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Call for Applications: MAK-ImS PhD, Masters, Non-Degree Fellowship Scholarships

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The Makerere University School of Medicine Implementation Science (MAK-ImS) Training program with funding from the United States National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Center is offering scholarships for PhD, Masters and non-degree fellowship in Implementation Science

MAK-ImS is a collaboration between Makerere University College of Health Sciences and University of California San Francisco in the USA. The goal of this training program is to create sustained growth of an ImS research environment at Makerere University and the application of ImS to bear on HIV research and service delivery on a larger scale.

This call for applications targets; junior and mid-level faculty, graduate trainees in Public Health, Clinical- and Social sciences, researchers and HIV implementers with demonstrated interest in developing generalizable approaches which enhance the uptake of evidence-based healthcare practices to optimize outcomes along the continuum of HIV care.

The program is soliciting applications for research training positions in the following categories;

1. PhD program

2. Master’s degree program in the fields of: (MMed) in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics, Master’s in Public Health (MPH); Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MSc CEB), Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Economics, Information Technology at Makerere University with demonstrated research experience.

3. Long-term non-degree fellowship program (1-2 years)

PhD training at Makerere University

Eligibility criteria

• Have a Masters’ degree in Medicine, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics & Information Technology or any Biomedical / Health related field.

• Demonstrated interest in research and HIV care and prevention and potential to grow into an independent researcher.

• Has a near completed or completed proposal with a clear ImS component and willing to conduct a rigorously mentored dissertation project in this area as part of the degree program.

• Commitment to develop and maintain a productive career devoted to implementation research on the treatment and prevention of HIV/ AIDS.

• Must be either a junior or mid-level faculty at Makerere University or a staff of an HIV research/ implementing project or working in a relevant program at Makerere University or the Ministry of Health.

• Have clear training timelines, details of the training support needed and justification for the support.

• Ready to undertake training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a one-year UCSF Online Certificate in Implementation Science.

2. Masters training at Makerere University

Eligibility criteria

• Should be enrolled on any of the following programs; Master’s degree in- Public Health (MPH), Medicine (Internal Medicine or Pediatrics), Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Services Research and Social Sciences.

• Should have a concept or proposal with a clear ImS component and should have completed at least one year of graduate training by August 2021. For MPH-Distance Education course, one must have completed at least two years.

• Demonstrated interest in HIV research, care and prevention.

3. Non-degree fellowship in Implementation Science

This is a 2-year fellowship program targeting junior and mid-level faculty at Makerere University, policy makers, researchers and HIV implementers.

Trainees will undertake courses in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Implementation science to be equipped with knowledge and skills in ImS research, scientific writing and presentation so as to conduct a mentored HIV research project which must be published in an open access peer-reviewed journal.

Eligibility criteria:

• Having a masters’ degree in any Biomedical /Health or behavioral science related field.

• A good research training and publication background in HIV related field.

• Must have a concept or near completed HIV-related research proposal with an ImS component and willing to conduct a mentored research focused on HIV BSS.

The following are the broad HIV/AIDS Research priority areas (Themes). Applicants are encouraged to develop concepts from these themes.

(a) Research to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS e.g. implementation research on pre-exposure prophylaxis.

(b) Implementation research to ensure initiation of treatment as soon as diagnosis has been made, retention and engagement in these services, and achievement and maintenance of optimal prevention and treatment responses.

(c) HIV-associated comorbidities and co-infections (e. g Cardiovascular, Neurological, Malignancies and TB).

NB: All trainees must complete trainings in; Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Protection of Human Research Participants (PHRP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) before conducting research involving human subjects.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Application letters should be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vita, copies of academic credentials, recommendation letters from two professional references or mentors experienced in HIV research, Personal Development Plan (Fellowship only), proof of admission at Makerere University (Master’s) and a Concept/ proposal of your proposed ImS HIV research project. The letters should be addressed to the Training Coordinator, Mak-ImS Project and sent to;

Email: ims.chs[at]mak.ac.ug

Submit applications Before: Friday, 23rd JULY, 2021

Article originally published by MakSPH

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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

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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

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