CHDC staff conducts and teaches different courses in various departments of the University both within and outside the College of Health Sciences. These include among others;
- Teaching and supervising students in the Community Based Education and Research Services (COBERS) activities in the College of Health Sciences (CHS)
- Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU)
- Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Strengthen research capacity through research training.
Within the College of Health Sciences CHDC staff trains and supervises Health Science students on the COBERS program on how to: work closely with community members and district officials in assessing the health situation at the community level, assisting the community and district officials at that level in identifying their health priority needs and problems; analyzing the causes of the problems and formulating possible approaches for their solutions. This involves working with the people at the community level to enable and empower them to solve their own problems and appraising the outcomes of the action-oriented research to guide future direction, sustainability and replication of such efforts. During the training students are equipped with skills in identifying local health problems, seeking scientifically based but simple solutions and assisting in implementation, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms at community level.
Training under the Quality Medicine Use for Children in Uganda (ChildMed)
The overall objective of the ChildMed Project was to contribute to improving the quality of medicine use for children in Uganda through multi-disciplinary research and to build capacity by research training. The research plan was developed jointly by Ugandan and Danish participants during a workshop in Kampala. It was hypothesized that appropriate medicinal treatment depends on four key dimensions: coherency of policies relevant to children’s medicine use; accurate diagnostic procedures; availability and adequate use of appropriate medicines; effective communication of perceptions and knowledge. These dimensions were explored through case studies of four contrasting medication scenarios: Respiratory diseases, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS and worms (schistosomiasis). The project activities fell into 3 phases with each phase ended with a workshop for relevant actors. Outputs of the project comprise of 4 Masters Degrees, 4 PhD degrees, 2 completed post-docs, situational analyses, policy briefs, 23 scientific papers and a book. To support ownership, sustainability and implementation the findings were shared with Ugandan stakeholders at different levels: Politicians, policy makers, health care staff, NGOs and researchers and the researched population. Research dissemination also took place through conference presentations and publications in international journals.