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MPs Want Mildmay Institute Elevated to University Status

Florence Namboozo, the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on HIV and Aids says, after through scrutiny of the operations of the facility, the committee members deem it is appropriate for the health facility to be awarded a University status and also be budgeted for by the Ministry of health to ensure its services are upgraded.
Members of the HIV committee of Parliament meeting with Mildmay Uganda officials

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Members of the Parliamentary committee of HIV/AIDS have re-echoed the need for Mildmay Uganda Institute of Health Sciences (MIHS) to be elevated to a university.   

The MPs visited the facility on Wednesday, together with members of the Uganda AIDS Commission led by Nelson Musooba the Director-General. 

The MPs wondered why Mildmay, an institute offering palliative care and treatment, Research and training of nurses and midwives isn’t awarded a status as a university specializing in medical and health sciences. 

Florence Namboozo, the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on HIV and Aids says, after though scrutiny of the operations of the facility, the committee members deem it is appropriate for the health facility to be awarded a University status and also be budgeted for by the Ministry of health to ensure its services are upgraded.

The facility caters for more than 17,000 HIV Positive patients and also teaches more than 1,000 nurses and midwives annually. Namboozo suggests, it is high time government also adopts a strategy that would help such an institution be funded for its sustainability and that of the people it offers services.  

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Joel Ssebikaali another committee member suggests that the facility possessed all requirements for a university. He pledged to implore government, increase its funding towards the health facility and also to have all challenges addressed at all levels of administration.

Yvonne Karamaji the Director for Medical Services at Mildmay, said, elevation to a university status has been among their 30-year master plan which was adopted in 1998 when the facility had just started. She further stated that the institute currently trains over 1,000 medical students while the hospital serves over 20,000 patients. 

She also urged the government, to allocate the facility with more land for expansion and also to provide medicines for diabetes and hypertension.  

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Mildmay Uganda formerly Mildmay International is a national Non-Government Organization established in 1998 as a Centre of Excellence for provision of comprehensive HIV & AIDS prevention, care, treatment and training services.    

Over time, it has evolved and diversified its services specializing in delivery of comprehensive healthcare including treatment services, health systems strengthening, health training and education and research.  



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