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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL, MAKERERE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

It is my pleasure and honour to welcome all of you, our participants to the 14thJoint Annual Scientific Health Conference (JASH) 2018, and the 17th Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture.
This annual conference provides a great opportunity to share scientific knowledge, innovations and experiences that is not only beneficial for academic purposes but more importantly in guiding the health policy direction and service delivery in the country.

This is the 27thUNACOH Annual Scientific Conference, which has continued to be a core event of UNACOH’s calendar, to share and disseminate health information to the stakeholders and the general public in form of basic research and implementation research. Associated with the Annual Scientific Conference will be the 17th WHO sponsored Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture. We are very grateful to WHO for embracing this noble cause since 2002.

At this Lecture, we remember the late Dr. Mathew Lukwiya as a symbol of solidarity and reverence of all Health Workers that have succumbed to death in the effort to save the lives of others.

This year’s theme is Research, Innovations and Resources for Meeting the Health Related SDGs.

The world is now faced with ever increasingly challenging health situations, with emerging and remerging diseases that require robust research response and innovations in health sciences. The SDGs, which are core to the world’s health agenda, can only become a reality if there is adequate and motivated human resource for health, proper Governance and leadership, and Health Financing among other key pillars of the health system. In the three (3) days of the Conference, we should expect to learn of new frontiers of knowledge from the scientific world and to share experiences in form of paper presentations on the theme.

On behalf of UNACOH’s entire membership and leadership, and on my own behalf, I wish to once again welcome you to this conference and to appreciate all those who prepared paper presentations, especially the students and the young researchers from various Universities and other organisations. In a special way, I wish to appreciate our Development Partners, who, in one way or other have supported the conference and to convey special appreciation to WHO for the sustained annual sponsorship of the Dr. Mathew Lukwyia Memorial Lecturer.

Finally, I wish to commend the continued collaboration of UNACOH, MakCHS and WHO that has enabled the organizing of the Joint Annual Scientific Health Conference (JASH) and the Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture this year.

I wish you fruitful deliberations and maximum benefit from this conference.

MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, MAKERERE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES


This year’s conference theme, Research, Innovations and Resources for meeting theHealth Related SDG’s comes just three years post the 2015 Development Agenda that saw Africa lagging behind in achieving health goals despite the substantial progress it has made since 2000.
The JASH is a forum that presents us all in health sector the opportunity to advance our knowledge and careers through dissemination of research work. The College of Health Sciences is proud to once again champion this cause this year and we have always led the way to contribute to new knowledge through research. I would therefore like to thank UNACOH for co-hosting this conference and all those who have put in a lot of effort to come up with papers that will enrich our knowledge as we work towards improving health of the people of Uganda and beyond. I am particularly grateful to the young researchers, especially the students who are making presentations at this conference. Congratulations for the good work and I wish you a rewarding experience in your different professions.
I would like to say thank you to all partners who have supported us in the race to promote health. The list is long and I want to say all those who have sponsored us in one way or another, thank you very much. Special thanks go to the organizing committee for their selflessness in organizing this international standard conference. I know a lot of time has been put in by members of the different sub-committees, thank you and I sincerely appreciate your input.
I also want to thank the University Management for their continued support and I have no doubt that a lot will be achieved that directly relates to the University mission through the excellent papers to be presented in diverse areas of health at this conference.
I wish you all a very fruitful deliberation.

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

These include the World Health Organisation (WHO), Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH) and the Ministry of Health. In line with this year’s theme of “Research, Innovations and Resources for meeting the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, I trust that the information shared during this conference will inspire and sharpen all of us to rethink our current approaches and contribute to the necessary improvements to enhance the general wellbeing and health of the Ugandan population. We need to listen intently to all the abstracts shared and identify innovations that can be adopted to contribute to better health for our communities. Most importantly, we need to focus on identifying resources for continued research and innovations, and knowledge translation to ensure evidence based, locally driven solutions towards improving our health outcomes. As a matter of urgency, we also need to identify resources for the implementation of respective findings so that the population maximally benefits from our research findings and innovations.
MakSPH is privileged to be contributing towards the health agenda of this country through research and we pledge to contribute even further by looking for various avenues through which resources for implementation can be harnessed. I am grateful to the team at MakSPH that has led the preparations of this conference and to all participants for choosing to contribute for the benefit of our health at large. To all stakeholders and participants, we need to be able to look back to 2018 and feel that we were able to make a remarkable impact in the lives of our people through this year’s conference and in line with the health SDGs. This can be achieved if we can adopt the evidence and innovations that will be shared through this conference. Let this conference be a spark that will keep all innovators on their toes thinking of ways to improve the general health of Ugandans through research and innovations.

