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Research Projects

Faculty Research Projects

  • Research

In the area of research, the Faculty of medicine as part of her mandate encourages staff to conduct research individually or as a team and also in collaboration with other faculties and Universities.  The Faculty is pleased to report that an impression number of research studies were conducted by staff in spite of limited research funds provided in the faculty budget. 

The evidence of this effort is that out of 76 research studiespresented at the

8th Annual Research Dissemination Conference held on 19th December 2012, 55 research studies were from Faculty of Medicine.

In addition, Faculty staff conducts collaborative research and projects with external researchers and Universities and Organizations that are partners with the Faculty and the University as explained herebelow:-

  • Under MUST-Harvard Collaboration – A total of 25 research studies are being conducted by both faculty staff and staff from other partner universities.
  • Under MUST – University of Calgary – The Faculty staff under Healthy Child Uganda with funds from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)  are implementing a joint project/research on maternal and child health and new born in Bushenyi District.
  • Under MUST-University of California Collaboration-  the Faculty in particular staff from department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology conduct research studies on complex Gynaecology surgeries and fistula repairs.  Staff from the two institutions annually as part of their commitment hold a two weeks’ camp at which they carry out surgeries for fistula repairs. 


  • Under MESAU/MEPI-  both Faculty staff and students were trained in research, writing skills and also provided funds for research projects.  Under this arrangement, a total of 10 research studies were conducted by students and 5 by Faculty staff.

4        Collaborating Institution, Organizations and Governments

Besides the above mention collaboration research studies and projects, the Faculty recognize and appreciate the contributions from the following traditional partner organizations, agencies and countries for the support in terms of research, support to staff fellowships, staff exchange support to students under staff development programs, students exchange, donations teaching staff among many other benefits;

  • Tropical Health Education Trust (THET)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Swedish International Agency (SIDA)
  • DAAD
  • DED
  • Ankole Diocese
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Finance & Economic Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Sister of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Canada
  • Manchester University, USA
  • University of California
  • University of Ghent
  • Royal College of Physicians, UK
  • Canadian Paediatricians Society
  • Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO)
  • University of California, St. Francise
  • University of Calgary and Detholey
  • Government of Nigeria
  • Government of Italy
  • Republic of Germany
  • Government of Cuba
  • Government of India

    Makerere University College of Health Sciences

    Joint Clinic Research Centre

  • University of Hull
  • Africa Inland Mission
  • Other Achievements
    • EACO Project

The Faculty is pleased to report that the construction of Ophthalmology Block funded by European Union through East African College of Ophthalmologists  (EACO) was completed and the staff have shifted and are currently using the facility.  However, the facility is for both teaching and patient care and modalities on how to jointly offer patients care are being discussed by the faculty and the hospital and the agreed proposals will be forwarded to relevant organs for approval.

          b)      MSI Project

The 4 year MSI project ended in December 2012.  However, the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology have come up with a proposal to have the two departments turned into an Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The proposal is already made and will be presented to the relevant organs for approval.   However the Faculty is pleased to report that the departments of Pharmacy and Pharmacology were able to benefit from the project in the following areas:- (a) fully fledged teaching laboratory with equipment, (b) offices for staff and office equipment, (c) ICT laboratory with computers, (d) lecture halls with furniture and teaching aids, and (e) a new vehicle.

(c )MUST FOM, Makerere and Mulago Joint AIDs Project (MJAP)- With a five year grant from Center for Disease Control (CDC) of US$8.2m we continue to extend the health services to our communities and areas of HIV counseling.  HIV testing, HIV treatment, HIV prevention and other benefits like additional medical personnel.


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