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Health Faculty to Open in Uganda's Islamic Univ.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest medical workforce density of about 2.17 per 1,000 people.

By Esther Nakkazi / 24 Aug 2013

Shaban Lukooya, the IUIU public relations officer, says the university will make a contribution to fill this deficit and contribute to the advancement of science in Africa.

Although the Muslim health workers' workforce in comparison to other religions is smaller, Lukooya says it is still wanting. For instance, at Mulago, Kampala, -the only national referral hospital in Uganda-, there are very few qualified Muslim health workers, which does not tally with the general Muslim community, said Lukooya.

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The university will also contribute to the badly required pharmacists’ deficit and improve pharmaceutical delivery. About ten years ago, Uganda’s oldest University, Makerere, used to churn out only ten pharmacists annually on to the job market. That number rose now to 80 students per year.

At Makerere University, Kampala's main campus was established enabling the introduction of new courses and new premises according to Hussein Oria, the Head of Department of Pharmacy College of Health sciences in an earlier interview.

The University of Lahore collaboration will also give full scholarships to qualified IUIU staff to do masters and PhD degrees in medical and engineering fields as a strategy for capacity building of IUIU human resources in these fields. The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh have also continued to provide scholarships and training for IUIU staff.

“The collaboration emphasizes that it is a fast changing world and that we need to work together to build collective capacity of universities in the developing world to develop and advance faster,”said Sengendo.

Consequently, provision of these courses will build capacity, increasing the numbers of experienced science teachers and lowering the cost of scientific education which is normally very expensive.

According to a press release from UoL, the Pakistani university is also playing a pivotal role in mobilizing resources and coordinating with some development partners for the IUIU medical programs.

The IUIU was established by a bilateral agreement between the OIC and the Ugandan Government. The university started in 1988 with 80 students and two degree programs.

At present it has 8,553 students from 23 countries. The university offers 56 academic programs, ranging from certificate courses to PhD degrees, offered in six faculties (colleges).

 

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