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WHO, MUK sign memorandum to strengthen health research

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 3rd April 2019 10:45 AM

The agreement is the first of its kind between WHO and MUSPH in Uganda.

WHO, MUK sign memorandum to strengthen health research

World Health Organisation Representative in Uganda, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam chatting after a meeting at Makerere University school of public health while the school’s dean Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze looks on. (Photo by Violet Nabatanzi)

The agreement is the first of its kind between WHO and MUSPH in Uganda.

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KAMPALA- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen health research and community services.

The agreement is the first of its kind between WHO and MUSPH in Uganda. The MOU commits the two institutions to plan and implement joint research projects, share information and knowledge, and support training and research programmes.

MUSPH is the leading institutions in public health research and training. The agreement comes at a time when WHO is keen on supporting the Ministry of Health to achieve results in various public health areas to which research and training are crucial.

Speaking during a meeting at MUSPH , Dr Yonas Woldemariam, the WHO Representative in Uganda "The signing of this MoU shows WHO's commitment to improving the lives of people. Research is a key aspect of public health and I have no doubt that MUSPH will be a key partner and driving force in supporting WHO's research agenda",

Dr Rhoda Wanyenze the dean of MUSPH, highlighted the key role that research plays in public health. She pointed out that MUPSH is committed to supporting the WHO as the lead agency for health in the United Nations. "We are glad to have been entrusted as a key partner in research and training among other things, by WHO, and we will do our best to make a difference in the public sector", she said.

 Woldemariam used the opportunity to address the students and faculty of Makerere University College of Health Sciences on the work of WHO in Uganda. He oriented them on the WHO 13th Global Programme of Work, highlighting the organization's commitment to achieving measurable results in various public health areas.

He further said WHO's commitment to support the Ministry of Health through the Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2022. This is aimed at attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the related essential health services to promote healthy and productive lives for all Ugandans.

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