The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all regions of the world causing enormous health, economic, and social impact. Overall, an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases continues to be reported in various countries with no indication that the peak of the outbreak has been reached.
Established in 2013, The Uganda UK Health Alliance is a collaboration between the UK and Ministry of Health, Uganda to support UK derived programs in the health sector whilst fostering shared learning between the two health systems. The Alliance recognises that UK and Uganda are at different stages of the pandemic. There is therefore an opportunity for institutions and individuals at the forefront of the outbreak to share knowledge and mount collaborative efforts in addressing the pandemic in Uganda and the UK. It is against this background that the Alliance organised a joint webinar on 23rd April 2020 where experts and participants from Uganda and the UK shared experiences and knowledge on collective measures to address the pandemic in the countries..
The Objectives of the Webinar were;
• To enable shared learning on the COVID-19 pandemic between Uganda and the UK
• To foster institutional collaboration on COVID-19 response between the two countries
The webinar was chaired by Prof. Nelson Sewankambo – Professor of Medicine Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Advisory Board Member Uganda UK Health Alliance. It was attended by over 300 participants mostly from the UK and Uganda.
The key areas of discussion included response measures in both countries and recommendations were made on building the capacity of individual health systems whilst strengthening global health collaboration in the fight against the pandemic.