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School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MCMNH)


Even in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era, maternal, newborn, and child health continues to be a challenge, particularly for Sub-Saharan Africa, yet affordable evidence based interventions, exist. One major gap is a lack of understanding of how to bridge the gap in knowledge-policy-implementation. The Makerere University Center of Excellence for Maternal and Newborn Health (MCMNH) was established to help mobilize existing internal and external efforts and resources for Maternal and Newborn Research, information and knowledge sharing in order to inform efforts for evidence based policy making, design and implementation of interventions at scale in Uganda and in the region. Specifically, the Center aims to:

  1. Develop and monitor implementation of an evidence based national maternal and newborn health research agenda in Uganda
  2. Strengthen internal and external technical capacity for maternal and newborn health in Uganda
  3. Strengthen Maternal and Newborn Health Knowledge Management and Information dissemination efforts in Uganda.

The Center was established in 2013 and initially supported by Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives initiative with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. However, overtime, other partners have come on board and the center appreciates all collaborators.  For more information about the Center, please visit