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|Title: ||Building capacity for HIV/AIDS program leadership and management in Uganda through mentored Fellowships|
|Authors: ||Matovu, Joseph K.B|
Wanyenze, Rhoda K.
|Keywords: ||Building capacity|
|Issue Date: ||2011 |
|Publisher: ||Co-Action Publishing|
|Citation: ||Matovu, J.K.B., Wanyenze, R.K., Mawemuko, S., Wamuyu-Maina, G., BAzeyo, W., Olico-Okui, Serwadda, D. (2011). Building capacity for HIV/AIDS program leadership and management in Uganda through mentored Fellowships. Global Health Action, 4|
|Abstract: ||Background: Around the world, health professionals and program managers are leading and managing public
and private health organizations with little or no formal management and leadership training and experience.
Objective: To describe an innovative 2-year, long-term apprenticeship Fellowship training program
implemented by Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) to strengthen capacity for
leadership and management of HIV/AIDS programs in Uganda.
Implementation process: The program, which began in 2002, is a 2-year, full-time, non-degree Fellowship. It is
open to Ugandan nationals with postgraduate training in health-related disciplines. Enrolled Fellows are
attached to host institutions implementing HIV/AIDS programs and placed under the supervision of host
institution and academic mentors. Fellows spend 75% of their apprenticeship at the host institutions while the
remaining 25% is dedicated to didactic short courses conducted at MakSPH to enhance their knowledge base.
Achievements: Overall, 77 Fellows have been enrolled since 2002. Of the 57 Fellows who were admitted
between 2002 and 2008, 94.7% (54) completed the Fellowship successfully and 50 (92.3%) are employed in
senior leadership and management positions in Uganda and internationally. Eighty-eight percent of those
employed (44/54) work in institutions registered in Uganda, indicating a high level of in-country retention.
Nineteen of the 20 Fellows who were admitted between 2009 and 2010 are still undergoing training. A total of
67 institutions have hosted Fellows since 2002. The host institutions have benefited through staff training and
technical expertise from the Fellows as well as through grant support to Fellows to develop and implement
innovative pilot projects. The success of the program hinges on support from mentors, stakeholder
involvement, and the hands-on approach employed in training.
Conclusion: The Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity for hands-on training in HIV/AIDS
program leadership and management for both Fellows and host institutions.|
|URI: ||DOI: 10.3402/gha.v4i0.5815|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference & Workshop Reports (Public-Health)|
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