Address to the Ebola Conference in Spain organized by San Pablo University, Madrid

Address by Rev Fr Joe Turay, Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone.
The Chancellor of the University of San Pablo, Chancellors from other Universities, the Vice Chancellor of San Pablo, Deans , the Director of pastoral activities in San Pablo, our dear friends of San Pablo who have worked with us in Makeni, SierraLeone, especially the Faculties of Urban Studies and Medicine, I bring you warm greetings from the University of Makeni and the people of Sierra Leone.
I want to sincerely extend our thanks to you all for standing with us in this crucial moment in our history. San Pablo has always stood by us accompanying us in our journey … Our journey of successes and also our moments of challenges and trials . This partnership has expressed itself in sharing knowledge, material support, friendship and celebrating our common identity as God’s children.

As Universities , we all search for the Truth to liberate and free humanity from fear, disease, ignorance and bring us all to God’s kingdom. This is what has inspired you to organize a Conference on the situation of Ebola in Sierra Leone and the future. We thank you for this great initiative .
The Ebola crisis is a moment of challenge to us all in Sierra Leone and the University as a place of learning,research and community service. As a University and a diocese , we have tried to engage in the process of addressing this disease. We have been part of the Ebola task force in our district and the country trying to help where possible. The diocese and the University has engaged in educating our people through the radio, parishes and other church institutions on the Ebola disease and prevention. We have also supported, through your help, families and hospitals with food, protective gears and other non- food items; our students and teachers have been on the district planning team to organize and strategize. Just the other day we had staff meeting to use our radio station and engage other stations to start media, radio teaching for our primary and secondary school students at home. The good thing in Sierra Leone is that people listen to radios at home. Our health institutions of the diocese are still working. We mourn the death of some of our personnel, especially, Br.Doctor Emmaneul Veijo,Victor Kassim etc.
This moment brings us to realize that we need to do more. As a University we are amongst the most privileged and must give back to society. So we must be engaged. I thank you for organizing this Conference to raise awareness so that people can support us in helping our people. Red Cross Spain is here in Sierra Leone, and we thank you and your country . At the moment the crucial challenge is medical staff and putting systems in place. Based on the deficit of staff and systems in our health sector, I want to make an appeal on behalf of the University to think about , amongst others: how we can address using the faculty of medicine , such similar occurrences of Ebola in the future. We have a department of Public Health at UNIMAK, could we expand it to include infectious tropical disease….Ebola and other viral hemorrhage diseases. This department would aim at training laboratory technicians, nurses and other health workers in this field, research and community services. This could be a joint project with WHO and other bodies. A diploma or certificate program could do at the moment on tropical disease. This is sustainable and could transfer skills and knowledge. This could create space for research. Again, we are mindful that Europe has its own challenges at this moment; but together we can bring hope and joy to humanity.
Once more thank you and may God bless you for this initiative.

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Provisional Academic Calendar for 2014-2015 published

Although the government has not yet issued a release on the re-opening of colleges, UNIMAK management has prepared a provisional calendar to help staff and students plan for the coming academic year. Any alteration on dates/activities as a result of government release will be communicated.

Provisional Academic Calendar for 2014-2015

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New courses: UNIMAK now offers training in Mining and Mine Safety

ICMS-UNIMAK Registration Form

ICMS-UNIMAK Registration Form

The University of Makeni has successfully completed discussions with the Imperial College of Mines and Safety (ICMS) in Ghana, and is now pleased to announce that it now offers training and educational programs for individuals and corporate organizations in the extractive industry in Sierra Leone.

The ICMS-UNIMAK partnership will support the country’s rapidly developing extractive industry sector by building capacity and knowledge base in the fields of Professional Mining and Safety Management.

The training programs are carefully designed to reflect current industry standards and practices and are offered in exclusive partnership with Government, top managers from leading mining companies and lecturers from universities across English West Africa.

Download the ICMS-UNIMAK Registration Form here

Download the ICMS Course Catalogue here

 

 

 

 

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Addressing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and looking forward ……

The University’s link with Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) and their Research Methods Library of Alexandria has been especially valuable at this time, because it has given access to some of the best lectures about Ebola.

Giving a short update message on the situation, Fr Joe Turay, Vice-Chancellor of Unimak,  writes:

“The situation in some areas seems to be improving whilst the suspected and infected cases in some are increasing….namely Port Loko, Bombali and Bo. We are just returned from a meeting with Radio Maria and UNIMAK to review our strategies and intensify our small efforts in supporting the work done by our community to fight the epidemic.

But we plan not to give into despair, and the interviews for the new students will take place on the 1st of September.”

 

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UNIMAK is active in fighting against Ebola virus

On 30th July 2014 Fr Joe Turay, Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, reported on the Ebola virus disease outbreak situation in Sierra Leone as follows:

We still have some students with us because their towns have been affected by the Ebola crisis and they have nowhere to go. We have decided to keep them and find funding to help them during the holidays.

Today we have lost a national hero, Dr Khan , who spearheaded the fight against Ebola as a medic. Dr Khan attended our St Francis Secondary School in Makeni and learnt from his early years to work for the common good. He had learnt to lay down his life for his brothers and sisters.

I attended the district Ebola task force meeting in Makeni and we are preparing to fight this epidemic. We are confronted with many challenges: funding for sensitization, human resource to volunteer in tracing victims and suspected cases, Makeni needs urgently an ambulance only for dealing with the Ebola cases; funding for training of nurses and other health personnel etc.  As a University we cannot stand aside to see so many people lose their lives and so we are engaged.

So many stakeholders are involved but the demands are overwhelming .
Is it possible that we can start together with other stakeholders a small laboratory for testing. And with some volunteers we can think to train nurses or lab techs?

Makeni is also planing to build a small isolation unit. This is do-able with a small amount of funds. Whatever help or support anyone can give us can help us engage. Time is of the essence!”

 

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