— Gerald Kayingo, an assistant clinical professor and director of the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Uganda to work with Bruce Kirenga, a pulmonologist at Makerere University Medical School in Uganda, to improve lung health through the development of an interprofessional, blended learning module on respiratory medicine called project iBreath.
According to Kayingo, non-communicable diseases such as lung diseases are among the leading causes of death in many regions of the world. There is a serious shortage of trained health workers to manage these chronic diseases in Sub-Saharan African. In collaboration with the new Makerere University Lung Institute, Kayingo aims to build local capacity in respiratory care in Uganda.
“We plan to focus specifically on chronic disease models, family- and patient-centered approaches as well as team-based care,” Kayingo said. “The project will also focus on leadership and advocacy development. We hope to sow the seeds for a lung health network work for Eastern Africa. I am very grateful for the Carnegie Foundation for this opportunity.”
The Makerere University project is one of 57 projects that pairs African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. Kayingo is one of 59 African Diaspora scholars who were awarded fellowships to travel to Africa to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health. The program has now selected and approved a total of 169 fellows since its inception in 2013.
Kayingo immigrated to the United States from Uganda and has conducted similar collaborative projects with other African universities. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship and he led a study on “HIV Seroprevalence among Patients Admitted to Mulago National Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.” In 2011, he received a grant from the Physician Assistant Foundation to conduct a training program for “Capacity Building in Non-Communicable Diseases” for practitioners in Uganda. He was inducted into the prestigious Uganda National Academy of Sciences in 2014. At the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Kayingo is the patron of the global health student interest group.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities. The Advisory Council selected 41 African universities to host the fellows, based on collaborative project proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at the African universities, to meet specific needs at their universities. This innovative program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United State International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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