MAKERERE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR HEALTH AND POPULATION RESEARCH (MUCHAP): Operating “The Iganga-Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site” Makerere University Center for Health and Population Research (MUCHAP) is a corporate organ of Makerere University, and registered body-corporate, a company limited by guarantee, without having share capital. MUCHAP is governed by a Board of Directors and this is the supreme policy making body of the organization with representation from different stakeholders, including Makerere University, Ministry of Health, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, representation of the International researchers, Development partners, host districts of Iganga/Mayuge and the Private Sector. MUCHAP was registered in 2015 and it operates the Iganga-Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site (IMHDSS) which is a member of the INDEPTH Network.
The establishment of MUCHAP as a legal entity/company of Makerere University implies that it has flexibility to determine and drive its research agenda, has the mandate to unilaterally enter into collaboration with potential research and development partners or organizations, determine and manage human resources needs and related matters among other things.
The IMHDSS is a community based field research site and a training center established by Makerere University in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet-Sweden. The site started its operations in August 2004 and officially inaugurated in June 2005 by the Swedish Ambassador in Uganda. Makerere University established good working relations with the host districts and for over 10 years now, Iganga district has provided the site office space for its operations.