For Henry Bugembe, being a community health worker (CHW) in Sissa Village, Kajjansi Town Council involves voluntary community work like sensitizing his community about the use of mosquito nets and how to prevent and treat diarrhea in children. From the training the CHWs received in 2010 from the Ministry of Health (MoH), they can also conduct rapid diagnostic tests for malaria. With time however, the CHWs lost morale as volunteers due to lack of incentives to do their work. 

Together with Nottingam Trent University (NTU) in the United Kingdom, The School of Public Health, Makerere University (MakSPH) got funding from THE/DFID and refreshed the capacity of CHWs with incentives and training. These incentives include umbrellas, gum boots and motorcycles to enable them to move around.

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) visit Makerere University School of Public Health  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.

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