Bachelors of Environmental Health Sciences students are finalists in international writing competition in South Korea

A team of four Bachelors of Environmental Health Sciences (BEHS) year one students from Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) represented the university and Uganda at large in the final round of the 2016 International Girls Health Student Writing Competition in Seoul, South Korea from 7th to 8th June 2016. The students are: Kizza Frank Gramsen, Lubega Grace Biyinzika, Gonza Joviah and Wagaba Brenda, and were among only 4 teams from Africa that reached this final round of the competition. 

Left to right: Gonza Joviah, Lubega Grace Biyinzika, Kizza Frank Gramsen and Wagaba Brenda at the 2016 International Girls Health Student Writing Competition in Seoul, South Korea.

The competition was organized by Ewha Womens University, Seoul, South Korea and attracted contestant student teams from all over the world who wrote essays about the challenges girls in developing countries face and proposed innovative solutions to address the challenges.

The BEHS team, who were mentored by Dr. David Musoke and Mr. Rawlance Ndejjo from the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at MakSPH, wrote a paper entitled Sexual and Reproductive Health challenges faced by girls in Uganda which highlighted the major challenges girls in Uganda face including teenage pregnancies, early marriages, poverty and lack of menstrual hygiene facilities in schools among others to which they proposed solutions.

Twenty-seven (27) teams from 14 mostly developing countries that had successfully passed through the early stages of the competition participated in the final competition round in South Korea. The teams made presentations to a panel of judges who then selected winning teams, whose ideas would be funded by the competition organizers.

Lubega Grace Biyinzika making a presentation on behalf of the BEHS team during the competition.

The 2016 International Girls Health Student Writing competition participants and judges after the competition.

All participating teams also attended the 2016 International Conference on Girls Health held on 8th June 2016 whose theme was Better Life for Girls. The conference included key note addresses by distinguished speakers, and several presentations by researchers and students about girls health after which the winning teams of the competition were awarded their prizes. The 2016 winner of the grand prize was Ma Ivy Abella C Funtalba from Philippines who wrote a paper titled its a post Girl Thing: Menstrual Health Management in Evacuation centers in Sorsogon, Philippines.

The 2016 International Conference on GirlsHealth participants and officials on the conference day.

Following the award ceremony, all participants of the 2016 International Girls Health Students Writing competition recited the global declaration for Girls for Girls while wearing their traditional costumes which was then followed by the unveiling of the official emblem inscribed with the name of the initiative, ‘Girls for Girls.

What the BEHS students said:

Participating in the competition was such an amazing and memorable experience for me as I got to learn and share a lot in addition to making new friends. My appreciation goes to my team members for their hard work and commitment, and our lecturers Dr. David Musoke and Mr. Rawlance Ndejjo who supported and mentored us through the process. Kizza Frank Gramsen

 “I cannot believe that an eight PowerPoint slide presentation took us to Seoul.” Lubega Grace Biyinzika

“The trip was amazing! It gave me a broad perspective on the issues related to the girl child and I was also able to make many new friends. The thirteen hours journey was really worth it.” Wagaba Brenda 

“I am so proud that our efforts really paid off. I am so grateful to God, my team mates, lecturers and everyone else that helped me accomplish this. It was indeed the best experience ever.” Gonza Joviah

 

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.

 

Due to an increase in trends in diseases that result from animal-human-environment interactions, especially zoonotic diseases e.g. Ebola, Cholera, Marburg fever, Food Borne diseases; there is a new global paradigm of doing things together to solve health challenges. Multidisciplinary individuals with transformative knowledge and ability to prevent and mitigate risks at the animal-human-ecosystems interface are needed in order to achieve “One Health”.

Under Makerere University, the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network of Public Health and Veterinary Higher Education Institutions in the Eastern and Central Africa region is supporting the One Health approach to disease prevention and control with funding received from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through her partner, the University of Minnesota (UMN). 

The One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network of Public Health and Veterinary Higher Education Institutions is located in eight countries in the Eastern and Central Africa. Partnering countries are Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Senegal. The University Partners are University of Minnesota and Tufts University, based in The United States of America (USA). One of OHCEA’s roles is to support the Universities to understand and incorporate the One Health approach to disease control and prevention into the University curricula. Competences targeted are: effective communication; culture, beliefs and gender analysis; team work; inter-dependency (inter-disciplinary approaches) and collaboration/partnerships. Further, policy and advocacy, leadership and management – especially in a dynamic environment that requires innovation and creativity to manage complex conditions at the human-animal-environmental interface are more competences that are targeted on this program. The ‘one healthenised’ curricula will produce One Health graduates having transformative knowledge, skills and ability to prevent and mitigate infectious disease outbreaks from a “holistic integrated perspective than a discipline-based fragmented approach”.

