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Charles Ssemugabo

Charles Ssemugabo is a Research Associate in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere University School of Public Health; EV 2016; Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) fellow; and a UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellow. Currently co-chair EV4GH
 

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Emerging Voices for Global Health 2020: Emergence during a global pandemic

Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) marked its 10-year anniversary in 2020. That’s to say, 10 years and 7 cohorts of Emerging Voices, or about 300 EVs as we like to call ourselves. The EV2020 venture has been nothing short of anniversary dreams… and just a bit of drama: a global pandemic, virtual networking/conferencing, and a change in...

Africa must step up! Reflections from the World Health Summit Regional Meeting, Kampala Uganda 2021

The World Health Summit regional meeting in Kampala, Uganda (June 27-30), which was first slated to take place end of April 2020 has just been concluded. The reason for the postponement of the meeting in 2020 was, you guessed it, the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, one year later, the pandemic is still far from over, with the host country, Ug...

Planetary Health is a Movement now: Reflections from the 2021 Planetary Health Annual Meeting

Today, April 30, 2021, the University of São Paulo – the (virtual) host of the 4th Planetary Health Annual Meeting (PHAM), and the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) will launch the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health. The first of its kind, the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health outlines actions necessary to achieve the Great Tr...

How workplaces are fuelling the COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa

All over the world, COVID-19 has redefined how we live our lives in the past year. Sadly, and more importantly, the pandemic has also claimed a lot of lives so far – with no end in sight yet. Although relatively “spared” compared to some other parts of the world, by February 2 Africa had registered 3,582,022, COVID-19 cases and 91,517 death...

Practices and perceptions of the planetary health diet in sub-Saharan Africa: the need for a gradual but steady transition

In order to tackle climate change (and a bunch of other wicked challenges), sustainable development has been put high on the global agenda in recent years – with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda obviously being the most prominent example. SDG 12, sustainable food production and consumption, is one of the core sustainable develo...

How does the planetary health debate resonate in Africa?

Last week’s Third Planetary Health meeting in Palo Alto at Stanford University marked nearly four years since the Lancet with support from the Rockefeller foundation launched The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health. The same year (2015), Wellcome Trust established the Our planet, Our health: responding to a changing ...

Mighty yet perilous: Why are pesticides ignored in global health debates?

My grandmother, later alone my mother were smallholder farmers in Uganda, and I grew up in the era where malaria was highly prevalent. So, I think I qualify to tell you a little bit about pesticide use for food production and public health. Quickly, I have witnessed both the use of sustainable (unconventional) and conventional food production pr...

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Fast-tracking COVID-19 vaccination in Uganda: Pondering the proposals of possible mandates

Uganda has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the second wave (June – August 2021). As of October 13,  Uganda had recorded 124,808 cases and 3,152 deaths. The social and economic impact has also been huge. And so, just like in other parts of the world, the COVID-19 vaccines have been seen as a ray of light, restoring so...

Unpacking Power and Knowledge in Global Health: some reflections from the Emerging Voices 2018 cohort

A distance learning phase forms part of the build-up to the face to face training of the Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) programme in Liverpool. In August, the Emerging Voice 2018 (EV2018) cohort, working with EV alumni and experts in global health, took part in thematic discussion sessions and shared ideas on “Global health in the a...

Getting community health services out of survival mode: reflections from the 1st International Symposium on community health workers

“If one tells of a place where the rain met him, he is given a place to warm up by the fire” Nigerian Ibo Proverb   Between 21st and 23rd February 2017, the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) hosted the first International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Kampala, Uganda. This symposium brought together over ...

Symposium on the contribution of Community Health Workers to the attainment of the SDGs, 21 – 23 February, Kampala, Uganda.

Next month, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Kampala, Uganda and Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Uganda are organising a symposium on the contribution of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The symposium will ...