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Mak Gets $100,000 for new building

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Makerere University School of public health (MakSPH) has secured a $100,000 donation from the Rockefeller Foundation, an American private philanthropy.

The donation is geared towards the construction of a new MakSPH building in celebration of the University’s centenary this year.

Mr. William Asiko, Vice President, of the Africa Region at The Rockefeller Foundation, announced the donation, following a visit by the foundation team and a tour of the MakSPH construction site located at Makerere University Main Campus,

“As a Foundation, we are excited to re-engage with Makerere University and the School of Public Health. To that end, we are incredibly proud of the strides the School of Public Health has made since its inception. We look forward to continued collaboration with the School and the University at large,” said Mr. Asiko.

Makerere in a statement said that the Rockefeller Foundation has supported MakSPH for many years including its support for the construction of the current home of MakSPH 54 years ago and the establishment of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program 28 years ago, which was among the first MPH programs on the African continent.

“MakSPH appreciates The Rockefeller Foundation for its generous support of public health in Africa and continued partnership towards a healthier Africa,” reads part of the statement.

Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean, MakSPH said that they have initiated construction of a new building on the Makerere University Main Campus with an estimated cost of $10 million of the fully fitted building, to accommodate this growth.

The School has so far raised $3.5 million from various fundraising drives.

“Given its location within a region prone to infectious disease outbreaks of epidemic and pandemic potential, this building will accommodate a Centre for disease outbreak prevention, preparedness, and response research in addition to other Centres of Excellence,”

“We are extremely grateful to The Rockefeller Foundation for their generosity. Your past financial support has been invaluable to the growth of public health in Uganda, in Africa, and globally,” she added.

MakSPH is one of the oldest and largest public health training institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past 15 years, the School has significantly increased student enrolment and staff numbers.

The School offers nine (9) Masters’s Programs and Ph.D. training and is a leading player in public health in the African region with several multi-country, multi-institutional research and capacity-building initiatives.

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