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Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH)


The Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), which is based at the New Mulago Hospital Complex in Uganda’s capital Kampala, is one of the four schools under the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS). The school works to excel in public health training, research and community service.

The school is endowed with a vibrant, dynamic and knowledgeable team of bio-medical experts, social scientists, nutritionists, health systems specialists, social workers and experts from many other fields. The main responsibilities rotate around research, community service including consultancy and training/teaching. The school has undergraduate and post-graduate courses, short skills-based courses, research projects and community service projects.

Who we work with at MakSPH

Recent FHS publications involving MakSPH


Musoke D, Ndejjo R, Biyinzika Lubega G and Ekirapa-Kiracho E (2020) Use of photovoice to explore the potential role of youth in contributing to maternal health in rural Wakiso district, Uganda, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28:1, 1854152, DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1854152

Despite youth constituting a large portion of the population in Uganda, their involvement in improving maternal health in their communities has been minimal. This paper explores the potential role of youth in contributing to maternal health in rural communities in Wakiso district, Uganda using photovoice. Photovoice was used as a community-based participatory research method among 10 youth (5 males and 5 females) over a period of 5 months. The photos taken by the youth were discussed in monthly meetings, and emerging data was analysed using thematic content analysis. Four themes emerged regarding how youth can contribute to improving maternal health in their communities. These themes were: community health education; advocacy for health improvement; community voluntary work; and being exemplary. The fifth and final theme provides the avenues, including drama and sports, that the youth suggested they could use for conveying messages to the community concerning maternal and general health. Health education on topics such as the importance of delivering at health facilities was emphasised. Regarding advocacy, the youth said they can be involved in reaching out to various stakeholders to raise concerns affecting maternal health. Voluntary work such as construction of energy stoves for pregnant women emerged. The youth also highlighted that they could be exemplary for instance by males accompanying their spouses during antenatal visits. With the need to continuously engage community actors in health initiatives, youth should be considered and supported as important stakeholders so they may engage in activities to improve health within their communities.

Kiracho, E.E., Namuhani, N., Apolot, R.R. et al. (2020) Influence of community scorecards on maternal and newborn health service delivery and utilization, Int J Equity Health 19, 145,

The community score card (CSC) is a participatory monitoring and evaluation tool that has been employed to strengthen the mutual accountability of health system and community actors. In this paper we describe the influence of the CSC on selected maternal and newborn service delivery and utilization indicators.

Apolot, R.R., Tetui, M., Nyachwo, E.B. et al. (2020) Maternal health challenges experienced by adolescents; could community score cards address them? A case study of Kibuku District– Uganda, Int J Equity Health 19, 191,

Approximately 34.8% of the Ugandan population is adolescents. The national teenage pregnancy rate is 25% and in Kibuku district, 17.6% of adolescents aged 12–19 years have begun child bearing. Adolescents mothers are vulnerable to many maternal health challenges including; stigma, unfriendly services and early marriages. The community score card (CSC) is a social accountability tool that can be used to point out challenges faced by the community in service delivery and utilization and ultimately address them. In this paper we aimed to document the challenges faced by adolescents during pregnancy, delivery and postnatal period and the extent to which the community score card could address these challenges.

Between June 2017 and December 2018, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), in collaboration with Future Health Systems, implemented a Community Scorecard project focusing on maternal and newborn health service delivery and utilization in six sub-counties in Kibuku district in Eastern Uganda. This short film highlights some successes from this pilot.

Between 2017 and 2018, the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), in collaboration with the Future Health Systems Research Consortium, implemented a CSC project focusing on maternal and newborn health service delivery and utilization in six sub-counties in Kibuku District, in Eastern Uganda. The implementation was led by stakeholders in the district and comprised of sub county chiefs, Local council chair persons, Health Unit Management Committee chairpersons, Village health team members, community development officers, sub county level councilors and volunteers. This short film is based on the challenges of implementing the project and also explains how these challenges were handled.

FHS partner Makerere University School of Public Health undertook a Community Score Cards study, which contributed to research on how leaders can work with the community and health workers to improve maternal and newborn health in Kibuku District. The use of the Community Score Card tool – a two-way and ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation - aims to improve the performance of facilities and accountability by the different stakeholders who are responsible for improving the performance of facilities. This film provides an overview of how to undertake a maternal and newborn community scorecard.