Makerere University‘s supreme governing body – the University Council has honored outgoing Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) and former Dean, School of Public Health Professor William Bazeyo upon his retirement.
“Council applauds his efforts and honors him with this certificate of exceptional service. Thank you very very much Professor William Bazeyo,” said Mrs. Lorna Magara, the Makerere University Council Chairperson
Adding that the recognition was a consideration to be awarded in appreciation of the services of men and women who have gone through the call of duty in service to Makerere University.
“Professor William Bazeyo is very passionate about national transformation especially through research and innovation. While at Makerere University, he was key in successfully championing the transformation of the research agenda like has been mentioned especially through engaging government for thru the Research and Innovation Fund and he championed several other partnerships,” said Mrs. Magara.
The special recognition was announced at the first session of the 72nd Graduation ceremony of Makerere University at the Ceremonial Grounds -the Freedom Square. At the ceremony, a total of 119 graduated from the School of Public Health. They included two PhDs of two faculty Dr. MUKURU Moses and Dr. NANKYA Mutyoba Eron Joan. A total of 40 graduated from the School’s only Bachelor of Environmental Health Sciences (BEHS), 54 graduated with a Masters in Public Health of Makerere University. Twenty-five graduated with Masters in Masters of Biostatistics, Masters of Health Informatics, Masters in Public Health Nutrition and Masters in Health Services Research.
Professor Bazeyo’s service to Makerere University spans over three decades as a physician, public health specialist, academic, researcher, and academic administrator. On Friday December 31st 2021, Prof Bazeyo sought an early retirement from the University service after having a good transformative stint as Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A).
The now Chief Executive Officer of the African One Health University Network (AFROHUN), an international network of institutions of higher learning, working to transform training environment and approaches to develop a One Health workforce Dr. William Bazeyo has been instrumental in resource mobilisation, grants and shaping the training and research in public health issues in Uganda.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the students and their professors on the achievement of graduation. He equally thanked their parents, guardians, the Government, and other sponsors, for supporting the students.
He extended a special tribute to the gallant members of staff, who have served Makerere for long periods of time with diligence and have now honorably retired.
Particularly at first session of the 72nd graduation ceremony of Makerere University, Professor Nawangwe on behalf of the entire University gave special thanks to Prof. William Bazeyo for his exemplary service as Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration.
“Prof. Bazeyo played a big role in soliciting for funding for the University, leading to a reduction of the University debt from UGX 120 billion in 2017 to less than UGX 10 billion currently. Thank you very much Prof. Bazeyo for your diligent and dedicated service to Makerere and Uganda,” said Prof. Nawangwe.
Other gallant members of Staff who were recognized that had retired with decorated honors included Prof. Elly Sabiiti, Prof. David Serwadda, Assoc. Prof. Alex Okot, Prof. Sylvia Tamale and others.
The ceremony was graced by the President of the Republic of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the First Lady and Hon. Minister of Education and Sports Janet K. Museveni.
Mak’s GMI Labs Authorized to Conduct DNA Paternity Testing
The Genomics, Molecular, and Immunology Laboratories (GMI Labs), operating under the auspices of the Makerere University Biomedical Research Center (MakBRC), have achieved another significant milestone in their journey of diagnostic excellence. The labs, renowned for their pivotal role in infectious and non-infectious disease research, have received official approval from the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health (MoH), Uganda, to conduct DNA Paternity Tests.
Situated at the Dept of Immunology & Molecular Biology under the School of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, the GMI Labs have been at the forefront of cutting-edge research, diagnostic testing, and training initiatives. Their remarkable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, where they conducted nearly a million PCR tests, underscored their unwavering commitment to public health and scientific advancement. The labs’ exemplary performance and reliability were further highlighted by their successful management of two critical COVID-19 prevalence surveys. The findings of these surveys served as foundational data for crucial decisions guiding the country’s lockdown strategies and phased reopening, earning commendation from the President and the Ministry of Health.
This latest authorization from the Ministry of Health marks a significant expansion of the GMI Labs’ diagnostic capabilities. With the approval to conduct DNA Paternity Tests, the labs are now equipped to offer a crucial service addressing the need for accurate and reliable genetic testing for determining biological parentage. In a letter dated 22nd November 2023, the Director General Health Services emphasized the laboratory’s rigorous adherence to international standards, proficiency in molecular biology techniques, and their proven track record in delivering precise and credible results. This approval further solidifies the labs’ position as a trusted institution for advanced genetic diagnostics in Uganda.
