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Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH)

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The Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), which is based at the New Mulago Hospital Complex in Uganda’s capital Kampala, is one of the four schools under the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS). The school works to excel in public health training, research and community service.

The school is endowed with a vibrant, dynamic and knowledgeable team of bio-medical experts, social scientists, nutritionists, health systems specialists, social workers and experts from many other fields. The main responsibilities rotate around research, community service including consultancy and training/teaching. The school has undergraduate and post-graduate courses, short skills-based courses, research projects and community service projects.

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Recent FHS publications involving MakSPH


Makerere University School of Public health in collaboration with Ministry of Health and the three districts of Kamuli, Pallisa and Kibuku designed and implemented a four year (2012-2015) maternal and newborn study (MANIFEST) that aimed at improving access to institutionalized deliveries. One of the study components was community mobilization through use of Village Health Teams (VHTs), essentially community health workers. The VHTs were trained for five days and supervised by district level health workers and district health team (DHT) members with support from external trainers following a training of trainers (TOT). The VHTs effectively sensitized communities and improved awareness on birth preparedness, knowledge of danger signs and health facility service utilization. This brief therefore highlights the key characteristics of a good performing VHT based on observations of VHT performances over three years of implementation.

Women in resource constrained settings often fail to seek care because of inadequate money, even though they often belong to small financial social networks where they save to help each other during funerals, buy meat during festive days, and contribute to wedding preparations among many other things. The Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study implemented in the districts of Kamuli, Kibuku and Pallisa exploited this opportunity by encouraging households to join existing financial social networks where households can save money, such as women’s saving groups, burial groups and financial circles, for maternal health. This Issue Brief outlines the key messages and recommendations from MANIFEST's experience.

Reducing maternal and newborn deaths has been a key goal for the Government of Uganda. Focus has been put on increasing access to reproductive health services including antenatal care and skilled birth attendance. Reducing maternal and newborn deaths cannot be solely achieved through increasing access to reproductive health services and skilled birth attendance. 

This brief shares key findings under the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study in both the intervention and control area. Integrated strategies were implemented to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in the districts of Kamuli, Kibuku and Pallisa, in Eastern Uganda.