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VC Launches Mak-NC STATE “HIV/AIDS in Uganda” Book

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The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday 13th May, 2022 launched an eleven-chapter book titled “HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Achievements and Challenges” edited by alumnus Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo and published by the Makerere University Press (MUP). The book that chronicles the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Uganda also traces the public policies and infrastructure put in place by the Government and other actors to respond to the disease as well as the campaigns designed to raise awareness and reduce its spread.

Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo who obtained is Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University is a Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University (NC STATE) and a College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor 2019/2020. Speaking at the launch, he noted that the book makes a significant contribution to the literature and understanding of one of the major challenges of our time, which still has neither cure nor vaccine.

“In 1986 with the help of the World Health Organisation, the country established the AIDS Control Programme as a model for the rest of Africa. And now it is not just a model for the rest of Africa but the whole world… Consequently, the Government established the Uganda AIDS Commission to oversee policies, organisations, mobilisation of resources to respond to the pandemic. Moreover, Uganda was the first country in Africa to acknowledge the problem and come up with vigorous campaigns to respond to HIV/AIDS” said Prof. Kiwanuka Tondo.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) receives a dummy of the book from Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) shortly after he officially launched it.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) receives a dummy of the book from Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) shortly after he officially launched it.

He added that he was inspired to embark on the book because Uganda’s success story in reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS was against the backdrop of limited Government resources and an impoverished population. “Nevertheless, Uganda was able to do something about it without much money despite having the highest HIV prevalence rates in the 1980s.”

Dr. Stephen Watiti, the Chairperson of the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) is one of the most resounding voices for positive living in Uganda. Delivering the keynote address at the event, he congratulated Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo for documenting this journey, noting that it was important to learn from the past.

He added that the recent fight against COVID-19 stood to gain a lot from the well-documented approach, expertise gained and interestingly, mistakes made by health practitioners and other actors in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Dr. Watiti therefore commended Makerere University for publishing the book, which he opined will offer valuable insight into Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS in the face of looming pandemics associated with the rising incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and other diseases.

Dr. Stephen Watiti (L) shows off his personal copy of the book, "HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Achievements and Challenges".
Dr. Stephen Watiti (L) shows off his personal copy of the book, “HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Achievements and Challenges”.

“The reason why I publish in the New Vision every Monday is because I found that there was either a lot of trivialisation or fearmongering of things about HIV. And so I convinced the Editor that I was going to start by sharing my personal experience and I must confess that it hasn’t been an easy job” admittted Dr. Watiti.

He concluded his keynote by tasking his audience, especially the younger ones to read more and, upon developing the culture, document their personal stories for the benefit of future generations.

“Professor Kiwanuka-Tondo is a very good example of a patriotic Ugandan and a proud alumnus of Makerere University. Thank you for loving your country. With this book you have given us a gift as we celebrate 100 years of existence and set a good example for the very many Ugandans living in the diaspora” said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe as he delivered his remarks.

He thanked Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo for initiating and collaborating the visit of Professors from NC STATE to Makerere, which birthed an MoU between the two institutions, signed on 16th September 2015. As a result of the agreement, students from Makerere are currently pursing PhDs at NC STATE, and 11 journal articles have been jointly published in various disciplines. The book by Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo is the latest product of the Makerere-NC STATE collaboration.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Chairperson, Makerere University Press (MUP) Editorial Board, Prof. Umar Kakumba.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Chairperson, Makerere University Press (MUP) Editorial Board, Prof. Umar Kakumba.

The Vice Chancellor equally thanked Dr. Watiti for delivering the day’s Keynote Address and for his column in the New Vision, which has over the last sixteen (16) years reassured the public that contracting HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence. He equally congratulated the MUP Managing Editor, Dr. Samuel Siminyu upon his resilience in reviving the activities of the Press.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Umar Kakumba in his capacity as Chairperson Editorial Board affirmed MUP’s readiness to rejuvenate the publishing culture at Makerere.

“We in the Press are trying hard to prioritise documentation of research, which if followed up with engagement, will help to close the gap between the University and wider stakeholder community” said Prof. Kakumba. He thanked Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo for entrusting the publication of his book with the Makerere University Press.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witnesses as Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) autographs a copy of his book after the official launch.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witnesses as Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) autographs a copy of his book after the official launch.

Representing Dr. Bernard Etukoit, Executive Director, The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO), Mr. Samuel Isiko informed the audience that although his organisation has gathered a lot of data, models and best practices over the last 30 years of its existence, it lacks the expertise to convert it into material beneficial to academia. He therefore called upon Makerere and other institutions to continue from where Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo had left off, by partnering with TASO to publish even more materials that will benefit future generations of decision makers.

The book launch was also graced by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) Prof. Henry Alinaitwe and the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, represented by his Deputy, Assoc. Prof. Robert Wamala. Dr. Samuel Siminyu in commending Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo’s academic effort quoted his former Professor of Literature Timothy Wangusa’s famous line, “the faintest ink is stronger than the strongest memory”.

The event was organised by the Head, International Office, Ms. Martha Muwanguzi and moderated by the Department of Journalism and Communication’s Dr. Fred Kakooza, who also authored a chapter in the book.

The book may be purchased form the Makerere University Press at a fee of UGX 25,000. Inquires: Contact Enos 0771 563469

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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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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