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Mental Health in an Unequal World – World Mental Health Day 2021

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We take care of our hair, brush our teeth, take a bathe, go to hospital when we are sick but we often ignore seeking mental health services. When having psychological challenges, emotional pains, growth needs, relationship challenges we want to bury them under the sand. Mental health has often been stigmatized in spite of its usefulness in driving the body. It is even harder for the children, people living in rural areas, the physically impaired, the poor, the old to receive mental health services.

Makerere University Counselling and Guidance Centre has endeavored to address challenges of stigma, discrimination, lack of awareness and access by the Makerere University Community. You can access counselling services physically at the Counselling and Guidance Centre on Mary Stuart Road opposite Mary Stuart Hall or virtually via the UniCare App.

The mind and body are connected. In fact, the body functions better with a healthy mind. Yet the mind is often neglected. The statement Mens sana in corpore sano “A healthy mind in a health body” summarizes all that must be done to ensure that individuals have optimal physical and mental health to reap the benefits of mental health fitness which include increased productivity, creativity, optimism, increase in focus and memory, increase in processing speed and ability to develop new and productive habits.

Finally, let each one of us promote mental health by starting with themselves. Don’t fear to seek for help because normal people like you and me are the ones who are meant to receive mental health services. Emotional, psychological breakdown is normal. Mental illness is like any other illnesses that we take to health facilities to treat. Support those with mental health challenges instead of judging and discriminating them. Teach others about mental health. Finally, do all that you can to ensure mental health hygiene. Just like flue or Covid-19, mental health good or bad is contagious. If one of us is not okay and is not supported they will contaminate and affect others. Taking care of others, being concerned about others mental health is being concerned about ours too. When there is good mental health in the community everyone benefits and so we are happy and thrive. Happy mental health day.

Henry Nsubuga
Manager, Counselling and Guidance Centre,
Plot 106, Mary Stuart Road (Opposite Mary Stuart Hall),
Makerere University
Email: henry.nsubuga[at]mak.ac.ug
Tel: +256-772-558022

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

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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

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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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