On Thursday, April 3, 2014, a Ugandan citizen employed at the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) was taken into custody by police at the project’s offices in Kampala. The individual was released without charge the same day. We are working with police to understand the circumstances under which this person was detained. Until we have greater clarity as to the legal basis for the police action, the operations of the program are temporarily suspended to ensure the safety of staff and the integrity of the program. We are working directly with the patients of MUWRP to ensure there is no interruption in their care. Press inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Mission to Uganda’s Public Affairs sections.
BETHESDA, Md., March 5 (UPI) – The Naval Medical Logistics Command has entered a cooperative agreement with a Maryland-based medical foundation for research into severe sepsis. Under the five-year, $34 million agreement, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine will partner with Duke University, George Mason University and University of Washington and the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda to support the research project. Read Full Article Here.
A male circumcision procedure which does not involve surgery and is considered to be bloodless is to be implemented starting next month. Health experts are positive the new circumcision method, dubbed PrePex, will positively compliment the ‘traditional’ surgical method, as the country ups the ante in safe male circumcision (SMC) to avert HIV incidences. In 2007, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended SMC as one of the interventions in the fight against HIV, after trials in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa showed it reduces the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of the virus by about 60%. Read Full Article Here:
MUWRP and Mukono DHT planed and commemorated WAD on the 9 Dec, 2013 at Mukono Youth Centre grounds. The guest of honor was the Mukono woman member of parliament: Hon. Peace Kusasira. This day was marked in style with the following goals and objectives; To re-engage the community in HIV/AIDS prevention activities and awareness campaign and to promote couple counseling.
The following was done to meet the above goals;
Community mobilization, Invited other partners to join us on this day and offer HIV/AIDS related services; Safe Male Circumcission, HIV Counseling and Testing, Condom education and distribution, Cancer of the Cervix, education and screening, Blood donation, Tree planting around the youth center grounds among others.
The partners who participated included: The Peace Corps, MJAP, Nakasero Blood Bank, Child Care and Youth Empowerment Foundation (CCAYEF) and Mukono CoU Hospital.
The day was altogether a success.