Victoria University Launches Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Book

Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma, has today launched a new book titled ‘Advanced Techniques in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy’. Dr. Sharma speaking at the launch which took place at the University boardroom said that the 246 paged book is for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students and professionals. Dr. Sharma said the book is designed after considering undergraduate and postgraduate PT/OT curricula of several international Universities. Ms. Susan Akori the President of the Uganda Physiotherapy Association said the association is proud that the VC has taken lead and written this book. This is the second book the…
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Medical Marijuana To Reduce Pain In Older Ugandan Workers

As Uganda ponders to legalize marijuana growing and production, it is emerging that the weed could have direct positive impact on productivity of aging Ugandan workers if medically used. The study, co-written by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Temple University, and published in the Spring 2019 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, suggests that medical marijuana laws could facilitate an improved health lifestyle for older adults. While the study examined older Americans' well-being before and after medical marijuana laws were passed, the findings could have a global implication and can easily be…
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Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Releases Book On Physiotherapy And Occupational Therapy

Victoria University focus on a research driven education continues to pay off after the Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma, released his latest book titled Advanced Techniques in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. Prof. Sharma said that this 246 pages book is for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students and professionals. He adds that the book is designed after considering undergraduate and postgraduate PT/OT curricula of several international Universities. “It encompasses 32 advance orthopedic/manual therapy, neurological, vestibular and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and occupational therapy techniques,” he explains. “The content is in-depth but precise and concise, written in simple English that makes almost…
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Faculty Of Health Science Best Research Publisher At Victoria University

The faculty of health sciences published more research papers and journals than any other faculty at high rising Victoria University in Uganda. The Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Dr. Khrisna N. Sharma said in the academic year 2018, 35 publications were released from the University. “The highest number of publications came from the faculty of health sciences followed by faculty of Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science and Science and Technology,” the vice chancellor said in interview with Health News Uganda. Some of the topics of focus during research and eventual publication of research findings including nutrition - specifically…
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Uganda Pioneers Biomedical Imaging Equipment Standardisation

Uganda has emerged as a pioneer in Africa to champion standardisation of the latest technology used in biomedical imaging for diagnosis and subsequent treatment of various medical conditions. Uganda, through its standards agency – the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), is the only country in Africa that is part of 10 countries participating in the developing of ISO standards for equipment that use microbeams and x-rays to carry out diagnosis of various medical conditions. At the national level, the UNBS Technical Committee on Metrology (UNBS TC 08) has taken the lead on this matter. Consequently, international delegates from China,…
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MoU Signed To Implement Trial Of Diagnostic Software

Byon8, a Sweden’s med-tech company developing intelligent technology for the global health care sector, OneWorld Health (OWH), an American health organization with clinics in Masindi, western Uganda and Victoria University Kampala signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last week to implement and evaluate the efficiency of the Artificial Intelligent diagnostic support platform (AITOPYA) in a Ugandan context during a one year pilot project. Victoria University through its faculty of health sciences will spearhead the research component of this project. They will assemble a team of researchers to collect data, analyze and publish it in peer review journals. The applicability, feasibility,…
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Novartis Renews Commitment To Malaria Elimination With $100m Investment

Over the next five years, as part of its commitment, Novartis will invest more than USD 100 million to advance research and development of next-generation treatments to combat emerging resistance to artemisinin and other currently used antimalarials Commitment includes expanding access to pediatric antimalarials and implementing capacity-building programs to contribute to the WHO's target of reducing malaria-related child mortality by at least 90% by 2030 New opinion research in Africa shows 2030 malaria elimination targets are at risk; leaders urge investment in innovative malaria prevention and treatment tools Novartis has announced a five-year commitment to the fight against malaria in…
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Public Health Course: Designed To Identify, Address Community Health Needs

Public health is a growing concern worldwide especially in developing countries like Uganda. When managed poorly, poor public health can breed diseases, poverty and ill health. Unfortunately, not many scientists are trained in high learning institutions to manage public health. However, Victoria University Kampala has identified this gap and has enrolled a fully fledged degree course - Bachelor of Science in Public Health - to churn out scientists with the right knowledge and skills to work and improve public health in their communities. This evidence-based curriculum, the University says, is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to…
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Here Are Life Changing Benefits Of Studying Nursing Sciences

