With a historically deep relationship between the UK and Uganda particularly in the Health Sector, Uganda’s 56th independence anniversary saw several UK organisations and agencies come together for an event to discuss issues of Global health between the 2 countries
The Event was held under the 2 major Themes;
1. Strengthening Mutual Benefits in Global Health Partnerships Co-Development between Uganda & UK
2. Empowering Ugandan Nurses and Doctors as facilitators of innovation and knowledge, and turning brain drain to global health gain
Hosted by Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Global Health and Co-Chair – Nursing Now Global Campaign, presentations were made on different areas of global health exchange and partnerships between the 2 countries.
Prof. GED Byrne, the UUKHA Co-chair shared a Review on the Mutual Benefits and co-development agenda between UK and Uganda in Healthcare delivery while H.E Julius Peter Moto, Uganda High Commissioner to UK & Ireland presented the Historical aspects and paradoxical mutual benefits between Uganda and the United Kingdom.
The London NHS and Butabika Global Mental Health collaboration offered insight on the Mutual Benefits in Global Health links between institutions.
To examine challenges and gaps in these partnerships, Professor Lord Ian McColl- Vice-Chair of the APPG on Malaria and NTDs shared on the progress and challenges in programmes and working with UK Aid in Global Health Delivery.
With the growing interest by UK companies to invest in Uganda and the region’s Healthcare market, Eric Olanya the Head Department for International Trade-Uganda presented on the various support offered to UK Business for Health Investment in Uganda.
The 2nd theme of the day drew insights on the increasing number of Ugandan Diasporas working within the UK National Health service and the wider UK-based organisations involved or wishing to be involved in international health work initiatives in Uganda. Presenters provided perspective on the Engagement of the medical diaspora in Global Health including insight on the impact of the nursing now Campaign to Diaspora Nurses in NHS.
At the end of the event, several strategies and opportunities for mutual partnership in global health were identified between the two countries.
As Uganda marked its 56th year of Independence, there was a renewed strength to continue transforming the Health Sector through Global Health Partnerships with the UK.