Yale-Uganda collaboration improving health education, patient care

Members of the Uganda Initiative for Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases posing.

Twelve years ago, faculty and students from Yale and Uganda’s Makerere College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) began working and learning together with one goal: to improve patient care in Mulago National Referral Hospital (MNRH) in Kampala. During the course of this partnership, the goal — and the results — have become much broader.

The seeds of the idea that would become the Makerere University-Yale University (MUYU) Collaboration were sown in 2002 when Dr. Majid Sadigh, an associate professor of medicine at Yale, began traveling to Kampala to teach under the umbrella of the Academic Alliance for HIV Prevention and Care. During his visits he noted a contrast between the advanced clinical and epidemiologic research activities at Makerere University and the challenges of patient care on the wards of Mulago Hospital.