Prof. William Bazeyo Highlights the Immense Success of MaKSPH

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 2:50pm
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Prof Bazeyo addressing staff at the Davies Lecture theater.

The  outgoing dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and also CEO/PI of OHCEA, Prof. William Bazeyo has called for the transition of the School into a College, adding that the School has all the requirements to become one. Prof. Bazeyo was this afternoon delivering the state of the School address to a highly packed and attentive audience of students, staff and partners of MakSPH at the Davis Lecture Theatre in Mulago.  

In his address, the dean who highlighted a number of achievements noted that since 2009 when he took over leadership, the School has greatly expanded in terms of academic programs, student enrolment,  number of staff, projects, finances, publications , facilities, as well as innovations. He cited some of the new academic programs including; Masters Programs in Health Nutrition, Disaster Management, Health Informatics as well  as Monitoring and Evaluation.

He noted that by 2009 when he became the Dean, the School had few funding sources and yet the University remittance for tuition was inadequate. To date, the School’s revenue has increased from 8,996,845 dollars in 2008/9 to 38,571,557 dollars in 2016/17.  He said this was one of the reasons why the School was granted permission to establish a Financial Management Unit (FMU), which is a one stop Centre managing the school’s grants, Finances and procurements.  Relatedly, a staff Saving and Credit Cooperative Organization ( SACCO)  has also been established and currently has a membership of 110.

Dr Rhodah Wanyenze the incoming Dean at MakSPH

On projects, the Dean reported that MakSPH is currently managing 114 projects, covering various areas of public health.  Among these project is OHCEA where he is the CEO/PI 

Some of the Key Highlights from Prof. Bazeyo’s presentation included the following; 10 Point Program!

  • The fact that MakSPH has thus far nurtured and supported 24 staff mem bers to attain the qualification of a PHD.
  • The infrastructure including furnished office space, two high power/voltage generators, educated and experienced human resource, strong systems among others put in place at MakSPH to further support learning, research and development.
  • That given the growing community need and thus number of those in service, there is need to construct for MakSPH a bigger home and Makerere University Main Administration has offered the School of Public Health space within the Main Campus to construct this home. ‘I am more than happy that as I hand over the leadership of this institution, I have left in cash more than 75% of the needed funds to build up to completion a six-storey building to house the School of Public Health. It is now up to the new administration to keep the ball rolling’ noted a smiling Prof. Bazeyo. ‘Having worked with Prof. Bazeyo for years now, I have personally started emulating his resource mobilization skills for community service’ the writer.
  • That the key success factors which have enabled Prof. Bazeyo to excel in serving MakSPH include; remaining resilient in all situations, creating a team and knowing that team which you work with but above all trusting them and their capabilities in effectively performing, working on personality related issues- ‘what do you want people to see you as? A leader, a manager, a boss?’. It is important that you as a leader have an answer to this question above so that you work towards achieving your set goals and ambitions too.
  • The fact that MakSPH has managed to train and sustain several non-Makerere University officially employed staff members through encouraging and supporting resource mobilization.
  • That MakSPH under the Geo Health Hub in Eastern Africa had recently installed equipment at the roof top of the current building to monitor air pollution in Kampala and the nearby suburbs. This is the second of its kind in Uganda, the first being used and operated at/by the US Embassy in Uganda. The data collected from this study will inform not only policy but also the further management of the city and later, the country at large.
  • If you keep yesterday’s anger, you will most definitely loose tomorrow’s benefits. ‘Let go and move on working to achieve’, added a smiling Prof. Bazeyo.
  • It is good to have friends, but make and have friends who make a difference in or add value to your life.
  • Human beings are not easy to lead and work with and this can be a challenge to operations but never give up on anyone. Remain consistent and follow-up on every team member because Together Each Achieves More (TEAM) but also each individual has the potential to meaningfully contribute to the team. It is important that we explore that potential to the fullest. He emphasized the importance of not holding people to your first impression of them because ‘you will not reap the benefits of what they have to offer tomorrow’. Always endeavor to dig deeper to understand human beings as you deal with them and this will inform your ability to leverage from then, Prof. Bazeyo cautioned presentation attendees.
  • Prof. Bazeyo also shared about the challenges in managing donor money, which comes with ‘high expectations’ and need to ‘maintain the credibility of the institution’. This he said calls for a lot of integrity and professionalism.