Identified as one of the least developed countries in the world, Uganda is facing a heavy burden of morbidity and mortality. With an average of eight physicians per 100,000 people, new models of health and care are required to address the challenges. While such challenges are frequently related to communicable diseases such as HIV and are compounded by unequal access and distribution of health and care services, discussions with researchers from Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) have indicated a significant increase in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension. The burden of non-communicable diseases is also a significant challenge for Scotland, creating complex health and care service delivery challenges and has been the focus of significant research and development activity within the DHI over the past five years.
The aim of the project is to create a space for international dialogue between practitioners, academics, policy makers, technology companies and the wider community in order to facilitate knowledge exchange; build capacity and encourage collaboration around health, care and wellbeing.
This will be realised through a 5-day exchange visits to Scotland and Uganda. Each site visit will explore the perspectives of health and care in that context; offer networking and partnership building opportunities; share insights, best practice and evidence; identify synergies and explore the potential of future collaboration. Dr Leigh-Anne Hepburn, DHI Research Fellow will visit Uganda from 12th November. Dr Christine Nalwadda will then visit Scotland from Monday 26th November.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme.
Value to DHI
This knowledge exchange project presents an opportunity to expand the reach of the DHI, recognising the value of the DHI portfolio internationally and extending the impact. DHI have developed considerable expertise in non-communicable disease and digital health, positioning DHI as leaders in the field and therefore a valuable asset to under-developed nations.