OHCEA recently admitted to its network Mbarara University Science and Technology (MUST) – Faculty of Medicine. Following the admission to OHCEA, a Focal Person has been identified and recruited and he will be responsible for coordinating the institution’s OHCEA activities. This Focal Person will work with a team that includes the Dean and Activity Leads during planning and implementation of activities. This team is expected to start implementation of OHCEA activities very soon. However, to ensure proper activity monitoring, management of funds, and financial reporting, there was need to orient the team.
The OHCEA Regional Manager Finance and Administration, Focal Person – Uganda (COVAB) and the Head Monitoring and Evaluation, travelled to Mbarara and oriented the Newly Admitted institute of Mbarara University of Science and Technology on March 21stand 22nd, 2018.The orientation was attended by 9 participants that included the institution’s Dean (who heads the Health Sciences faculty), Focal Person, faculty and staff of the institution.
The orientation was opened by the Dean Prof. Gertrude Kiwanuka. In her remarks, the Dean appreciated OHCEA for admitting MUST to the network. She noted that OHCEA was a network that brings various institutions and disciplines together to tackle challenges that can’t be tackled by a single discipline. She also informed participants that MUST prides in having community Health as the pillar of Faculty of Medicine.It was observed that Students at MUST were already having interdisciplinary attachments which leverage on what different programs handle. Being the newest OHCEA member, the Dean observed that there were many benefits MUST can gain from the network.
Participants were oriented on the following:
- OHCEA network and its work in the region
- Roles and Responsibility of the new institution on board
- One Health Workforce M&E system
- One Health Workforce and Global Health Security Agenda reporting requirements
- Asana, a project management tool used by the One Health Workforce project
- Communication and branding guidelines
The orientation enabled participants to understand OHCEA and the One Health Workforce technical as well as financial reporting procedures.