MMU is actively involved in community service though community diagnostic studies in which every year MMU public health students engage in a participatory meticulous process to identify community health relate problems and solutions which are then shared with development partners in the Rwenzori region including Local Government authorities, NGOs and private sector for action. Through these interactions, MMU public health students have themselves become agents of change the region. Our target are all the Districts in the Rwenzori region but so far 6 studies have been completed mainly in Kabarole District covering the sub-counties of: Rwimi, Kibiito, Bukuuku, Ruteete and Busoro in Kabarole Disrict; and recently Katooke Subcounty in Kyenjojo District. Still in Kyenjojo District, plans are in advanced stages to start various academic programmes at Kijwiga study centre. Not only does this bring immediate benefits to the community, it also builds strong community ties with MMU.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
The school of Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery has a research agenda whose goal is to support the search for evidence needed to inform and guide public health decisions and actions locally, nationally and internationally. Developing the research agenda was prompted by the desire to have a well focused research programme drawn from the University’s strategic plan, regional development agenda, National and Global Public health priorities. The school has been engaged in applied health research addressing a wide range of public health problems in locally and internationally (details in our Research Repository at MMU School of Health Sciences). In addition, the school has partnered with a number of research institutions that have similar research interests.
MMU-KRC RESEARCH COLLABORATION
MMU School of Health Sciences in collaboration with Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) are mandated to spearhead a regional research agenda for the Rwenzori Think Tank Platform. The School of Health Sciences has been instrumental in the establishment of a regional research agenda addressing the current and emerging health challenges in the Ruwenzori region of western Uganda. The exercise is still on going but hope to be finalised by end of 2012.
MMU-UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA RESEARCH COLLABORATION
The School of Health Sciences at MMU has been working in collaboration with University of Alberta and KRC to develop a robust research programme with priority health researches addressing real community problems in the Ruwenzori region of western Uganda. Under this collaboration, the school is involved in a Research project entitled “Transferring a community-based HIV treatment programme in Uganda to local stakeholders”. The research that will evaluate a community model using village health teams (VHTs) as community volunteers to deliver ARVs to HIV patients in Rwimi Subcounty, Kabarole District will be launched this year
MMU-UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC), IRELAND COLLABORATION
MMU Department of Public Health and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have been working together since 2008 with the overall aim of strengthening global public health practice by developing skilled and knowledgeable professionals in Ireland, Uganda and other African countries. We are in final stages of research project to establish baseline data on the burden of non-communicable diseases and risk factors in the Rwenzori region of Western Ugandan