Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Uganda in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, UK and Ministry of Health, Uganda invites you to submit abstracts for the symposium on Community Health workers (CHWs) and their contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dates: 21st to 23rd February 2017

Venue: Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda

Theme: Contribution of Community Health Workers in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sub themes:

CHWs programmes (past, present and future)

  • History and current state of CHWs programmes
  • Recruitment, retention and attrition of CHWs
  • Training models for CHWs programmes
  • Performance, motivation and satisfaction of CHWs
  • Coordination and supervision of CHWs
  • Gender and ethics in CHWs work
  • Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs)
  • CHWs programmes across the world (Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Australia)
  • Challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities

CHWs and health systems

  • Leadership, governance and accountability
  • Human resources for health
  • Financing of CHWs programmes and sustainability
  • Medicines and health supplies
  • Health Management Information System (HMIS) and mobile health
  • Community health innovations
  • Delivery of health services
  • Research priorities and gaps

Role of CHWs in the SDGs era

  • Communicable diseases (malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS, TB and others)
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Alcohol, drug and substance abuse
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Universal health coverage (UHC)
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Early warning and management of national and global health risks
  • Multisectoral collaboration

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 30th November 2016

Abstract acceptance notification: 20th December 2016

Early bird registration deadline: 15th January 2017

Symposium dates: 21st to 23rd February 2017

For any further details, contact:

Rawlance Ndejjo

Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Tel: +256 777783971 / +256701783971

Email: or

Click HERE to download the symposium poster

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