The Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday 15th September 2017 handed over office as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration) to Prof. William Bazeyo our outgoing Dean.

According to the Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Prof. William Bazeyo with a track record in resource mobilization and frugal financial management will serve in this capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A).

The handover ceremony took place in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A) and was presided over by Mr. Bruce Balaba Kabaasa, Chairman Appointments Board who represented the Chairperson of the University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem.

In his hand over remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated Prof. William Bazeyo upon being appointed the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration) effective 1st September 2017 and wished him a successful tenure.

Prof. Nawangwe commended the University Council for quickly identifying a suitable person to replace him adding that the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A) is a busy one.

Like Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean MakSPH and RAN Chief of Party has always put it both in writing and speech, ‘Be a Contribution’, the afternoon of Wednesday August 30, 2017 saw him, share the State of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) presentation with students, faculty, non-teaching staff and the general public. Prof. Bazeyo’s diligent service during his term as the Dean was witnessed in the big number of people who filled the Davies Lecture Theatre in Makerere University College of Health Sciences and patiently listened to and engaged with Prof. Bazeyo for over 3 hours! ‘Look at how my people are standing at the back of this lecture Theatre, they do not have where to sit but also, we all can not fit in this theatre and thus the need for all of us to support the project-constructing a bigger home for MakSPH. Mobilization work is progressing on well and we thank all of you for the support thus far. Please continue supporting us and also share the message widely so that we solicit as much support as possible to put up a befitting home for MakSPH’ noted Prof. Bazeyo.

Scope of Work for the Recruitment

Background to CBS:

Over the last 30 years of the HIV epidemic, Ministry of Health has relied on several HIV surveillance methods to monitor the HIV trend in the country. These methods provide aggregate data and thus the ministry has not been able to monitor clients’ linkage to HIV Care, individual progress of sentinel events of clients in HIV care cascade, and accurately estimate the incidence and prevalence. Furthermore, these methods are prone to multiple reporting of clients. READ MORE

Tominimisetheselimitations,WorldHealthOrganization(WHO)recommended HIV case reporting in 2006 for adults and children in countries with generalised epidemics which involves longitudinally tracking each individual HIV positive client capturing their sentinel events in the HIV care cascade.

WHO is supporting Ministry of Health through the Makerere University School of Public Health Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program to conduct overall national readiness assessment for HIV Case Based Surveillance as well as developing national guidelines. In line with this support, METS is is seeking a consultant to (i) Conduct a CBS readiness assessment for the country to implement HIV Case Based Surveillance and (ii) Develop National Implementation Guidelines for HIV case Based Surveillance.

The readiness assessment will address the following objectives:-

  1. i)  Assess the health system infrastructure available for implementation of HIV Case Based Surveillance, including electricity, internet connectivity, andhuman resource capacities available at health facilities.
  2. ii)  Review current health policies, the policy environment, and processesrelevant to policy formulation for HIV Case Based Surveillance.
  3. iii)  Inform a communication strategy and materials for different audiences to support the positive environment and positive individual attitudes to the use of finger print technology as unique identifier in HIV Case BasedSurveillance.
  4. iv)  Develop an advocacy strategy to achieve awareness and support for theimplementation of HIV Case Based Surveillance

The guidelines will provide a standardised and simplified guide for the implementation of HIV Case Based Surveillance in the Country.

Approach and tasks:

The various approaches that will be utilized and tasks to be completed in the HIV Case based Surveillance readiness assessment and guidelines development include:
1. A comprehensive desk review of pertinent documents.

2. Designing or adopting a data collection tool detailing all the essential elements for HIV Case based surveillance readiness assessment.

3. Collection and analysis of data on the strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats from the facility, district, and ministry level to guide implementation of HIV Case Based surveillance in Uganda.

4. Recommendations for the implementation of HIV Case based Surveillance at National, district and facility level

5. Developing the national HIV Case Based Surveillance guidelines to support the implementation

Field work:

The assignment will include visits to selected health facilities, districts in

different regions of the country and ministry of health to collect data in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the HIV CBS Readiness assessment and guidelines development work plan. This activity is expected to be no longer than two weeks in duration.