Our reason for the Executive MPH-MBA

With support from OHCEA, Makerere University desires to develop a joint Master’s degree that will be called Executive MPH-MBA. Creating this multidisciplinary program is part of Makerere University’s strategy to break the discipline silos. This program will enable participants to acquire different skills to help them understand human activity and interactions. It is these skills that will help in disease prevention and control in a complex environment. The Executive MPH-MBA will target graduates of MPH or MBA providing them with knowledge and skills that they did not acquire from their previous training.

The request for proposal

The Executive MPH-MBA is a unique Master’s program which will draw students from Business, Nursing, Medical, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, and more, but have already attained an MPH or MBA degree, creating graduates who work in the field but also have business and managerial skills. The Executive MPH-MBA curriculum will have two modes of delivery, i.e. the flexible Executive MPH-MBA and the online Executive MPH-MBA

OHCEA requests for proposals to develop the Executive MPH-MBA program. The consultant shall perform the evaluation in two inter-related phases. In both phases, the consultant will work closely with the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team, headed by the focal persons and activity leads.

Phase 1: Preparatory work and design of data collection tools

During this phase, the consultant shall be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Review documents pertaining to Makerere University School of Public Health Master of Public Health Program and College of Business and Management Science –Makerere University for the Masters of Business Administration as well as other relevant documents to gain a better understanding of the two program contexts (current context), and program objectives.
  • Compile the issues arising from the document review.
  • Design data collection tools to be used during stakeholder consultations (this will be a Rapid Needs Assessment)
  • Conduct the Rapid Needs Assessment to identity the gap to be addressed by the proposed Executive MPH-MBA program.
  • Facilitate the stakeholder consultative workshop to generate issues to be considered in developing the executive MPH-MBA curriculum. A list of the proposed stakeholders will be provided and the consultant is welcome to add input to this list to suit the activity.
  • Write a rapid assessment report and present key emerging issues to the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team.

Key deliverables for the consultant at this phase (one) will include:

  • Brief report showing key issues arising from document review
  • Rapid assessment tools developed
  • Issues arising from rapid assessment presented to the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team for consideration
  • Stakeholder meeting/analysis Report
  • Executive MPH-MBA program rapid assessment report produced

Phase 2: Development of Executive MPH-MBA Program curriculum

From Phase 1, the consultant is expected to come up with strategies and proceed to implement them to enable him/ her come up with a draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum.

  • Stakeholders consultative meetings may be organised
  • Meetings to draft the curriculum may be held

The consultant is to clearly indicate in his/her proposal which methodologies will be used to achieve the deliverable in phase II apart from the suggested.

He/she will clearly indicate how the different programs will be related to each other (the existing programs and the Executive MPH-MBA).

Further, he/she will design a framework for the program, indicating the competences to be developed on this proposed program.

The consultant it expected to attach a clear budget to the breakdown of activities that will be undertaken to achieve deliverables in Phases 1&2

Key deliverable for the consultant at this phase (two) will be:

  • Draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum document

Time lines/reporting process

The total consultancy time is 60 working days. The consultant will be expected to take up to a maximum of 60 working days from initiation of the assignment. Phase one assignment will be delivered after 30 working days from signing the contract. Phase two will be delivered within 30 working days following the agreed upon start date of that phase.

Remuneration

OHCEA will pay the consultant for his/her time while undertaking the consultancy. The consultant shall be paid 50% of the honorarium upon presentation of expected deliverables from phase one and 50% upon presentation of the draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum in phase two.

Minimum Qualifications

Interested consultants should be holders of a minimum of a Master’s degree in a field relevant to Public Health and a background in Business Administration. Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing or teaching graduate public health, Business Administration or related programs as well as a wide and deep knowledge of public health issues: locally, nationally and globally is highly desirable.

Application process

Interested consultants should submit their technical and financial proposals, specifying their understanding of the scope of work, financial expectations and timelines associated with each phase of the curriculum review to the address mentioned below, not later than 21st  September, 2016.

The evaluation criteria will base on

  • Critical Strategies to achieve the deliverable  proposed apart from the obviously stated in the request for proposal
  • Past experience in developing a similar or a closely related assignment
  • One’s knowledge of the One Health Concept
  • Possession of the required qualifications as specified in the request for proposal]


Contract award;

The contracted will be awarded by 23rd September, 2016. The winning proposal contact person will sign a contract with OHCEA Uganda office to carry out this activity as proposed.

