A public dialogue on the Health Sector Budget 2018/19 was hosted today afternoon at Kabira Country Club, Kampala, by Makerere School Of Public Health (MakSPH) SPEED (Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence-based Decisions) project. The dialogue focused on the implications for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the Uganda Health Sector Budget for this fiscal year.

On Friday 20th July 2018, 25 students graduated from Makerere University of Public Health (MakSPH) with Certificates in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). They included 8 females and 17 males from various academic backgrounds including, but not limited to, Civil Engineering, Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Environmental Health. Three of the graduands were from Rwanda and South Sudan. Also, a number of course participants worked with non-governmental organisations, three were District Health Inspectors and a few were students.

On Thursday 12th July 2018, Dr. Meleckidzedeck Khayesi addressed the staff o Makerere University School of Public Health (MaKSPH)laying emphasis on the need to harvest and invest evidence in the knowledge economy.

“Knowledge drives the economy, not oil or minerals”, he stressed. Citing examples of Silicon Valley in the US, and the development of economies of Switzerland and South Korea as more knowledge-based than process-based, he insistently reminded the audience of the enormous amounts of high quality knowledge produced by Ugandan universities which is then “dumped” after extremely rigorous research. He further suggested a course unit on the “Politics and Economies of the Knowledge Economy” to be taught at university across all disciplines to especially harness the industry that knowledge can become, all the while prompting the audience on how business-minded individuals can easily exploit research findings for substantial monetary gain.

While elaborating on the key features of the Knowledge economy, he highlighted the infinite nature, the collegial ownership, and the prolific nature (massive production) of knowledge. He urged the general academia to attach importance to 2 critical areas if knowledge is to be of substantial economic significance: the need to start recognizing the importance of harvesting this knowledge as a deliberate action, and to start training in techniques and how to avail tools to harvest knowledge. He also credited Prof. Christopher Garimoi Orach for his efforts to have knowledge especially about journals in his field of interest, at his fingertips.

He concluded with a call: to develop patents for innovations, services and books; for the passion and love for knowledge production, harvesting and investment; for think tanks.

The seminar was chaired by Dr. Olive Kobusingye.

About Dr Khayesi

Dr. Meleckidzedeck Khayesi is a principal researcher and international civil servant working with the World Health Organization, Geneva, in the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI).Before joining the World Health Organization in 2002, Dr Khayesi was a lecturer at Kenyatta University for 11years. His extensive research and policy work has recently led him to pay attention to the importance of knowledge production and its harvesting for use in society. Dr. Khayesi holds a Bachelor of Education degree with Geography and Religion as teaching subjects, a Master of Arts degree in Geography and a PhD in Transport Geography.

 

June 28th, 2018 started with a beehive of activity for the staff of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) that was organizing the Inaugural Memorial Lecture of Prof V.L. Ongom who was the first African Director of the Institute of Public Health, now MakSPH.

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