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Universal Health Coverage Symposium scheduled for August

Makerere University main building. The Universal Health Coverage Symposium will be held at Makerere University in August. (PHOTO/NELSON MANDELA)

KAMPALA – The Supporting Policy Engagements for Evidence-based Decisions (SPEED), Ministry of Health, Uganda and other partners have confirmed that the Symposium on Partnerships, Policy and Systems Developments for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will take place at Golf Course Hotel from August 27-29.

Under the theme; “Partnerships for Health Improvements across Governments and Societies at Local, National and Global Levels”, the symposium will bring experiences, reflections and evidence to guide decisions and strategies at various levels for advancing partnerships for UHC.

The symposium will be attended by researchers, implementers, policy makers, academicians and experts on health-related issues from Uganda, East African region and beyond and actors in non-health sectors will be mobilized for the conference.

The symposium acknowledges multi-sectoral approaches for health improvements and these reflections will extend beyond the health sector to include other sectors that are vital to the social, economic and other determinants of health.

The Supporting Policy Engagements for Evidence-based Decisions (SPEED) for Universal Health Coverage in Uganda is a 5-year partnership supported by the EU that started in 2015.

The overall goal is to improve capacity for policy analysis and policy influence at Makerere University School of Public health and partner institutions in order to contribute to evidence-informed UHC and health systems resilience in Uganda.

In order to contribute towards these goals, SPEED planned to host three symposia in years one, three and five.

These symposia constitute one of the platforms to bring together key players in UHC in order to facilitate joint learning and knowledge exchange.

The first SPEED symposium was held in August 2015 while the second symposium was held in August 2017.

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