Research Focus Areas

The University has prioritised four (4) broad research areas considered relevant to our academic departments and community stakeholder

Developing countries have made significant strides in improving life expectancy at birth and this has been attributed to the low mortality and decreasing fertility rates. Although countries are able to witness an increasing proportion of their population celebrating their 60th birthday, there is an increased concern on the country's preparedness in terms of health and social care aspects, which should be supported by appropriate health systems, infrastructure and policies. IHSU seeks to answer relevant questions on population ageing using the life-course approach on the following aspects:

  • Health and well-being
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Social safety nets and security in later life
  • Gender inequalities in later life
  • Transformation of social networks in developing countries
  • Informal care systems
  • Ageing and technology in developing countries
  • Elder abuse
  • Health, work and retirement

Societal relevance

At International Health Sciences University, we seek to clearly remain relevant to society through our community activities. The research conducted informs most of the community activities undertaken within the settings where we work. We aim to improve public health through a community participatory and evidence-based approach. Our activities so far have focused on the following:

  • Training of Village Health Teams (VHT) and religious leaders on improving maternal and child health through community-based health education initiatives
  • Training health workers on neonatal resuscitation
  • Promotion of adolescent health through church-based sports

All these initiatives have been implemented in the slum communities of Makindye division

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