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Gulu University Gets UGX 500m Grant For Reproductive Health Research :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gulu University Gets UGX 500m Grant For Reproductive Health Research

Dr. Francis Pebalo, a lecturer and the Head of the Reproductive Health Department at Gulu University told URN in an interview that a total of 28 researchers out of several applicants won seed grants to conduct various research studies on reproductive health.
Gulu University researchers who were awarded seed grants pose for a photo.
Gulu University has secured 518 million Shillings (US Dollars 140,000) in seed grants to conduct research on reproductive health matters in Northern Uganda.

The grant was awarded by the Centre for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Francis Pebalo, a lecturer and the Head of the Reproductive Health Department at Gulu University told URN in an interview that a total of 28 researchers out of several applicants won seed grants to conduct various research studies on reproductive health.

The researchers have been drawn from the University’s faculties of Medicine, and Agriculture, counseling department, and doctors at the University Teaching Hospitals of St Mary’s Hospital Lacor and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. Others to benefit from the seed grants are Masters and Undergraduate students pursuing Public Health according to Dr. Pebalo.

He notes that each of the researchers will receive 5,000 US Dollars (Approximately 19 million shillings) to facilitate the research studies they proposed until they are published.

“We expect more than 20 publications on sexual reproductive health to be realized from this research grant alone,” says Dr. Pebalo. He says the seed grant will also help the University become visible in the coming years arguing that the strength of a University isn’t on the number of lecturers but rather on the number of researches published.

“The only way a University is recognized or ranked is based on the output of the research not how many lecturers you have or how many lectures you give, it’s purely based on results of research,” He says.

This is the third time the University has received grants from the Centre for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan to strengthen reproductive health training and research.

According to Dr. Pebalo, the University received two similar grants in June last year and in January this year which have been used for building an assimilation laboratory for teaching students on modules of learning reproductive health. 

He says they were also able to establish a lecture production studio where lecturers produce all contents that can be used for health training, enhancing the research capacity of the University and teaching hospitals, and improving health education in the clinics outside the University.

Gulu University Vice-Chancellor Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah says the seed grants would be complementary to Gulu University funding from the government for research grants in the 2022/23 financial year for science technology and innovation.

Prof. Openjuru however cautioned the researchers to use the funding well and ensure they deliver in terms of publishing academic papers on their findings to support knowledge sharing on silent sexual and reproductive health issues in Northern Uganda.

“The most important thing is how these findings would help our people at the grass-roots because is the core of the institution, not just academic papers but the impact on the ground and in my view universities should heavily be vetted on the impact on the ground “. Prof. Openjuru said.


20 researchers from Lira University have also been awarded seed grants, part of the more than 900 million shillings seed grants awarded to both Gulu and Lira Universities by the Centre for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan to strengthen reproductive health training and research.

The research projects at Gulu university will be headed by Dr. Pebalo and supported by Dr. Felix Bongomin as the site principal investigator and Auma Grace Anna as the side Principal investigator for Lira University team.

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