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Building stronger health institutions and systems (BIS) in Uganda

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An african village in Bududa county, Uganda. Photo: Colourbox.com


Aims of the BIS collaboration

NIPH and its partner institutions will work together over the course of the project to identify areas of mutual interest.

The institutions will together initiate two demonstration projects, each to be led by a PhD student based at Makerere University, Uganda. The theme of the first PhD will be digital public health informatics – including implementing digital health registries, while the second will be health systems resilience.

Closer institutional collaboration between NIPH and its partner institutions will be facilitated through a Memorandum of Understanding and a Collaboration Agreement.

History of Collaboration

The NIPH has a long history of research collaboration with Makerere University. We currently have four major research projects: 

1.    CHOICE: developing and evaluating digital tools in secondary school for informed health choices

2.    ePOSIT: developing and evaluating digital antenatal health records and the transition from 4 to 8 antenatal care contacts

3.    mHEALTH-INNOVATE: exploring healthcare workers' informal and innovative uses of mobile phones

4.    TREAT-INTERACT: developing and evaluating systems for cooperation between the school and health sector for better child mental health promotion.

These important Uganda-Norway collaborations have not focused on institutional cooperation between our respective public health institutions. The Uganda BIS project is therefore exploring the opportunities to develop longer-term institutional collaborations. The project is forming a three-part institutional collaboration between the newly formed Uganda National Institute of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, and the NIPH.

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BIS Uganda project meeting, Kampala, April 2022. Photo: FHI

NIPH Collaborative Team

·      Frederik Frøen, NIPH Country Coordinator

·      Aurelia India Neumark, BIS Project Management Support

·      Mahima Venkateswaran, Expert Technical Support

Partners in Uganda