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Mak’s Gloria Seruwagi joins Multi-million GBP Global Innovation Challenge as Judge



By Joseph Odoi

Dr Gloria Seruwagi, a Lecturer at Makerere University with expertise in sociobehavioural sciences, global health and international development, has been selected as Judge for a multi-million-pound global innovation challenge. This is according to a press statement issued by Trinity Challenge in the United Kingdom.

The Trinity Challenge is a global coalition of over 40 members, from across academia, private and public organisations and charities, committed to bringing together the best thinking, capabilities and tools in data and analytics to address future pandemic outbreaks. The coalition is united by the common aim of better protecting the world against health emergencies, using data-driven research and analytics. Some of the Coalition members include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Cambridge, Aviva, Brunswick, Google, Facebook, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), GSK and Microsoft among others.

Dr. Gloria Seruwagi, who is also Team Leader at The Centre for Health and Social Economic Improvement (CHASE-i), will join a global expert panel of judges awarding over £10m to innovators with solutions for future health emergencies. This year’s Trinity Challenge is on “How can data and analytics be used to better identify, respond to, and recover from global health emergencies?”

The Judges

In assembling its judging panel the Trinity Challenge looked for experts and leaders in the fields of technology, analytics and artificial intelligence, public health, epidemiology, investments, non-profit and social sectors.

In her statement, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chair of The Trinity Challenge couldn’t hide her excitement about working with the diverse and expert nature of the Judges on the  panel:“We are excited to convene a judging panel that is representative of the various sectors, industries, and geographies that we hope to engage – in line with our aim to attract the best solutions from anyone, anywhere. Our panel includes some of the world’s pre-eminent experts in analytics, design, public health, epidemiology, and public and social sector. We are confident that these judges will help us identify the most exciting and impactful solutions to better prepare us for the next global health emergency”.

Following her selection Dr. Seruwagi said she was humbled to be joining a great team of expert individuals and institutions committed to creating a more resilient world in this era of unprecedented global health emergencies. MIT Solve has had previous tech-focused collaborations with Makerere University which this participation builds on.

More about the Challenge

Earlier this year, the Trinity Challenge launched its call for submission of solutions to its health innovation Challenge in partnership with MIT Solve. The Challenge will award prizes from up to a total fund of £10m this June 2021 to innovative solutions that use data, digital tools and analytics to help better identify, respond to, and recover from future health emergencies. 

Individual winners stand to receive cash prizes to help them develop, deploy, and scale their solutions for the global public good. They will also benefit from support and mentorship from The Trinity Challenge’s coalition of Members. Members of The Trinity Challenge span organisations from the private sector – including pharma/medtech and tech more broadly, academia, and the social sector.


UniCare App: 24/7 Access to Counselling



UniCare App: 24/7 Access to Professional Counselling Services. Available on Google Play Store.

The Counselling and Guidance Centre (CGC) has developed UniCare, a counselling App for the Makerere University community members (Staff and Students).

Do you have personal concerns that need addressing?

Do you need to improve your life skills?

Are you struggling with something and need to talk to someone professional in confidence?

Then download UniCare from the Play Store and use it at any time of your convenience.

You can access counselling services through instant messaging, phone calls and other forms.


Tel: +256-751-700897
Email: rbaguma[at], henry.nsubuga[at]

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Call for Applications: PhD Fellowships in Bioethics (4th Cohort)



The Davies Lecture Theatre (Right), School of Biomedical Sciences (Blue) and other buildings at the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Mulago Campus, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Applications are invited for PhD fellowships in bioethics from Makerere University College of Health Sciences (CHS) faculty and individuals who participate in the academic activities of the college who are interested and COMMITTED to becoming bioethics scholars.

Successful applicants should be willing to become bioethics scholars as they work within the structured and mentored training programme with a focus on any aspect of international research bioethics related to Health Sciences. Funding will be available to support 2 successful doctoral candidates up to 3 years of accelerated training leading to the award of the Makerere University doctoral degree.


This training is open to faculty including people who contribute to teaching and research at Makerere University or one of its partner institutions in Uganda, who meet any of the following criteria:

a. Able to articulate a clear research bioethics problem of interest to them.
b. Demonstrate prior participation in bioethics, beyond having submitted research proposals to an IRB.
c. Demonstrate a basic understanding of bioethics in order to know that this is an appropriate next step for the applicant.
d. Demonstrate past active participation in bioethics in health service delivery or at the interface of health related ethical-legal issues
e. Provide evidence of experience in research in bioethics and or authorship in this field
f. Prior master’s level or fellowship level training in bioethics or related fields.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Demonstrated interest in doctoral research training and conducting research with a focus on
    research bioethics.
  2. Potential to handle rigorous academic requirements of the doctoral program.
  3. Having a plan for career development
  4. Capacity towards attaining research leadership and international recognition in bioethics.
  5. Female candidates and medical doctors are especially encouraged to apply

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to makbioethics[at] and should consist of a cover letter (1 page only), a resume (not more than 3 pages), a personal statement (Maximum 1 page), a Makerere University formatted PhD research concept (Maximum 10 pages) and two letters of recommendation (sent separately by the referees to makbioethics[at] The personal statement should include your contribution to the academic and research life of a department at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, your aspirations for career progression in the next 5-7 years, research interests and any information you consider relevant.

Closing date for the receipt of applications is 8th October 2021.

Enquiries can be forwarded to the PI, of the PhD bioethics research training Program on makbioethics[at]


  • Application deadline: October 8, 2021
  • Interviews: October 15, 2021
  • Notification date: October 22, 2021
  • Proposed start date: November 1, 2021

Part of this training will take place at Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics in the USA in Year 1 for a total of 2-3 months. Successful candidates will receive a monthly stipend based on USA National Institutes of Health regulations, tuition, research funds and travel to the USA. Applicants should demonstrate excellent communications skills and will be expected to work as part of a highly motivated, result oriented bioethics group.

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IDI Supports Wakiso’s Point of Care Electronic Medical Records



Representatives from IDI, Mildmay Uganda and Wakiso District Leadership that took part in the handover of equipment to support EMR-POC on 13th September 2021.

The Makerere University Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Kampala Region HIV Project handed over equipment worth UGX 460,000,000 to the Wakiso District Leadership to support Point of Care Electronic Medical Records (EMR-POC). This was made possible with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The equipment includes Computers, furniture, biometric scanners and networking equipment for a wireless mesh. In attendance was the Wakiso District Leadership led by the Principal assistant secretary, Ms. Babirye Olivia, as well as representatives from IDI and Mildmay Uganda.

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