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CHS Annual Report 2021



I hereby present to you the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) annual report for 2021. This report provides an overview of activities at MakCHS under our mandates of teaching and learning, research, and service delivery during 2021.

The MakCHS continues to lead the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic through case management, research on advances in SARS-COV2 prevention and treatment intervention, as well as supporting faculty and students to adapt to the new learning environment of blended approaches to sustain teaching and learning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic period. I wish to congratulate MakCHS staff and students upon the resilience exhibited through the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging stronger, with various approaches to blended learning to complement the clinical/practical training approaches.

It is my pleasure to congratulate all staff who have received promotions, new research fund awards and publications during this period. You continue to raise the bar of the College of Health Sciences as we strive to lead in providing transformational education and research to improve service delivery and well-being of all the communities we serve. I extend my gratitude to all our stakeholders including but not limited to all MakCHS staff, students, alumni, collaborators, partners, funders, patients, and doctors for the exemplary multi-disciplinary teams that continue to deliver high quality education and health care programs.

Our major challenge remains to innovate, develop, produce, and sustain local solutions to emerging global health challenges including the large burden of emerging and re-emerging infections as well as the burden of non-communicable diseases.

I therefore urge all faculty and students to seek and grab all opportunities for each one to utilise their role in this space as we advance science initiatives to impact lives in Uganda, Africa and globally. On behalf of the leadership at MakCHS, I pledge our unwavering efforts to provide all relevant support to facilitate you to achieve your career dreams for 2022 at MakCHS.

Professor Damalie Nakanjako MBChB, MMED, PhD


Digital Health Payment Initiative and Research in Africa RFAs



Digital Health Payment Initiative and Research in Africa (DHPI-R) Open Call for Request For Applications (RFAs). Deadline: 16th September 2022.

The Digital Health Payment Initiative and Research in Africa (DHPI-R), a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project that is implemented in Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) Senegal is thrilled to announce an OPEN CALL FOR REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS. This will foster widespread, sustainable adoption and application of Digital Financial Service innovations within the health sector of low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Focus Research Areas/ Research Themes

DHPI-R is seeking applications for studies that address the evidence gaps listed.

1) Campaign Effectiveness
2) Digital Financial Services’ effects on financial inclusion, safety, and security of payments
3) Health worker performance and retention
4) Payment experience and financial behavior

Funding Information

For any request made in this call, the budget goes as follows;
Large studies:12 months $200,000
Medium studies: 9 months $100,000
Small studies: 6 months $60,000


All Institutions within sub-Saharan Africa

Funding Restrictions and Terms

The award will be a fixed fee agreement, and the total amount of the award will be stated in the award letter. The funding is intended to support the collection, analysis, and dissemination of research. The allocation of program funds will directly correspond to the monetary figures presented in the final Budget and disbursement of funds will be initiated upon the timely receipt of invoices, financial reports, and expected deliverables.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in English or in French.

Applications must be submitted through our website: Submit applications here.

Application deadline: 16th SEPT 2022

Award decisions: All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 30th October 2022.

For more information and application details, see; Call for Request for Applications

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Call For Applications: ACHIEVE Training Program



Students attend a lecture in the Davies Lecture Theatre, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Mulago Campus, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

ACHIEVE provides trainees with dissemination and implementation (D&I) and data science research skills and knowledge through experiential learning, mentoring, and “hands-on” immersion in global health implementation and data science research and methodologies. ACHIEVE is a consortium of ten institutions: Washington University in St. Louis, Boston College, New York University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Makeni, University of Kwazulu-Natal, University of Rwanda, University of Ghana, Makerere University, University of Nairobi.

Program Overview

  • One-year appointment at a research site in Sub-Saharan Africa or other partner site in a low and middle income country (LMIC)
  • Up to $10,000 in research project seed funding, a monthly living stipend, travel expenses covered
  • Mentored research training in global health, dissemination & implementation, and data science


Interest in applying D&I and data science methodologies in a global health area, with special focus on projects related to: children, adolescents, and their caregiving families; parenting; HIV/AIDS; mental health; cancer; nutrition; and environmental health.

See flyer below for more details on eligibility

Application Information

  • Please email Laura Peer at lpeer@wustl.eduto express interest
    • Letter of Intent (LOI) due September 1, 2022
    • Full Application (2ndPhase—by invitation only) due November 1, 2022
    • For more information visit

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MakCHS Quality Assurance & Gender Committee completes Site Visits



Right to Left: Dr. Onyango Jude (H.O.D) Family Medicine, Irene Rebecca Namatende (Quality Assurance Officer MakCHS), Dr. Haruna Muwonge (Physiology), Prof. Elizabeth Ekirapa (H.O.D. HPPM), Dr. Munanura Edson (Pharmacy), Adikini Josephine (School of Public Health) and Racheal Mirembe- Principal's Office MakCHS) during the site Visit to the Department of Health Policy Planning and Management (HPPM), MakSPH.

The Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) Quality Assurance and Gender Committee conducted monitoring and evaluation site visits to various departments and concluded their visit on 5th July 2022.

The Departments visited were; Anatomy, Immunology and Molecular Biology, Orthopaedics, Health Planning and Economic Policy as well as Optometry. The School of Dentistry was also visited.

The objective of the visits was to monitor the status and performance of schools and departments at the College of Health Sciences.  The Committee conducted an asset mapping on the facilities and support systems for teaching and learning. This visit also aimed at getting feedback that could inform management on the status of the departments and therefore this feedback could guide on key interventions and decisions in regard to teaching and learning.

The committee devised a checklist as a tool used to collect data and some of the indicators on the checklist were; Strategic Plan, staffing, No. of PhD, graduates teaching facility, office space, no. graduate students, collaboration, promotion of staff, innovations, partnership, budget.

Key findings at HPPM  Department (School of Public Health)

  1. Embraced blended learning in all their programs.
  2. Excellence in teaching the use of multiple teaching methods, lectures, case studies, field placements, debates e.t.c.
  3. Evaluation of online teaching undertaken. Completed curriculum development  for the Masters in Health Economics.

Challenges at the Department of HPPM

  1. Many courses lack online teaching Material
  2. More training needed for online teaching and, learning, particularly on how to access reading materials.
  3. Not all faculty members attend capacity building sessions.
The Team with Dr. Dralega Anguyo, Head Department of Optometry (4th Left).
The Team with Dr. Dralega Anguyo, Head Department of Optometry (4th Left).

Key findings at Optometry Department

  1. That Optometry is the only Department with a bachelors Degree in Uganda .
  2. Vision Centre is at Makerere University Hospital that hosts the final year students.
  3. Optometry department offers eye care services to the optometry clinic at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
  4. Periodically, offers free site checkups for the community.


  1. Attraction of potential lecturers at Makerere University requires a Masters Degree yet most optometrists do not have Masters Degrees.
  2. Call for more students to enroll for this course.
  3. Call for the University to fully support the program.

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