PROFILE OF THE 17th DR. MATHEW LUKWIYA MEMORIAL LECTURER

Since then and before coming to the IRF, his work with WHO and an Emory University Eye team focused on characterizing and understanding the sequelae of Ebola virus disease in West African survivors, targeting their clinical care needs, the management of residual risk related to viral persistence, and scientific questions newly emerging at survivor bedsides. Prior to 2014, he spent many years based at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, where his work focused on developing complex clinical decision-making in Ugandan and Nigerian clinicians caring for patients with HIV and other infectious diseases. He completed his infectious diseases and medical training at Vanderbilt University. He is originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

MESSAGE FROM THE UNACOH PRESIDENT

This is the 27thUNACOH Annual Scientific Conference, which has continued to be a core event of UNACOH’s calendar, to share and disseminate health information to the stakeholders and the general public in form of basic research and implementation research. Associated with the Annual Scientific Conference will be the 17th WHO sponsored Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture. We are very grateful to WHO for embracing this noble cause since 2002.
At this Lecture, we remember the late Dr. Mathew Lukwiya as a symbol of solidarity and reverence of all Health Workers that have succumbed to death in the effort to save the lives of others.
This year’s theme is Research, Innovations and Resources for Meeting the Health Related SDGs.
The world is now faced with ever increasingly challenging health situations, with emerging and remerging diseases that require robust research response and innovations in health sciences. The SDGs, which are core to the world’s health agenda, can only become a reality if there is adequate and motivated human resource for health, proper Governance and leadership, and Health Financing among other key pillars of the health system. In the three (3) days of the Conference, we should expect to learn of new frontiers of knowledge from the scientific world and to share experiences in form of paper presentations on the theme.
On behalf of UNACOH’s entire membership and leadership, and on my own behalf, I wish to once again welcome you to this conference and to appreciate all those who prepared paper presentations, especially the students and the young researchers from various Universities and other organisations. In a special way, I wish to appreciate our Development Partners, who, in one way or other have supported the conference and to convey special appreciation to WHO for the sustained annual sponsorship of the Dr. Mathew Lukwyia Memorial Lecturer.
Finally, I wish to commend the continued collaboration of UNACOH, MakCHS and WHO that has enabled the organizing of the Joint Annual Scientific Health Conference (JASH) and the Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture this year.
I wish you fruitful deliberations and maximum benefit from this conference.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR, JASH CONFERENCE 2018 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

As you may already be aware, this year’s Theme is “Research, Innovations and Resources for the Health-Related SDGs”, with three sub-themes of Basic Science, Clinical and Health Sciences Research, Innovations in the Health Sciences and Resources for Health. The conference activities will include pre-conference skills-building workshops, plenary and oral presentations. Distinguished keynote speakers and guest speakers will join us to deliver further insights into the conference theme. We hope that the shared experiences and findings from the scientific work will continue to re-energize further innovative research and enhance provision of appropriate health services.
The organizing committee takes this opportunity to acknowledge the enormous support from collaborators and partners with special thank you to the World Health Organization (WHO), Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH) and the Ministry of Health. Members of the three conference subcommittees; Scientific, Publicity, Logistics & resource mobilization have sacrificed a lot to ensure that each one of you benefits from this conference in a special way.

I hope that this 14th JASH conference & 17th Dr. Mathew Lukwiya Memorial Lecture will be a springboard into a future pregnant with expectations that will birth innovative actionable interventions supported by sufficient resources for a healthy Uganda.

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