Sunday, March 31st, 2019
The Head of the European Delegation to Uganda has launched the Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence based Decisions (SPEED) for Universal Coverage project saying evidence is paramount to solving Uganda’s health problems.
Ambassador Kristian Schmidt said delivery of universal services usually comes with quality issues and urged SPEED partners to ensure that they give government sound policy advice in the area of universal healthcare coverage.
Mr. Schmidt also urged the Ugandan Government to work with SPEED to conduct some policy analysis on the controversial plan to export health workers to Trinidad and Tobago, especially at a time when the country is struggling with a big gap in human resources for health.
SPEED Director and Principal Researcher Prof. Freddie Ssengooba said solving health challenges was not the sole responsibility of the Health ministry but other sectors have to play a complementary role, hence the need for all round health policies.
SPEED is a 3.9 million Euro 5 year partnership supported by EU to improve policy analysis and policy influence at MaKSPH. This initiative will broadly be addressing UHC and systems resilience in Uganda institutions that are specialized in health policy and systems research, economic policy analyses, social science research, national planning, and advocacy for health rights. The contribution of this partnership will range from engaging decision makers in forums that enhance shared learning, shared vision of UHC goals, and collaborative decision making.
Other partners include ITM from Belgium and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. In Uganda the Partner Institutions are: Makerere University School of Public Health (as the lead), Economic Policy Research Centre, National Planning Authority and Uganda National Health Consumers Organization.