Uganda

Uganda MHIRT Site

Uganda Only Masters’ students accepted at this site. At the Uganda site, students will be immersed both in a District based public health system in collaboration with Makerere University, and in an established multi faceted HIV program with the Ugandan military.   Uganda has a well developed public health system of disease surveillance and clinical services for infectious and non-infectious diseases, which serves as a tremendous learning opportunity for students interested in international public health.   Uganda was also one of the earliest African countries to recognize the emergence of HIV within its population – and responded with a comprehensive, aggressive approach. Over the past 30 years, HIV remains a challenge to the people of Uganda, and is a disease that transects society, has clinical, social, and economic consequences, and requires biological, behavioral, and structural strategies for control. The required field component of Makerere’ Public Health graduate degree involves placement of students into the selected District Health Offices, with supervision by Ugandan public health officials.  MHIRT students will experience the myriad of clinical and public health services delivered, as well as potentially participate in disease surveillance and outbreak investigations.  In addition, a specific project of high interest to the District Health Office, will be completed within the time frame.  Projects will be public health assessments, and will be data based, either qualitative or quantitative, and may have a public health education intervention as an outcome. A supervising mentor will be assigned to each student, dependent on the particular topical area. The second phase will be working within the UPDF’s HIV Directorate – in which a broad array of services are provided to HIV infected children, teens, and adults.  This phase will be primarily based in Kampala.  Projects will be developed with assigned mentors – and will include program evaluation, as well as service related activities such as leading economic empowerment activities with the orphans and vulnerable children. Active program areas include:
  • Disease surveillance
  • Outbreak investigations
  • Clinical management of HIV in adults and children
  • Laboratory diagnostics in HIV and co-infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Diagnosis and management of Tuberculosis
  • Infection control and injection safety
  • Sexual prevention of HIV
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision (including a device clinical trial)
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission
  • Empowerment of OVC’s
  • Strategic Information Systems
For more information about this site, please contact the MHIRT program PI, Dena Plemmons at plemmons@mail.sdsu.edu, or Kathy Kemp, the MHIRT Program Coordinator, at kkemp@mail.sdsu.edu.

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