Twenty eight trainees have graduated from the third intake of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) short course at Makerere University School of Public Health. The course is coordinated by the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health (DCEH).

Presiding over the certificate award ceremony, the Dean School of Public Health Professor William Bazeyo implored the trainees to share the new knowledge acquired with their work colleagues to ensure that work processes improve all through. “Create a network among yourselves, share information on good workplace practices, share information on funding calls. Write proposals on things you are going to implement in your own workplace”, he implored. He commended the course coordination team led by Dr. David Musoke for the hard work, professionalism and passion they have for the WASH field. He therefore requested the team to create more intakes and explore running the course for a shorter period as compared to the current eight weeks. He also urged the team to work closely with the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Secretariat on how the course can be run in all OHCEA institutions in the region. “This approach can bring in more people from different fields. It is a better approach because it targets people who are in-service”, he said.

One of the trainees Mr. Jonathan Nunda shows off his certificate as the Dean (right) looks on. On the left is Dr. David Musoke, the WASH Course Coordinator and Assoc. Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, the acting Chair, DCEH Department.

The Acting Chair of the DCEH Department, Associate Professor Rhoda Wanyenze said that in the developing world and in the field of public health the WASH course is of great significance. “Considering that 80% of diseases in the developing world come from this area, the course is very important. Sometimes we are overtaken by trends like HIV, mainly because that is where the money is flowing and neglect such fundamental areas. It is therefore gratifying to see so many people still interested in this sector”, she emphasised. She notified the trainees that a Masters’ degree has been designed in Environmental and Occupational Health to provide a career path for those trained to stay in the field.

Dr. David Musoke the Course Coordinator, noted that the diverse range of trainees as observed on the course makes learning richer and even more relevant to today’s health challenges. He urged the trainees to ensure the links created during the course lead to deeper networking. On behalf of the trainees, Mr. Jonathan Nunda said that as practitioners they have a role to play in ensuring achievement of one or two of the Sustainable Development Goals. The best performer on the course Candia John Bosco received USD 100 from the Dean.

A cross section of the trainees cutting the cake after the certificate awarding ceremony.

The WASH course aims to equip practicing individuals with appropriate attitudes, adequate skills and scientific knowledge for handling and managing duties and technical procedures in WASH. The course usually runs during the Makerere University semester II recess term (June-August) at the School of Public Health.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) short course graduates 28 participants

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) short course graduates 28 participants

Twenty eight trainees have graduated from the third intake of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) short course at Makerere University School of Public Health. The course is coordinated by the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health (DCEH).

Presiding over the certificate award ceremony, the Dean School of Public Health Professor William Bazeyo implored the trainees to share the new knowledge acquired with their work colleagues to ensure that work processes improve all through. “Create a network among yourselves, share information on good workplace practices, share information on funding calls. Write proposals on things you are going to implement in your own workplace”, he implored. He commended the course coordination team led by Dr. David Musoke for the hard work, professionalism and passion they have for the WASH field. He therefore requested the team to create more intakes and explore running the course for a shorter period as compared to the current eight weeks. He also urged the team to work closely with the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Secretariat on how the course can be run in all OHCEA institutions in the region. “This approach can bring in more people from different fields. It is a better approach because it targets people who are in-service”, he said.

One of the trainees Mr. Jonathan Nunda shows off his certificate as the Dean (right) looks on. On the left is Dr. David Musoke, the WASH Course Coordinator and Assoc. Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, the acting Chair, DCEH Department.

The Acting Chair of the DCEH Department, Associate Professor Rhoda Wanyenze said that in the developing world and in the field of public health the WASH course is of great significance. “Considering that 80% of diseases in the developing world come from this area, the course is very important. Sometimes we are overtaken by trends like HIV, mainly because that is where the money is flowing and neglect such fundamental areas. It is therefore gratifying to see so many people still interested in this sector”, she emphasised. She notified the trainees that a Masters’ degree has been designed in Environmental and Occupational Health to provide a career path for those trained to stay in the field.

 Dr. David Musoke the Course Coordinator, noted that the diverse range of trainees as observed on the course makes learning richer and even more relevant to today’s health challenges. He urged the trainees to ensure the links created during the course lead to deeper networking. On behalf of the trainees, Mr. Jonathan Nunda said that as practitioners they have a role to play in ensuring achievement of one or two of the Sustainable Development Goals. The best performer on the course Candia John Bosco received USD 100 from the Dean.

A cross section of the trainees cutting the cake after the certificate awarding ceremony.

The WASH course aims to equip practicing individuals with appropriate attitudes, adequate skills and scientific knowledge for handling and managing duties and technical procedures in WASH. The course usually runs during the Makerere University semester II recess term (June-August) at the School of Public Health.

 

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