The Makerere University School of Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (MakSPH-METS) Program is a five-year (2020-2025) CDC-funded Cooperative Agreement. The MakSPH-METS program emerged out of the growing recognition of the importance of evidence-based decision making for an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda. The overall purpose of the Program is to establish coordinated and effective national and district systems for the management of strategic information for a robust HIV response. We seek to recruit dynamic, competent, and experienced candidates to fill the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer -NTLP
|Title:||Monitoring and Evaluation Officer|
|Department:||Department of National Disease Control|
|Division||Tuberculosis and Leprosy Division|
|Reports directly to||Data Manager & Epidemiologist|
|Reports indirectly to||Assistant Commissioner of Health Services/TB & Leprosy|
|Duty station:||MoH/NTLP offices, Wandegeya|
|Commitment:||One Year, Renewal is Subject to Funding & Performance|
General Description of the National TB and Leprosy Program
The National TB and Leprosy Division (NTLP) is a division under the Department of National Disease Control in the Ministry of Health whose overall functions are to establish country wide quality diagnosis and treatment services for TB and Leprosy and to coordinate the implementation of TB and Leprosy control activities.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is recruited by METS on secondment to work with the National TB Leprosy Division (NTLP) headquarters in Wandegeya, Kampala. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will work closely with the technical team at NTLP to support establishment of an integrated electronic case-based surveillance system (eCBSS) for TB and leprosy, will support in strengthening the quality of data in DHIS2, support in conducting supply chain related Monitoring and Evaluation and institutionalized web-based data collection at NTLP.
Key functions and responsibilities will include:
- Support establishment of electronic TB/leprosy Case Based Surveillance System (eCBSS) (40%)
- Support the establishment of case-based surveillance system for TB/leprosy
- Together with the TB Epidemiologist, provide support to the design and development of the eCBSS to meet the project needs within time and cost constraints in collaboration with the consultant
- Support the pilot testing of the eCBSS
- Resolve end user hardware and software issues in a timely and professional manner in collaboration with the consultant
- Perform system monitoring and analysis, and performance tuning to track system performance
- In collaboration with the consultant, troubleshoot system hardware, software, networks, and operating systems
- Develop system access criteria, monitor, and control all system access; and implement security controls to secure computer system and ensure data integrity
- Provide IT support to the user community by interfacing with them.
- Support in strengthening TB/leprosy Data Quality (40%)
- Monitoring and reviewing data that is entered in DHIS2 and eCBSS checking for completion and accuracy on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis
- Data cleaning – identifying, assessing and resolving any data quality issues.
- Working with districts and regional structures to resolve any data quality issues.
- Developing data use and data quality best practice guidelines and providing user training.
- Providing ad-hoc support to ensure that best practice is followed.
- Addressing the root cause of data inconsistencies and recommending improvements.
- Ensuring that the program has complete and accurate data to support decision making.
- Measuring and reporting to management on the progress of data quality improvement.
- Conducting periodic data analysis as
- Monitoring & evaluation support for TB/leprosy Supply Chain (10%)
- Support the coordination of the reporting and ordering for TB medicines in a timely manner and the follow up of non-reporting facilities.
- At the end of every cycle, retrieve, analyze, and provide information on reporting rates, consumption data and patient statistics from the TB medicines web-based ordering and reporting system (TWOS) and any non-web-based orders submitted to the warehouse for bimonthly reporting
- In collaboration with the MOH/DHI, routine monitoring of system uptime and maintenance of the system and support update and maintenance of the MoH health facility inventory and periodic update of TB accredited facilities
- Conduct logistics trainings in use of TWOS and provide technical support to system users
- Review TWOS logistics data and identify facility based logistic gaps for periodic Facility Data Quality Assessments
- Prepare periodical TB data quality reports
- Support establishment and institutionalization of online/web-based data collection for TB/leprosy
- Lead establishment of online data collection, management, and analysis efforts
- Together with activity leads, participate in the development of survey, support supervision and assessment web-based data collection tools
- Support capacity building for web-based data collection
- Lead in data management and analysis for generated data
- Support in dissemination of support supervision, data quality assessment results to stakeholders
Position minimum qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Quantitative Economics, IT/Computer science, or Epidemiology/Biostatistics and/ or any other relevant qualifications
Desired Experience & Qualifications
- At least 4 years of working experience in Monitoring and evaluation in the context of TB/HIV/AIDS or any other health related program area.
