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Mak shines at 2nd International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Bangladesh

  • In Health
  • 27 Nov 2019 - 4:39pm
  • By Mark Wamai
  • 549
Dr. David Musoke, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) makes his remarks during the opening ceremony on 22nd November 2019, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Second International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs) was recently held from 22nd to 24th November 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This symposium, organised by icddr,b, (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) was attended by over 500 delegates including researchers, policy makers, funders, implementers, health practitioners, academics and CHWs from 35 countries.

Dr. David Musoke (second right) with other members of the steering committee of the Community Health Workers Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global

At the symposium, Makerere University was recognised for organising and hosting the first symposium in Kampala in 2017 under the School of Public Health in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (UK) and the Ministry of Health. The first symposium, which led to these events being held globally every 2 years, was attended by over 450 participants from 22 countries. Indeed, it was due to the success of the first symposium that the CHWs Thematic Working Group (TWG) of Health Systems Global (HSG) formally institutionalised these biennial events.

Officiating at the opening ceremony of the symposium, Dr. David Musoke, a Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, and also Co-Chair of the CHWs Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global, said he was pleased that the efforts of Makerere in conceptualising and organising the maiden symposium had made a significant contribution to the work of CHWs globally. He added that this cadre of human resources for health is crucial in primary health care and public health particularly in low- and middle-income countries hence deserve to be recognised and supported better for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.

MakSPH's Richard Ssempala makes his presentation at the 2nd International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Other staff of Makerere University in attendance were Prof. Elizeus Rutebemberwa and Richard Ssempala who all made oral presentations further showcasing outputs from Uganda. The third symposium will be held in 2021, and many countries have expressed interest in hosting it, following in the footsteps of Uganda and Bangladesh.

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