A workshop held to communicate the findings of an Economic Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change in Uganda.
Held at Protea Hotel - Kampala on the 24th November 2015, the workshop aimed to underscore the following objectives:
- Increasing awareness of the economic impacts of climate change for Uganda at both the national and local level
- Increasing the take-up of evidence and recommendations from the study in National, sectorial and local policy development
- Enhancing commitment from the Government of Uganda about taking steps regarding investment in climate compatible development.
- Increasing the level of understanding of the magnitude of the climate change challenge faced by Uganda, within the donor community to enhance mitigation and adaptation facilitation.
The workshop was attended by members from the Government of Uganda, Education & Research Institutions, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, the Media fraternity and members of the public. With notable attendants including Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu – the Minister of Water and Environment – Uganda, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University represented by Prof. Bernard Bashasha the Principal – College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Ms. Claire Monkhouse from CDKN London, Mr. Howard Standen – DFID Uganda, officials from CIDT, among other dignitaries.
- Station records success in research and training of primatologists, promoting conservation and the tourism industry
- Understaffing, varsity un-surveyed land, non disposal of old equipment, the need to review and renew the MoU with UWA and underutilization of the station by MAK students and staff topped the agenda
- A- 10 - points way forward reached for the College and University Management to address the issues.
On 7th to 9th November, 2015 a section of CAES Management paid a two - days visit to the Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) in Kibale. MUBFS is one of the field stations that fall under CAES structure as stipulated in the Makerere University College Statute (2006 and the revised version 2012). It is located in Kibale National Park, about 330 km from Kampala. It has two research sites. The main research site is located at Kanyawara and a smaller camp at Ngogo.
King Oyo of Tooro visits Makerere University, explores partnership with the Food Technology Business Incubation Centre
Royalty and Loyalty combined in big volumes on Friday 20th November 2015 as the King of Tooro Kingdom, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV made his maiden entry into the gates of Makerere University. The King’s subjects who had patiently waited for his procession at the Main gate, prostrated before him, as a sign of their loyalty. They followed his procession, welcoming him with the tunes of Amakondere and other traditional songs from Tooro Kingdom, in praise of his leadership.
His Majesty King Oyo of Tooro (3rd L) poses in a group photo with L-R: Mr. Goddy Muhumuza-Mak Senior Legal Officer, Omuhikirwa of Tooro-Rt. Hon. Bernard Tungwako, Vice Chancellor-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, CAES Principal-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha and Tooro Cabinet Minister-Owek. James Kaija during the Omukama's Inaugural Visit, 20th November 2015, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
NILA Birth Cohort project holds 1stresearch dissemination workshops in Nebbi, Zombo and Kamwenge districts.
Some local govt leaders propose coercive methods to enforce sanitation, hygiene and other health practices. Key study findings include:
- Poor toilet coverage, sanitation and hygiene practices. Majority of the households use un improved pit latrines, bushes or share community pits
- Lack of access to running water; over 80 % of the households drink contaminated water. Very few boil drinking water
- Poor Dietary Diversity Score. Majority mainly consume root tubers and legumes
- Severe cases of anaemia prevalent in pregnant women aged 20-29. This age group hardly seek Antenatal Care Services
- Farmers lack adequate access to nutritional and agricultural information. Radio is the major source of information.
- Majority live in grass or leaf thatched houses, have no access to grid electricity and use wood as the common cooking fuel.
What NILA is about.
In October 2014 Makerere University in collaboration with Tufts University and the Harvard School of Public Health embarked on the USAID- “Feed the Future” funded project titled, “Effectiveness of integrated agriculture, health livelihood nutrition interventions to improve maternal and child health nutrition in rural Uganda”. This is a three year study running from 2014 to 2017.
Participants pose for a group photo after the meeting.