The impact program is soliciting applications for Cohort 3, 3.5 year PhD scholarships tenable at Makerere University.
Makerere University in collaboration with the Uganda Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Children’s National Hospital received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Centre to implement the Impact Training Program. The goal of the program is to equip and nurture emerging research leaders and professional scholars in Uganda to generate high-quality contemporary evidence on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) across the lifespan and to create an enduring research training center on the African continent that will rapidly advance progress towards the elimination of the disease in a generation.
- Must be junior or mid-level researcher/scientist affiliated to Makerere University and Uganda Heart Institute.
- Prior master’s degree or fellowship in medicine, social sciences, gender studies or biomedical/health related field.
- Able to articulate a clear research RHD problem.
- Demonstrate interest in RHD research and commitment to develop a productive career in RHD research.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of RHD in order to know that this is an appropriate next step for the applicant.
- Willingness to undertake and complete all training as mandated by the Impact program.
- Commitment to publish research conducted under this training in open access peer reviewed journals.
Criteria for Selection
- Demonstrated interest in doctoral research training and conducting research with a focus on RHD.
- Potential to handle rigorous academic requirements of the doctoral program.
- Having a plan for career development.
- Capacity towards attaining international recognition in RHD and cardiovascular medicine.
- Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications must be emailed as a single PDF document to the Impact Program Coordinator to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and should consist of a cover letter (1 page only), a resume (not more than 3 pages), a personal statement (Maximum 1 page), a PhD research concept (maximum 2 pages) and two letters of recommendation (sent separately by the referees to <email@example.com>). The personal statement should include your contribution to the academic and research arena, your aspirations for career progression in the next 5-7 years, research interests and any information you consider relevant. Closing date for the receipt of applications is October 11, 2023. Enquiries can be forwarded to the Impact Program Coordinator, 1st Floor Clinical Research Building, Room 1.4, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful candidates must complete training in responsible conduct of research (RCR), protection of human research participants (PHRP) and good clinical practice (GCP) before they conduct research involving human research subjects
- Application deadline: October 11, 2023
- Interviews: October 24-28, 2023
- Notification date: November 1, 2023
Applicants should demonstrate excellent communications skills and will be expected to work as part of a highly motivated, result oriented RHD group.
Makerere University Research shows challenges facing Forcibly Displaced Persons (FDPs) with Chronic Disease in Northern Uganda
By Agnes Namaganda
Preliminary findings from a study by Child Health and Development Centre (CHDC) -Makerere University have revealed several challenges faced by Forcibly Displaced Persons (FDPs) with chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. This study is specifically looking at FDPs in northern Uganda. Accessing food, water, medicine, clothing, toilet facilities, privacy and support is a challenge for healthy FDPs but for those with chronic diseases, these provisions may mean the difference between life and death.
According to Drs, Ritah Nakanjako and Esther Nanfuka Kalule, who are post-doc fellows at Makerere University, FDPs with chronic diseases are unable to access facilities with medicines. Speaking at the February monthly colloquium of CHDC, Dr. Nanfuka said, “Medicines and medical forms are sometimes forgotten by these patients yet some do not know the names of their medicines. For others, these medicines get finished along the way due to the abrupt movements.” These disturbances in the continuity of care affects their health and wellbeing.
As an example, she referred to the constant need to monitor blood pressure or blood sugar for these FDPs. “Even when facilities are available, you may not have the money to refill medicines or you may not remember the name of the medicine.” She added that the stress and trauma of this kind of situation usually exacerbates these conditions.
Speaking about the rationale for doing this research, Dr. Nakanjako said that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are largely unrecognized and inadequately addressed in humanitarian settings, something which the Red Cross calls ‘a neglected crisis’. Yet, studies conducted among refugees and asylum seekers across the world report a high burden of NCDs. Uganda hosts over 1.5m refugees, the highest proportion in sub-Saharan Africa with the majority comeing from South Sydan.
“The objective of this study is to examine the experiences of FDPs- which will contribute to knowledge on innovative ways of chronic disease care. This will also contribute to the management of NCDs in humanitarian, low resource settings,” Dr. Nakanjako explained.
This 5-year study that started in 2022 will run till 2026 and is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation under the Mobility-Global Medicine and Research Fund. It is a collaboration between three institutions; Makerere University, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Sudan Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies in South Sudan. This research is taking place in Nyumanzi Reception Center in Adjumani district; Nyumanzi Refugee Settlement also in Adjumani district; IDP Settlements in South Sudan; and the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District.
Other challenges revealed by the FDPs with chronic diseases include the fear of drinking recommended amounts of water before or during travel to manage urine and to avoid stop-overs for security reasons.
After arrival at Nyumanzi Reception Centre in Uganda, these FDPs with chronic diseases do not receive any special care. It is only those with communicable diseases like TB. Cholera or Covid19 that get special care. Other challenges include; “a limited range of drugs, maintenance of cold chains for insulin, rationed water, lack of drinking water, lack of sanitary facilities and the congestion.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Short Course 2024
Did you know that with just a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent, along with at least 1 year of working experience in WASH, you qualify to join our Short Course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene?
The Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University School of Public Health brings you yet another opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene from for the 2024 intake, scheduled to run from 20th May to 12th July 2024.
Designed to equip practicing individuals with the necessary attitudes, skills, and scientific knowledge for effective WASH management, this course is open to officers with limited training in WASH and Environmental Health Practitioners seeking continuous professional development. For more details and application instructions, please refer to the attached course poster or visit the course website at https://sph.mak.ac.ug/academics/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash.
Apply before Thursday, 28th March 2024 for a rewarding learning experience!
Call for Abstracts: Annual Health Professions Education Scientific Conference
The Health Professions Education and Training for Strengthening the Health System and Services in Uganda Project (HEPI-SHSSU) at Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) is organizing the Annual Health Professions Education Scientific Conference.
Venue: Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda
Conference Dates: 10th, 11th and 12th April 2024
Theme: Advances in Health Professions Education: Research, Innovations in Teaching and Learning, Quality Assurance
- Quality Assurance and Accreditation
- Health Professions Education Research
- Innovations in teaching and learning
- Graduate Education
- Simulation-based Learning
Abstracts are welcome in any of the above areas for oral presentations, mini-workshops, thematic poster sessions, and didactic sessions.
We welcome abstracts from all people involved in the education and training of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, students, health providers, and other stakeholders.
Abstracts should be structured into:
Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion
For Education innovations: What was the problem, What was done, Results, and Conclusion (300-word limit).
Include the details of the corresponding author, the author(s), their contacts, and Affiliation.
Send your abstract to: email@example.com
Deadline for Submission of abstracts: Saturday 23rd March 2024
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