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Collaboration between Lund University and Mbarara University for Science and Technology 2001-2014

The collaboration between Lund University (LU) and Mbarara University for Science and Technology (MUST) was initiated 2001 by the Division for Social Medicine and Global Health (SMGH) at LU. SMGH received funding from Sida to collaborate with the Medical Faculty at MUST to strengthen and improve the health care in south-western Uganda.

Focus was placed on capacity and curriculum development, e-learning, student and teacher exchange and generation of evidence-based research within the areas of mental health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (maternal health and youth sexuality). As the project proceeded additional components were added, among these the establishment of a student driven peer education project on life skills and capacity development for MUST staff to develop management guidelines for administration and economy at MUST. 

Selected activities and outcomes of the LUMUST collaboration 2001-2014:

  • Fifty-two Swedish students at the Medical Faculty at LU conducted their internships or collected data for their theses (some published in peer reviewed journals) at MUST
  • Twenty-five students from MUST visited Sweden and participated in education at LU, collected data for their theses or visited student led projects in the area of youth sexual AND reproductive health and rights
  • Around thirty staff members from the Medical Faculty at LU visited MUST to participate in capacity development, curriculum development, project development, teaching, supervision or research
  • Around nineteen staff members from MUST have visited Sweden to participate in courses, supervision and research. During their time in Sweden they have conducted study visits to libraries and worked with ICT tools to strengthen their capacity when returning to Uganda (one staff member did his internship at the library at CRC)
  • Sixteen students graduated as net based from the MPH programme at LU
  • Two joint courses developed in public health and pedagogical methods
  • A learning centre developed and established at MUST, which included ICT and library skills (three courses were provided)
  • A community-based field course for medical and nursing students developed at MUST. This was later integrated as a compulsory course in the medical training programs where the students conduct internships at smaller health clinics in the rural area to better understand the challenges that the health care system meet when providing services for poor people
  • A peer-education training manual developed
  • 420 trained peer educators in Life Skills with focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (two weeks training) and 17 trained trainers-of-trainers
  • Two research projects (funded by SAREC) on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (17 peer reviewed articles) and maternal and child health (6 peer reviewed articles)
  • Three doctoral theses - a forth will be defended in April 2015
  • HIV policy for staff and students developed and implemented at MUST
  • OH policy developed implemented at MUST (capacity development, management and organization)
  • Collaboration established between a high school in Malmö and MUST on HIV and youth as a spin-off activity

Contact

For more information about the LUMUST collaboration contact:
Anette Agardh, anette.agardh@med.lu.se

MUST Peer Project

MUST Peer Project (MPP) is a Pioneer and the leading Peer Education Project at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)
focusing on “Youth sexuality, Life Planning Skills and Reproductive Health”.