The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is able to offer a number of free registrations to community volunteers or individuals affected by lung disease. Individuals from low- and middle-income countries will be given priority, as will those who are presenting at the conference, including those presenting in the community space.

The deadline for applications is 4 August 2017. Find out more details and apply online

WCTOH will be held from 7-9 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa with the theme ‘Uniting the World for a Tobacco Free Generation’. Held every three years, this international tobacco control conference brings together researchers, policy makers, NGOs, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.

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Abstracts and symposia are the focal point for the uniting work of this conference. The science, research, policy making and expertise is the foundation which strengthens our tobacco control alliances. Submissions are open until 21 July.

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With funding from the Ugandan Academy of Health Innovation and Impact, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) is implementing the 3TC/TDF PrEP Adherence Study, which will evaluate the uptake, adherence and effectiveness of 3TC/TDF pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a bridge to antiretroviral therapy in HIV serodiscordant couples.

The study is being conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The department seeks suitable persons to fill the following positions. Successful candidates will be hired on a contract basis.

 

Position: Clinical Officer/Study Coordinator

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Overall coordination of various study functions including recruitment and retention, clinic, pharmacy, data management, and the clinic-laboratory interface.
  • Assists investigators with implementation of the study protocol, planning and problem-solving.
  • Leads the clinical team in implementing study procedures, performs clinical examinations, prescribes medications and makes referrals to other agencies for acute medical conditions not covered by this research study.
  • Supervises staff and ensures that they achieve the aims and objectives of the study as indicated in the protocol.
  • Completes case review forms, source documents and ensures integrity of study data through QA/QC activities/procedures.
  • Ensures participants receive appropriate care, medical evaluations and alerts the PIs and sponsors of any serious adverse events.
  • Coordinates contractual arrangements between the study and collaborating partners e.g. outside labs and HIV care organizations. Oversight of community outreach activities and liaison with Community Advisory Board.
  • Ensures timely IRB submissions and correspondence.
  • Submits progress and performance reports to Principal Investigators and sponsors.
  • Contributes to the writing of scientific articles.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Diploma in clinical medicine.

-        Valid practice licence.

-        Experience with HIV treatment and prevention.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience.

-        Experience with counseling HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position: Administrator

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • General office administration.
  • Human resource management.
  • Provides proper audit trail for study funds and expenditures.
  • Management of study logistics & facilities.
  • Coordinates communications with regulatory bodies (IRB, UNCST, NDA, MOH etc.).
  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of project contracts and MOUs.
  • Coordinates project communication: meetings, minutes, email etc.
  • Acts as the main administrative interface with the sponsor and funder.
  • Supervision of study support staff.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Bachelor’s degree in health sciences or humanities.

-        At least 2 years of clinical trials experience.

-        Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.

-        Prior experience working with research regulatory requirements including communications/interactions with regulatory bodies (IRB, UNCST, NDA, and MOH).

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

-        Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

Position: Nurse Counselor/Clinic Manager

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Plans and organizes day to day running of the study clinic.
  • Oversight of counseling, informed consent, clinic procedures and collection of study specimens.
  • Participates in maintaining records, making reports, providing support services to the study participants.
  • Ensures availability of clinic supplies/stores.
  • Performs QA/QC to ensure completeness of source documents and integrity of study data.
  • Performs other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Registered nurse or midwife.

-        Valid general practice licence from Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience.

-        Experience with counseling of HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position: Community Outreach Manager/Nurse Counselor

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Organizes and implement study recruitment & retention activities.
  • Field mobilization of study participants.
  • Coordinate recruitment of study participants with collaborating partner organizations.
  • Develop study related information, communication and education (IEC) materials.
  • Participate in study clinic activities including counseling and other activities as needed. 
  • Conduct participant home visits to enhance recruitment & retention.
  • Flexibility working after hours and on weekends.
  • Responsible for other activities as may be assigned from time to time

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Registered nurse or midwife.

-        Valid general practice licence from Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience, particularly recruitment and retention of HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Experience with counseling of HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Ability to productively work with multiple referral partners

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

-        Valid driving permit code A (licenced to ride a motorcycle).

 

Position:  Data Manager

Reports to:  Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Design, implement and maintain study data bases and back-up/recovery systems.
  • Transmit study data by email, data fax or any other appropriate or prescribed method.
  • Ensure data integrity by coordinating QA/QC.
  • Maintain IT equipment and data archives.
  • Generate reports.
  • Perform other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        BSc in computer science or information technology.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience.

-        Familiarity with data collection using REDCap.

-        Experience with longitudinal database management.

-        Data quality assurance and quality control for longitudinal studies.

-        Design and manage participant tracking and scheduling systems.

-        Digital files storage/archiving.

