Like Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean MakSPH and RAN Chief of Party has always put it both in writing and speech, ‘Be a Contribution’, the afternoon of Wednesday August 30, 2017 saw him, share the State of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) presentation with students, faculty, non-teaching staff and the general public. Prof. Bazeyo’s diligent service during his term as the Dean was witnessed in the big number of people who filled the Davies Lecture Theatre in Makerere University College of Health Sciences and patiently listened to and engaged with Prof. Bazeyo for over 3 hours! ‘Look at how my people are standing at the back of this lecture Theatre, they do not have where to sit but also, we all can not fit in this theatre and thus the need for all of us to support the project-constructing a bigger home for MakSPH. Mobilization work is progressing on well and we thank all of you for the support thus far. Please continue supporting us and also share the message widely so that we solicit as much support as possible to put up a befitting home for MakSPH’ noted Prof. Bazeyo.

Scope of Work for the Recruitment

Background to CBS:

Over the last 30 years of the HIV epidemic, Ministry of Health has relied on several HIV surveillance methods to monitor the HIV trend in the country. These methods provide aggregate data and thus the ministry has not been able to monitor clients’ linkage to HIV Care, individual progress of sentinel events of clients in HIV care cascade, and accurately estimate the incidence and prevalence. Furthermore, these methods are prone to multiple reporting of clients. READ MORE

Tominimisetheselimitations,WorldHealthOrganization(WHO)recommended HIV case reporting in 2006 for adults and children in countries with generalised epidemics which involves longitudinally tracking each individual HIV positive client capturing their sentinel events in the HIV care cascade.

WHO is supporting Ministry of Health through the Makerere University School of Public Health Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program to conduct overall national readiness assessment for HIV Case Based Surveillance as well as developing national guidelines. In line with this support, METS is is seeking a consultant to (i) Conduct a CBS readiness assessment for the country to implement HIV Case Based Surveillance and (ii) Develop National Implementation Guidelines for HIV case Based Surveillance.

The readiness assessment will address the following objectives:-

  1. i)  Assess the health system infrastructure available for implementation of HIV Case Based Surveillance, including electricity, internet connectivity, andhuman resource capacities available at health facilities.
  2. ii)  Review current health policies, the policy environment, and processesrelevant to policy formulation for HIV Case Based Surveillance.
  3. iii)  Inform a communication strategy and materials for different audiences to support the positive environment and positive individual attitudes to the use of finger print technology as unique identifier in HIV Case BasedSurveillance.
  4. iv)  Develop an advocacy strategy to achieve awareness and support for theimplementation of HIV Case Based Surveillance

The guidelines will provide a standardised and simplified guide for the implementation of HIV Case Based Surveillance in the Country.

Approach and tasks:

The various approaches that will be utilized and tasks to be completed in the HIV Case based Surveillance readiness assessment and guidelines development include:
1. A comprehensive desk review of pertinent documents.

2. Designing or adopting a data collection tool detailing all the essential elements for HIV Case based surveillance readiness assessment.

3. Collection and analysis of data on the strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats from the facility, district, and ministry level to guide implementation of HIV Case Based surveillance in Uganda.

4. Recommendations for the implementation of HIV Case based Surveillance at National, district and facility level

5. Developing the national HIV Case Based Surveillance guidelines to support the implementation

Field work:

The assignment will include visits to selected health facilities, districts in

different regions of the country and ministry of health to collect data in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the HIV CBS Readiness assessment and guidelines development work plan. This activity is expected to be no longer than two weeks in duration.

Competencies required:

The Consultant should have an advanced degree (Master or PhD) in Public health, Epidemiology or other related disciplines and substantial experience in the following: TechnicalknowledgeoffamiliaritywithHIVprogramminginthehealthsector

with a minimum of 10 years in Uganda or a similar environment
 Extensive understanding of HIV epidemiology and surveillance in Uganda  Excellent research skills both quantitative and qualitative
 Excellent understanding of Health management and information systems

of Uganda
 A proven record of doing similar work in the past 5 years

Roles and Responsibilities:

The consultant will report to the National CBS technical working group comprising of WHO, Ministry of Health and METS.
The Consultant will work very closely with METS to complete this assignment. Any materials/documents required before embarking on the assignment will be the responsibility of the consultant.

Duration of the Consultancy:

This consultancy will run for 1 month and is expected to start on 18th September 2017

Overall expected outputs:

1. Consultancy proposal and work plan
2. First draft of the readiness assessment report
3. First draft of the guidelines
4. Content validation meeting aimed at refining the draft document based on

inputs from the METS team and the National CBS technical working group. 5. Final CBS readiness assessment report
6. Final National HIV Case Based surveillance implementation guidelines.

Application process:

Interested firms and individuals are invited to apply by submitting the following application documents by 16th June 2017
i. Technical and financial proposal.
ii. Capability statement- detailing experience in conducting similar assignments,

along with supporting documents such as CVs and names of referees. iii. Detailed work plan.
iv. Detailed Budget proposal.

Interested firms/individuals should submit the above-mentioned documents as hard copies. The package should be labelled “Proposal to Develop National HIV Case Based Surveillance Implementation Guidelines for METS program” and delivered to the address below

Office of the Dean,
Makerere University School of Public health, New Mulago Hill Road, P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.

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Symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage in Low and

Middle Income Countries opens in Kampala

Over 200 delegates have converged at Serena Hotel in Kampala for a three-day symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage.

The opening ceremony was presided over by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, Uganda who also represented the Right Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda.

Dr. Aceng urged the stakeholders and participants to focus on the reality that health is a personal responsibility. “No one is responsible for your health; it is you to do it”.

The Minister also affirmed government’s commitment towards new innovations, dialogue and use of resources to pursue the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through financing reforms such as National Health Insurance, voucher systems for maternal deliveries and Results-Based Financing under the World Bank- Global Financing Facility.

Minister Aceng giving her speech at the opening ceremony

 

 The representative of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Mr. Tarik Kubach noted that ‘although health has not been selected as a focal sector under the 11th EDF program, the EU also strives to foster partnerships with countries in the development of policies and reforms to address the root causes of existing challenges and constraints to sustainable health financing such as the case with the SPEED project.

He said the EU globally continues to provide support to broader health system strengthening, health planning, health financing and policy dialogue which will all contribute directly towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Mr. Tarik Kubach speaking on behalf of the EU Delegation in Uganda during the opening ceremony

The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor elect, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe communicated the University’s commitment to supporting government efforts with evidence and technical support for policymaking. He said the University generated over 95% of all the research produced in Uganda.

The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor elect, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe

Professor Charles Ibingira, the Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences committed the College on continued production of evidence but challenged the Ministry of Health to ensure that once policies have been produced, they are implemented well. 

In his remarks, Professor William Bazeyo, the Dean School of Public Health, requested the Ministry of Health to assign the School the role of engaging Members of Parliament and providing them with technical support to understand and appreciate issues regarding the national health insurance financing.

Professor William Bazeyo, the Dean School of Public Health speaking at the event

 

Makerere University School of Public Health is the recipient of a capacity building  grant  from the Federal  Government of Germany, though the collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+) Program. The Trauma, Injury, and Disability team will conduct research titled "Finding the evidence for improved implementation of road safety interventions to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths" Part of the capacity building entails two scholarships for training at PhD level, with focus on road safety.

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