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Nkobazambogo Stages Run to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness, End GBV among Mak Students



Makerere University Nkobazambogo Students Association in conjunction with the School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) on Sunday 27th February 2022 organized a mini marathon at the Makerere University Freedom Square intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among University students as well as amplify voices against Gender based Violence-GBV.

The event was presided over by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVCAA), Professor Umar Kakumba who set the runners off. Other guests included Dean of Students, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli, and the Patron of Nkobazambogo Dr. Sauda Namyalo, among others.

Associate Professor Umar Kakumba giving his remarks after the marathon (Photo by Alex Mugalu)
Professor Umar Kakumba giving his remarks after the marathon (Photo by Alex Mugalu)

The two kilometre run attracted hundreds of runners who turned up at the Freedom Square to take part in the event. The top five runners in both men and women categories were recognized by the organisers of the event.

In his remarks Professor Kakumba highlighted the vital role of cultural groups in instilling discipline and promoting unity amongst the university students. “First of all cultural groups instill discipline in students and everyone in this world needs disciplined to succeed however intelligent you are; without morals you are less important.”

The Dean of Students applauded the Nkobazambogo Students Association for the initiative and urged them to double their efforts in the cause to end the pandemic. “Universities are at risk of HIV they are risk ins and this is because they are composed of the youth that are sexually active and I believe the students are ideal ambassadors to create awareness and education about HIV/AIDS, they can take this lead by having interventions such sexual public education programs, spreading messages that reduce the risk of HIV transmission and specifically focusing on young people” said Mrs. Kabumbuli.

Mrs. Winfred Kabumbuli the Dean of Students addressing the guests. (Photo by Alex Mugalu)
Mrs. Winfred Kabumbuli the Dean of Students addressing the guests. (Photo by Alex Mugalu)

The Dean of Students added that; “you can play this part by encouraging testing of people who are sexually active and making sure proper counseling in collaboration with Health service providers is made.”

Dr. Saudah Namyalo, Patron Nkobazambogo at Makerere expressed her gratefulness to the students for spearheading the campaign to end Gender Based Violence in Buganda .

“We have seen so many  Gender Based Violence cases such as murder here in Buganda. However, it’s such an interesting and promising thing, seeing youth like you coming up to stop and fight such acts so that they come to an end in Buganda. I know and I believe that you can do it.” Dr. Namyalo revealed.

Associate Professor Umar Kakumba (Middle) Mrs. Winfred Kabumbuli (Second from Right) Kajoba Hamza (First from Left) and Dr. Sauda Namyalo (Third from Left) with winners of the mini-marathon. (Photo by Alex Mugalu)
Professor Umar Kakumba (Middle) Mrs. Winfred Kabumbuli (Second from Right) Kajoba Hamza (First from Left) and Dr. Sauda Namyalo (Third from Left) with winners of the mini-marathon. (Photo by Alex Mugalu)

Kajoba Hamza on behalf of Buganda Kingdom thanked the University fraternity for coming up with such amazing ideas that contribute to the development of Buganda.

“It’s so amazing for students of Makerere University to come together with the University Administration and organize activities like this one which have a good cause for the people of Buganda.” Kajoba said.

Buganda Kingdom in 2020 inaugurated a theme titled “Men for Good Health and Ending AIDS by 2030” intended to end HIV/AIDS in Uganda by 2030. His Highness the Kabaka of Buganda who was appointed as the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for engaging men on HIV prevention in the Eastern and Southern Region of Uganda uses events such as the mini-marathon to sensitize and create awareness of the HIV/AIDS virus by encouraging the youth to take lead in the fight.

According to statistics by UNAIDS, in 2018 1.4 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Statistics further indicate that 84 percent of people living with HIV in 2018 knew their status, 72 percent were on treatment and 64 percent had the virus suppressed. However, Kabaka Mutebi believes the statistics of new transmissions can be overturned if people remain vigilant.


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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