Dr. Fred M. Ssewamala interacting with primary school children

Offering Hope – and a way forward

In summer 2022, documentary producer Thomas Malkowicz traveled with Professor Fred Ssewamala to Uganda to document the work Ssewamala and his research team are conducting to alleviate the impacts of poverty on Uganda’s most vulnerable youth. The video below, Offering Hope, is a trailer for the full story which will be available in the February 2023 […]

 $1.2 million NIHM funding to study depression among youth living with HIV in Uganda 

Proscovia Nabunya, assistant professor at the Brown School and Co-Director of the International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD); and Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, have received a five-year $1.2 million research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to address […]

Ssewamala awarded $5.7M for work in Uganda

Fred Ssewamala, the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School, along with colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis, has received $5.7 million in two separate grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for his work in sub-Saharan Africa. Along with research assistant professors Proscovia […]

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NIMH Awards $5.7 Million for research work in Uganda

Fred Ssewamala, the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School, along with colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis, has received $5.7 million in two separate grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for his work in sub-Saharan Africa. Along with research assistant professors Proscovia […]

Ssewamala receives NIH grant to train Ugandan researchers

A $1.5 million grant will provide state-of-the-art training for 18 early-career researchers in Uganda to strengthen the capacity of research institutions in the country to address HIV/AIDS and its burden on child and adolescent mental health. The five-year program will be led by Fred Ssewamala, the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School and […]

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Makerere University

Established in 1922 as a technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious English Universities in Africa. Originally named Uganda Technical College, it opened its doors to students studying carpentry, building, and mechanics. The College soon began offering various other courses in medical care, agriculture, veterinary sciences, and teacher training. It […]

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What rain and mud can tell us about climate change

Washington University in St. Louis researcher Bronwen Konecky is piecing together a story about Earth’s climatic history — and what it can tell us about our planet’s future. Konecky, an assistant professor in Earth & planetary sciences, conducts fieldwork in tropical areas from Peru to Uganda to Southeast Asia collecting and analyzing rainwater samples and […]

WashU alum opens first fistula hospital in Uganda

An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms near the vagina after prolonged obstructed labor. The condition can result in long-term health issues and, in some cases, death. When Seruyange first met L. Lewis Wall at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, she revealed her dream of building a fistula hospital in her home […]

Engineering student expands emergency medical services globally

Zach Eisner, a junior in biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School, spent the past summer in Sierra Leone helping to expand emergency medical services (EMS) there. His organization, LFR International, works to provide basic trauma care around the globe. Eisner founded LFR International in 2018 with fellow WashU alumnus, Peter Delaney. Prior to that, he […]

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For a school in Uganda, clean water

The Washington University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has partnered with Bulubandi Primary School in Iganga, Uganda, to create an improved source for potable water. Students at the school did not have an inexpensive, clean source of water that was available for daily use, so EWB has instituted a five-year partnership with Bulubandi. The […]