At the Makerere University School of Public Health teaching and research are not complete without community service.It is against this background that fifteen of our Master of Public Health students recently participated cholera outbreaks in Kampala and Wakiso.
Eight students participated in investigating and containing the cholera outbreak in Kampala city. The outbreak was in the 4 slums namely: Kisenyi in Rubaga Division, Makerere III (Kalerwe) in Kawempe Division, Luzira in Nakawa Division and Kanyogoga in Makindye Division.
The Key activities conducted by the trainees included: line listing and identification of risk factors, contact tracing, community health education and chlorine tablets distribution.
The trainees worked very closely with the Ministry of Health, local leaders (LCs) and Village Health Teams (VHTs). This exercise lasted for two weeks from November 30, 2015 through December 14, 2015.
Some of the students conducting household level interviews in Kalerwe, Kawempe Division as part of outbreak investigation.
Meanwhile, seven students participated in investigating, responding and containing the cholera outbreak in Zzinga Islands of Lake Victoria in Wakiso District. The outbreak was in three fishing camps namely: Buganga, Balaaba and Kituufu on Zinga Islands. Key activities here conducted by the students included: line listing and identification of drivers of the outbreak, contact tracing, community health education and strengthening barrier nursing at the health facility.This exercise lasted for two weeks from December 2015 to January 3, 2016
MPH trainees on boat traveling for field work to the fishing communities
The two trips were funded by the MakSPH/CDC Fellowship Program.