Ministry of Health Uganda, is a government body set up with a mandate of policy formulation; quality assurance; coordination of health research; and monitoring and evaluation of overall performance of the health sector. The Ministry aims to ensure a healthy, productive and wealthy population in order to promote a healthy and productive life.
Community Health (CH) Department of the Ministry of Health in Uganda comprises of the cross-cutting areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and community health initiatives, environmental health, school health, as well as gender and health. The Department’s major objective is to increase community awareness and health literacy on disease prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyles in order to have a healthy and productive population in Uganda. To achieve this objective research is critical for evidence based policy and decision making.
Agaba Friday is a medical Doctor by profession. For the last 30 years he has had wide professional experience in both the public and private health sectors in areas of general medicine, specialising in public health, occupational and environmental health, environmental technology & sustainable development. In addition to his medical qualifications, Agaba has a MSc in Environmental Technology (Imperial College, UK) and a Diploma in Industrial Health (LSHTM, UK). Agaba’s research interests mainly focus on understanding the linkages between environment and health. He is a former member of the (Uganda) National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) climate change project.
Didas Namanya has a BA Geography and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (both from (Makerere University, Uganda), certificates in Climate Change- Mitigation and Adaptation and in Public Health Mapping (both from WHO), Arc GIS (ESRI), Climate change African Perspective (World Bank), Analysis of Poverty and Health Linkages (ILRI), Mining, Health and Environment (MWE-GSM) and Scientific Communication (CDC). His research interests include climate change; disease spread and epidemic outbreaks; early warning systems for diseases (spatial analysis and modeling); and mitigation and adaptation of health sector to climate change. Didas is a member of the Uganda National Climate Change Policy Committee and the National Health Information Management System and Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Committee. He was also a member of the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) climate change project, and is currently a member of the East African Integrated Disease Surveillance Network (EAIDSNet).
Members of the CH Department will contribute to WPs 2, 4, and 6 in the specified tasks as indicated in the budget proposal. Staff there will carry out research and be involved in transferring Decision Support tools to stakeholders, notably through the workshop in WP6. They team will also use their experience to contribute to the development of early warning systems for the focus diseases and mainstreaming tools for proper mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the health sector.