Prof. Moses L Joloba, the Director of the GMI Labs, expressed immense pride in the team’s dedication and expertise that led to this authorization. He highlighted the labs’ commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice, confidentiality, and accuracy in DNA paternity testing, ensuring the delivery of dependable results crucial for legal, personal, and familial purposes.
The inclusion of DNA Paternity Testing within the GMI Labs’ list of services aligns with their overarching goal of advancing healthcare through state-of-the-art diagnostics, research, and education. This milestone represents not only a significant achievement for the labs but also a valuable resource for individuals seeking reliable and comprehensive genetic testing services. As the GMI Labs continue their unwavering commitment to excellence in healthcare and research, this new capability reaffirms their pivotal role in advancing the frontiers of molecular diagnostics and genetic testing in Uganda, working closely with reputable institutions such as Makerere University Hospital and other top-notch health facilities.
MNCH e-Post Issue 121: Learning from Nsambya Hospital Human Milk Bank to inform national scale-up & save preterm babies
Welcome to this exclusive interview with Prof. Peter Waiswa, lead expert from the Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. Dr. Victoria Nakibuuka from St. Francis Nsambya Hospital, and Dr. Jesca Nsungwa from Ministry of Health Uganda. In this video, they discuss a groundbreaking innovation in Uganda’s healthcare landscape: the country’s first-ever human milk bank at St. Francis Hospital Nsambya. This initiative represents a significant stride towards improving the survival rates of premature and vulnerable infants by ensuring access to essential breast milk, even when mothers are unable to produce enough. Watch Video
METS Newsletter October 2023
The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program is a 5-year CDC-supported collaboration of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Health Information Systems Program (HISP Uganda).
Highlights of the METS October 2023 Newsletter
- Strategies for Enhanced Disease Surveillance and Public Health Response in Uganda
- The MoH Department of Integrated Epidemiology Surveillance & Public Health Emergencies (IES&PHE) Head, Commissioner Allan Muruta (Dr) visited METS to acquaint himself with the various surveillance activities supported by the Program.
- Commissioner Muruta emphasized the need to build the capacity of districts and regions to conduct surveillance activities by training the relevant staff and establishing surveillance focal points at health facility levels.
- He further emphasized the importance of linking laboratory data to the District Health Information System (DHIS2) and ensuring that different systems are interoperable.
- Improving quality of data for HIV testing services (HTS) through regular assessments
- MoH has been conducting Data Quality Assessments and Improvement (DQAI) activities to inform program planning, monitoring, and performance management. HIV testing services (HTS) inter was conducted in 16 regions, 81 districts, and 111 health facilities in partnership with 26 Implementing partners.
- The HTS DQA has improved data management, infrastructure, and understanding of indicators. Specific staff assignment at each HTS entry point has proven effective, and use of the UgandaEMR system for reporting has yielded positive results.
- Shaping Uganda’s Healthcare Data Landscape
- METS has maintained a strong collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) providing invaluable technical support in developing various strategic guidelines for the country. These guidelines include the Uganda Health Information Exchange and Interoperability (HIE) Guidelines, the Uganda Health Data Protection and Confidentiality (HDPC) Guidelines, and the Uganda Health Data Sharing, Access, and Use Guidelines.
- HIE and HDPC guidelines have received the endorsement of the Health Information, Innovation and Research (HIIRE) Technical Working Group (TWG), awaiting presentation to the senior management team at the MoH for final approval.
- Empowering Health Professionals: PrEP Training in Hoima District
- MakSPH-METS has taken a proactive stance in supporting Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for key populations through the development, management, and conducting trainings on the use of the PrEP tracker system across various agencies.
- METS conducted a 5-day training on the KP/PrEP Tracker system in Hoima district. Moving forward, facility staff will be able to enter data on PrEP services into the system in a timely manner, analyze the data, and use it for program improvement.
- HIV testing services (HTS) Data Quality Assessments and Improvement DQAIs
- Interagency cervical cancer on-site mentorships
- Orientation in KP tracker-Soroti
- TDY from CDC headquarters visit to METS
- M&E orientation meetings for new Implementing Partners
- Planning meeting for Cross Border Data Sharing-Busia
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