It was Thursday 21st September at 8.20 am, at the of Office of Dean, School of Public Health that Prof. William Bazeyo handed the Deanship button to Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze.

He expressed his appreciation and thanked all the staff he had been working with in his 8 years of Deanship and he mentioned that he was sure it had been a good run and that it was his prayer that the run would continue to be there. He pledged his continued support & availability to the School.

In his 34 page report, he detailed information on the following; School Vision , core responsibilities, School leadership, School committees, Transport, staffing, Academic, and Finance,  School SACCO, Challenges & recommendations and many other aspects like;

He noted that the strength of the FMU was largely because they were well trained and the school had invested heavily in building capacity for the FMU. He thanked the team he has been working given the financial status of the school was poor at the beginning (when he became Dean) and it improved standing at more than 3.3 Billion cash (1.3 billion and 2.08 billion for development fund together making it 3.3 billion) excluding project funds.

He moved to thank the College Human Resource Manager who attended the function as well for supporting the School as well as the College at large in getting members staff appointments & promotions in the University system.

He mentioned that during his tenure, four new programs had been approved and introduced, student numbers had steadily increased, a total of 806 students had graduated and most remarkably 24 staff members had been awarded PhDs in the same period.

He thanked and praised the 12 member staff at School Finance Management Unit for good work done. He expressed his appreciation to the FMU Manager Elizabeth Nambi for her leadership skills and highlighted that the work of the unit made the school to shine with hardly any queries from any funder or research team. He encouraged the team to organize themselves to get ready to offer their technical expertise to other Units in the University when they are called upon- he noted he may be the one to request FMU staff to train other Units in other Colleges. He noted that the FMU had grown to become a “one stop” Center/Unit for both students and faculty. He said there was enough evidence for the track record for the FMU among many handing lots of money approximately $26 million per year.

The Acting College Principal Dr. Rose Nabirye Chalo in her remarks, thanked Professor Bazeyo for a very detailed handover, and said she had never seen such handover from any Dean and commended the good practice. She went ahead to congratulate him to his new office. She also took the opportunity to welcome the new Dean and mentioned that like Professor Bazeyo had been supportive to the entire College in many ways that she (the Dean elect) was expected to uphold the School tradition of looking to offering a hand whenever it was needed at the CHS. She thanked Prof Bazeyo having a “big heart” that never discriminated anyone and his ever eagerness to support the College and his spirit of teamwork. She requested him- that Prof. Bazeyo to keep the CHS close to his heart that after all that was his home.

In her remarks, the incoming Dean Professor Rhoda Wanyenze thanked the outgoing Dean for the overwhelmingly detailed handover report and the humility with which he did it and presented it to the team that included the University Acting Chief Internal Auditor, Mr. Benson Barigye, Ag. Principal CHS, HR Manager CHS, the Deputy Dean Professor Christopher Orach, Chairs of Departments that included Prof Nazarious Mbona, Suzan Kiwanuka who represented Chair of HPPM.

She noted the Professor Bazeyo had mentored many people including herself at SPH and appreciated him for being vigilant in identifying and attracting the best persons to join the School both in projects and University service a thing that she believed was a result for the love he had and wish to see the school grow and shine. This capability was noted as one of his strength in his leadership. She also mentioned that because of his good leadership, the School was a big force not only in the University, but nationally and internationally and she pledged to maintain this glory. She pledged to work together with the rest of the team to cultivate the next generation of leaders. She once again thanked the outgoing Dean Professor William Bazeyo for the good culture of handover and documentation and she pledged to continue seeking for advice and his wisdom on several issues. She concluded by mentioning that she was ready to work with her colleagues at the School.

The Director of Internal Audit took the opportunity to thank Professor Bazeyo for the elaborate and detailed handover. He reminded members that handover was a key responsibility of any civil servant but to his surprise, there seemed to be no standard handover format or template. He continued that he was happy that Professor Bazeyo was appointed Acting DVC F & A and that he was hopeful that he would handle the office successfully. He highly commended the handover report from Professor Bazeyo as the best handover report he had seen in his entire time at Makerere University having attended several handover occasions before and that he would easily pass it as the best among very many. “This is a very detailed handover report, I have read and I can see every small and big thing at SPH highlighted, Prof Bazeyo thank you for showing the example” he said. The Chief Auditor went on to congratulate Professor Rhoda Wanyenze for the appointment and that as per her pledge we have to make the School greater than it is now. He commended the School for the spirit of team work and that this should be cultivated through the University. He thanked the Acting Principal for the good culture that the CHS displays all the time.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday 15th September 2017 handed over office as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration) to Prof. William Bazeyo our outgoing Dean.

