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US ambassador hails Yale-MUK partnership

By Samuel Sanya

Added 18th March 2019 08:02 PM

18 junior staff from Makerere University have received specialty training at Yale in Connecticut.

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Vice President of Yale University, Pericles Lewis (C) with the US ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac (L) and director MUYU Yale Dr. Tracy Rabin (R) in Kampala on March 13, 2019

18 junior staff from Makerere University have received specialty training at Yale in Connecticut.

The US ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Ruth Malac has hailed the contribution of the partnership between the US-based Yale University and Makerere University in improving Uganda’s health delivery systems.  
 
“We know that there is a lot of US money that comes in for research. A lot of work has been done here that has impacted treatment as the world moves towards having an HIV/AIDs free generation,” Malac said at a reception for Yale alumni at the Serena hotel.
 
She noted that the US government has injected about $500m (about sh1.9 trillion) into improving Uganda’s health system. At the same event, Pericles Lewis, Yale University's Vice President for global strategy and deputy provost for international affairs met with Yale alumni in Uganda and medical residents from Yale at Mulago.
 
In 2002, Dr. Majid Sadigh, an associate professor of medicine at Yale, traveled to Kampala to teach under the umbrella of the Academic Alliance for HIV Prevention and Care.
 
During his visits, he noted a contrast between the advanced clinical and epidemiologic research activities at Makerere University and the challenges of patient care in Mulago Hospital, the largest public hospital in Uganda. 
 
Later in the fall of 2005, Sadigh and Dr. Asghar Rastegar, professor of medicine and current director of the Office of Global Health in the Department of Internal Medicine, traveled to Kampala on behalf of the Yale University School of Medicine (YSM) to explore a collaboration with Makerere College and Mulago Hospital. 
 
Since then 18 junior staff from Makerere University have received specialty training at Yale in Connecticut. 79 Yale staff have spent time at Mulago hospital and 119 medical students have completed clinical clerkships there.
 
During his visit, Lewis connected with some of the Makerere medical residents who visited Yale as part of the Makerere University – Yale University (MUYU) training program. Lewis' trip was intended to support the Yale Africa Initiative (YAI), an ongoing effort by Yale to prioritize and expand upon its collaborations in Africa.

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