The shortage of health personnel in Uganda is well documented. This has been facilitated by lack of well equipped training centers and a poor education delivery approach at a policy level and implementation level. To address this shortage, private institutions are opening up with modern facilities to train more health personnel to work in the country’s health centers and hospitals. Such private education centers is Victoria University. With modern facilities like a well equipped laboratory, Victoria University has a fully fledged faculty of health science. The University is using the faculty to come with demand driven courses like the Bachelor…
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Study For Investigational Mosaic HIV-1 Preventive Vaccine Announced

On the eve of World AIDS Day (December 1) Johnson & Johnson announced that its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies together with a consortium of global partners have initiated the first efficacy study for an investigational mosaic HIV-1 preventive vaccine. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationand National Institutes of Health are joining forces with Johnson & Johnson to advance the potential prevention option, which is designed to be a "global vaccine" that could prevent a wide range of viral strains responsible for the HIV pandemic. "Developing a vaccine against HIV is a top priority and our best hope for a world without…
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This University Is Vying To Have Best Medical School In Uganda

One of the challenges facing Uganda’s health sector is the lack of health workers and facilities. The dip in health workers availability is somehow brought about by insufficient training centres in the country. Many of the health training centres are owned by government and are not well equipped. However private high learning institutions like Victoria University are moving fast to bridge the gap. The University located on Jinja Road has set its eyes on having the best medical school and they have started doing something about it. “Our labs are very modern, advanced and fully functional. We have the most…
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Ugandan Female Wins African Award With IV Innovation

A Ugandan Female innovator, Philippa Ngaju Makobore, came second at the 2017 edition of the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). She returned home with a cash prize of $25,000 after her project known as Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) wooed judges. The Innovation Prize for Africa is organized by African Innovation Foundation (AIF). The 2017 awards, which were held in Ghana, welcomed hundreds of entries from outstanding innovators. The top ten nominees won cash prizes. For the first time, IPA nominees included innovators from Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Zimbabwe, and featured a stronger presence of…
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Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturers To Get Government Support

The Ministry of Health has been tasked to support domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers in doing business in Uganda, the line minister, Sarah Opendi, said in a statement this week. The minister explained that supporting domestic production of human and veterinary medicines and health care products will reduce reliance on imports, and contribute towards national, development aspirations of industrialization as provided for in the current vision 2040. This move, the minister added, fits well in the NRM manifesto, the health Sector Development Plan (2015- 2020) National Pharmaceutical Sector Strategic Plan (2016 – 2021), and the National Drug Authority Strategic Plan (2016 –…
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Verification Fee On Selected Imported Medicines Hiked To 12% In Move To Promote Local Production

Importers of medicine into Uganda will be a higher verification fee effective August 1st, 2017, the minister for health Sarah Opendi said in a statement released on Monday. “Government of Uganda will increase verification fees from 2% to 12% on 37 selected medicines that are locally manufactured. These include A moxillin, Albendazole, Dextrose Infusion, Paracetamol, Oral Rehydration Salts to mention but a few,” he minister said in the statement. The minister explained that this selection was made following the Ministry of Health and NDA’s assessment of the domestic manufacturers’ capacity to sufficiently meet the demand for the 37 selected medicines.…
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How Hands On Research Is Shaping Science Learning In This Primary School

There has been repeated outcry surrounding the science arena that lack of research is hampering innovation and creativity of learners. Some schools however believe that this gap can be bridged if science activities including research start early in a learner’s schooling. This lay the groundwork for student understanding in the subject. On school which has embarked on promoting science education and research is Kampala Parents’ School. The Kololo based primary school if giving pupils hands-on lab experiments. “At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that hands-on research through laboratory experimentation is the best way to introduce pupils to scientific inquiry- the…
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Uganda To Save $186m Spent On Medical Expenses Abroad

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has revealed that a specialized, state-of-the-art hospital that was recently flagged for construction at Lubowa in Wakiso District will help the developing country save a whopping $186m per as patients will no longer fly out of the country to seek specialized medical attention. The project, a partnership between government of Uganda and FINASI, an Italian firm, is expected to be completed in the next 24 months. The President noted that this facility will be the key referral centre for Ugandan patients and the first of its kind in the East African region to have a…
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