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Yesterday, May 23rd, 2018, saw the launch of the Health Informatics boot camp at the College of Computing and Information Systems (CoCIS), Makerere University. The boot camp has students of Masters of Health Informatics (MHI) program from first and second year. The boot camp will essentially focus on imparting practical skills of District Health Information Systems 2 (DHIS2) to the 45 learners.  DHIS2 is the system used by the Ministry of Health to track health information in all districts around the country.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from the Global Fund (GF), has been implementing several research studies in Uganda, in conjunction with Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH).

On the 11th-13th of March, 2018, MakSPH held a workshop at Kampala Serena Hotel for the purpose disseminating findings from these researched. These studies will be used as a basis for planning, programming and implementation and they can also be cited as evidence based to conduct future interventions.

The week starting Monday February 5, 2018 saw Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, Director at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) http://aphrc.org/ visit Makerere University School of Public Health http://musph.mak.ac.ug/  for a face-to-face engagement with students and faculty members. Dr Kyobutungi is also as an alumnus of MakSPH and her main reason of visiting was to engage in discussions directed towards establishing possible relationships which would later culminate into a collaboration. As an organization, APHRC is committed to generating an Africa-led and Africa-owned body of evidence to inform decision making for an effective and sustainable response to the most critical challenges facing the continent. According to their website, APHRC’s mandate is to generate and support the use of evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans through three integrated programmatic divisions: research, that emphasizes health and wellbeing; research capacity strengthening to deepen
the skills of African scholars working on the continent; and policy engagement and communications to support greater influence of evidence in policy – and decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa.

Authors pose for a photograph at Serena Hotel at the UHC Book Launch with the Chief Guest and other invited guests.

She was astonished to have her child admitted in a room with about 5 others, all with urgent health requirements like nebulizing and oxygen.

However, Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka, who is a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health, Makerere University, was shocked when the parents opted to go home with their children in such conditions. Thinking she was missing something, an alarmed Dr. Kiwanuka inquired as to why anyone would want to get their child discharged in that state. She was even more shocked by the uniform response; the parents claimed they would rather go and do their best to manage the situation from home because healthcare at this facility was expensive and they couldn’t afford it. In other words, the parents seemed to be giving up the lives of their children, something that’s extremely difficult for any parent to do under normal circumstances, because of the cost healthcare. 

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