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Meet Ms. Rose Nakame an alumus of IHSU (2011-2015); a health and gender equality advocate. Rose joined IHSU to pursue a degree in Nursing Science and for her, that was just a starting point. She took all opportunities the university provided her with diligence and passion which saw her hold several student leadership positions and was an active participant in several university activities. 

Rose had a personal mission and to help guide her achieve that mission, she took on the mentor-ship of Professor Danny Gotto, who has been invaluable asset in her journey. As part of her academic journey at IHSU, Rose carried out research on the; Factors influencing the prevalence of menstrual pain in females aged 18-45 years at institutions of higher learning in Kampala. This research paved way for Rose among numerous applicants to become a Member of the Board of Directors for Irise Uganda, a branch of a UK-based Charity; Irise International where she still serves as a board member to-date.

Because of Rose's academic excellence, it is no surprise that she was chosen among the students to participate in IHSU's student Exchange program in Finland at Lapin Amk university and Lasan Pohjan hospital . During this exchange, Rose got to train, work and experience one to the best health care systems in the world. It’s also here that she got to appreciate the value of empowering more women to step up into top leadership positions to address the current policy bottle necks that affect women and our health care system which become the driving force for her leadership aspirations later on.

Rose at the world youth conference where she serves as vice president on the International Youth Committee

After her completing her nursing degree, Rose applied for the YALI East Africa Regional program and was accepted into the program. The training she received at YALI furthered her solved and has since been working and innovating around addressing the several challenges that plague our health care system. She has managed to achieve some of this through her work on the YALI RLC EA Gender Equality Task force in the capacity of focal person and country Admissions representative. Rose also runs her own lean start-up; REMieastafrica.

Since her graduation, Rose has been; a clinical instructor at Hoima School of Nursing, YALI RLC EA Participant - cohort 7, Point-person - YALI RLC EA Uganda Chapter- Gender Equality Task Force, Ashoka Change Maker; Social Innovation for Intrapreneurship in Healthcare, Member, Board of Directors, Irise Uganda: branch of UK-based charity; Irise International, Vice President, International Youth Committee

Rose uses some of her free time to mentor and inspire fellow peers to social change and blogs about some of her experiences from time to time.

IHSU Alumni Connect Trace

We encourage every graduate to remain connected to the IHSU family through a wider network of the alumni professional community.  Through this community, graduates can network, share with their peers their experiences, job opportunities, news, and success strategies.

We recently asked some alumni, “How has your degree contributed to your area of work and the community”?

  • “With the background from Public Health, together with my other colleagues we founded a not for profit youth led organization that addresses issues of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) among young people called Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU). PHAU is empowering young people in communities on issues of SRH through innovative and creative approaches such as the edutainment-informative performance arts. PHAU is currently working on a one year project aimed to reducing HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination among women and girls in wakiso and Kampala. Visit our Website”.

    Segawa Patrick
  • “It has opened the gates for community entrance and I was appointed as a community's representative by the Asst. Commissioner Vector borne diseases to advocate for all ethical matters concerning a research protocol on vector borne diseases (VCD-REC) in Uganda for a period of 3 years. My appointment was based on the MPH I obtained from IHSU in addition to my background in medical parasitology and entomology. Secondary the center engaged me in support supervision of districts in areas of M&E, and periodic surveys.”

    Ssemwanga Edward Bamulanzeki
  • “"I got an opportunity of securing a post as an assistant Quality Assurance Officer at IHSU. It gave me divergent thinking in management within the Health care sector…since Q A at IHSU entails both staff and students, the skills earned from BBA (HM) have aided these tasks."

    Githinji Florence
  • “It has tremendously contributed to my area of work in the sense that 95% of the research work I do is centered on Public Health. The course units at that time, most especially research methods, understanding public health, nutrition and Uganda's health systems provided me with fundamental principles in conducting public health research and shaping the quality of community interventions in under-resourced settings.”

    Nagaddya Teddy
  • “Am now a District Laboratory Supervisor. Improved leadership in the laboratory sector”.

    BMLS - 2014
  • “I have a good command of the nursing content and are able to deliver my teaching with much confidence than before.”

    Nshimye N.Edith
  • "Improved performance and confidence at work place; Enhanced interpretation of health related issues and the ability to explain; Improved scholarly writing in Annual Reports, and Magazines; Ability to guide the intern students to confidently write their reports and research proposals; I have integrated the theories learned into real work; Ability to argue out issues basing on facts; Improved self-expression; and relating knowledge acquired into problem solving."

    Mireego Eddie
  • “I am making a difference in the health care through the consultations that I make with my patients. They are gaining a lot from the knowledge that I received while still at school”.

    Namyeso Irene
  • Every module was exciting and revealing because it gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experience if implementing community health and development projects in Uganda and Cambodia.IHSU provided me with context appropriate training backed with an emphasis on professionalism.I affirm that IHSU education is making a difference to health care not just in Uganda but even in Somaliland.

    Thomas Okedi - MPH Graduate
  • The teaching style which consisted of the e-learning modules and assignments and a day release contact session per week with the tutors with emphasis on self learning and other forms of teaching like role play, video consultations and OSCE’S in the examinations were all new to me. Lectures in the traditional sense were not as common for my program.

    Dr Ndahura Duncan - Msc. Family Medicine Graduate

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