Deliverables and their Timeframes

Phase 1

  • Brief report showing key issues arising from document review
  • Rapid assessment tools developed
  • Issues arising from rapid assessment presented the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team for consideration
  • Executive MPH-MBA program rapid assessment report produced

(I-IV) to be delivered with in the first 30 days of the assignment)

Phase 2

Draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum document

(To be delivered by the end of the remaining 30 days of the assignment)

Once award has been received, the consultant is expected to take a maximum of 30 working days from contract signing to delivery of a final deliverable as required as detailed here above.

Terms of the Contract

The contract will start on 26th September and end on 31st October 2016, the Consultant may in writing indicate to OHCEA Uganda if there is need for extra days. The extra days will be limited to maximum of 5 working days.

Payments, Incentives, and Penalties

Payment will be made in 2 phases upon delivery of the reports as specified in 6 above. No payment will be made in case any of the required deliverables have not been made.

Information to consultant

 

Launching the project, the Assistant Commissioner Health Promotion and Education at
the Ministry of Health, Dr. Paul Kagwa said Village Health Teams (VHTs) are very useful
and their work adds value to what the Ministry of Health delivers. He expressed hope
that with the VHT structure in Ssisa Sub County strengthened, the sub county will be
among the top performers in Wakiso district. “In immunization, Ssisa was always
among the poorest performers in the district. I hope with this initiative, you are going
to perform better. Health is a calling; it is not a job, it is like priesthood; no rest, no
leave. Many die while trying to save others. It is commitment above self. God has given
you to us to fulfill this calling; we thank you very much he implored.

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Dr. Kaggwa officially launching the project
The project was launched at Nakawuka Football grounds in Nakawuka, Ssisa on 28

May 2015.
Dr. Kagwa also mentioned that securing monthly or regular pay for the VHTs may not
be possible and even if it materialized, may not make much difference in their lives. He
therefore urged them to engage in income generation activities through SACCOs and
other avenues to improve their household incomes. He thanked Mr. David Musoke and
team at Makerere University School of Public Health for supporting the Ministry of
Health in fulfilling its mandate.
Representing the Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, Mr. Geofrey
Musinguzi said the outcome of the project will provide information on the next health
challenge to handle in the sub county. He thanked the residents for the opportunity to
work with them and for also providing students with a learning environment.

 

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Mr. Geofrey Musinguzi represented the Dean, MakSPH
In his speech, Mr. David Musoke pointed out that Makerere University School of Public
Health has been conducting research in Ssisa Sub County for the last seven years in
primary health care, maternal health, malaria control, among other areas. In all this
work, VHTs were noted to be active. “We are proud of you as VHTs for the work you
are doing for the community in many aspects of disease control. We know there are
challenges in your work and we have conducted extensive research in this area. We
want to strengthen your capacity to ensure you do your job better”, he said.
Mr. Musoke added that through partnership with Nottingham Trent University (UK) and
the Ministry of Health Uganda, a project to strengthen the Village Health Team
programme in Ssisa Sub County, Wakiso District was designed. The project focus will be
on training, supervision and motivation of the VHTs.
“Each village selected four people; two of which are engaged specifically in drug
distribution. Currently, some have dropped off; this is one of the areas we want to
support. Some villages are too big to be served by only 4 people, so a few people have
come out to volunteer and they need training. Record keeping also needs to be
improved so that hospitals get the right data from the VHTs, and non-monetary token
of appreciation will be provided to aid VHTs carry out their duties. We will work with the
Ministry of Health and existing structures to deliver the training. The VHT coordinators
will also be supported in their role”, Mr. Musoke said.
Mr. Musoke added that three motorcycles to support the work of the VHTs are also
being procured for the project. He pledged that the School of Public Health will continue
to conduct research in Ssisa Sub County as long as there is need.

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Mr. David Musoke, the Project Principal Investigator speaking during the launch

The LC III Chairperson, Ssisa Sub County Mr. Patrick Wilson Byekwaso pointed out that
Village Heath Teams work for free yet the community doesn’t always appreciate their
work. Even when there are trainings, they use their own money to attend. He said they
should be remunerated because they contribute a lot. He endeared the residents to
support the police in fighting crime and lawlessness in the area. On poverty and self development
challenges, he cautioned residents against blaming President Yoweri Museveni for the poverty.

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Mr. Byekwaso, the LCIII
Chairman Sissa Subcounty

This project is funded through the Health Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the
UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the Tropical
Health & Education Trust (THET).

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Guests at the project Launch

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