KAMPALA – Scientists, researchers, academicians and government representatives from across the world are scheduled to gather in Uganda to discuss among others, measures to combat global health challenges.
Charles Ibingira, head of the college of health sciences, Makerere University told reporters on Monday that the delegates will convene in Uganda in April to among others discuss global health security.
The threat to global health by infectious diseases remains significant today with emerging and re-emerging epidemics, according to Ibingira.
He said solutions to increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, threats of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) among others need to be devised.
“NCDs continue to be the leading cause of death globally. In Africa by 2025, NCDs will be responsible for 70-80 percent of all deaths, NCD are stretching the already limited resources,” he said, noting that early action is essential to stem the tide.
This will be the first time ever this global event is hosted in Africa and has been dubbed “Africa Regional World Health Summit”, according to Ibingira.
Makerere University, Uganda’s top university and also one of Africa’s top research universities was 2018 elected to host the annual meeting by the M8 Alliance assembly, a network of 28 leading health academic institutions globally.