-        Systems and equipment maintenance.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position:  Receptionist/Study Courier

Reports to: Administrator

Job description:

  • Manage the front desk/reception.
  • Assist study participants navigate the clinic.
  • Retrieval of study documents.
  • Assist with participant recruitment and retention
  • Scheduling of study visit dates.
  • Participant reimbursement.
  • Specimen transport to laboratories at Makerere and delivery of laboratory results to clinic.
  • Participate in other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Good customer care skills.

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Familiarity with computerized participant scheduling systems.

-        Valid driving permit code A (licenced to ride a motorcycle).

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position:  Facilities Assistant

Reports to: Administrator

Job description:

  • Facility cleanliness and general organization.
  • Liaises with administrator & security guards regarding security of the premises/facility.
  • Run office errands.
  • Conduct other assignments as instructed by study leadership.

 

The following information applies for all positions:

Screening process: Candidates are expected to go through rigorous recruitment processes based on document review and interview as appropriate.

Duration and condition of Employment: 12 months. 

How to apply: Qualified applicants should submit their applications with a cover letter specifying position applied for, cover letter, CV and credentials (degree, transcript, other relevant documents). These should be addressed/submitted to: The Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, Mulago National Referral Hospital Complex.

NB: Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline: Thursday 11th May 2017 4pm (1600hrs).

From 21st to 23rd February 2017, Uganda hosted the first international symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs). The three-day event brought together more than 450 participants from 22 countries with the theme “contribution of CHWs in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Attendees included researchers, academics, practitioners, policy makers, donors and students.

With major funding support from the UK Department for International Development through the Tropical Health and Education Trust – and organized by the Makerere University School of Public Health (Uganda) and Nottingham Trent University (UK) in collaboration with Uganda’s Ministry of Health – the symposium provided a platform for various stakeholders interested in CHWs to learn, share and network.

In the build-up to the symposium, there were several online discussions on CHWs, including a thematic discussion on CHWs organized by Healthcare Information for All (HIFA). This discussion included voices of CHWs from around the world, including accredited social health activists from India and village health teams from Uganda. World Vision also held an essay competition related to the symposium theme as well as a blog series entitled, Visions of the future: Building Tomorrow's Community Health Workforce. In addition, there were robust conversations about the event on Twitter and Facebook.

 

In all, the symposium featured three keynote addresses, more than 140 oral and poster presentations, 13 panel discussions, and 2 workshops – as well as 15 local and international exhibitors. A highlight included sessions in which CHWs themselves talked about their work, including the benefits and challenges they face.

Several sub-themes regarding CHWs were presented and discussed at the symposium, including:

  • History and current state of CHW programs;
  • Community level innovations;
  • Mobile health;
  • Gender and ethics;
  • Training models;
  • Human resources for health;
  • Performance, motivation and satisfaction;
  • Leadership, governance and accountability;
  • Multi-sectoral collaboration;
  • Financing;
  • Sustainability;
  • Challenges and lessons learned; and
  • Research priorities.      

 In addition, delivery of services among CHWs was discussed, including specific areas such as: maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS and TB; malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia; and nutrition.  

From the deliberations of the symposium, several issues emerged that touch on multiple SDGs: CHWs not only contribute to health and wellbeing (SDG 3), but also ending poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2), reducing inequalities (SDG 10), and improving water and sanitation (SDG 6) and global health partnerships (SDG 17). Indeed, it became clear that CHWs should be appreciated by all stakeholders – at the community level, health professionals, and policy makers – and their voices should be heard more often. Moreover, structures are needed to ensure the needs and concerns of CHWs reach the necessary authorities.

Discussions revealed that incentives are crucial to motivating CHWs, but may vary according to culture and contexts across countries. The need to manage CHW roles and responsibilities also emerged as a way to avoid work overload and exhaustion. With this in mind, particular attention should be given to voluntary CHW programs.

CHWs perform better if they are part of the formal health system and recognized for their work, and programs should be regularly evaluated for areas of improvement. And while countries can learn from each other’s successes and challenges, it was evident that local context must always be considered when considering CHW programs. To further improve worker performance, systemic health system challenges that have affected CHW programs for years must be addressed, particularly before new CHW programs are introduced.

 

The symposium attracted several local and international partners including USAID, UNICEF, Pathfinder International, Healthcare Information For All, CHW Central, REACHOUT Consortium, Health Systems Global, World Vision, AMREF Health Africa, Malaria Consortium, Living Goods, Advancing Partners and Communities, Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn Health Research, Healthy Child Uganda, FHI 360, and The AIDS Support Organization.

 

The highlights of the symposium were presented at the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa in March 2017. And with more than 90% of symposium participants expressing a desire to have such an event every two years, the Makerere University School of Public Health and partners (including the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development) are already beginning to plan the next event! 

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