Organizer: Amos Ronald Kalukusu
Format: Onsite-Online, Afternoon
In the past decades, countries in the African Greater Lakes Region have been experiencing episodes of civil unrest, forcing most of their citizens to seek asylum in Uganda. Ebola has broken out several times in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as within other countries neighboring it and the biggest challenge is that there is little effort to the control of Ebola and other immunizable diseases. On the one hand, South Sudan is a completely new state, with low human resource capacity most especially in the health sector and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is under served by the relevant health staff to control immunizable infections (Chad et al, 2019, p.1-7). On the other hand, Uganda is peaceful and stable country in terms of internal security, which makes it cheaper to manage immunizable illnesses even for citizens of its neighboring countries in the East African Community, we propose the establishment of a regional training center for nurses, midwives and clinical officers here, which would make it possible for its neighbors to send in trainees and regional experts to build the human resource capacity of citizens in these countries. To develop the human resource capacity, it would entail building the state of the art infrastructure which includes several laboratories, lecture halls with a health center for practical training, halls of residence and sports facilities. We also propose acquisition of modern technology including equipment for laboratories, Information Communication Technology (ICT) training experts from other countries outside the African great lakes region. References Chad R. Wells, Abhishek Pandey, Martial L. Ndeffo Mbah, Bernard-A. Gaüzère, Denis Malvy, Burton H. Singer, and Alison P. Galvani (2019). The exacerbation of Ebola outbreaks by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. PNAS first published October 21, 2019 Retrieved from; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1913980116. Accessed November 6th 2019.
Themes: Sustainable Solutions from the Global South, Integrated Action for the SDGs, Knowledge-to-Action