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Students of the One Health Club at Makerere University train in disease outbreak investigation and rapid response

Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 12:19pm
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Makerere University Students learning how to put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

With support from the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network, students of the One Health Students Club at Makerere University were successfully trained in disease outbreak investigation and rapid response on the 9th -10th September, 2015.

Following a competitive selection criterion, 25 participants were selected to represent the different one health disciplines at Makerere University. In attendance were undergraduate and postgraduate students from Makerere University College of Health Sciences (CHS), College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB), College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT). The training was conducted at the Ruth Keesling Center (COVAB), with field demonstrations at the Central Diagnostic Laboratory at COVAB and Kisenyi Health Center IV in Kampala.

Training Objectives

  • To learn about pandemics, epidemics, capacity building and roles of different stake holders during an outbreak.
  • To learn about outbreak prevention strategies and policies for international and national scenarios.
  • To learn about outbreak investigation and rapid response using a case of Ebola in west Africa and typhoid in Uganda.
  • To learn about biosecurity and biosafety issues during an outbreak investigation.
  • To learn about Data collection tools, analysis, interpretation and communication in outbreak investigation and response

Training sessions

Introductory remarks were given by Dr. Kato Charles Drago (Student’s Club Mentor) who informed students about the key expectations from the training and thereafter asked each student to mention their training expectations. Prof. Francis Ejobi (COVAB) gave an Introductory lecture; outbreak investigation and post out break interventional protocols, role of stake holders.

Prof. Kabasa actively engaging students during the One Health sensitization seminar

Dr. Kankya Clovice (COVAB) gave a lecture on the Impact of zoonotic diseases in Africa, and capacity building to outbreak response. Dr. Nantima Noelia (MAAIF) gave a lecture on outbreak prevention strategies and policies for international and national scenarios.

Mr. Etajak Samuel (SPH, Mak) and also a Field Epidemiologist in Serrialeone presented a Case study on outbreak investigation and rapid response; Ebola in west Africa. Mr. Etajak Samuel further took students through biosecurity and biosafety of personnel in outbreak investigation and response and how to use protective gear. Ms. Susan Ndyanabo took students through the roles of laboratories in outbreak investigation with students visiting the Central Diagnostic Lab at COVAB. Dr. Kato Charles then gave a lecture on Data collection tools, analysis, interpretation and communication in outbreak investigation and response.

This was followed by a wrap-up session by Ms. Birungi Doreen (MOH) who grouped participants for the field demonstration the next day. On the second day students visited Kisenyi Health Center IV, a site that managed the recent typhoid outbreak in Kampala. Sister Chan (Kisenyi Health center) took students through the general organization of the site, roles of the key stake holders, patient movements, laboratory diagnosis, case definition, case management, treatment and follow-up. Later while using the case of typhoid outbreak, students discussed how One Health approaches could be used in improving effective response.

Mr. Timothy Wakabi (OCHEA) gave a lecture on Monitoring and Evaluation of health related programs after which Dr. Kabagambe Geoffrey (OHCEA) awarded certificates and later closed the training.


We acknowledge  OHCEA for supporting the seminar preparations, Kampala City Council Authority for providing permission to use Kisenyi Health center IV and COVAB for providing the training venue and Laboratory space.

  • Dr. Kato Charles Drago (One Health Club Mentor)
  • Dr. Andrew Tamale (One Health Club Mentor)
  • Ms. Viola Kasone (President One Health students club)