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CHS Annual Report 2020

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It is my pleasure to present to you the report of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), for the year 2020. This report highlights broad activities of the College in our key mandates of teaching, research and service delivery.

I congratulate you for completing 2020 as winners, despite all the challenges that came with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. MakCHS faculty rose up to take the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to grow, innovate and serve humanity by taking leading roles in the national response to COVID-19 pandemic. My special thanks go to all MakCHS faculty who kept on their feet as front-line health care workers to support case COVID-19 case management at Mulago hospital, non-COVID essential medical care at our clinical teaching and service units at Mulago, Kawempe, Kiruddu, and Butabika, Public Health response in the community, and research to generate relevant local data on the pandemic; without forgetting the sustained teaching activities that were blended (online and relevant clinical interactions) to cope with the COVID-19 standard operating procedures. Challenges come to make us stronger! MakCHS faculty demonstrated the strength and utility of multi-disciplinary approaches to epidemic response by harnessing the multidisciplinary expertise in infectious disease care, laboratory diagnostics, disease prevention and control, mental health, mathematical modeling, research and innovation, leadership and communication; among others. The “muscle” MakCHS developed during the COVID-19 pandemic will be utilized to make greater exploits during 2021.

MakCHS has continued to lead innovations in medical education in the region; with the introduction of student-centered learning approaches to medical education; including problem-based learning, community-based education and research as a part of medical training, competence-based training and inter-professional education; all of which are the leading approaches to medical training worldwide. This has contributed greatly to keeping MakCHS a leader in medical training and research in sub-Saharan Africa; ranking second after University of Cape Town.

I congratulate all staff who have earned accolades in their teaching, research and service activities in 2020 and I encourage all MakCHS staff to keep up the habit of excellence. In my new role as Principal, I pledge to work with all our stakeholders; students, academic staff, administrators, partners, collaborators, and policy makers to meet the needs of our communities through our training, medical care, research and innovation programs. I wish you greater exploits for 2021 as we pursue our vision to be a leading and transformational institution for academic excellence and innovation in health sciences in Africa. For God and my Country.

Prof. Damalie Nakanjako
PRINCIPAL

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Makerere Medical Journal: Golden Jubilee Edition 2022

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Cover Page of the Makerere Medical Journal Golden Jubilee Edition 2022.

It’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Golden Jubilee edition of this phenomenal journal. Yes, The Makerere Medical Journal marks 50 years of publication with this year’s edition and all this has been made possible by the endless efforts and contributions of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Staff and students because without your research submissions and financial support, the journal wouldn’t have made it this far. To you reading this, thank you for contributing to the sustainability of this great project, year in year out.

Here’s a quote to ponder on as you delve into this year’s well-crafted articles and it’s by Zora Hurston (1891-1960), “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” And doesn’t that just define our purpose as researchers?!

This edition’s articles cover pertinent topics ranging from Antimicrobial Stewardship, COVID-19 interventions, Oral Health amongst others. It also features student projects, write-ups on student-led organizations and societies that are making a difference in the life of a health sciences’ student and many more interesting writings. Featured in this issue are international manuscripts from countries like Nigeria and we were also honored to work with other universities within the country and feature some of their students’ articles.

I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to my team of editors that engaged in a rigorous peer review process to ensure that the articles published are up to standard. As the editorial team, we are quite pleased to see the number of undergraduates involved in research steadily increasing and all the efforts that have been put in by the different stakeholders to see this happen are commendable.

With that said, I hope you enjoy every second of your read!!!

LINDA ATULINDA,
MBChB IV

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Research and Writers’ Club 2021-2022

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Call for Applications: HEPI Masters Support Fellowship

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Panelists L-R: Professor Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Professor Francis Omaswa, Professor Jehu Iputo and Professor Joel Okullo at the HEPI-ACHEST Health Professions Education Symposium, 17th June 2022, Makerere University.

Applications are invited for the Health Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI-SHSSU) Masters fellowship programme support from postgraduate students of:

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS)
  • Kabale University School of Medicine
  • Clarke International University
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University

The programme will support graduates in their final year of training leading to the award of a Masters degree on any of the Master’s graduate training programs at the stated University for a maximum of 19 successful candidates.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

Inquiries and Applications must be submitted to hepishssu@gmail.com

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Call for Applications: Faculty Research Training

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The Principal MakCHS-Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (6th R), Prof. Sarah Kiguli-PI HEPI (R), Prof. Francis Omaswa-ED ACHEST (8th R), Dr. Safina Museene-MoES (5th R), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze (3rd R), Prof. Joel Okullo (9th R), Prof. Josephine Namboze (7th R), Prof. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde - ACHEST (2nd R) and other Health Experts at the Symposium on 17th June 2022, MakCHS, Makerere University.

Applications are invited from faculty at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kabale School of Medicine, and Clarke International University to undertake training in research.

Limited research funding will be available for research focusing on community-based, clinical, operational, health professions education, epidemiological, biomedical, and research in Communicable Diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.) or non-communicable diseases of importance to Uganda.

Up to 15 applicants will be selected and they will undergo a brief (2 days) didactic training in research proposal development prior to embarking on their research projects. Up to 4,000 US dollars per applicant (depending on budget) will be available to support the research.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3rd October 2022.

Inquiries can be forwarded to the PI, HEPISU Program on hepishssu@gmail.com

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