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.

In a social innovation, you have to understand the user; and you do not stop until your innovation is superb. And then, you don’t stop!” This was revealed by Dr Roy William Mayega while addressing participants at the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) Fellowship held at Resilient Africa Network on Tuesday 31st July 2018.

 


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics graduated 33 students in the level I courses of Applied Biostatistics and Data Management, and Principles of Applied Epidemiology.

 

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) team ran a lunchtime show on Wednesday 21st, August 2018 at the College of Health Sciences’ Davis Lecture Theatre from 1 – 2 pm. The interaction centred on what NSSF is and how staff at the College of Health Sciences fit in the Social Security benefits scheme.

The Dean of MakSPH present in person, Dr Rhoda Wanyenze, welcomed the NSSF team to the Seminar. With a slight hue of disappointment at the number of staff available, she encouraged the team to share what they had prepared.

Michael Mugisa, the NSSF data manager elaborated, albeit quite swiftly, on how the fund benefits its members, highlighting the 11.23% interest rate given out at the end of Financial Year 2016/17. “We are not a tax body, nor a bank/deposit body, and neither are we an insurance company”, said Mugisa.

Debate and concerns raised by the audience pivoted around the nature of the schemes that beneficiaries of the scheme like the Makerere University staff, are part of. Ignatius Mawanda, the Corporate Affairs Manager at NSSF, clarified that NSSF is mandated to only allow employees to be exempt from NSSF remittances if they are getting a better Social Security benefit scheme. Citing an example of the Makerere University Retirements Scheme, he further explained that an employee cannot be exempted from remitting monies to NSSF on grounds that the said employee has joined Makerere University on permanent terms. “But the same employee will be exempted if they join say the Parliamentary Pension Scheme which contributes better rates than NSSF,” he added.

Zuriah Namakula chaired the seminar.

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