In conjunction with the University of Waterloo, McMaster University has acquired funding to support four Ugandan and three Canadian Early Career Researcher (ECR) / Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) short term (3 month) exchanges between Canada and Uganda.
McMaster University, in partnership with Uganda Christian University (UCU), is operationalising the drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) for maternal health aspect of the overall initiative in East Africa, with a focus on Uganda. The following themes have been identified through a needs assessment activity between McMaster and UCU:
1) The impact of scarce WaSH resources on maternal health;
2) Strengthening the evidence of linkages between poor WaSH and violence against women;
3) To develop a strategy to strengthen the knowledgebase of academics in LMICs in relation to water and maternal health, including for example, library resources and e-learning, monitoring and evaluation; and,
4) To understand and develop reciprocal standards and practices for human subjects’ research ethics clearance(non-biomedical) between UCU and McMaster that adhere to relevant national standards.
It is anticipated that Early Career Researcher awards, in particular, will be paired between Canada and Uganda to maximise research opportunities and partnership engagement. Current placement partners (NGOs) include H2O 4 All (Canada), Save the Mothers (Canada), and Save the Mothers (East Africa). However, partnerships may be expanded depending on the particular interests of successful QES-AS applicants.