MAKERERE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR HEALTH AND POPULATION RESEARCH (MUCHAP): Operating “The Iganga-Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site” Makerere University Center for Health and Population Research (MUCHAP) is a corporate organ of Makerere University, and registered body-corporate, a company limited by guarantee, without having share capital. MUCHAP is governed by a Board of Directors and this is the supreme policy making body of the organization with representation from different stakeholders, including Makerere University, Ministry of Health, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, representation of the International researchers, Development partners, host districts of Iganga/Mayuge and the Private Sector. MUCHAP was registered in 2015 and it operates the Iganga-Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site (IMHDSS) which is a member of the INDEPTH Network.

The establishment of MUCHAP as a legal entity/company of Makerere University implies that it has flexibility to determine and drive its research agenda, has the mandate to unilaterally enter into collaboration with potential research and development partners or organizations, determine and manage human resources needs and related matters among other things.

The IMHDSS is a community based field research site and a training center established by Makerere University in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet-Sweden. The site started its operations in August 2004 and officially inaugurated in June 2005 by the Swedish Ambassador in Uganda. Makerere University established good working relations with the host districts and for over 10 years now, Iganga district has provided the site office space for its operations.

Our Mission

To promote the wellbeing of the Ugandan population through generation and provision of high quality population based demographic, health, and socio-economic information to decision makers and researchers

Our Vision

To become a centre of excellence in conducting multi-disciplinary policy relevant research and research training.

Our Core Values

1) Conduct high quality and ethical research and training,
2) Integrity,
3) Transparency and accountability,
4) Loyalty to host community and confidentiality of personal data,
5) Sensitivity to community values and needs,
6) Timely decision making and action.

The Mandate of MUCHAP

  1. 1 To register and monitor health and demographic dynamics in the catchment population (births, deaths, migration) while creating an environment for several community-based projects for single or multi-disciplinary research,
  2. 2 To provide a platform for training in applied field research and practical health, agro-social economic and demographic survey methods to students, staff of academic institutions, as well as other researchers with and outside Uganda, and
  3. 3 To provide a platform for trials that can test and measure the efficacy/ effectiveness of population level interventions,
  4. 4 To provide essential household level information tailored for policy, planning and research needs, and
  5. 5 To continuously engage policy makers so as get guidance on research evidence needs by policy makers, and to maximize utilization of research findings at the center

Our Team


At Makerere University Center for Health and Population Research we have a team of energetic well experienced employees who work tirelessly to ensure that every customer's receives absolute satisfaction. Basing on a many years of experience our employees are well suited to deliver on time.

Key Activities

The site collects household based data twice a year using a team of about 40 trained data collectors (Field Assistants) using standard INDEPTH Network recommended household Registration Books (HRBs). The most common information recorded is about pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes (such as live births, still-births, miscarriages, and abortions), deaths and migration (both within the study area and those moving in and out).

In addition, information on education, infant vaccination, malaria in under-five, injury and disability, household socio-economic status assessment is collected. In order to improve reporting of vital events in the community, the site utilizes community based “volunteers” popularly known as “scouts” one in each village to report births and deaths to the HDSS offices. In addition, the site has recently also started to use Village Health Team (VHTs) members to report pregnancies, pregnancy outcomes and deaths in the district. The VHTs are community based health promoters/workers recognized by the government as volunteers and are supervised by the District Health department.