A grander challenge: the case of how Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) contributes to health outcomes in Africa

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2011-03-09
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BMC International Health and Human Rights
Summary: 

Background: "Grand challenges" in global health have focused on discovery and development of technologies to save lives. The "granderchallenge" involves building institutions, systems, capacity and demand to effectively deliver strategies to improve health. In 2008, MakerereUniversity began a radical institutional change to bring together four schools under one College of Health Sciences. This paper's objective is to demonstrate how its leadership in training, research, and services can improve health in Uganda and internationally, which lies at the core of theCollege's vision.


Methods: A comprehensive needs assessment involved five task forces that identified MakCHS's contribution to the Ugandan governmenthealth priorities. Data were collected through analysis of key documents; systematic review of MakCHS publications and grants; surveys of patients, students and faculty; and key informant interviews of the College's major stakeholders. Four pilot projects were conducted to demonstrate how the College can translate research into policy and practice, extend integrated outreach community-based education and service, and work with communities and key stakeholders to address their priority health problems.

Citation: 
Pariyo G, Serwadda D, Sewankambo NK, Groves S, Bollinger RC, Peters DH. A grander challenge: the case of how Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) contributes to health outcomes in Africa. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2011 Mar 9; 11(Suppl 1):S2. PMCID:PMC3059474
Collaborators: 


  • HQ/HWA Global Health Workforce Alliance, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

  • College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealTh, Baltimore, MD