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AWE-Change Project Positions: Manager, Clinical Officer, Study Nurse & EEG Technician

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Epilepsy is a common, chronic, non-communicable disease of the brain which can affect any individual irrespective of age, race, sexual, social or geographical boundaries, and contributes approximately 0.5% to the total global burden of disease. The majority of affected individuals (>80%) live in low resource settings such as is found in Uganda, with the poor most at risk in view of their high exposure to other co-existing conditions associated with epilepsy, as well as limitations in accessing appropriate care. The AWE-Change project is an NIH funded initiative set up by the collaboration of researchers from Makerere University, School of Medicine in Uganda and Duke University, School of Medicine in USA to study various aspects of epilepsy in Uganda. The series of studies will clinically characterize epilepsy, and its psychiatric comorbidities and functional impacts, among children and adult cases; describe the magnitude, drivers, and the impact of epilepsy-related stigma on adolescents; and evaluate the impact of a community-based engagement program to reduce stigma among adolescents with epilepsy in Uganda.

The AWE-Change project seeks to employ the following personnel to work on the project and in the respective study clinics to be set up in various districts all over Uganda.

  1. Position:Project Coordinator/Manager. (1 Post)

Qualifications and abilities:

  1. Diploma or degree holder in a social science or health related field. (A Master’s degree will be an added advantage)
  2. Previous experience in the co-ordination of research studies, and some basic understanding of the scientific and ethical aspects of research studies.
  3. Ability to prioritize to appropriate deadlines.
  4. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  5. Computer literacy and experience with MS Office packages.
  6. Professional registration with an accredited organization.
  7. Flexibility to travel and reside in various districts all over Uganda over a two-year period.
  8. Expected to live in a nearby location next to the respective study clinics set up in various districts all over Uganda
  9. Fluency in three or more local languages will be an added advantage.
  10. Prior research experience in epilepsy or a related field will be an added advantage
  1. Position:Clinical Officer (2 Posts)

Qualifications and abilities:

  1. Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health or Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry.
  2. A minimum of 2 year’s work experience in a clinical setting.
  3. Registered with the Allied Health Professionals Council.
  4. Previous training in epilepsy care or management is an added advantage.
  5. Good demonstrable communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Prior research experience in epilepsy or a related field will be an added advantage.
  7. Fluency in three or more local languages will be an added advantage.
  8. Flexibility to travel and reside in various districts all over Uganda over a two-year period.
  9. Expected to live in a nearby location next to the respective study clinics set up in various districts all over Uganda.
  1. Position: Study Nurse (2 Posts)

Qualifications and abilities:

  1. A certified registered nurse however one with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing will be an added advantage.
  2. Registration with the Nurses and Practices Council.
  3. Minimum of 2 years work experience in a hospital or research setting
  4. Certified Good Clinical Practice training is a MUST
  5. Knowledge and experience in management of cases with epilepsy is an added advantage
  6. Good interpersonal skills.
  7. Fluency in three or more local languages will be an added advantage.
  8. Flexibility to travel and reside in various districts all over Uganda over a two-year period.
  9. Expected to live in a nearby location next to the respective study clinics set up in various districts all over Uganda.

4. Position:EEG technicians (2 Posts)

Qualifications and abilities:

  1. A diploma or high school education with evidence of on-the-job training in EEG, however one with a certificate or associate degree in EEG will be an added advantage.
  2. Minimum of 1 years work experience in a hospital or research setting.
  3. Knowledge in reading and distinguishing particular kinds of brainwave patterns.
  4. Experience in preparing, operating and maintaining electroencephalograph machines.
  5. Good interpersonal skills.
  6. Fluency in three or more local languages will be an added advantage.
  7. Flexibility to travel and reside in various districts all over Uganda over a two-year period.
  8. Expected to live in a nearby location next to the respective study clinics set up in various districts all over Uganda.

Duty Station:

Respective study clinics set up in various districts all over Uganda.

Applications should be e-mailed to:  awechangeproject@gmail.com

Closing date for sending applications: 18th March 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. If you do not hear from us two weeks after the deadline of this advert, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

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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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