Seed Global Health has partnered with Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital since 2013 to strengthen medical and nursing education.

In its new strategic plan, Seed Global Health Partnership with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) to strengthen emergency care training. This partnership aims at strengthening emergency care education, practice and policy. As such, Seed works strongly with the Emergency department.

In the advent of Covid 19, Seed Global Health observed a major gap in continuity of health professional education when Health Professional training institutions were closed alongside other schools. It therefore partnered with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to advocate for the safe reopening of health professionals training institutions. Among the activities conducted was a survey that indicated that one of the key challenges in ensuring safety was availability of adequate Personal Protective Equipment for staff, students and teachers.

Therefore, to support government in mitigating this challenge, Seed Global Health has supported all its partners with PPEs that would augment supplies from government to ensure that as schools reopen on Nov 1st, students staff and their teachers have enough supplies of PPE to safely protect themselves from Covid 19. On October 21st, Seed supported one of its long term partners, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) with items such as gloves (surgical and disposable), medical masks, K95, N95 masks, gowns, coveralls, aprons, hand sanitizers, head nets, jik, gumboots, face shields, goggles. These items had been identified by the hospital and University team as the most required items.

The items were handed over by Seed Global Health’s Country Director; Ms. Irene Atuhairwe to the hospital leadership represented by the Hospital Director, Dr. Celestine Barigye and the Faculty of Medicine at MUST represented by Dean, Dr. Joseph Ngonzi and the deputy Dean, Dr. Jonans Tusimiire. She mentioned that this is a sign of solidarity as we recognize that medical students, their teachers and hospital staff face a higher risk to Covid 19 infection and therefore this is to support them to ensure that they are safe and protected.

The Hospital Director, Dr. Celestine Barigye appreciated Seed Global Health for the collaboration and for the support. He mentioned that this will ensure that all his staff are safe and will add on onto their supplies. The Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Ngonzi Joseph also shared his appreciation and mentioned that the supplies will support students and their teachers as they continue to appropriate clinical care during these tough times.