Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) in partnership with Ministry of Health (MoH) and Nottingham Trent University (NTU), with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), through Tropical Health and Educational Trust (THET) organized a half-day stakeholders’ workshop on community health at Piato restaurant. The focus of the workshop which took place on September 5th, 2018 was how to strengthen and sustain national community health programmes for improving human resources for health.

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On the Friday afternoon of September 14th, 2018, Assoc. Prof Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye stepped down as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics which is in Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), paving way for Assoc. Prof Noah Kiwanuka to succeed him. The well-attended ceremony which took in MakSPH Boardroom had a representative from the University administration, the Dean Of MakSPH, Prof Rhoda Wanyenze , and representatives of the Chairs of the other departments in MakSPH.

On 15th August 2018, the ReBUILD project in partnership with CARE International and the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID), commenced a two – day symposium on managing the transition from humanitarian to development aid. The event which took place at the Kampala Serena Hotel placed emphasis on the effectiveness of aid and the development of health systems.

In her welcome speech, the Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health, MakSPH, Prof Rhoda Wanyenze warmly welcomed the audience to the convention. She explained the role and place of MakSPH in health systems context adding that the school had excelled in teaching relevant courses and in offering services which were spearheading research on such a scale. “MakSPH has programs that are relevant and sustainable for improving health and other social systems, programs that can bear the brunt of disasters e.g. the Master’s program in Disaster and management in the Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences, headed by Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach, to improve the preparedness of people who work in these settings,” she elaborated. She pledged to continue the rigorous struggle the school employs in maintaining responsiveness to the public health evidence needs in all ways necessary and she further committed to not only producing evidence-based research but also to the pursuit of acting on such data.

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