South Sudanese receive grants to complete postgraduate studies in East African Universities
Education is the strongest force in the socio economic development of any Nation. It is important in fostering better inter community relations and capacity building. It is, therefore, reassuring that the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund(GMCTF) and the Juba Link have jointly awarded a number of grants to South Sudanese Doctors and a veterinarian to complete their postgraduate studies in some African Universities. Details of the recipients of this year’s grants and their respective courses are carried in the attached article.
Next year, 2018, the GMCTF grants awarding committee will consider applications for grants to support postgraduate training in a wider range of areas of training provided the skills acquired from that training will contribute towards developing South Sudan. The process will be competitive as it was this year. About 40% of the grants will be awarded to women.
The News item below will be published in the May2017 issue of the South Sudan Medical Journal.
Eluzai Abe Hakim
Deputy Chairman & Medical Adviser to the Juba Link
News on Funding for South Sudanese Doctors undertaking Postgraduate Studies
The Committee of the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund(GMCTF) met in London on Tuesday 28th March 2017 and awarded grants to eight South Sudanese doctors undertaking postgraduate studies at Master of Medicine(MMed) level in various specialities. The grants, of varying size, will help these doctors meet fees and some subsistence costs.
At the same meeting funds provided by the Juba Link Executive Committee were distributed to a further six deserving South Sudanese postgraduates to support their studies in the last year of their respective MMed programmes in various universities in Uganda. All those who received the grants had made explicit commitments to the GMCTF committee (and the Juba Link) that on completing their studies they will return to South Sudan to help in the development of health services there, and to deliver much-needed care.
Both sets of grants were awarded on merit using clearly predefined criteria. At present, most South Sudanese recipients of grants from the GMCTF are studying medicine, but the GMCTF also supports applicants from Sudan and South Sudan, and from other professional backgrounds, provided the skills they acquire will contribute to developing Sudan and South Sudan. Applications for the next round of GMCTF grants will open in early 2018 on the website at www.gmctf.org.
Individuals or institutions who would like to offer donations to support the work of GMCTF should contact the Secretary through the address on the website.
Those awarded grants from either the GMCTF or the Juba Link are :
Gel, Dr. Gawar Isaac Daian – Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health – Makerere University
Loro, Dr. Jada Francis – Master of Medicine in General Surgery – Makerere University
Aputu, Dr. Viola Mark – Master in Diagnostic Radiology – Makerere University
Lumori, Dr. Boniface Amanee Elias – Master of Internal Medicine – Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Kuany, Dr. Anthony Manyang Deng – Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Taban, Dr. Moses Kenyi – Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Makerere University
Koma, Dr. Akim – Master of Medicine in General Surgery – Uganda Martyrs University
Natana, Dr. Gift – Master of Dentistry in Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery Muhimbili University, Tanzania
Malik, Dr. Morbe – Clinical MD Otolaryngology – Cairo University
Zachariah, Dr. Denis – Master Degree in Paediatrics and Child Health – Aga Khan University, Nairobi
Deng, Dr. Amira – Master of Medicine Internal Medicine Muhimbili University, Tanzania
Ngoth, Dr. Deng Atwan Ater – Master of Medicine in General Surgery – Makerere University –
Morgan, Emmanuel Denis Master of Medicine in Pathology – Makerere University
Akol, Dr. Olang – General surgery – St. Paul’s Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The process is a competitive one: a further 6 applicants were shortlisted, but their applications were not deemed sufficiently strong to be funded; 36 doctors seeking support for further studies did not reach the short list. Those applying are encouraged to pay close attention to the guidance notes for applicants which are available through the website, and to provide the information requested clearly and in the form requested.
Dr.Eluzai Abe Hakim
Deputy Chairman & Medical Adviser Juba Link
Associate Editor, South Sudan Medical Journal,
Honorary International Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians on South Sudan