The Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Bulletin
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RAN4Gals Uganda Technovation Challenge
The afternoon of Thursday June 4 and morning of Friday June 5, 2015 brought together over 200 participants to the Makerere University ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Innovation Lab in an effort to encourage more female participation in Science and Technology directed towards development. The Uganda Technovation Challenge was sponsored by Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), WeTech and MTN Uganda. Ms. Susan Ajok, Executive Director at the Straight Talk Foundation Uganda graced the event as Chief Guest. Read the full story here.
The power of partnership
The Disaster Climate Resilience distance/online course was successfully implemented by Makerere University through the School of Public Health in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Office of the Prime Minister. The course ran for a period of 5 months starting January 2015. It is exciting to note that this course actively and successfully engaged 19 practitioners and professionals from Local Government and other practitioners through Online/Distance learning. Read the full story here.
Humanitarian Innovation Event in East Africa
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with Makerere University, School of Public Health – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) & the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) successfully held the Humanitarian Innovation Event in East Africa on Friday 19 June, at Makerere University Main Hall.
“Our future is in the hands of innovators because innovation is the way to go, it is the path to development”, said Prof. William Bazeyo, in a speech read by Dr. Okello, the RAN Innovations Director. Read the full story here.
RAN’s First Innovation Garage
All my life, I have only heard and known about the motor vehicle garages both for parking and mechanical repairs. Did you know that there are Innovation Garages too? Well, Friday June 26, 2015 saw the first Innovation Garage happen in partnership with the Innovation Consortium in Kampala, Uganda. It was held at the Makerere University Innovation Lab in Kololo, Kampala. Uganda.​The Innovation Garage which will be hosted monthly (every last Friday of the Month) is a great platform for Innovators to build and access quick fixes of their projects collaboratively with very creative and brave individuals. Read the full story here.
Innovation showcased to farmers in Iganga District
One of the innovations under incubation in the ResilientAfrica Network’s (RAN) Eastern Africa Resileince Innovation Lab, Improved Push and Pull Innovation excited farmers in Eastern Uganda.  as they witnessed the controlled gardens mushrooming with the Striga weed (the major constraint to maize production in the region) being suppressed. This innovation is in its piloting stage engaging maize farmers in Iganga District. Read the full story here.
Ignite Series under the theme “Climate change and its effects on community health in Uganda”
In the powerful panel discussion during the Ignite Series held on Thursday June 25, 2015, participants discussed and shared about the causes of these climate variations, their effects and how they can be averted. What policies and approaches can be adopted to curb related effects? The discussion, characterized by Question and Answer session was a rather interesting one. Read the full story here.
Young Disaster Resilience Leadership Program in the communities
Makerere University School of Public Health - Young Disaster Resilience Leadership Program (yDRL) in collaboration with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the different communities within Makindye Division successfully conducted the community clean up exercise on Friday June 25, 2015.
The YDRL is a pilot program targeting youth in vulnerable communities in Kampala, Uganda.
The project that is aimed at reducing disaster risk in communities while building a network of young disaster resilience leaders was spearheaded by People’s Concern Children’s Project (PCCP) who identified the problem of poor hygiene in their locality. Read the full story here.
AidData Summer Fellows Meet & Greet with RAN Interns
On Tuesday June, 16th the RAN Team together with Student Interns 2015 were excited to host the second cohort of AidData Summer Fellows from USA. The Fellows under the AidData Summer Fellow Program are from different Universities in USA (University of Texas Austin, Brigham Young University, UC Berkley, University of Colorado Denver, and College of William & Mary). The AidData Center for Development Policy is advancing the open data movement by creating geospatial data and tools that enable development stakeholders to more effectively target, coordinate and evaluate foreign aid. Read the full story here.
The editiorial team
Harriet Adong

Communications Manager
Email: hadong [at] ranlab [dot] org
Skype: harriet4adong
Deborah Naatujuna Nkwanga

Engagement Manager
Email: ndeborah [at] ranlab [dot] org
Skype: n.deborah
Migisha Boyd

Multimedia Developer
Email: bmigisha [at] ranlab [dot] org
Skype: novidaboyd
  1. The online application for the course “Global Health and Sustainable Development Post 2015 – A New Approach to Natural Resources Management” is now available. Details here.
  2. SEED's Transformation Program-Great Opportunity here.
  3. Do not miss the regular Innovation Garage sessions at RAN.
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