- Strong skills in data analysis and vast experience in working with DHIS2
- Experience working with large databases and data analysis
- Experience developing and or automating dashboards
- Strong skills in oral and written English
- Experience with HIS applications that are currently used in Uganda for disease surveillance
- Expertise in documentation, presentation tools, and project management tools
How to apply:
Qualifying candidates should submit motivational letter, resume with contacts of three (3) professional referees and copies of all relevant academic documents as ONE PDF FILE to mets[at]musph.ac.ug by 5:00pm on 15th January 2022. Clearly indicate the position you are applying for in the email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
MakSPH-METS is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Boy Children Report More Physical & Emotional Abuse
By George Kisetedde
On 3rd August, 2022, the CHDC (Child Health and Development Centre) disseminated study findings from one of the research studies carried out at the centre. These findings were presented under the title,“The Prevention of Violence against Children and Women: Baseline and Implementation Science Results from Parenting Cluster Randomised Trial.” Moderated by Dr. Anthony Batte, a lecturer at CHDC. Study findings were presented by Joseph Kahwa, the trial manager of the Parenting for Responsibility (PfR) project, under which this study falls.
Kahwa described PfR as a community based parenting programme delivered to both male and female parents. This programme aims to improve parenting skills, prevent violence against children, and to improve spousal relationships.
Findings from the study
Findings from this study showed that parents maltreat boy children more than girl children. The boys reported more emotional and physical violence than girls. Furthermore, the boy children reported that male caregivers specifically, maltreat them more. On the other hand, the girl children reported more sexual violence from caregivers than boys. On the whole, the children reported that female caregivers emotionally and physically abused them more compared to male caregivers.
More findings, according to Kahwa, showed that 46.5% of parents in Amuru can provide their children with soap to wash, 44.5% can provide school fees, 44.4% can provide school materials, 44.2% can provide new clothes, 43.3% can buy school uniform, and 35.9% can provide a pair of shoes.
How the research is conducted
The study is divided into 16 group sessions. The first 9 sessions are single sex, that is, male caregivers and female caregivers train separately. The next 7 sessions are mixed with male and female participants combined during training.
Kahwa explained that this programme was initiated to deal with VAC (violence against children) and IPV (intimate partner violence). These two vices are closely linked and have a significant impact on how children turn out.
Kahwa added that the PfR research programme aims at addressing the four major factors that may lead to VAC/IPV. These include; poor parental bonding, harsh parenting, unequal gender socialisation and spousal relationships.Poor parental bonding refers to the absence of a healthy close connection between a parent and their child. When a parent and child are not close, the parent may lack empathy for the child and the ability to perceive and respond to their child’s needs. When this bond is weak, a parent is unable to appreciate a child’s needs and can end up being unrealistically tough, which results in harsh parenting. Unequal gender socialisation generally refers to the different expectations that parents have of their children depending on their gender-male or female. The quality of the spousal relationship between parents also affects a child’s life. These four areas are what the parenting sessions concentrate on during the training.
The PfR study employed a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) design. Male and female caregivers were recruited from cluster villages in the Wakiso and Amuru districts in Uganda. One child aged 10 to 14 per household was randomly selected and assessed.
The caregivers were divided into two groups; the intervention group and the control group. The intervention group underwent all the 16 sessions of the training while the control group underwent a 2 session lecture on parenting. The impact of the PfR intervention was then ascertained by comparing baseline and endline results (or the before-and-after experiences of parents). The study participants were from 54 Villages selected in both Amuru and Wakiso districts. 108 caregiver groups (54 groups per intervention)were selected. This resulted in 2328 parents recruited and 886 children.
In conclusion, Mr. Kahwa said that maltreatment is still prevalent in the population. Generally, the PfR programme was well-received by parents and it had ad good attendance from parents. The programme also registered good male engagement. The peer facilitators who were recruited also had great potential in expanding the PfR programme at community level.
This study was conducted by Dr Siu Godfrey as the Principal Investigator. Other members of the team included Carolyn Namutebi, Richard Sekiwunga, Joseph Kahwa, Dr Betty Okot, and Martha Atuhaire. They were supported by the Director from CHDC, Dr. Herbert Muyinda and the CHDC Finance & Administration team. The team from Glasgow & Oxford Universities in the UK included, Prof Daniel Wight, Dr Jamie Lachman , Francisco Calderon and Dr Qing Han. On the other side, the team from the SOS Children’s Village from Gulu and Wakiso included, Rachel Kayaga, Sindy Auma Florence and Godfrey Otto.
Contact: George Kisetedde – firstname.lastname@example.org | Edited by Agnes Namaganda – email@example.com
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!!!
Research and Writers’ Club 2021-2022
Call for Applications: HEPI Masters Support Fellowship
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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