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When Community Engagement Restored Trust and Raised Public Index of Suspicion for COVID-19

Kampala, 4 September 2020:- When the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic, on 11th March 2020, many Ugandans didn’t take it seriously with many saying it was a disease for the affluent, the very high class or for developed countries. As the disease ravaged the entire world, Ugandans…
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    Dr Humphrey Karamagi, from WHO-AFRO, also presented on the emerging issues and result framework for the HSSDPIII. He emphasized on four points; namely Universal Health Coverage, Health Security, Health Determinants and Health Systems Functionality. 

    result framework for the HSSDPIII

    In addition, Dr Prosper Tumusiime from WHO-AFRO presented on Strategic Priorities and took the participants in to the seven pillars of the health sector step by step. He pointed out that the MOH will:

    The presentations were supplemented with plenary sessions, whereby active engagement of participants was observed. The health sector is committed to moving the country towards Universal Health Coverage, Health Security and Determinants of Health for the overall achievement of good health and well-being for all, at all ages.


     

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