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MakSPH Introduces Uganda Road Safety Journalists’ Award



In an effort to recognise quality journalism among journalists and media professionals in Uganda, the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) has introduced the 2021 Uganda Road Safety Journalists Award.

The award will be one of the activities crowning the National Road Safety week event that will be commemorated in December this year.

“We are looking to announce the winners during this year’s National Road Safety week which is in December,” says Dr. Olive Kobusingye, an Accident &  Emergency surgeon and injury epidemiologist at the School of Public Health.

Journalists from electronic, print and web media with reporting interests in road safety in Uganda are eligible to participate.

Any journalist that wishes to compete for this award has between June and November to make their submissions.

“The purpose of this award is to encourage journalists to report impactfully, meaningfully and interestingly about road safety issues in order to compel those that have a mandate to improve road safety and those that use the roads to work towards safer roads,” Dr. Kobusingye notes.

She adds that the underlying reason for this award stems from Uganda’s road safety record which is currently poor with very high rates of crashes and fatalities as well as non-fatal injuries that result in disabilities.

“We realise that journalists have a critical contribution to make in this road safety campaign. Quite often we as researchers put out research papers, reports and often they are not digested in a manner that non-technical people can consume. But journalists can take research outputs and communicate them in a way that the is meaningful and usable to different audiences,” Dr. Kobusingye.

To qualify for this award, a journalist must have produced stories that contribute to road safety including but not limited to the burden of road traffic crashes, factors that lead to unsafe roads, efforts that are being made to improve road safety, reflect a multisectoral approach from across the different bodies/ institutions that relate to road safety, among others.

At its 74th session on August 31 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on improving global road safety in which it proclaimed the period of 2021-2030 as the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50% for the ten-year period.

The resolution compels Member States to continue action through 2030 on all the road safety-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals including target 3.6.

Dr. Kobusingye observes that this decade of action is a golden opportunity and a rallying point on actions agreed by Member States, including Uganda, which calls for political commitment, involvement of private sector, focusing on Non-Motorised Transport, vehicle standards and routine inspections as well as having good laws and their enforcement.

For more details regarding this award contact Mr. Bonny Balugaba on bbalugaba[at]

By Davidson Ndyabahika, communications officer at Makerere University School of Public Health for more information on dndyabahika[at] 

Article originally published on MakSPH website


Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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