An Educational Success Story: Part III

Written by Katali Estherloy, Managing Director at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)

ked on the job-searching journey. In Uganda’s economy, the chances of a non-science graduate finding placement in the area of their specialty is a hurdle to jump. At the public service level, employees often never leave their positions until retirement at sixty years. My graduate program in Business Computing equipped me with business and technology knowledge which were not popular at that time.

An Educational Success Story: Part II

Written by Katali Estherloy, Managing Director at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)

Throughout my education, self-motivation and resilience were the values that made me stand out before my parents and the schools I attended. Through my primary and ordinary levels of education, I experienced an academic swift through the system because all the twenty subjects I had to study on a termly basis were compulsory according to the Ugandan education system at that level. 

An Educational Success Story: Part I

Written by Katali Estherloy, Managing Director at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)

Globally, education is the process of acquiring knowledge, values, and skills that make us creative in the vocation of interest. Good education programs should be designed to challenge the human brain to think critically in the area of specialization in order to solve the problems at hand.

In the World With COVID 19: Stay informed, Inspired, and Take Action Appropriately

Written by Sister Jane Frances, Director of St. Francis Naggalama Hospital

Today, the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and its impact on many, including children and women since March 30, 2020 in Uganda when the nation was first put on lockdown. Everyone at St. Francis Naggalama Hospital serving an immediate population of over 300,000 people young and old would be affected in some way.

In the World With COVID-19: Our Worst Fears Have Come to Pass

Written by Reverend Samuel Luboga, Co-Founder of the Homestay Model in Global Health

Sadly, our worst fears have come to pass. Officially published statistics show a rapid rise in new infections and deaths. On the morning of June 15th, the New Vision newspaper reported an addition of 1,122 cases. The number of deaths is difficult to track. The situation seems to be worse than reported, given the many death announcements by families. As of yesterday, we as a family have lost three members due to COVID-19.

In the World With COVID-19: Never Allow What I Cannot Do to Prevent What I Can Do

Written by Reverend Samuel Luboga, PhD, Co-Founder of the Homestay Model in Global Health, Uganda

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds me of the turbulent times of the 1970s and 1980s in Uganda. Health facilities almost grounded to a stop as many healthcare workers fled the country fearing for their lives. Moving about was so dangerous that traveling to the hospital at night or even seeking emergency care was out of the question. I stuck it out despite the danger to my own life and my family in order to be available to render whatever healthcare I could to the people of Uganda. I ran an evening clinic in my house to attend to anyone who needed emergency care, having risked his or her life to knock at my door at any time of night.

In the World With COVID-19: A Reflection on Miracles and Suffering

Written by Susan Nalugo, BBA, DMA, Coordinator of the Makerere University - Yale University (MUYU) Collaboration

On a personal level, I went through the lockdown ungrudgingly. I didn’t feel the effect of the pandemic until September 2020 when the prices of commodities skyrocketed. I did everything I could to protect myself from anxiety, stress, and distress. I spent three months completing an online Leadership and Management in Health course with the University of Washington. I taught myself how to make different foods, the most exciting of which was bread, as it won me an International television moment. I exercised daily. As a person of faith, I also spent quality time working on my spiritual growth.

In the World With COVID-19: Swimming in a Sea of Uncertainty

Written by Jamidah Nakato, PhD, Department of Marketing and Management at Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences

It is now official. The new normal has emerged from the ashes of COVID-19. In Uganda, many things were pushed to the back burner during the lockdown such as leisure activities, child vaccinations, healthcare visits, birth control, businesses, and education among others. There is hope that when a vaccine comes through we can return to the way things used to be. The questions range from, ‘Is this even possible?’, ‘What will life be after sanitizing, hand washing, and social distancing?’ ‘Will we cease doing all that or will this lifestyle stay with us for some time?’