Connect with us

Health

METS Newsletter February 2023

Published

on

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 February 2023 Newsletter

  • Roll-out of ‘UgandaEMR Mobile’ Application to TASO-Supported Facilities
    • UgandaEMR is currently operational at over 1900 ART facilities countrywide and facilitates HIV /AIDS data capture at various service delivery points at the health facility either in real-time or retrospectively.
    • Between 16th and 20th January 2023, METS embarked on supporting the rollout of the UgandaEMR Mobile App to several TASO-supported health facilities in the districts of Gulu, Mbarara, and Masaka.
  • Supporting Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Functionality at Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs)
    • In January 2023, two Regional Referral Hospitals – Mubende and Soroti experienced challenges in management of their electronic data. As a result, the hospitals were unable to prepare routine program reports. The Ministry of Health established that the problem was due to non-functional servers and requested METS to intervene.
    • With funding from PEPFAR, METS was able to procure new servers to support the functionality of UgandaEMR in the ART clinics at the two hospitals. The METS support team spent three days providing technical assistance in installing Operations Systems (Windows Server OS), UgandaEMR System, and migrating data from the old servers.
  • Improving Services to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children
    • In November 2022, the METS team working together with Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, USAID’s Strategic Information Technical Support (SITES) and other stakeholders conducted a follow-on Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) program service quality assessment to assess satisfaction among the beneficiaries of the program services provided between October 2021 and March 2022.
    • Overall, the assessment revealed that the quality of OVC service offered in the Rwenzori region was adequate and met expectations at 86% on average under the sections of Economic Strengthening & Stability, Education & Development, Care & Protection and Survival and Health.
  • Site-readiness Assessment for Safe Male Circumcision (SMC)
    • METS in collaboration with the three new Implementing Partners (Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau and Kampala Capital City Authority) conducted an inter-agency service quality assessment for SMC site readiness at 13 supported sites.
    • Four sites obtained low scores (below 60%) mainly due to suboptimal availability of key items for the SMC services indicating a low level of readiness. Four sites had a high score (at least 90%) indicating a high level of readiness. The remaining 5 sites had acceptable level of readiness (60-89%) for SMC service provision with minimal need for improvement. Only 46% of the sites had the required information, education and communication materials.
  • Distribution of HIS Hardware equipment
    • Over the last 3 years PEPFAR, through the METS program, has procured computer and networking equipment for distribution to health facilities. This equipment is intended to support the Ministry of Health digitization project, improve electronic medical (EMR) coverage, and accelerate the implementation of Point of Care (PoC).
    • This has been a phased process that began in January 2022 with distribution to over 600 health facilities. The current distribution phase is data capture devices which include mini servers, desktops, laptops, tablets, and fingerprint scanners to 26 implementing partners across the country.
  • Pictorial: PEPFAR Partners and Stakeholders Strategy Meeting
    • METS was part of a meeting held on 22-23 February 2023 at Mestil Hotel to review partners’ progress and discuss the strategy of 95% of all people living with HIV knowing their status, 95% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receiving antiretroviral treatment, and 95% of all people receiving treatment having viral suppression by 2030.
  • PEPFAR Science Summit
    • METS was part of the annual PEPFAR Science Summit, a U.S. Uganda Mission-led platform that brings together U.S. government researchers and scholars and partners (IPs) in Uganda to share new scientific research to inform the implementation of HIV and TB programs and related policies.
    • METS made two presentations on Measurement of Regional Referral Hospitals Health Systems Capacity: Application of Progression Model by Dr. Simon Muhumuza and Improving the Quality of Cervical Cancer Services in Uganda: Onsite Mentorship and Coaching Approach by Connie Ninisiima
  • Regional Referral Hospital Performance Review Meetings
    • METS provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH) during a Joint Technical Supportive Supervision and Performance Review exercise for 9 Regional Referral Hospitals (RRH) across the country from February 20-24, 2023.
    • The exercise was an opportunity to assess how far along the facilities were implementing their work plans, review their performance targets as well as identifying implementation challenges of the RRH mechanism that was introduced by MoH.
  • Key Population and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (KP/PrEP) Tracker training
    • The Peace Corps requested METS to support its partners to conduct KP tracker training and an orientation on data collecting tools for community outreaches. Key populations are defined groups who, due to specific higher-risk behaviors, are at increased risk of HIV.

Health

Digital Mobile Technologies to Study Tuberculosis: A Multi-Discplinary Program

Published

on

An aerial view of the Makerere University School of Public Health construction site on the Main Campus. To the Right is the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and in the background are Dag Hammaskjold Hall (Green roof) and University Hall (Brown tiles).

