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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.


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



MEPI program page:


Multi-Disciplinary Research Training 9th-17th January 2019

What is Micro-Research?

The research concept aims at improving health outcomes through small locally driven multi-disciplinary teams developing and implementing research projects. This starts with the Research workshop that provides training and opportunities to do research especially in maternal and child health.

The Training

The workshop will train up to 30 researchers to improve their practical applied research skills. The workshop will run for one week every day from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

What will you get?

  • Outstanding research skills from Canadian and MUST researchers
  • Expect the following skills
    • Defining a research question
    • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
    • Developing conceptual framework
    • Data analysis methods
    • Basics of sample size determination
  • Course material on memory stick
  • Certificate
  • On-going support to do research through mentors

Who is eligible to attend?

  • University academic staff, Health professionals, ICT professionals, social scientists, local government personnel, community development officers, civil society organisation staff.
  • Post graduate students

How to apply

Application Process

Download the application form here


Pick application form from (and return it to) the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Institute/Healthy Child Uganda, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Red Cross Premises

Deadline for applications is 31st December 2018

Successful candidates shall be required to pay a participation fee of UGX 100,000= payable to Standard Chartered Bank; Account: C.P.S MUST Project; Account Number: 0102808214800

Inquires: 0782 612505/ 0700 745652


Job Vacancy- Senior Lecturer Clinical Pharmacy

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), in Mbarara, Uganda is seeking applications for 2 (two) clinical pharmacy faculty members. These 2 fulltime positions will be at the rank of Senior Lecturer, and the positions are available immediately on contract (3 years), but renewable on satisfactory performance.

Responsibilities of the positions are summarized below:

  • Provide didactic, laboratory, simulation, and bedside teaching at the department of Pharmacy;
  • Serve as a Preceptor, advocate and adviser to students and peer faculty members to guide their scholarly development and career aspirations;
  • Conduct scholarly activities within the department, faculty, and university;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The applicants should hold an Advanced Degree in Clinical Pharmacy from an accredited degree awarding institution, and should have equivalent job related experience. Applicants should also demonstrate excellence in a related practice setting, have a strong desire for teaching in an academic environment, and demonstrate the ability to initiate clinical pharmacy services.

Salary: $2,000 USD, plus housing allowance. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application submission:

Interested candidates should apply by submitting an application, a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and two letters of recommendation to:

1. Casim Umba Tolo, Ph.D

The Program Director – PHARMBIOTRAC,Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)


And Copy:

2. Patrick Engeu Ogwang, Ph.D

Principal Investigator – PHARMBIOTRAC, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)



3. Robert Tamukong, Pharm.D; Ph.D

Coordinator of Post Graduate Training, Department of Pharmacy, Mbarara Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)