The Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Bulletin
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A word from Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health and RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director

Dear Reader,
I welcome you to the March 2015 RAN e-Bulletin. Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Team has continued to work towards positively impacting the communities and addressing communities’ most pressing challenges that present as shocks and stresses.To positively impact the target communities, we must innovate for and with the communities, making community engagement key in the RAN operations. In this issue, we are happy to share a highlight of the RAN4Girls initiative; promoting female participation in science, technology and innovation, the launch of the first ever “State of African Resilience Report” in Washington D.C and the RAN work in further strengthening resilience building strategies among others. All these are in an effort to inform the innovations pipeline and further develop solutions through innovation to positively impact the communities.

Thank you.

Enjoy Reading!

MakSPH ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) accelerating Girl Child participation in Science and Technology

“Educate the Girl Child and Build the Nation”

2015, a year of great partnership as we work towards positively impacting African communities using innovative solutions. One of the key partnerships within RAN is with the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) to host Uganda National Technovation Challenge. The Technovation Challenge is a 12 Week Program in which teams of girls and young ladies are tasked to develop mobile apps to solve development challenges within their communities. For this year, the teams shall also be introduced to the Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Advance Climate (RIC4ACE) challenges as a source of additional challenges they could consider.

RAN’s participation in the Uganda National Technovation Challenge is one of the flagship activities under the RAN4Girls Initiative. The Technovation course material available online can be accessed here.

The ResilientAfrica Network's (RAN) first “State of African Resilience” Report launched in Washington D.C

“Understanding Dimensions of Vulnerability and Adaptation"

The bright afternoon of Wednesday March 11, 2015 in Washington D.C saw David Ferguson, Director, Center for Development Innovation, U.S Global Development Lab, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launch RAN’s first ever “State of African Resilience” Report. The report identifies major dimensions of resilience from the perspective of more than a dozen vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa. The highlights in this report range from; How communities in Uganda are contending with the effects of climate variability and post-conflict recovery? How communities in South Africa are addressing the link between HIV/AIDS and poverty? to How urban populations in Ghana are addressing the economic and public health challenges associated with rapid urbanization among others. The event attracted over 150 participants including dignitaries from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Washington D.C, USAID top management, representatives from the Management Sciences for Health, Makerere University top management, Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy management, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), multi-disciplinary students, faculty, the business community operating in the USA, private practitioners, RAN’s Southern Africa and West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab among others.
Read more here and access the report here.

Strengthening resilience building strategies in West Africa, Ghana


The Intervention Strategy Workshop (ISW) held March 23-25, 2015 in the West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab hosted by University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale Ghana attracted 23 participants drawn from the central region of Ghana, government, private sector, the academia and the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (WA RILab) participating communities including Senegal. Discussions at the ISW focused on the thematic area of the RILab, rapid urbanization as a resilience challenge. This ISW was aimed at reaching a common understanding in relation to the intervention pathways appropriate for addressing issues related to the RILab's resilience challenge.

The possible intervention Pathways identified from the ISW were further developed during the Collaborative Resilience Innovation Design (CRID) workshop held March 26, 2015.
Read the full story here.

Strengthening partnership with the International Health Sciences University (IHSU) in Kampala, Uganda


A Team from ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) visited the International Health Sciences University (IHSU) in Kampala, Uganda on March 11, 2015 as one of the outreach activities in the region aimed at building the capacity of students and faculty to innovate.  The RAN team facilitated a 3 hour seminar that attracted approximately 40 Public Health students and faculty from this University. The seminar discussions were guided by the theme “Ideas in a Box ".

Read the full story here.

  • Orange Community Innovations Awards. Details here.
  • Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2016. Details here.
  • Spring 2015 DIL Innovate Grant. Details here.
  • More opportunities here.
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