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MUST Holds 25th Graduation Ceremony

Mbarara University of Science and Technology held a colorful 25th Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, 27th October 2018 at the university’s Kihumuro Campus Grounds.

The function, presided over by the university’s Chancellor, Prof. Charles Olweny, saw 964 students awarded Degrees and Diplomas of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Of these 11 were awarded Doctors of Philosphy (PhDs).

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestino Obua provided a summary status of the university to the congregation.

The Minister of Education & Sports, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni in a speech read for her by the Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye,  urged the graduands to remain ethical in the competitive world to which they were being ushered.

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MUST holds 25th Graduation Ceremony

MUST ‘One Health Central and East Africa’ Chapter Launched

Article by Babirye Ruth Grace

The MUST OHCEA chapter was launched on the 19th October 2018 at the university’s Kihumuro Campus under the theme :  “The Role of Students in One Health : Flagship for a Multidisciplinary Approach in African Universities.”

OHCEA (One Health Central and East Africa) is an international network of institutions of higher learning located in 16 universities in 8 countries in Eastern, Central and Western African region which partner with 2 universities in the United States; The University of Minnesota and Tufts University. This network recognizes that relations in the Human- Animal- Ecosystem health are inextricably linked and through multi-sectoral collaboration,  there are more rapid, mutually beneficial and effective responses.

OHEA executive committee at MUST

OHEA executive committee at MUST

The OHCEA was initiated into the One Health Institute in April 2018 with a total of 80 students. Since then the chapter has had participation in the OHCEA activities such as the One Health Field Fellowship in Eastern Uganda, The Rift Valley Haemorrhagic Fever Talk, among other activities.

The launch was presided over by the  Vice Chancellor of MUST, Prof. Celestino Obua; the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor Gertrude Kiwanuka, who officially opened the event.

Invited guests were students from all Faculties at MUST, Bishop Stuart University, Makerere University Business School-Mbarara and The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security-Makerere.

The Guest of Honor was Dr Gladys Kalema the CEO and Founder of Conservation Through Public Health, and key note address was given by Professor Samuel Majalija the Deputy Principal of The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security-Makerere.

Dr. Gladys Kalema

Dr. Gladys Kalema

MUST is now officially one of the universities in the One Health Institute and a proud member of One Health Central and East Africa.

Special thanks to Dr. Joseph, the Deputy Dean of Faculty of Medicine who is also the focal person of OHCEA and Dr. Gad Ruzaaza, the patron of the association and the Head of the Community Based Education Research & Service program at MUST.

This event wouldn’t have been successful without the committed work of a team of officials of the association in MUST. Babirye Ruth Grace Kakoba the team leader, Kizza George William, Ndyamuhakyi Lynette, Muganzi David Jolly, Mulungi Jonathan, Kezimbira Simon Peter and Dr. Migisha Richard.

We acknowledge the MUST students that made it for the event.

One  Health, One Life

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Fresh Master of Clinical Pharmacy Student take the oath in the presence of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Group of the students with Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestino Obua and guests
Master of Clinical Pharmacy Pioneer Class White Coat Ceremony

Master of Clinical Pharmacy Pioneer Class White Coat Ceremony

The Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology hosted its premier White Coat Ceremony on Thursday October 18th, 2018 at the Mbarara Town Campus grounds

The White Coat Ceremony, the first in its category in Uganda, marked the entry of the matriculating class of 2018 into the pioneer Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy degree program here at MUST.

This induction ceremony helps first-year Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy degree students gain a sense of the program’s core values of professionalism, respect, integrity and care.

During the ceremony, students were cloaked in their first white coats, as students of the program, as a symbol of the trust being bestowed upon them to carry on the noble tradition of patient-centered care. Thereafter the students took an Oath and pledged allegiance to the profession, thereby deepening their sense of obligation and dedication to service.

