and subsequently the head of AFRISA. He further guided him that the mantle was now in his docket to ensure that AFRISA continues to thrive and keep up the pace at which it was growing.
Mak Launches Facility to Support Dairy Technology & Infrastructure Improvement
The Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) on Thursday 25th August 2022 officially handed over a facility aimed at “Improving Productivity of Dairy Farmers by Supporting Dairy Technology and Infrastructure in Uganda” to Makerere University. Implemented under the Korea Uganda Dairy Project (KUDaP), the facility is housed at the Nakyesasa Incubation Centre, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), on the fringes of the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge. The ceremony was presided over by the Chairperson Appointments Board, Counsel Innocent Kihika, who represented both the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa and the Chairperson, Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara.
The facility was handed over to the Principal CoVAB, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine by the Vice President KRC, Hon. KIM Byung-Soo following a tour of the premises, where the investment in dairy technology and infrastructure was appreciated. Present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Uganda, H.E. PARK Sung-Soo, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Commissioner for Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Dr. Anna Rose Ademun Okurut who represented the Permanent Secretary Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama.
Others were the Chairperson KUDaP Steering Committee, Prof. William Bazeyo, Executive Director, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Dr. Michael Kansiime, KUDaP Project Manager, Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo, KUDaP Principal Investigator and Dean School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources (SVAR), CoVAB, Prof. Robert Tweyongyere, Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication, MAAIF, Ms. Consolata Acayo, Members of Makerere University Management, Officials from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Jeonbuk National University (JNBU), Korea, Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) President, Dr. Daniel Kasibule among others.
KUDaP came into force following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) Korea on 17th December 2018. The project that commenced in February 2019 is implemented by SVAR and the National Animal Genetic Resource and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) in collaboration with JNBU. It is aimed at: Establishing a model farm to train students, dairy farmers, extension workers and Artificial Insemination Technicians; Establishing an elite dairy herd in Makerere University; and Promoting improved dairy production practices in Uganda.
The components of the KUDaP Project are;
- Construction of a Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Makerere;
- Provision of dairy cows, high quality semen and embryos to farmers;
- Capacity building in dairy feeds production; and
- Upgrading/supporting breeding laboratory capacity at NAGRC&DB as well as human capacity development in Dairying in Uganda.
In his remarks, the Guest of Honour, Counsel Innocent Kihika congratulated Makerere University and CoVAB in particular upon successfully commissioning the Dairy Development Project, especially during a year when both the institution and college mark 100 and 50 years of existence respectively, two years into the implementation of the ten-year strategic plan.
“The Council has continued to emphasise the need to align our research with the requirements of national development as articulated in the National Development Plan and various instruments of Government and the private sector” he said.
Counsel Kihika emphasised that agriculture remains a primary employer in Uganda and any improvements in the sector would directly contribute to the growth of decent jobs in the value chains. “I must say that right now people are very excited with what is happening with Uganda’s oil in the Albertine rift valley but when you go deep into that, you will see that agriculture is the core of our economy and the oil is just a catalyst to that.”
The Guest of Honour noted that the commissioning of the facility at Nakyesasa positions Makerere University for robust research and technology transfer in the dairy sub-sector as part of the institution’s continued contribution to national development. He extended an open invitation to Ambassador PARK Sung-Soo to be a part Makerere‘s plans to develop its seven square mile acre property in Kyankwanzi District as well as the Buyana Stock Farm in Mpigi District.
“I wish to pledge the Council’s commitment to continuously improving the framework conditions for research through policy making, facility linkages with the relevant government entities and mobilising the required human resources” he concluded.
Reiterating the emphasis of agriculture to Uganda’s economy, Ambassador PARK Sung-Soo admitted that the sector has been a pertinent issue in the Republic of Korea’s partnership strategy with Uganda. He added that the KUDaP project is very meaningful for the future of Uganda because as everybody knows, this future lies in rural development.
“Agriculture including livestock and dairy industry is the backbone of Uganda’s economy. The dairy industry is especially a promising sector in Uganda’s agriculture; it is growing at a rate of 8-10% every year” remarked the H.E. Park.
The Ambassador added that the new President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. YOON Suk-Yeol is desirous of strengthening his country’s relationship with African Heads of State, with a special Korea-Africa summit planned for the second half of 2024 in Seoul. “I am 100% sure that this event will create new momentum to open a new chapter in the Korea-Africa cooperation and I believe that Uganda will be a part of this history-making process.”
He congratulated Makerere University upon celebrating 100 years of existence and pledged to continue strengthening cooperation and knowledge exchange with the institution. “I really hope that through this dairy project, Korea and Uganda may strengthen our mutual understanding and trust and extend our cooperation and collaboration into other fields and areas.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe emphasised the readiness by Makerere and CoVAB to demonstrate that they are doing things differently especially as they celebrate their 100th and 50th anniversaries respectively.
