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Makerere to host mega conference on environmental health

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Right) with MakSPH Lecturer-Dr. David Musoke (Right) and other members of the 3rd IFEH and 16th MUEHSA Conference organizing committee during the courtesy call on 15th March 2019. (PML PHOTO)

MAKERERE – The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday, March 15, 2019, met with staff and students of the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), who are organizing the 3rd International Federation of Environmental Health and 16th University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA) Conference.

The event is due to take place from 9 – 11 April 2019 at Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda.

The conference is organized under the theme; Environmental Health: A Cornerstone to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will be organized by the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) in conjunction with the Makerere University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA).

According to organizers, it will bring together various stakeholders from around the world to stimulate multidisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration in environmental health central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); particularly SDG 3 and SDG 6.

Mr. Nawangwe thanked the Organising Committee for a good job in organizing the Conference so far and looked forward to a successful conference.

The two-day event will focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Other key topics include environmental pollution, food hygiene, and safety, vector and vermin control, waste management, occupational health and safety.

Policy, standards and legislation, healthy settings and built environment, one health and antimicrobial resistance, communicable and non-communicable disease, trauma, injuries and disability among other topics.

Keynote Speakers include key among others, Dr. David T. Dyjack, Executive Director of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), USA, Dr. Gwen Collman, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Division of Extramural Research and Training and Dr. Tracy Morse, Environmental Health Practitioner, and research fellow.

Other speakers include Dr. Selvanathan Mudaly, President of the International Federation of Environmental Health and the President of the South African Institute of Environmental Health, Mr. Emmery Patrice Mbaha, President of the Environmental Health Workers’ Association of Uganda (EHWAU) and Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean of the Makerere University School of Public Health.

Prof. Charles Ibingira, Professor and Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences,  Dr. Linda Gibson, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK and George Oryongatum, President of the Makerere University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA).

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