The Infectious Diseases Institute recently launched an African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Big data analytics. The facility boasts of very high level computing and data analysis capacity; 1500 TBs server storage and 4.4 TB of RAM enough to support any Big data and fast computing needs. As such, IDI is keen to put these resources to maximum use by creating a BIG DATA INTEREST GROUP (BIG) to:

  • Raise awareness within the regional research community on the potential applications of this computational technology.
  • Generate interest in data sciences and create pools of interested scientists across a variety of disciplines.
  • Create a platform where scientists can come together and discuss data science, bioinformatics and genomics related work

The BIG will bring together: Computer scientists, Data scientists, Bioinformaticians, Statisticians, Biological scientists, Programmers & Any big data enthusiasts and it will be launched on 05/Dec/2019 at our weekly research forum.


If you are interested in joining and participating in this new forum, kindly apply here  or email at

Details of the launch can be accessed through the attachment.

Advanced Life Support course

Makerere University College of Health Sciences in partnership with AGNF Germany and the European Resuscitation Council, with Support from Hospital Partnerships, is organizing training of the Advanced Life Support course, ALS that will offer internationally recognized certification.

The uterus plays a role in memory, study finds

New research conducted in an animal model has uncovered an intriguing fact about the uterus, namely that it seems to interact with the brain and affect memory.

The uterus may have other roles beyond reproduction, new research suggests, and removing the uterus could affect memory.

The best-known role of the uterus is its function in pregnancy, but does it serve any other purpose beyond that of reproduction?

So far, textbooks of obstetrics and gynecology have stated that, outside of pregnancy, the uterus lies in a dormant state, and does not interact with other organs.

However, new research from Arizona State University in Tempe may soon alter definitions referring to the function of this organ.

In a study on the rat model, senior author Prof. Heather Bimonte-Nelson and colleagues demonstrated that removing the uterus — a surgical procedure known as hysterectomy — has a definite impact on spatial memory.

These findings, which appear in the journal Endocrinology, suggest that this organ communicated with the brain, influencing some cognitive processes.

“There is some research showing that women who underwent hysterectomy but maintained their ovaries had an increased risk for dementia if the surgery occurred before natural menopause,” Prof. Bimonte-Nelson notes.

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The uterus communicates with the brain

While many people may know that the uterus and the ovaries have a connection due to their joint role in reproduction, they may not be aware of the links between the uterus and the brain.

Prof. Bimonte-Nelson explains that the body’s autonomic nervous system, which regulates “automated” metabolic processes, such as heart rate, breathing, digestion, and sexual arousal, also has links to the uterus and brain.

Starting from this connection between the uterus and the brain, the researchers wanted to know if the two interact in unobvious ways, and if removing the uterus would impact cognitive function.

To do so, the investigators used female rats, which they divided into four groups. The rats in three of these groups underwent surgeries that mimicked the oophorectomies (surgical removal of the ovaries) and hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus) in humans.




Join Mariana Medical Center to celebrate the World Children’s Day – 20th November


Every child deserves equitable access to education, health care, and safety.

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World Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities, and nations.

World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.

2018: Children are taking over and turning the world blue

This year the world is going blue! We’re asking individuals, schools and corporates worldwide to go blue to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfill their potential, and we know you do too. Going blue activities include: sharing our promo video for Children’s day, signing the global petition and going blue in support of children’s rights in social media, and much, much more.

World Children’s Day – a day for children, by children – is here and we want you to take part.


Get involved and GoBlue

Some highlights of this year’s celebrations are: Mariana Medical Center Uganda has a free open house for children immunization and this is happening at Mariana medical center grounds in Kigoogwa along Bombo road.



See more on how you can participate in World Children’s Day:


Free Course for Clinicians

Information for the upcoming 2018-2019 course year:

The course is free, self-paced and online. Please visit  the new NIH website

  • Registration is open NOW through June 30, 2019.
  • The course also began on October 1, 2018, and ends on June 30, 2019.
  • The final exam will be available on the course website starting December 1, 2018, and close on June 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST.
  • Participants who successfully complete the final exam and score at least 75% will receive a certificate of completion for the course.
  • UPDATE: The ‘remote site chairperson’ and ‘remote site liaison’ roles are now optional for all sites, but we welcome interested individuals to stay on in their roles.
  • UPDATE: The requirement to have 3 people registered to remain a remote site for the course has been removed.