“The facility was have launched today is a demonstration that we are ready to do things differently and that we are becoming more relevant to our community. As the top national university, we must address the challenges that face our country, whose population is growing exponentially” remarked Prof. Nawangwe.
The Vice Chancellor through the Ambassador thanked the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for the generous support that led to the establishment of the facility that will benefit not only Makerere but also Ugandan farmers in the dairy sub-sector.
“I wish to pledge our total commitment to ensure the proper management and maintenance of this facility. We will play the role expected of us, especially the recruitment of the necessary human resource and payment of all the utility bills” said Prof. Nawangwe.
Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary MAAIF, Dr. Ademun Okurut noted that the Dairy Demonstration Farm will play an important role in improving the livelihood of approximately 1.7million Ugandan households who depend on milk for nutrition, food security and employment.
“Currently we are running the Parish Development Model (PDM) and our extension service is now going further to ensure that production reaches the remaining 35% of our population that are not in the money economy” remarked Dr. Ademun Okurut.
She further shared that the Government had developed and is actively promoting a strategy on food and animal feed security, aimed at responding to the two failed season and alleviating any foreseeable shortages both in the short and long-term.
Dr. Ademun Okurut congratulated Makerere University on the project milestone, noting that it was an indication of institutional commitment to address the needs of our community. She acknowledged the fruitful collaboration with JNBU and the financial support of KRC and pledged her Ministry’s commitment to continued partnership with Makerere University and the furtherance of KUDaP as well as other projects of national importance.
On behalf of KRC, Hon. KIM Byung-Soo congratulated the Ugandan Government, Makerere University the Project Manager Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo upon the successful completion of the project, noting that it was an affirmation of “cooperation based on the principles of reciprocity and mutual interest”.
“I hope that after this ceremony, the corresponding Ministries and departments in Uganda and Korea will make further efforts to promote our cooperation in order to take Korea-Uganda relations and strategic partnership to a higher level” he added.
As any proud father would the Principal CoVAB, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine could not help but speak with pride of what would be achieved through the Dairy Development Farm facility. “This opening ceremony marks the beginning of yet another and major phase of implementing successful dairy farming, and this will need optimum commitment from us as managers and sustained support of the University and Government as owners of the farm.”
Prof. Mwiine added that the facility is set to exhibit the desirable practices that will lead to increased milk productivity by Ugandan farmers and hands-on training for University students. He added that CoVAB strongly supports the establishment of the facility and would like to nurture it to grow into a self-sustaining training and research centre of the college.
He thanked JNBU represented by Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo for the excellent collaboration and support for the successful initiation and implementation of KUDaP. He appreciated Prof. William Bazeyo for the great guidance, astuteness and good eye as Chairperson of the KUDaP Steering Committee and Prof. Robert Tweyongyere for his dedicated work as KUDaP Principal Investigator.
Prof. Tweyongyere in addition to acknowledging the support from Korean Government, JNBU, Ugandan Government and the Leadership of Makerere University noted that the beginning of the implementation phase calls for the establishment of another phase of infrastructure. He noted that as a Demonstration Farm, the facility will need to put in place training facilities and housing for all prospective students.
“In the next phase, apart from maintaining a healthy vibrant herd of animals, we need to cater for processing and value addition, as well as research, training and knowledge transfer to the community. We have already enrolled into a partnership of the dairy network and we want to ensure that we can be beneficial to our partners” said Prof. Tweyongyere.
The Dairy Development Farm facility will receive thirty thousand doses of Korean Holstein Fresian semen and two hundred embryos of Korean Holstein Fresian cattle. It comprises an office block, Integrated Micro Organism (IMO) cattle shed, state-of-the-art milking parlour, cattle dip, spray race and silage making facilities as well as farm implements such as two tractors and two pick-up trucks. The structures are surrounded by fields planted with highly nutritious Chloris gayana grass for hay and crops for silage production. A banana plantation has also been established to make the most of the manure produced by the cattle.
The event was moderated by Prof. Lawrence Mugisha, from the Department of Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Resources, SVAR, CoVAB and the Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango.
At the same occasion, Makerere University presented appreciation awards to; Hon. KIM Byung-Soo, Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo, Prof. William Bazeyo and Norbrook (Uganda) Limited. In the same spirit, KRC presented appreciation awards to; Mrs. Lorna Magara, Counsel Innocent Kihika, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Prof. William Bazeyo, Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine, Dr. Michael Kansiime, Prof. Robert Tweyongyere and Dr. Clare Mugasa.
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