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MUST Among 7 African Countries to receive PEPFAR Funding for Health Professional Education in Africa

Mbarara University Among seven African countries to receive PEPFAR Funding for Health professional Education in Africa from September 2018 to August 2023

This is yet another remarkable achievement for Mbarara University Science and Technology featuring among SEVEN universities in Africa (see list below) that received the Health Professional Education Partnership Initiative grant. The overarching goal of the initiative is to encourage activities that prepare an African workforce capable of meeting the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs in PEPFAR-priority countries with a high burden of HIV/AIDS.

Mbarara University Health professional Education Partnership Initiative-Transforming Ugandan Institutions Training Against HIV/AIDS (HEPI-TUITAH)

Narrative: Education in HIV/AIDS care and service delivery at MUST and its partner training institutions will provide undergraduate health professional students and primary healthcare providers with clinical skills and research capacity that will contribute to reduction of HIV/AIDS burden in Uganda. The program is significant in its focus on increasing health services delivery and research in rural Uganda and inclusion of nurses and midwives, given the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

SPECIFIC AIMS

To address the health-professional training that will be critical to lessening the HIV/AIDS burden – particularly in rural Uganda – MUST and its partner institutions in Uganda (Bishop Stuart and Lira Universities) and the US (Massachusetts General Hospital) proposed the HEPI-TUITAH. This inter-professional HIV/AIDS service-improvement training program for health professionals will build on the successes in the MEPI-MESAU consortium and the current Mbarara University Research Training Initiative (MURTI; D43TW010128, PI: Obua), which focuses on building research capacity in rural southwestern Uganda.  TUITAH has the following specific aims:

1.   To increase the competency of undergraduate medical, nursing, midwifery, and allied health professional students in the management of HIV/AIDS through the “low dose, high frequency” training model for quality clinical education, patient care, and HIV prevention services in Uganda.  We will apply the “low dose high frequency” (LDHF) training model of focused didactics complemented by comprehensive clinical practica to provide rigorous clinical education in HIV/AIDS patient care and prevention services in rural Uganda.

2.   To enhance the capacity of primary health care providers to provide comprehensive HIV services and strengthen bidirectional linkages between health facilities and communities in rural Uganda.   We will provide in-service training in HIV care and service delivery to primary care providers through tailored short courses adopting the LDHF training model. In addition, the primary care providers will work with community health extension workers to strengthen linkages between health facilities and the communities.

3.   To develop the capacity of undergraduate health professional students in rural Uganda to conduct locally relevant biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and operations research in HIV and its co-morbidities. Students in the Aim 1 training will be invited to form small inter-professional, multi-disciplinary research teams, identify an HIV-related research question, engage a senior mentor(s), and submit a proposal to conduct a mentored pilot research study. In Years 2, 3, and 4, we will competitively select and fund 24 12-month studies that will serve as research training practica for participants as well as contribute to local HIV research knowledge and capacity. These will be equitability distributed among the partner institutions.

4.   To strengthen a network of health professional training institutions (HPTIs) by building a community of practice and leveraging local resources and expertise to mitigate the national HIV/AIDS burden.  We will build a community of training, mentorship, and practice among partner educational institutions in Uganda, disseminate our model through the knowledge management model, and leverage local resources and expertise to mitigate the national HIV/AIDS burden.

HEPI awards:

  1. Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University
  2. Kenya: University of Nairobi
  3. Mozambique: Eduardo Mondlane University/Mozambique Institute for Health Education and Research
  4. Tanzania: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science
  5. Uganda: Mbarara University of Science and Technology – (TUITAH; 1R25TW011210 PI: Obua)
  6. Uganda: Makerere University
  7. Zimbabwe: University of Zimbabwe

Resources:

http://bit.ly/AfricanHealthEd

https://www.fic.nih.gov/News/GlobalHealthMatters/september-october-2018/Pages/african-health-education.aspx?utm_campaign=ghm&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ghm2018september

RFAs

https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/health-professional-education-partnership-initiative-hepi.aspx

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-18-001.html

MEPI program page:

https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/medical-education-africa.aspx

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