In the last decade, there been an increasing recognition that health challenges transcend borders and for global health development goals to be achieved, countries require collective efforts to address existing and emerging health challenges.
With the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 and the magnitude of its disruption to all spheres of life, it has never been more necessary for countries to maintain and enhance their collaborative relationships beyond borders to address common global health challenges & threats.
The new decade therefore starts with pessimism with many gains in global targets at risk of being rolled back.
As the pandemic remains an unprecedented shock, well-coordinated global health collaboration is expected to play a vital role in mitigating the pandemic whilst enabling different regions of the world to build capacity for a better decade.
The Uganda UK Health Alliance was established as a mutual collaboration between Ministry of Health and the UK government to provide coordination support to UK derived programs in the health sector.
The Alliance recognises the need for sharing of expertise and resources between health systems of different countries in addressing common global health threats including the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Systems put in place by UK led partnerships during previous public health threats like Ebola, Marburg have infact contributed significantly in the fight against the current pandemic in Uganda.
2nd UUKHA Symposium.
The Uganda UK Health Alliance has organised its 2nd Global Health Symposium as a platform for governments, institutions and individuals to share expertise and opportunities on building capacity in global health to address demands, challenges and emerging threats in the new decade.
The Symposium will be held on 23rd October 2020 as a virtual event via Zoom from 9:00-13:10 (BST)/11:00-15:10 (EAT) and will be chaired by Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health-Uganda.
The agenda will put discussions on the progress towards Universal Health Coverage in context of the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic and suggest strategies for health systems to recover from the stretch of the pandemic to continue towards their set health sector development goals.
- To share expertise and strategies for Health systems to recover from the current pandemic and work towards targets for Universal Health Coverage
- To identify areas of focus for partnerships between Uganda and the UK in health sector development