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    Infrastructural Expansion of the Makerere University School of Public Health

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The Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health, is up to execute a $3m infrastructure expansion project. The project will entail construction of a 5-storey building that will house tutorial rooms, demonstration and innovation laboratories, auditoriums as well as space for research fellows, doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees among others. 

These facilitates, together with the pre-existing ones, will enable SPH to provide world class and modern training and skills impartation on public health professionals who will be capable of addressing the ever increasing magnitude and complexity of public health problems.

Goal

The goal is to raise three million US dollars ($3m) for expansion of the School of Public Health building.

Background

Makerere University School of Public Health (SPH) is a leading public health institution in Uganda and within the East and Central Africa region. Founded in 1954 as a Department of Preventive Medicine, it became an Institute of Public Health in 1974 following which it was upgraded to a School of Public Health in 2007 under the College of Health Sciences. Details about MakSPH are shared on http://musph.ac.ug/.

Existing and future programs at MakSPH in fields such as Health Informatics, Monitoring and Evaluation, mHealth, and Innovations require appropriately designed and sufficient space, infrastructural settings and modern equipment. 

The Problem

Each passing day, public health challenges are increasing both in volume and complexity thereby demanding even more grounded public health professionals who can provide leadership in addressing major global health challenges. Such challenges include but are not limited to rapid population growth and urbanisation, climate change and environmental degradation, epidemics and pandemics of emerging and re-emerging pathogens and etiologic agents, internal displacements of people and refugee crises due to natural disasters and armed conflicts, and poor and constrained health systems. 

SPH therefore finds itself at the centre of this demand to produce appropriately trained and skilled human resource that can ably spearhead thorough, adequate and timely responses to the aforementioned health challenges. In addition, the School, as a public health academic institution is also expected to conduct state-of-art research and adduce evidence-based interventions for programmatic use in tackling health challenges. For example, in the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the School was requested by the African Union to provide over 200 Public Health Professionals to support the control of the epidemic in the shortest possible time.

Despite the School’s willingness and determination to respond positively to the communities’ demands, its ability to meet the need is severely constrained by the available infrastructure and resources, specifically labs, tutorial rooms and auditoriums. While the University has responded by increasing number of staff and student enrolment, there has not been a commensurate increase in space and equipment required for training, research, skills building and mentoring of future public health leaders.

 

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