Competencies required:

The Consultant should have an advanced degree (Master or PhD) in Public health, Epidemiology or other related disciplines and substantial experience in the following: TechnicalknowledgeoffamiliaritywithHIVprogramminginthehealthsector

with a minimum of 10 years in Uganda or a similar environment
 Extensive understanding of HIV epidemiology and surveillance in Uganda  Excellent research skills both quantitative and qualitative
 Excellent understanding of Health management and information systems

of Uganda
 A proven record of doing similar work in the past 5 years

Roles and Responsibilities:

The consultant will report to the National CBS technical working group comprising of WHO, Ministry of Health and METS.
The Consultant will work very closely with METS to complete this assignment. Any materials/documents required before embarking on the assignment will be the responsibility of the consultant.

Duration of the Consultancy:

This consultancy will run for 1 month and is expected to start on 18th September 2017

Overall expected outputs:

1. Consultancy proposal and work plan
2. First draft of the readiness assessment report
3. First draft of the guidelines
4. Content validation meeting aimed at refining the draft document based on

inputs from the METS team and the National CBS technical working group. 5. Final CBS readiness assessment report
6. Final National HIV Case Based surveillance implementation guidelines.

Application process:

Interested firms and individuals are invited to apply by submitting the following application documents by 16th June 2017
i. Technical and financial proposal.
ii. Capability statement- detailing experience in conducting similar assignments,

along with supporting documents such as CVs and names of referees. iii. Detailed work plan.
iv. Detailed Budget proposal.

Interested firms/individuals should submit the above-mentioned documents as hard copies. The package should be labelled “Proposal to Develop National HIV Case Based Surveillance Implementation Guidelines for METS program” and delivered to the address below

Office of the Dean,
Makerere University School of Public health, New Mulago Hill Road, P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.

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About

The Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health, is up to execute a $3m infrastructure expansion project. The project will entail construction of a 5-storey building that will house tutorial rooms, demonstration and innovation laboratories, auditoriums as well as space for research fellows, doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees among others. 

These facilitates, together with the pre-existing ones, will enable SPH to provide world class and modern training and skills impartation on public health professionals who will be capable of addressing the ever increasing magnitude and complexity of public health problems.

Goal

The goal is to raise three million US dollars ($3m) for expansion of the School of Public Health building.

Background

Makerere University School of Public Health (SPH) is a leading public health institution in Uganda and within the East and Central Africa region. Founded in 1954 as a Department of Preventive Medicine, it became an Institute of Public Health in 1974 following which it was upgraded to a School of Public Health in 2007 under the College of Health Sciences. Details about MakSPH are shared on http://musph.ac.ug/.

Existing and future programs at MakSPH in fields such as Health Informatics, Monitoring and Evaluation, mHealth, and Innovations require appropriately designed and sufficient space, infrastructural settings and modern equipment. 

The Problem

Each passing day, public health challenges are increasing both in volume and complexity thereby demanding even more grounded public health professionals who can provide leadership in addressing major global health challenges. Such challenges include but are not limited to rapid population growth and urbanisation, climate change and environmental degradation, epidemics and pandemics of emerging and re-emerging pathogens and etiologic agents, internal displacements of people and refugee crises due to natural disasters and armed conflicts, and poor and constrained health systems. 

SPH therefore finds itself at the centre of this demand to produce appropriately trained and skilled human resource that can ably spearhead thorough, adequate and timely responses to the aforementioned health challenges. In addition, the School, as a public health academic institution is also expected to conduct state-of-art research and adduce evidence-based interventions for programmatic use in tackling health challenges. For example, in the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the School was requested by the African Union to provide over 200 Public Health Professionals to support the control of the epidemic in the shortest possible time.

Despite the School’s willingness and determination to respond positively to the communities’ demands, its ability to meet the need is severely constrained by the available infrastructure and resources, specifically labs, tutorial rooms and auditoriums. While the University has responded by increasing number of staff and student enrolment, there has not been a commensurate increase in space and equipment required for training, research, skills building and mentoring of future public health leaders.

Our Call to Action

SPH therefore is seeking to solicit support from all partners, stakeholders and well-wishers towards the expansion of the School of Public Health and the diversification of facilities that can support the type of training and research that will meet the challenges of our times.  The proposed infrastructure upgrade will also enable SPH to significantly contribute to meeting the sustainable development goals while mitigating the current health related challenges.   

 

The current space and infrastructural settings are insufficient to enable the School meet both the current and future demands for academics and innovations, research and development. In the last ten years, we have experienced an increase in the number of academic programmes coupled with doubling of the student enrolment.  This has led to the cumbersome and often unreliable borrowing of teaching space from other university units. Borrowing space is neither sustainable nor convenient.  

