NORHED funding: CIT wins two projects

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) located in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has won funding from the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) to implement research and training projects aimed at boosting the country's ICT development agenda.

NORHED will fund two large projects within CIT, namely: HI-TRAIN: Health Informatics Training and Research in East Africa for Improved Health Care, aimed at realizing self-sustainable, replicable and scalable HI (Health Informatics) training and research programs in East Africa, to help meet the rising HI capacity and research needs in the region. The project will create health informatics training and capacity building opportunities to solve major health problems in the country.

Under this initiative, 17 staff members from Makerere University will receive training at PhD, Masters and postgraduate level thus providing a bedrock for the multi-disciplinary HI field, said Dr. Peter Wakholi, a project team member.

This project is based on the premise that health service delivery in the country is still poor yet Health Informatics can play a vital role by enabling better service delivery through ICTs. The end goal is to enable capacity for research and innovations, developing new methods and products thus creating employment for young graduates, Dr. Wakholi added.

HI:TRAIN is a collaboration between the University of Bergen (Norway), Moi University (Kenya) and Makerere University (Uganda).

The Second project: WIMEA-ICT: Improving Weather Information Management in East Africa for Effective Service Provision through the Application of Suitable ICTs The project is aimed at establishing a Centre for Appropriate Weather Information Management (CAWIM) that will design, implement and supervise improvement in Timeliness, Accuracy and Access of Weather Information in the East African region.

Makerere University is the lead partner together with the University of Bergen while other partners include: Department of Meteorology (Uganda), University of Juba (South-Sudan), Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology (Tanzania) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).

During this first round of application, NORHED is funding 46 joint projects between higher institutions of learning in low- and middle-income countries and Norway.

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