On Thursday 16th August, 2018, the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health (DCEH) held its first ever seminar series. Presenting their areas of interest, two PhD candidates on the floor put forward their proposals for much-needed critiquing from members of the academia present. Their areas of research will rotate around pedestrians and their interactions with road safety.

The Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) , on Thursday 16th/August/2018, held an orientation session for the incoming students admitted on Masters’ Degree programs of Public Health Nutrition (MPHN) and Disaster Management (MDM), at Makerere University School of Public Health Building (MakSPH) Level 4, Lecture Room B.

The students were urged to be responsible with the time they are going to be spending pursuing their courses. “We do not want anyone to stay around for longer than they should. You should be graduating after two years, and we are committed to that because we are student-friendly”, said Dr Justine N Bukenya, a lecturer in the department, adding that missing lectures and handing in assignments late would lead to loss of marks and poor grades. She also asked the students to exhibit high personal standards as graduate students.

Dr Henry Wamani, also a lecturer in CHBS,  urged the fresh students to make use of their time well and to attend all lectures as it will be of paramount importance to be available at all times. He cautioned them against thinking that lecturers would not attend to them since MakSPH has some of the most dedicated staff ever.

Speaking at the function, the Department Chair and the Deputy Dean of MakSPH, Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach urged the students to be the best since they had joined the best unit in the university. He further challenged them to read a lot revealing that some of the courses were going to be difficult unless they delve into reading from academia. He also cautioned them against chasing too many dreams at once especially work and studying.

Also present at the function was Dr Elizabeth Nabiwemba, Mr. Saul Kamukama, Ms. Hanifa Bukirwa, and several other department staff.

On August 21st and 22nd, 2018, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) held a two-day inception workshop that brought together six universities in Africa and the respective Ministries of Health from their countries to review and agree on the implementation approach for a Global Fund grant. This project grant aims at supporting Ministries of Health to review and analyze data at national and subnational levels for well-informed decision-making.

This grant comes after MakSPH together with these universities submitted a partnership proposal designed at enhancing technical support for analytical capacity and data use. The partner universities set to benefit from this grant together with MakSPH include the universities of Nairobi and Muhimbili in East Africa and Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Witwatersrand (Wits) in Southern Africa.

Uganda continues to make strides in the use of family planning methods and service delivery according to survey results disseminated by Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) on July 24th 2018 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

However, despite these gains, the survey results point to the need for continued efforts to improve access to all family planning methods so that all women/ couples in Uganda can choose the best method for them from a range of choices.

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