On Friday last week, Makerere University launched the McKinnell Knowledge Centre, a new multi billion building belonging to the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), College of Health Science.
The building which worth 3.5million dollars was constructed with support from partners and friends of IDI.
It will be home to the Institute’s outreach and training programme, projects and management.
The building is named after Hank A. Mckeinnell, the board chair of Accordia Global Health Foundation that contributed US$ 1million to the project.
Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the chief guest said that the IDI partnership is a big milestone for the University and the nation at large.
He saluted the University administration and IDI for nurturing the partnership.
Dr. Rugunda challenged the Institute to do more research and incite other departments in Makerere which are not active.
“IDI do more research, produce more publications, improve the ranking of Makerere and provoke the departments in Makerere and faculties that may not be active to wake up and ensure that they also contribute to the continental and global ranking of the University,” Dr Rugunda said.
Prof Ddumba Ssentamu, the University Vice Chancellor said that the Institute has played a critical role in advancement of Makerere University.
“Since its inception about ten years ago, the institute has and continues to carry out innovative research, critical human resource capacity and contribute towards strengthening health system in Africa with specific purposes on Infectious diseases,” Prof Ddumba said
About the Infectious Disease institute
The Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) is a Ugandan non-profit organization established within Makerere University, whose mission is to strengthen health system in Africa with strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research and capacity development.
The institute began in 2002, and currently provides care and treatment services to over 110,000 people living with HIV in Urban and rural settings in Uganda.
The institute has trained over 17,000 health workers from Uganda and 27 other African countries.
The institute has a research programme comprising of over 40 current projects (with nearly 400 articles published in peer review journals and to date).