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THRiVE Newsletter Oct-Dec 2021

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The end of 2021 is here and yet it feels like the year started yesterday. That is a reminder that though time is an everpresent resource, it is an irreplaceable perishable good. Within the limits of what is humanly possible we should complete the work that should be completed today. We should embrace 2022 with a resolve to complete what must be completed as soon as possible and before diverting to new agendas.

I thank all stakeholders for making THRiVE a recognised high-quality research capacity building initiative contributing immensely to enhancing excellence in research and science on the African continent especially in East Africa. It is gratifying to see that resident African researchers are increasingly winning globally competitive grants and contributing to the global health research agendas important to Africa. Dr Francis Collins, who has been NIH Director (USA) for 12 years, summarised this very well on his last day in that office on December 19, 2021. He reiterated the importance of funding African investigators directly to identify and pursue research-based solutions for local priorities. He stated, “Scientists on the African continent are now the recipients of one-third of all NIH merit-based grant awards to foreign institutions globally—a stark reversal from the scenario ten years ago, when virtually all NIH support to African scientists constituted sub-contracts to U.S. institutions”. In this respect with this we celebrate all our Fellows. Success in grant making is illustrated in this issue of THRiVE News by Angelina Kakooza, a post-doc fellow who recently won an NIH grant to research on epilepsy. She is a very strong advocate for embedding public engagement in research, an area THRiVE has emphasized in doctoral training.

Merry Christmas, Happy holidays, and a prosperous New year.

Prof. Nelson Sewankambo
Director, THRiVE Consortium

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New Tools for Paediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory in Children developed

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Dr. Angelina Kakooza, Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University.

Dr. Angelina Kakooza an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences (CHS) conducted a study to adapt the Paediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) for Uganda. The PEDI was originally developed and standardized to measure functional performance in American children. The study performed by Prof. Kakooza and the research team is the first of its kind conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. The study describes the adaptation, translation, and validation process undertaken to develop a culturally relevant PEDI for Uganda (PEDI‐UG).

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Stressed in Doing vs. Enjoyment in Doing

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The Head, Department of Performing Arts and Film (PAF)-Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza and her students lead the Academic Procession out of the Freedom Square on Day 3 of the 70th Graduation, 16th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

There is a lot of craze with doing and doing. As the year begins we all have fresh goals greatly enthusiastic about fulfilling by the close of 2022. In addition, we carry along with us past behaviours that are stressful though they seem enjoyable as we do them like being overly glued to social media. There is a skewness to doing than being for most people. The majority of the people students, staff and other people elsewhere hardly enjoy the doing.

COMBINING BEING AND DOING

We all know that there is more to life than doing yet it is often difficult to enjoy the doing. We actually pride ourselves in doing over being. The truth is we are more productive, enjoy ourselves more, have more meaning in life, have better relationships at work if we enjoy the doing rather than being stressed in the doing. Each one of us needs to ask ourselves whether we are stressed in the doing or enjoy the doing.

Wherever your heart gets racing as you do any piece of work stop for a while and find balance. That is the moment to assess yourself whether you are stressed in the doing or you are enjoying the doing. Endeavour to enjoy the doing.

Happy New year of doing and being.

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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HEPI-SHSSU Newsletter December 2021

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Cover Page of the HEPI-SHSSU Newsletter December 2021.

Greetings from the HEPI-SHSSU project. We are delighted to present to you the Fifth Edition of the HEPI Newsletter.

We are in the fourth year of HEPI Project implementation, and we have had great accomplishments in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The articles reflect what has happened during the last four years. The Scientific Conference was a great success and we hope that we will continue to have these conferences on an annual basis.

We are excited by the research capacity built among undergraduate, graduate students as well as faculty. We are proud of the many publications that are coming out of the research effort.

This edition highlights some benefits from many of the HEPI Partners and the key areas of the HEPI project.

I hope that faculty and students fully utilise the HEPI project to enhance student-centered learning, faculty development, research in the field of health professions education, non-communicable diseases and other priority areas including HIV/AIDS. We should specifically continue to build capacity for e-learning and other innovative methods of learning.

I hope you enjoy reading the articles in this edition.

I wish you a happy and prosperous 2022.

Professor Sarah Kiguli
Principal Investigator, HEPI Project

TOPICS:

  • Transforming Health Professions Education (HPE) Post Conference Report
  • Beyond clinical practice to capacity building during Post Graduate Selective placement
  • The HEPI-SHSSU Scholarship in Family Medicine-A life-changing experience
  • How it all came to be!
  • Online pedagogy: HEPI’s Indelible mark on Busitema University
  • The experience of clinical teaching at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital as a Student of a Master of Science in Health Professions Education
  • Participation experiences in the NETWORK TOWARD UNITY FOR HEALTH Annual Conference Held 21st to 23rd July, 2021
  • A timely support that guaranteed my completion of the Master’s Degree, thus realising my dream
  • The Health Professions Education training: An important opportunity to appreciate the need to improve trainer knowledge, skills and competencies
  • The influence of knowledge of postnatal danger signs on maternal health
  • The Nurtured Talent
  • Rise from the Ashes: COVID-19 Patient Number 3166
  • HEPI not only gave me the opportunity to learn research but also to build my professional network
  • HEPI-A Special Thank You!
  • What they don’t tell us about research as undergraduate students that HEPI has told me!
  • Improving in-service health workers research capacity through health professional development trainings: experiences from a rural setting in Uganda
  • Publications from the HEPI Supported Research: July 2020 – June 2021

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