Application deadline 15TH April 2017


SPICES Project: SPICES is an acronym that stands for Scaling-up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular disease prevention in selected sites in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is an implementation science project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon2020 research and innovation action. The project aim is to implement and evaluate a comprehensive cardiovascular disease prevention program in five settings: a rural & semi-urban community in a low-income country (Uganda), middle income (South Africa) and vulnerable groups in three high-income countries (Belgium, France and United Kingdom). The SPICES Consortium comprise of 6 Universities: University of Antwerp in Belgium (Coordinator), Makerere University in Uganda, University of Manchester and the Nottingham Trent University in the UK, Brest University in France and University of Limpopo in South Africa.


PhD opportunity: The SPICES project at Makerere University School of Public Health is seeking a suitably qualified, competent and motivated candidate for a doctoral position to join the study team. The aim of the PhD position is to enhance research training in the growing field of non-communicable diseases prevention and healthy life style promotion focusing on cardiovascular disease.  The PhD student will have the opportunity to contribute to the overall aim of the project. Reciprocally, the student will develop a career path in the growing field of cardiovascular disease prevention and health promotion. The student will be supported with a monthly stipend, tuition at Makerere University, and research costs will be supported.


Pre-requisite: The scholarship is open to candidates with a minimum of a master’s degree in medicine, social science, Environmental Health, Public Health, or any health-related degree.


Application package:

1.       A comprehensive curriculum vitae including relevant research and work experience

2.       Letter of motivation

3.       Copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates

4.       A concept note, 2-3 pages on improving access to CVD prevention, care and management services.

5.       Reference letter (2).

6.       Publication in a peer review journal would be an added advantage


Preference for this PhD opportunity will be given to a candidate who is more likely to demonstrate ability to contribute to the overall project aim.


Submission: Complete application package should be submitted to the Office of the Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, P. O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda.  The application deadline is 15th April 2017


Lucie Byrne-Davis & Jo Hart of the Division of Medical Education, University of Manchester and Dr David Musoke of Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda held a global knowledge exchange event in January at the University of Rwanda in Kigali.

Byrne-Davis & Hart lead a project called The Change Exchange ( which recruits and supports volunteer behavioural scientists to work with health partnerships between UK and low and middle income country (LMIC) health organisations (  During this project, they realised that making contact with researchers of provider behaviour in LMIC was difficult. “Although we knew that lots of provider behaviour work was happening, this work was not represented on the internet or in many of the journals we read”, said Dr Hart.  Discussions with Dr Musoke revealed that many LMIC researchers also found it hard to make connections with others.  Byrne-Davis, Hart & Musoke applied to the Tropical Health and Education Trust (funders of The Change Exchange) for a knowledge exchange grant to bring together researchers working on provider behaviour.


Kigali was suggested as an excellent city for a meeting and The University of Rwanda were very supportive.  A competitive abstract review resulted in seven bursaries for researchers based in LMIC to attend and present their work.  In total, researchers came from four continents, and nine countries (Burkina Faso, India, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa UK, USA).  An innovative ‘open space’ format ( meant that researchers could discuss the issues most important to them and time was spent reflecting on how to develop and maintain a community of researchers working on a range of projects with provider behaviour at their centre.  Since the event, the researchers have continued to communicate regularly through a whatsapp group and have furthered plans about how to develop, conduct and disseminate high quality work on provider behaviour to have maximum impact on policy and practice.

Participants of the event at the University of Rwanda.

Makerere University Environmental Health Students' Association (MUEHSA) is hosting the 14th Annual Scientific Conference
on 6th and 7th April 2017 at Silver springs Hotel, Kampala.

Deadline for abstract submission is 15th March 2017.

Click HERE for more details

WHO offers 6-12 weeks internships with a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO and global health. To be considered for a internship, applications are accepted before February 28. The application process is very simple and requires filling a questionnaire that covers your education, current studies, language skills and experience.

The details can be perused at : WHO Internships

Deadline: 28th February

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