Although we have embraced more flexible means of program delivery through our distance education program, our predicted growth in research and teaching during the next ten years will result in doubling of the current student enrolment and increase in academic programs by almost half. The latter is necessary in order to align our graduates and trainees with the current global health challenges. New academic programs that have been designed and proposed to cater for the specialist needs of public health professionals include Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Environmental Health, Health Informatics and Monitoring and Evaluation, and PhD degrees in Health Services Research, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics.  We further expect an increase in demand for continuing professional development programmes in terms of fellowships and short courses.       

We strongly believe that it is essential that MakSPH’s ambitions and its future progress are not constrained by lack of space. There is therefore need to upgrade to match the increased student enrollment as well as cater for desired new innovations in teaching. We remain committed to equip our students with the necessary education and skills to make a significant contribution to the economy and society as a whole.

 

Proposed building structural summary

  • Five storeys building
  • Total area is 2,462m2
  • Total number of rooms is 56

Ø Ground floor: Reception, Parking, Canteen and Kitchen

Ø 1st Floor: Board room, lecture rooms, tutorial rooms

Ø 2nd Floor: Auditorium, laboratories s and tutorial rooms

Ø 3rd Floor: Library, laboratories and offices

Ø 4th Floor: Tutorial rooms, auditorium and laboratories

Ø 5th Floor: Tutorial rooms, auditorium laboratories and wellness centre

 

Proposed sources of funds 

A)   Internally generated funds

  • Makerere University main administration
    • Land
  • School of Public Health
    • Faculty
    • Alumni
    • Grants / Projects

 

B)    Externally generated funds 

o   In country organisations/agencies

o   International organisation/agencies

 

C)   Government of Uganda

 

Proposed methods of raising funds

  • Organisation donations 
  • Individual donations
  • Sale of coupons/tickets
  • Auctions
  • Functions (Dinners, walks/ marathon)

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Proposed Timelines

Ground Breaking is set for November 1st, 2017 Ceteris paribus (also when we realize 75% as money on the account)

 

This initiative was launched by the MakSPH Family on May 26th, 2017 at Makerere University School of Public Health Annex Kololo, Kampala Uganda. Access pictures highlighting this event here. 

Click HERE to view the Infrastructure Development committee

 

Contact Us

Dr. Christine Nalwadda Kayemba, BDS, MPH, PhD

Lecturer School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

New Mulago Hill Road

P.O. Box 7072

Kampala Uganda

Telephone: +256 414 543872

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

The detailed Artistic Impression of the Building is accessible here


Symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage in Low and

Middle Income Countries opens in Kampala

Over 200 delegates have converged at Serena Hotel in Kampala for a three-day symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage.

The opening ceremony was presided over by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, Uganda who also represented the Right Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda.

Dr. Aceng urged the stakeholders and participants to focus on the reality that health is a personal responsibility. “No one is responsible for your health; it is you to do it”.

The Minister also affirmed government’s commitment towards new innovations, dialogue and use of resources to pursue the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through financing reforms such as National Health Insurance, voucher systems for maternal deliveries and Results-Based Financing under the World Bank- Global Financing Facility.

Minister Aceng giving her speech at the opening ceremony

 

 The representative of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Mr. Tarik Kubach noted that ‘although health has not been selected as a focal sector under the 11th EDF program, the EU also strives to foster partnerships with countries in the development of policies and reforms to address the root causes of existing challenges and constraints to sustainable health financing such as the case with the SPEED project.

He said the EU globally continues to provide support to broader health system strengthening, health planning, health financing and policy dialogue which will all contribute directly towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Mr. Tarik Kubach speaking on behalf of the EU Delegation in Uganda during the opening ceremony

The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor elect, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe communicated the University’s commitment to supporting government efforts with evidence and technical support for policymaking. He said the University generated over 95% of all the research produced in Uganda.

The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor elect, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe

Professor Charles Ibingira, the Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences committed the College on continued production of evidence but challenged the Ministry of Health to ensure that once policies have been produced, they are implemented well. 

In his remarks, Professor William Bazeyo, the Dean School of Public Health, requested the Ministry of Health to assign the School the role of engaging Members of Parliament and providing them with technical support to understand and appreciate issues regarding the national health insurance financing.

Professor William Bazeyo, the Dean School of Public Health speaking at the event

 

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