Project Site Location
The project will have two sites. The main project site will be located at Kimuhuro Mbarara University of Science and Technology New campus unit found on the left hand side of Mbarara-Bushenyi Highway about 7km from Mbarara Town and about 5km from the old MUST campus. Kihumuro Campus is located at S0°35'44.8" E030°36'08.2". The project offices, lecture theatres, library, pilot drug production and business incubation units will be placed on the fourth floor of the main block, block A at Kimuhuro. The site will also host the proposed project Living gene bank/herbal gardens which is planned to be in area around River Rwizi for easy water access.
The second site for project research laboratories and teaching laboratories will be established within the departments of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology at the oldMUST campus which is 2km from the Mbarara Town along Mbaguta Street. The geographic location of the area are S0°.61'68.0" E030°65'57.6" and elevation; 1433 meters above sea level. The existing research and teaching laboratories will be expanded to cater for the activities of the PHARMBIOTRAC project for which the renovation works ESMP will have to be done before commencement of the civil works. This will be done according to the existing Ugandan legal frameworks such as the Constitution of Uganda, 1995, the Land Act 1998, the National Environment Act 1995, the Public Health Act, 1964, the Investment code 1991, the National Environmental (Discharge of Effluence) Regulations, 1999, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2006, the National Environment (Noise standards and control) Regulations, 2003, the Wetlands, River Banks and Lakeshores Management Regulations, 2000, the Water Act, 1995, the Workers Compensation Act, Cap 225 of the Laws of Uganda and other regulatory requires of Uganda as may be put in place with time.
Site climatic, soils and geology
Rainfall: Mbarara district where MUST is located receives average annual rainfall of 1200mm with two rainy seasons, February to May and the September to December. It also has two dry seasons, with temperature range of 17°C to 30°C.
Soils: The district has sandy loam, clay loam and slightly laterite loam soils.
Geology: The district is characterized by Precambrian rock of the following four types:
(i) The Buganda Toro system---age dating over 1800 million years
(ii) Wholly granitised or high to medium grade metamorphic formation
(iii) The Kararagwe—Ankole system—aged dating varies from 1300 million—1400 million years
(iv) The granitold and highly granitised rock.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology will implement PHARMBIOTRAC an Africa Centers of Excellence project. Further, administrative capacity, from the institutions’ central administration and departments will assist with the fiduciary tasks. The PHARMBIOTRAC Team will be constituted, led by a Center leader (Dr. Casim Umba Tolo) who is a recognized educator/researcher and supported by the Deputy Centre Leader / Principal Investigator, different Centre Chairs within PHARMBIOTRAC and faculty from departments directly involved. The university will be responsible for the implementation of the environment management plan.
The Uganda government will constitute a National Review Committee through the ministry or agency responsible for higher education. It is tasked with a semi-annual review of performance and implementation support, including approvals of withdrawal applications and implementation planning (but with no day-to-day implementation or approvals). This committee will include members from Ministry of Finance, as well as relevant line ministries based on the focus area of PHARMBIOTRAC (e. g health): PHARMBIOTRAC together with the management of Mbarara University of Science and Technology will comply with the national review committee’s work plan as appropriate.
The regional PHARMBIOTRAC Steering Committee will provide overall guidance and oversight for the project.