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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Friday, 21 July 2017


A team of researchers, led by the University of Stirling, has been awarded £3.4 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund to reduce tobacco-related harm in low and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.


Led by Professor Linda Bauld, the multi-disciplinary four-year project involves six UK universities from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, eight overseas partners in seven countries and Cancer Research UK.



With nearly 80% of the world's 1 billion smokers living in low and middle-income countries, the experts hope to bring down smoking rates in developing countries. They aim to conduct research to inform tobacco taxation, tackle the illicit trade in tobacco and target tobacco companies’ efforts to undermine governments’ attempts to reduce smoking.



Professor Bauld, Director of the Universitys Institute for Social Marketing and Cancer Research UK Cancer Prevention Champion, said: As smoking dwindles to a minority activity in the UK, the number of smokers is still increasing elsewhere. Smoking kills more people every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. By 2030, its predicted that more than 80% of tobacco-related deaths will occur in low and middle-income countries.



“The tobacco epidemic was created in the developed world, where smoking rates sky-rocketed in previous decades. It took us many years to work out how to bring them down, through research, advocacy, communicating health risks, and introducing evidence-based policies. This funding will allow us to work with countries that are now at the forefront of efforts to combat the worlds biggest preventable causes of death.”



The scheme is part of one of the most ambitious international research programmes ever created, with £225 million invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects.


The experts will work with researchers the South Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries of India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Uganda, Gambia and Ghana to offer training and research support.

They will also partner with local academics to develop and implement approaches to tackling Asian and African nations’ tobacco consumption.



Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK, said: “Smoking causes more preventable cancers worldwide than anything else. This award provides a unique opportunity to bring together CRUKs existing international tobacco control research programme with substantial new investment from RCUK to make a significant contribution to research capacity to prevent cancer sooner in countries where the need is greatest.


We are particularly pleased to see a strong focus in the programme on research to address the affordability and availability of tobacco in LMICs, as our own studies and those of our global partners have shown that addressing both supply and demand is crucial if we are to see real reductions in smoking rates.”


Full list of research partners:

UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS): Universities of Stirling, Nottingham, York, Edinburgh, Kings College London and Bath.

o Cancer Research UK

o The ARK Foundation, Bangladesh

o Manipal University, India

o The Public Health Foundation of India

o The University of Cape Town, South Africa

o Makerere University, Uganda

o The MRC Unit, The Gambia

o Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

o Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana


Additional Information

     More details on each of the 37 grants can be found in the Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries brochure.



     Find out more about the Institute of Social Marketing: sciences-sport/research/groups/social-marketing.


•   Find out more about the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies:


     Find out more about Cancer Research UKs international tobacco control programme: for-funding/funding-committees/international-tobacco-advisory-group


•   Find out more about tobacco consumption via the World Health Organisation:


University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is ranked fifth in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society.


Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirlings research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.


As Stirling celebrates 50 years, it retains a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation. The Universitys scenic central Scotland campus – complete with a loch, castle and golf course – is home to more than 14,000 students and 1500 staff representing around 120 nationalities. This includes an ever-expanding base for postgraduate study.



Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UKs seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrows challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to societys challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UKs research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund that supports cutting-edge research which addresses the global

issues faced by developing countries. It harnesses the expertise of the UKs world-leading

researchers, focusing on: funding challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research;

strengthening capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing an

agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. It forms part of UK

Governments Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and is overseen by the

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 17

delivery partners including the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the UK Space Agency

and funding bodies.




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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