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

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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.

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MU-JHU Positions: Locum Midwives/Nurses – WOMANPOWER Study June 2021

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Female staff at the Makerere University –Johns Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration Family Care Centre. Photo credit: MU-JHU

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.

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Psychological Services for Community Members While Home

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Female Students hold a group discussion at the Main Campus, Makerere University.

COVID-19 is a terrible disease that has brought about so many psychological challenges within the population but with many more effects to the students and the entire community. Already as students were departing yesterday they made remarks like “shall we ever finish?” “Let us go and get married” etc. They put on faces of sadness, anxiety, and many other forms of negative emotions. At their homes parents too some are having other challenges and anxieties that we need to help them deal with.

The Counselling and Guidance Centre is going to intensify its online presence as an avenue to reach out to the community. We shall do the following:

  1. With support from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) staff we developed an App UniCare which people can download and reach a counsellor of their choice via e-mail, telephone, chat etc at any time at their convenience.
  2. We intend to have a zoom session every fortnight addressing a topic of interest basing on the prevailing need.
  3. Yesterday we held a meeting with student leaders who promised to work with us to deliver any content we develop to students via students’ WhatsApp groups.
  4. We are going to have continuous engagements with students via the Counselling and Guidance Centre Twitter and Facebook accounts.

We lost a student (Byengyera Natasha) from the School of Law to suicide on Sunday and she will be buried tomorrow.

We want to do our best to provide all support possible using the avenues above to support members of the community and we call upon you to reach out to as many students as possible with this information. Thank you very much.

We build for the future.

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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MakSPH Annual Report 2020

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Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor & Dean, School of Public Health, Makerere University.

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to introduce our 2020 Annual Report, which illustrates the Makerere University School of Public Health, (MakSPH)’s shared commitment to advancing excellence in public health education, research, and innovation in Uganda and beyond.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Public Health teams working together with the Ministry of Health and other partners moved fast towards enhancing the knowledge and awareness of our communities and other public health interventions to combat the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate a public health crisis that has thrown the world into disarray. We quickly adapted to the new normal, moving to working in a virtual environment and using blended approaches, to deliver our teaching, learning and research activities.

The pandemic has been a great challenge and slowed down several activities. However, this challenge has also propelled us towards fast-tracking some of our planned advancements including virtual
learning and partnerships, and has accelerated our public health innovations in a bid to contribute solutions to the current and future public health challenges.

Research

Our research has focused on current issues to support evidence-based decision making, and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on essential health and other services, especially in vulnerable groups such as adolescents and children, refugees, among others.

Construction

In 2020, we embarked on construction of our new home that we hope will reduce the space constraints for our staff and students. I am happy to report that the construction is now under way at Makerere University Main Campus. We are sincerely grateful to our partners, sponsors and staff for the efforts towards this great move.

Community Engagement

Our teams have maintained a very active community engagement focus and working with various stakeholders to share research findings and support processes for knowledge translation. We have also maintained a high level of scientific research outputs including over 250 peer reviewed publications in 2020. I cannot thank our researchers enough for this great effort.

Grants

The number of partnerships, grants and volume of work at the School has grown within Uganda and the African region. We are very grateful to our funders; partners and stakeholders for this continued growth.

I acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by all our staff, students and alumni. We look forward to another productive year and decade of better service to our communities.

Have a nice read.

Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze,
Professor & Dean, School of Public Health, Makerere University

Please Downloads for the full report.

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