Officiating at a global health knowledge sharing event between UK Health stakeholders and Uganda Government, Ambassador Julius Peter Moto (pictured ↓) requested for ambulance donations to rural and hard-to-reach areas in Uganda.
He said ambulance services were non-existence in such areas of Uganda.
“We (Uganda) do have a lot of problems in the provision of Primary Health Care and this is where we really want your intervention. Remote areas and difficult-to-reach areas in Uganda completely have no emergency and ambulance services. I visited University of Leicester and I was amazed by their state-of-the-art centres of excellence in the provision of ambulance services,” he remarked at the Royal Regency Hotel, East London.
“In order to increase the confidence of Primary Health Care workers, we need ambulance and communication services. This feeds into the secondary provision of health care services provided by the Uganda Government, he emphasised.
Video link below, of the Ambassador’s part remarks while link to his fuller remarks are at bottom of article.
The Reverse Innovation event as it was called and organised by the Uganda UK Health Alliance (UUKHA) gathered Ugandan health diaspora working with the NHS and UK Senior Health stakeholders (comprising different UK health professionals). Health professionals from both countries have through UUKHA and Uganda’s Ministry of Health worked at different health institutions in both countries with the Uganda link being coordinated through the Ministry of Health and the UK placements through membership NHS institutions.
The event was a platform for the beneficiaries of the twin exchanging to share the knowledge gained from working with Uganda’s health institutions and its benefit to the UK’s National Health Services (NHS).
UUKHA was established in 2013 to promote global health learning and the sharing of best practice between Uganda based institutions of health and UUKKHA membership ones in the UK. At present, it has 80 UK based members and 17 based Ugandan organisations and all coordination in Uganda done through the Ministry of Health.
Under UUKHA, senior health professionals in Uganda, medical students and other healthcare professionals (nurses, biomedical engineers) have come for placements and training at partner NHS institutions.
Moto said over 1200 Community Health Care workers in Uganda have been trained while UK Senior Health professionals ranging from psychiatrists, GPs, surgeons have gone for long term placements at partner institutions in Uganda including Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Gulu Hospital and Mbarara Teaching University Hospital.
Pictured below is UK based Ugandan GP/ Dr Charles Acellam Odong and Helen Slattery-Head of Global Health Exchange speaking about the benefits of the exchange.
Video below of Ambassador’s unedited fuller remarks, at event.