Professor Kagimu Nominated Best Teacher of the year 2010/2011
Professor Magid Kagimu who is the Head of the Gastroenterology Division at the Department of Medicine (see arrow) received the Makerere University Medical StudentsÔÇÖ Association, Best Teacher Award 2010/2011, for selfless service to the students. We congratulate him!

Professor Magid Kagimu


MakCHS Admitted to the Prestigious US-based Association of Academic Health Centres International
The College of Health Sciences was accorded membership of the Association of Academic Health Centres International (AAHCI). This means that the College will begin participating in international fora convened by the association.

This news was communicated to the College Principal Professor Nelson Sewankambo, by Association President and Chief Executive Officer, Steven A. Wartman, in Washington, DC. ÔÇ£On behalf of the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), I am delighted to officially welcome Makerere University College of Health Sciences as a new member. We were so pleased that you were able to participate in our International Forum in Washington, DC in March, and I look forward to our panel at the World Health Summit in Berlin. I hope to interact with you and your institution on a frequent basisÔÇØ, Mr. Wartman said in his letter.

For more information about the association and its work, visit their website at

Professor Nelson Sewankambo Receives the Coveted Grand Silver Medal of the Karolinska Institutet
Professor Nelson Sewankambo, Principal College of Health Sciences, on May 2nd 2011 received the Grand Silver Medal of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. The Grand Silver Medal is awarded to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of human health research and education, which is in line with the mission of Karolinska Institutet. The jubilee medal was established to mark the bicentenary celebrations of Karolinska Institutet (1810-2010).
Professor SewankamboÔÇÖs medal was presented to him by Dr. Clara Gumpert, Karolinska Institutet Dean of Doctoral Education and Vice Provost of International Affairs, at a ceremony held at the College of Health Sciences Quadrangle.

The Karolinska Institutet Grand Silver Medal is awarded to an individual or individuals who have contributed strongly to collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and others in its surroundings within education and research, both within Swe­den and internationally.

Prof. Sewankambo receiving the award (in purple case) from the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Karolinska Institutet, Dr. Clara Gumpert

Professor Elly Katabira becomes the President of the International AIDS Society

During the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna Austria, July 18th-23rd 2010, Professor Elly Katabira became the President of the International AIDS Society following his election as President-Elect in August 2008 during the International AIDS Conference in Mexico. Professor Katabira made history as the first African representative to hold that position.  His appointment reached one of its high points in July 2011 when he hosted the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome, Italy.  He will also chair the 19th International AIDS Conference due to take place in Washington DC, USA, in July 2012. The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world├ö├ç├ûs leading independent association of HIV professionals, with 14,000 members from 190 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS.

Professor David Serwadda Recognised for his Contribution to HIV Research in Uganda

On May 26 2011, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore U.S.A, at the close of the 135th academic year conferred an honorary doctorate to Prof David Serwadda. This was in recognition of his work that led him to identify ÔÇÿslim diseaseÔÇÖ as a clinical manifestation of HIV in 1985. Over the next two decades, his research work has contributed to important findings related to understanding the dynamics of HIV transmission in rural populations in Uganda.
ÔÇ£I feel this is not only a recognition of my work but that of the team of many young, smart, dynamic and committed individuals with whom we have worked in Rakai Health Science ProgramÔÇØ, Professor Serwadda said.

Professor Serwadda standing next to another awardee soon before receiving his doctorate