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Makerere Moves To Restore Professionalism In Health Sector

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For his contribution to improving the lives of others, Charles Batte won the Global

Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship award after participating in the ‘Your Big Year 2012’ competition and beating 60,000 people from all over the world. The annual global competition is organised by Smaller World, a global NGO.

“After my Senior Six vacation, I decided to do something; I started working and saved some money for a small farm back in my village in Mpigi. My priority was to help my parents lift their economic burden and create jobs for the people in the village. My ambition is to see this grow bigger so that I can extend it to Kamwokya; do something relevant for the people of Kamwokya”, said Batte.

Although Batte’s intention was to create a source of income for himself and the people in his village, this innovation has seen him scale international heights way beyond what his initial focus was.

“First of all, it makes me feel very happy; I won the competition. But I also feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility. I have to travel around the world, inspiring young people. However, this gives me a platform to further my dream; I hope to get like-minded people to work with, in other parts of the world”, he said.

Just how has the kind of training at medical school influenced Batte in the choices he has made in life and the kind of things he has chosen to do?

“The Community Based Education, Research and Service approach has helped me realize the problems that exist in communities; especially those that are far from the city; their acute need for better services.

Over the last four years of community training, my sense of social responsibility has grown even deeper than before. Originally, my dream was to become a cardiothoracic surgeon and work abroad. Now, I want to stay home and help the people that brought me up”.

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While a few of these cases may be genuine, many of the health workers may be victims of certain conditions within which they work.

It is such incidents that have prompted students of the College of Health Sciences under their umbrella association, Makerere University Medical Students Association (MUMSA), to form the ‘Student Professionalism and Ethics Club’ (SPEC) to address issues pertaining to ethics and professionalism in the health profession field.

“The aim of this club is to cultivate a culture of professionalism and ethics among students and improve the quality of health professionals graduating from the College of Health Sciences. Our Vision is to see Makerere University College of Health Sciences being the fountain of professionalism and ethics in Uganda,” says Andrew Ndawula, the outgoing President of the medical students association.

Ndawula further notes students are taking the lead in the task to ensure ethics and professionalism addressed and therefore, it should be expected that there won’t be better health providers than them who engage directly through discussions, debates and other activities.

SPEC is on a mission of improving the overall level of ethics and professionalism among students at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences through fostering an environment where ethical and professional behavior issues can be addressed in an open and unbiased forum.

With this work everybody benefits; the students who are training to be tomorrow’s health workers (providers); the University whose duty it is to bring out the best in us, and the population (who are the consumers of the health services).

The club intends to promote awareness of ethical standards and related issues within the medical profession, provide students with a foundation in ethical reasoning and decision making, develop a code of ethics meant to be observed by medical students, create a forum for professionalism and ethics mentorship, encourage better relationships and cooperation between the different medical disciplines.


The students hope to deliver their message through among other strategies; advocating for positive role modeling, mentorship by senior respectable professionals, volunteering programs, awarding the most professional and ethical students in the College of Health Sciences from every class each year, conducting campaigns on current ethical issues affecting the profession and advocating for better practice and study environment(clean, neat and organized, up to date facilities).

Others include developing an ethical code (dress code, patient confidentiality, cell phone use, and respect for each other) and holding student-moderated debates and discussion sessions on ethics and how to inculcate them in young medical minds.

SPEC is also engaging students in professional learning, by encouraging students to do what is required of them as students; no shortcuts during the course of training and minding ethical issues such as confidentiality when taking part in management of patients (for those in clinical rotations), among other issues.

“It is expected that this will translate into better quality health workers and therefore the community will enjoy better services. Allegations on mortality and morbidity due to medical negligence will drop, there will be reduction in number of litigation cases due to negligence, there will be better health care delivery, community trust in health workers will be restored, while the image of health care providers will also improve,” emphasises Ndawula.


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