Prostate Cancer


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PROSTATITIS is the inflammation of the prostate gland which may lead to its enlargement. This gland is situated below the bladder in men, the prostate gland produces fluids ( semen) that nourish and transports sperms, and it affects men of all ages.
The prostate can feel sore and irritated, it can be very painful and have a major impact on your health.


There are four major types of PROSTATITIS, each has its own set of causes and symptoms. They include:-

1. Acute bacterial prostatitis,
Your urinary tract is made up of kidney, bladder & tubes that pass between them. If the bacteria from here finds its way back into your prostate, you can get an infection.

* Pain or burning sensation when urinating
* High fever
* Muscle aches
* Pain around the base of your penis
* Lower back pain
* Weak urination
* Trouble peeing

2. Chronic bacterial prostatitis
This is more common in old men, it’s a milder bacterial infection that can linger for several months. Some men get it after they have had a Urinary Tract Infection ( UTI ) or acute bacterial prostatitis.
And it’s symptoms come and go.
* painful urination
* Frequent urination particularly at night
* Urgent need to urinate
* Blood in urine
* Blood in your semen
* Painful ejaculation or pain after you ejaculate
* Urinary blockage ( no urine comes out)
* Lower back pain
* Rectum pain
* An urgent need to pee often in the middle of the night.

3. Chronic prostatitis
Is the most common type, it shares many of the same signs as the chronic bacterial prostatitis. The difference is that when tests are run no bacteria are present. Pain might last more than 3 months in at least one of these:-
* scrotum & rectum
* Abdomen, groin or lower back
* Penis ( often at the top)

4. Asymptomatic prostatitis
Men who have this type have an inflamed prostate but no symptoms. You may only learn you have it if you do a blood test or an Ultrasound scan.
Though it can lead to infertility in men



Profuse Watery Diarrhea

Watery Diarrhea

Any parent whose baby has suffered from profuse watery diarrhea will understand the frustration. Any Paediatrician who has managed a severely dehydrated baby suffering from acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration will understand the exact quagmire of all attempts to save this child. Severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are both a bad combination!!!!, Rotavirus spreads easily among infants and young children. The virus can cause severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Children who get rotavirus disease can become dehydrated and may need to be hospitalized.

Good hygiene like handwashing and cleanliness are important, but are not enough to control the spread of the disease. Rotavirus vaccine is the best way to protect your child against rotavirus disease. Most children (about 9 out of 10) who get the vaccine will be protected from severe rotavirus disease. About 7 out of 10 children will be protected from rotavirus disease of any severity.

Two rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for use in infants in the United States:
RotaTeq® (RV5) is given in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
Rotarix® (RV1) is given in 2 doses at ages 2 months and 4 months
Both vaccines are given by putting drops in the child’s mouth. The first dose of either vaccine is most effective if it is given before a child is 15 weeks of age.

Children should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before the age of 8 months.Uganda will have its own schedule which will be communicated by the UNEPI.It is therefore with much enthusiasm and support of the Ministry of Health Plans to roll out the Rotavirus vaccination plan for children in Uganda.The Rota virus vaccination program will be launched in June 2018 throughout Uganda!, Parents please take your children for vaccination!!!!!

Remember every child’s life matters!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                            By Dr.Sabrina Kitaka

Antenatal Care

Antenatal care and visits

When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a midwife or doctor as soon as possible so that you can start your antenatal (pregnancy) care. This will also help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.

Antenatal care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. This care can be provided by a team that can include a doctor, a midwife, and usually with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician). The person providing the care can depend on where you live e.g in some rural areas all care including delivery is provided by the doctor.

Your doctor or midwife will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exerciseadvice) and answer any questions you may have. You may also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding education classes.

Starting your antenatal care

You can book an appointment with your doctor as soon as you know that you’re pregnant. At this visit, you and your doctor can discuss what type of care you would like to have, and when and where you should have your next visit. You can choose to give birth at a public hospital, which means you will probably have antenatal appointments with a midwife or doctor at the hospital or in the community. You can choose to share the care with your doctor.

If you are planning to give birth at a birth centre, your appointments will probably be with a midwife at the birth centre. If you are planning to give birth at a private hospital, you will probably see an obstetrician in his or her private rooms.

At this first visit, you will be given information about:

It’s best to see a member os the team as early as possible. If you have special health needs, you may need more antenatal visits. Let your doctor or midwife know if you have a disability that means you have special requirements for your antenatal appointments or for labour.

