The MUST UNC Research Collaboration

The MUST UNC Research Collaboration

This is a collaboration between Mbarara University of Science and Technology and the University of North Carolina, under the department of Community Health which has been conducting clinical research projects for years in the areas of Malaria, Dengue fever and other respiratory illnesses. Most projects have been done at Bughoye Health Centre III, Kasese Municipal Health Centre III and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.

MUST-Bughoye

A bird’s eye view of Bughoye

Research Projects

  • Dengue as a cause of non-malaria febrile illness (Dengue Fever Study): This involved identifying dengue fever in south western Uganda, there has not been more updated information on the presence of Dengue fever in the region.
  • The genetics of malaria in western Uganda (GeMs Study): This involved drawing of blood samples from patients who presented with malaria at Bughoye Health Centre II. During the data collection, patients consented and agreed to offer blood samples which would be used for further testing and determining the genes of the malaria parasites.
  • Getting malaria off the back of women and children in Uganda (LESU study): The study focuses on malaria prevention and involves using insecticide-treated lesus to safely be used to reduce the number of mosquitos landing and biting young children, thus providing an additional layer of protection against malaria.
  • Accessible metrics of access: Novel tools to measure immunization coverage (GATES study): Areas predicted as having “poor access” will have significantly lower rates of childhood immunization compared to areas having “full access”. The study seeks to improve immunization coverage in the sub-county, this is being done by comparing access to health centres and villages.
  • Breeding sites study: The objective of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of employing a geographic profiling model in comparision to field-based, manual searches to identify Anopheles breeding sites in a highland area of rural western Uganda.
  • Maliba Community Health Initiative (MaCHI): This partnership was started in Maliba sub-county. Kasese district and is focused on offering integrated community case management services to 10 villages and supporting 2 village health workers per village.