By Nakitandwe Rebecca Melisa
Population Movement Across Border (POPCAB) assessments indicate that border districts in Uganda are at a higher risk of exposure to infectious diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease and COVID-19. In Uganda, majority of the first COVID-19 confirmed cases were truck drivers intercepted at Points of Entry (POEs). As such, health facilities and other community locations along truck routes and border crossings are at risk. Yet a 2019 global baseline UNICEF report indicated that 1 in 4 healthcare facilities lack basic water, 1 in 5 have no sanitation, 42% lack hand hygiene at the point of care, and 40% lack systems to segregate waste.
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Infectious Diseases Institute-IDI/CDC Alcohol-Based Hand Rub (ABHR) Project within the IHR Global Health Security Program (GHSP) began operations in border districts with a goal to increase access to handwashing facilities and ABHR use in health facilities and community locations along truck routes and border crossings.
A prior POPCAB assessment conducted in Amuru district by the project identified 4 health facilities and 22 community locations including checkpoints, locations within the POE, markets, guest houses, and schools as priority locations. These were earmarked to be supported by the project for a year. A baseline assessment was conducted on the identified locations prior to the intervention.
The IDI CDC ABHR project team held a stakeholder meeting with Amuru district leadership and community location leaders to introduce the project activities in the district as well as disseminate findings of the assessments conducted. The intervention package, which includes the provision of ABHR, handwashing stations/refurbishing any existing broken ones, IEC materials as well as onsite infection prevention/hygiene and sanitation training, was discussed followed by a tour of the ABHR production unit already established by IDI at the Amuru District Headquarters in a space provided by the district. For sustainability, IDI will build capacity of four district staff in the production, distribution, and quality control of ABHR.
Alliance for Global Health and Science 2021 Virtual Institute
The Alliance for Global Health and Science (the Alliance) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and Makerere University. The Alliance seeks to make a tangible, enduring impact by focusing on locally identified health research needs and strengthening collaborations between faculty at UC Berkeley and Makerere University.
The Alliance Summer Institute is an opportunity for Makerere University students to learn cutting edge, vital skillsets for bioscience researchers from world class scientists from the University of California system, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, SciDIP Global, and Makerere University. This year, the Institute will be held completely virtually, keeping in mind the public health crisis of COVID-19.
If you are interested in participating in the Summer Institute, please fill out this application form which can be found at: https://forms.gle/d1WZVBin3sbfyZdF6
All applications require 1) a letter of interest outlining which course(s) you are interested in participating in, how you will benefit from this coursework, and how you intend on using it to advance your scientific career, and 2) an up-to-date resume listing relevant prerequisites, experience, and coursework with references.
Applications are due by June 30th, 2021 at the latest. The courses being offered this year are as
- Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing and Genomic Epidemiology (July 19 – 30)
- Bioentrepreneurship: Small Molecule Therapeutic and Diagnostic Development (July 19 – 23)
- Bioinformatics: Covid19 Pandemic Genome Sequence Analysis and Phylogenomics (August 2 – 13)
- Scientific Diplomacy (August 2 – 13)
- Concepts and techniques in modern vaccine design for global infectious disease (July 26 – August 6)
- Scientific Grantwriting & Presentation (August 9 – 13)
Please see Downloads for details.
Call for Applications: MakNCD Non-Degree Research Support
The Makerere University Non-Communicable Disease (MAK-NCD) Research Training Program, funded by the United States National Institute of Health-Fogarty international centre is a collaboration between Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Johns Hopkins University. The overall goal of this training program is to develop a comprehensive mentored research-training program in Uganda that will build local capacity to address the challenges of NCD control and management and promote the use of research findings to inform decision-making and policy.
This call for applications is targeting mainly junior researchers and Graduates at Makerere University with interest in building an independent research career in NCD.
A stipend and mentorship support for up to 12 months will be available to the selected candidates
Criteria for selection:
- Must have a concept or a research idea proposal in one of the following NCD areas; Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD), Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) & Hypertension.
- Demonstrated interest in NCD research studies focusing on biomedical sciences, Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Implementation Science research and Policy.
- Commitment to develop and maintain a productive career devoted to NCD
- Must have two (2) mentors in the proposed area of research.
- Must commit 40% of their time (2 working days) to the fellowship. A letter of support from an immediate supervisor stating that you can commit this time is required
The following are the broad NCD Research priority areas (themes). Applicants are encouraged to develop concepts from these themes.
- (a) Chronic Respiratory Diseases
- (b) Cardiovascular Diseases
- (c) Diabetes
- (d) Renal diseases
- A monthly stipend will be provided upon development of a full proposal and clearance of the proposed study with appropriate IRB
- Short courses in Bioethics, Good clinical Practice, Good laboratory Practice, Grant writing, Data Analysis and Manuscript writing.
- Support to submit at least 1 paper in an indexed peer-reviewed journal as first author for publication
- Fellows that achieve set targets will be supported to apply for additional grant funding to conduct primary research
- Platform to develop into an independent Researcher in the NCD field
- Email Makncd.firstname.lastname@example.org to request for the application form and CV template
- Submit completed application, detailed CV, 2 letters of recommendation, letter of support from immediate supervisor stating that you can commit 40% of your time to the fellowship to Makncd.email@example.com, cc to Program Manager. Dr. Charles Batte firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission of applications: 9th July,2021.
“Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted”
MU-JHU Positions: Locum Midwives/Nurses – WOMANPOWER Study June 2021
The Makerere University-Johns Hopkins (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration – MU-JHU CARE LTD, a Kampala – based equal opportunities Clinical Research and Service Delivery Organisation with more than 350 employees is seeking interested, committed and reliable professionals with the described qualifications to apply for the Locum positions listed below in support of the EDCTP funded studies. The positions are Locum positions on short term contract for 6 months.
1. Locum Midwife/Nurse: multiple positions
Reports To: Nurse Coordinator
Duty station: MUJHU, Kisenyi HCIV and Kawempe National Referral Hospital
Required qualifications and profile:
A Diploma in Midwifery/Nursing, with current registration for practice from the Uganda Nurses and Midwives councils (UNMC) with interest in working in a busy labour ward with minimum supervision. The candidates are required to have worked for at least three (3) years in a busy health centre/institution. Previous work experience in a clinical research environment and/or with HIV, TB and/or MCH clinical care would be a strong advantage. Computer literacy is required. The successful candidates should be willing and able to work extended duty shifts i.e. 12 hour day, and 12 hour night shifts, including public holidays and weekends.
The holder of this position will work under the direct supervision of the Nurse Coordinator with guidance from the Head of Nursing Section, and will be responsible for the following duties:
- Working closely with other health professionals/research staff to obtain consents.
- Provide midwifery/nursing care to study participants as well as do phlebotomy, cord blood sampling and other sample collection as required.
- Collect data using tablets and laptops.
- Participate in study data quality assurance and control.
- Any other duties reasonably assigned by the relevant authorities.
- Maintain professional GCP/HSP accreditation and complete study specific training as required.
Applications with complete C.Vs, including 3 referees and their full addresses or contact Telephone numbers, copies of academic certificates and testimonials, should be hand delivered to: MU-JHU Human Resource Manager, through the reception on first floor, MUJHU 1 Building – not later than 25th June, 2021 by 5.30pm.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Successful candidates will be expected to start work immediately.