It’s recommended that you book into the hospital as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed usually by a doctor. Most women who choose to have their babies in a public hospital or birth centre have their first antenatal visit between week 10 and 16 but it is important to see the doctor as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. The earlier a pregnancy is assessed is best for mother and baby. This is especially true if it’s your first pregnancy or you have other health conditions.

What happens at your first antenatal visit?

Your first antenatal visit (or booking visit) should happen when you are at least 10 to 16 weeks pregnant. This may last for up to 2 hours, and could take place either at a hospital or in the community, for example in a clinic at a health centre, in a doctor’s surgery or at home.

The midwife or doctor will ask questions to build up a picture of you and your pregnancy. This is to make sure you’re given the support you need, and so that any risks are spotted early.

It’s important to tell your midwife or doctor if:

  • You’ve had any complications or infections in a previous pregnancy or delivery, such as pre-eclampsia or premature birth.
  • You’re being treated for a chronic disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You are on medications for any other condition or are taking regular over the counter therapies from a pharmacy or other practitioner.
  • You or anyone in your family have previously had a baby with an abnormality, such as spina bifida.
  • There’s a family history of an inherited disease, such as sickle cell or cystic fibrosis.

Your booking visit is an opportunity to tell your midwife or doctor if you’re in a vulnerable situation or if you need extra support. This could be due to domestic abuse or violence or sexual abuse.

You’ll be offered some tests (to check for anything that may cause problems during pregnancy or after the birth). These tests will be discussed with you and you can choose whether you have them or not. If you haven’t already had a general health check- up, your midwife or doctor might recommend:

  • a check to make sure your heart, lungs and blood pressure are okay
  • a urine test, to make sure your kidneys are healthy and check for signs of infection
  • blood test, to check for conditions like anaemia, infections such as hepatitis, to see what blood group you are especially if it’s Rh positive or Rh negative
  • a Pap smear test
  • a breast check
  • an ultrasound, to confirm dates of pregnancy and general wellbeing of the fetus.

Later visits

From around 24 weeks, your antenatal appointments will usually become more frequent. However, if your pregnancy is uncomplicated and you are in good health, you may not be seen as often as someone who needs to be more closely monitored.

Later visits are usually quite short. Your midwife or doctor will:

  • check your urine and blood pressure
  • feel your abdomen (tummy) to check the baby’s position
  • measure your uterus (womb) to check your baby’s growth
  • listen to your baby’s heartbeat if you want them to.

You can also ask questions or talk about anything that’s worrying you. Talking about your feelings is as important as all the antenatal tests and examinations.

It is now recommended that all pregnant women receive a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination during their third trimester (ideally at 28 weeks). A combination of antibodies being passed through the mother’s bloodstream and the reduced risk of the mother contracting the disease makes this an ideal time to administer the vaccine. Most states now offer the pertussis vaccination for free. Speak to your doctor or antenatal care provider to schedule an appointment.

Questions you might be asked

Throughout your antenatal care the midwife or doctor might ask about:

  • the date of the first day of your last period
  • your health
  • any previous illnesses and operations
  • any previous pregnancies and miscarriages
  • ethnic origins of you and your partner, to find out whether your baby is at risk of certain inherited conditions, or other relevant factors, such as whether your family has a history of twins
  • your job or your partner’s job, and what kind of accommodation you live in to see whether your circumstances might affect your pregnancy
  • how you’re feeling and whether you’ve been feeling depressed.

You might also be asked whether you smoke or use other drugs. This is not to judge you but because the more information your doctor or midwife has, the better they can support you and care for your health and your baby’s health.

It’s up to you whether you answer any of these questions you’re asked – anything you say will be kept in confidence. The information will only be given with your permission to any health worker who needs to know as part of working with you.

Your due date

If you have a regular menstrual cycle and you know the date your last period started this can be used to work out when your baby is due. Your due date is calculated by adding 40 weeks (280 days) to the first day of your last menstrual cycle. An ultrasound scan will give you a more accurate date for the birth of your baby.

Antenatal classes

Many women and their partners like to attend antenatal classes to learn more about pregnancy and birth, and about parenting a new baby. They can also give you the chance to ask questions and discuss your feelings about pregnancy and parenthood. Antenatal education is also a good way to meet other parents-to-be.

You may be asked to pay a fee. Ask your midwife or doctor about antenatal education available in your area and try to book your antenatal classes early as they tend to be very popular.