A TRAINING PROGRAM SPONSORED BY FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, USA

INFORMATIONAL SESSION

Makerere University School of Public Health under D43 multi-disciplinary training program in digital mobile technologies to study tuberculosis that was recently funded by the NIH, through the University of Georgia (UGA) has an opportunity for funding of a masters’ research thesis. This is available to two (02) first year students of the Graduate programmes offered at Makerere University who have progressed to concept proposal development stage of their graduate program. These should be in good academic standing and have or are about to complete year 1 in Academic Year 2023/24. The support will start at the beginning of Academic Year 2024/25, i.e., end of August 2024 when the students are starting their year 2.  Students of geography and or digital health related courses are encouraged to apply, females too.  Students will be provided with secondary data to address the following, or similar, issues relating to tuberculosis (TB):

  1. Characterizing mobility patterns between urban and rural areas of Uganda using archived cell-phone (CDR) metadata
  2. Correlation between self-reported geolocated mobility patterns of TB patients and CDR data
  3. Differences in mobility patterns of TB patient’s pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis
  4. Gender differences and relationship between IGRA and TST in a prospective cohort
  5. Patterns of change in serial IGRA test results by sex, age, HIV status
  6. Temporal changes in contact, mobility and geographic networks in TB converters and non-converters
  7. Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) of social contacts and location patterns of movement by residents at risk for TB infection

Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session on Wednesday 17th July 2024 at MakSPH Annex Kololo where details about the research questions and funding opportunity will be provided to prospective applicants. Prospective applicants will be required to work with their mentors and training grant personnel to develop a 2-5-page concept that will be vetted for possible funding by training faculty of the training program.

Interested students should register their attendance with the training Coordinator, Mr Ivan Mutyaba by sending an email expressing interest in attending the session to imutyaba@musph.ac.ug by close of business on Thursday, 11th July 2024.

Continue Reading

Health

METS Newsletter June 2024

Published

on

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) Dean, Prof Rhoda Wanyenze (Left), MoH Director General, Dr. Henry Mwebesa (Right) and other stakeholders join Dr. Amy Boore (2nd Right) to cut cake at her farewell event. Golden Tulip Hotel, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

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 June 2024 Newsletter

  • Tracking Trends in HIV Outcomes: The Implementation of HIV Case-Based Surveillance
    • METS in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and various implementing partners, is spearheading the HIV Case-Based Surveillance (CBS) initiative across Uganda. By February 2024, CBS had been activated in 504 health facilities, with 349 sites (69%) actively transmitting data.
    • Trends of New HIV Diagnosis: An analysis trends over a 20-year period (2000-2022) revealed an increase in new HIV diagnosis over time, peaking in 2014 and 2018, before starting to decline. Diagnoses among females consistently exceeded those among males each year.
    • Case-Based Surveillance (CBS) complimenting other HIV surveillance programs: CBS provides valuable insights into infection patterns and highlights the need for targeted interventions, particularly among females. Next steps include continued scale up of CBS implementation to reach 80% of ART sites; improving data transmission from facility to the national repository to achieve at least 90% of the CBS activated sites; and strengthening data analytics and use of the data for program improvement.
  • Enhancing HIV Prevention Data Collection Through Bootcamps
    • METS in collaboration with HISP Uganda held a workshop in Mbarara to update the Health Management Information System (HMIS) tools for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in the HIV Prevention Tracker. The workshop focused on digitizing paper forms to efficiently collect data on key and priority populations.
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR) upgrades in Eastern Uganda
    • The two-week activity kicked off with a week-long training session at Northeast Villa in Kumi focused on the enhancements of UgandaEMR+, including improved point-of-care (POC) functionalities and data visualization techniques.
    • The initiative successfully trained over 15 AIDS Information Centre (AIC) staff members, including M&E leads, IT personnel, data officers, and M&E managers, in the practical use of UgandaEMR+. Additionally, the two facilities, Ochero HCIII and Kapelebyong HCIV, were upgraded and their staff trained on the new system.
  • Tribute to Dr. Joshua Musinguzi (9/09/1963 – 7/06/2024)
    • Dr. Joshua Musinguzi’s efforts to minimize HIV incidence and death strategically focused on translating knowledge into policies and actions, which has helped Uganda manage the HIV epidemic.
  • Gallery
    • Bidding farewell to Dr. Amy Boore, Program Director, Division of Global Health Protection – CDC
    • Analysing the UgandaEMR Clinical Laboratory Module
    • UgandaEMR+ training for USAID SITES
    • Training for clinicians at Ruharo Mission Hospital on SARI and ILI
    • HIV Treatment Services (HTS) Implementers Meeting

View on METS

Continue Reading

General

Job Opportunity at MakSBSREC: Assistant Administrative Officer

Published

on

The Davies Lecture Theatre (Right), School of Biomedical Sciences (Blue) and other buildings at the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Mulago Campus, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere University is pleased to announce a vacancy for the position of Assistant Administrative Officer (REC Administrator) within the School of Biomedical Sciences Research Ethics Committee (MakSBSREC). This is an excellent opportunity for qualified individuals to contribute to the ethical oversight of research involving human participants.

Position Details:

  • Job Title: Assistant Administrative Officer (REC Administrator) – MakSBSREC
  • Reports to: Chairperson MakSBSREC
  • Engagement: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year, renewable upon satisfactory performance
  • Duty Station: Kampala

Qualifications, Desired Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine and Surgery, Ethics and Human Rights, or any related field.
  • Master’s degree in Bioethics (an added advantage).
  • Up-to-date training in Human Subject Protection or Good Clinical Practice.
  • Proficiency in English (both spoken and written).
  • Prior experience in regulatory work in research studies or projects.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.

How to Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit a soft copy of their application documents and a motivation letter to deansbs.chs@mak.ac.ug with the subject line “Application for the position of Assistant Administrative Officer (REC Administrator)”. Address your application to the Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Deadline for submission: July 2, 2024, by 5:00 pm Ugandan time.

Please provide a reliable 24-hour phone contact. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

View on CHS

Continue Reading

Trending