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January 24, 2024 Global News

PROF. JOSEPHINE NAMUGANWA KASOLO. Prof Josephine Kasolo was a Mother, Doctor, Researcher, Women’s Leader, Scientist, Teacher, Enterpreneur and Community Builder and Leader. A medical doctor and lecturer at Makerere University for years, she taught thousands of doctors who have gone out to serve worldwide. A formidable and exact scientist she taught Medical physiology for years at Makerere University. She was also one of the Founder members of Association of Uganda Women Doctors (AUWMD) and acted as President when Dr Elizabeth Madraa, the leader then went to USA for studies. Dr Kasolo held a degree in Medicine and a Masters of Medicine in Physiology as well as a Ph.D in Medicine. She headed the Department of Physiology at Makerere University Medical School for many years following in the steps of Prof. Walumbe. A dynamic researcher, her work on many things changed science. She discovered the medicinal properties of Moringa and her works are documented in many scientific journals worldwide.

She even developed approved oils from Moringa that she developed to market level in a company called Jolika. Her scientifically proven Medical products like LymphatImmuneUp are sold in pharmacies in Uganda..Dr Kasolo spearheaded many grants and projects including the very impactful Safe Motherhood Iinitiative and was among the women doctors who proposed and founded the idea of a Women’s Hospital alongside colleagues like Dr Madraa, Prof. Mirembe, Dr Jane Kavuma. Dr Jane Bbosa, Dr Christine Kadama and Dr Sentumbwe Olive. Prof Kasolo was very good at resource mobilisation and wrote several proposals and received funding for many. Including for Safe Motherhood which funding was later taken over by the line Uganda Ministry of Health when it got much bigger.

The current Ministry of Health’s work in that area of safe motherhood is therefore largely built on the foundation that Dr Kasolo Josephine and her sister doctor colleagues in AUWMD initiated. The late Prof Kasolo was a very hard working lady even in her own marital home. Dr Jane Bossa and Dr Madraa who walked the journey wih her as contemporaries can testify. The loss of Prof. Josephine Namuganwa Kasolo is indeed a great loss to her family, to the Department of Physiology, to the Association of Uganda Women Doctors ( AUWMD), to the Uganda Medical Association( U.M.A), to Makerere University and to Women in Science and to Women in Health and to the Women’s Movement in Uganda Her loss is not only a loss to her family and friends but also a great loss to our Mother Country Uganda.
May her Departed Soul Rest in Eternal peace .
Dr Elizabeth Madraa Past President AUWMD, Dr Patience Atuhaire Current President AUWMD and Members of The Association of Uganda Women Doctors ( AUWMD) . 23.01.2024

November 29, 2023 Global NewsResources
The Genomics, Molecular, and Immunology Laboratories (GMI Labs), operating under the auspices of the Makerere University Biomedical Research Center (MakBRC), have achieved another significant milestone in their journey of diagnostic excellence. The labs, renowned for their pivotal role in infectious and non-infectious disease research, have received official approval from the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health (MoH), Uganda, to conduct DNA Paternity Tests. Situated at the Dept of Immunology & Molecular Biology under the School of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, the GMI Labs have been at the forefront of cutting-edge research, diagnostic testing, and training initiatives. Their remarkable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, where they conducted nearly a million PCR tests, underscored their unwavering commitment to public health and scientific advancement. The labs’ exemplary performance and reliability were further highlighted by their successful management of two critical COVID-19 prevalence surveys. The findings of these surveys served as foundational data for crucial decisions guiding the country’s lockdown strategies and phased reopening, earning commendation from the President and the Ministry of Health. This latest authorization from the Ministry of Health marks a significant expansion of the GMI Labs’ diagnostic capabilities. With the approval to conduct DNA Paternity Tests, the labs are now equipped to offer a crucial service addressing the need for accurate and reliable genetic testing for determining biological parentage. In a letter dated 22nd November 2023, the Director General Health Services emphasized the laboratory’s rigorous adherence to international standards, proficiency in molecular biology techniques, and their proven track record in delivering precise and credible results. This approval further solidifies the labs’ position as a trusted institution for advanced genetic diagnostics in Uganda. Prof. Moses L Joloba, the Director of the GMI Labs, expressed immense pride in the team’s dedication and expertise that led to this authorization. He highlighted the labs’ commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice, confidentiality, and accuracy in DNA paternity testing, ensuring the delivery of dependable results crucial for legal, personal, and familial purposes. The inclusion of DNA Paternity Testing within the GMI Labs’ list of services aligns with their overarching goal of advancing healthcare through state-of-the-art diagnostics, research, and education. This milestone represents not only a significant achievement for the labs but also a valuable resource for individuals seeking reliable and comprehensive genetic testing services. As the GMI Labs continue their unwavering commitment to excellence in healthcare and research, this new capability reaffirms their pivotal role in advancing the frontiers of molecular diagnostics and genetic testing in Uganda, working closely with reputable institutions such as Makerere University Hospital and other top-notch health facilities.

May 14, 2023 Global News

An open-source public database for all cough TB recordings which future researchers and the public can utilise and develop more tools that can address the TB burden through cough sounds.

CageTB has a focus in Automated smartphone-based cough audio classification for rapid tuberculosis triage testing (Cough Audio triaGE for TB) CAGE-TB.


May 14, 2023 Global News
Dr. Wayengera successfully developed a rapid diagnostic kit for Ebola. We are sure, under his leadership, Uganda had a response to COVID19 that is effective and efficient. He also came up with a Solution name: Pan-Filovirus Rapid Diagnostic Test Ebolavirus and Marburgvirus cause rare but fatal viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in remote villages of equatorial Africa. Both filovirus VHFs are highly infectious with potential for urban, regional and global spread. Early detection is important for VHFs epidemic prevention and control. Whereas two rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have emerged on the scene for Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV), RDTs for other Ebolavirus species that cause VHFs in humans, such as Sudan ebolavirus-SUDV, Bundibugyo ebolavirus-BDBV, Tai Forest ebolavirus-TAFV and Marburgvirus-MARV are missing. Given the similarity of symptomatology among VHFs and other infectious diseases, it is clear that RDTs to combat filovirus VHFs are needed.

May 14, 2023 Global News

Prof. Moses Joloba was recognized by CDC Global for his effort to fight tuberculosis in Africa in the year 2022. Prof. Moses Joloba, Director of Uganda’s Nat’l. TB Reference Laboratory, has built capacity for #TB diagnosis & surveillance for 25+ years. His leadership was vital in the GeneXpert platform expansion, which helps diagnose drug resistant TB.

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