According to the Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Prof. William Bazeyo with a track record in resource mobilization and frugal financial management will serve in this capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A).

The handover ceremony took place in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A) and was presided over by Mr. Bruce Balaba Kabaasa, Chairman Appointments Board who represented the Chairperson of the University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem.

In his hand over remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated Prof. William Bazeyo upon being appointed the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration) effective 1st September 2017 and wished him a successful tenure.

Prof. Nawangwe commended the University Council for quickly identifying a suitable person to replace him adding that the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A) is a busy one.

Like Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean MakSPH and RAN Chief of Party has always put it both in writing and speech, ‘Be a Contribution’, the afternoon of Wednesday August 30, 2017 saw him, share the State of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) presentation with students, faculty, non-teaching staff and the general public. Prof. Bazeyo’s diligent service during his term as the Dean was witnessed in the big number of people who filled the Davies Lecture Theatre in Makerere University College of Health Sciences and patiently listened to and engaged with Prof. Bazeyo for over 3 hours! ‘Look at how my people are standing at the back of this lecture Theatre, they do not have where to sit but also, we all can not fit in this theatre and thus the need for all of us to support the project-constructing a bigger home for MakSPH. Mobilization work is progressing on well and we thank all of you for the support thus far. Please continue supporting us and also share the message widely so that we solicit as much support as possible to put up a befitting home for MakSPH’ noted Prof. Bazeyo.

About

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.

Our Call to Action

SPH therefore is seeking to solicit support from all partners, stakeholders and well-wishers towards the expansion of the School of Public Health and the diversification of facilities that can support the type of training and research that will meet the challenges of our times.  The proposed infrastructure upgrade will also enable SPH to significantly contribute to meeting the sustainable development goals while mitigating the current health related challenges.   

 

The current space and infrastructural settings are insufficient to enable the School meet both the current and future demands for academics and innovations, research and development. In the last ten years, we have experienced an increase in the number of academic programmes coupled with doubling of the student enrolment.  This has led to the cumbersome and often unreliable borrowing of teaching space from other university units. Borrowing space is neither sustainable nor convenient.  

Although we have embraced more flexible means of program delivery through our distance education program, our predicted growth in research and teaching during the next ten years will result in doubling of the current student enrolment and increase in academic programs by almost half. The latter is necessary in order to align our graduates and trainees with the current global health challenges. New academic programs that have been designed and proposed to cater for the specialist needs of public health professionals include Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Environmental Health, Health Informatics and Monitoring and Evaluation, and PhD degrees in Health Services Research, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics.  We further expect an increase in demand for continuing professional development programmes in terms of fellowships and short courses.       

We strongly believe that it is essential that MakSPH’s ambitions and its future progress are not constrained by lack of space. There is therefore need to upgrade to match the increased student enrollment as well as cater for desired new innovations in teaching. We remain committed to equip our students with the necessary education and skills to make a significant contribution to the economy and society as a whole.

 

Proposed building structural summary

  • Five storeys building
  • Total area is 2,462m2
  • Total number of rooms is 56

Ø Ground floor: Reception, Parking, Canteen and Kitchen

Ø 1st Floor: Board room, lecture rooms, tutorial rooms

Ø 2nd Floor: Auditorium, laboratories s and tutorial rooms

Ø 3rd Floor: Library, laboratories and offices

Ø 4th Floor: Tutorial rooms, auditorium and laboratories

Ø 5th Floor: Tutorial rooms, auditorium laboratories and wellness centre

 

Proposed sources of funds 

A)   Internally generated funds

  • Makerere University main administration
    • Land
  • School of Public Health
    • Faculty
    • Alumni
    • Grants / Projects

 

B)    Externally generated funds 

o   In country organisations/agencies

o   International organisation/agencies

 

C)   Government of Uganda

 

Proposed methods of raising funds

  • Organisation donations 
  • Individual donations
  • Sale of coupons/tickets
  • Auctions
  • Functions (Dinners, walks/ marathon)

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Proposed Timelines

Ground Breaking is set for November 1st, 2017 Ceteris paribus (also when we realize 75% as money on the account)

 

This initiative was launched by the MakSPH Family on May 26th, 2017 at Makerere University School of Public Health Annex Kololo, Kampala Uganda. Access pictures highlighting this event here. 

Click HERE to view the Infrastructure Development committee

 

Contact Us

Dr. Christine Nalwadda Kayemba, BDS, MPH, PhD

Lecturer School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

New Mulago Hill Road

P.O. Box 7072

Kampala Uganda

Telephone: +256 414 543872

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

The detailed Artistic Impression of the Building is accessible here

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