UMA GDC AGM flyer 2023

The Uganda Medical Association (U.M.A) 7th Grande Doctors Conference (GDC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
Dear Medical Doctors, Researchers, Health Workers, Policy Makers, students and members of the civil Society.
On behalf of the Uganda Medical Association (U.M.A) and Uganda Medical Association SACCO (UMA SACCO), we take this opportunity to invite and welcome you to U.M. A’s 7th Grande Doctors Conference (GDC) and Annual General meeting (AGM). Every year, U.M.A together with partners organises a 2-day GDC and AGM conference – where medical doctors, health researchers and other professionals from universities and health Institutions all over Uganda and the diaspora, present and discuss their work to an audience of medical, health scientists and community stakeholders from Uganda and internationally.
This year’s conference is being organised by key partners below:

Conference Dates: Friday 10th – Saturday 11th November 2023.
Venue: Silver Springs Hotel, Uganda.
Audience: 500 Doctors, Health Scientists & Policy makers in Uganda, Africa/Global Agencies
Chief Guest: H.E. Janet Kataha Museveni – The First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports.

CONFERENCE THEME AND SUBTHEMES
‘RE-IMAGINING UGANDA’S HEALTH FINANCING AND WORKFORCE
STRATEGIC DIRECTION’

CONCEPT NOTE
Background

Uganda’s healthcare system has faced numerous challenges from pre-colonial to post-colonial times. Initially, the main issue was accessibility to healthcare due to limited infrastructure and connectivity with public facilities scarce and scattered miles apart, while private facilities were limited and mainly confined to informal local settings of “shambas”.
With the turn of the 21st century, however, this situation has greatly improved due to the increase in population, technological advancements, and globalisation efforts. Currently, there is a public facility in almost every sub-county, private facilities are so ubiquitous setting the stage for the present challenges of healthcare affordability and harnessing a workforce to deliver quality and safe healthcare.

Vulnerable Health system

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the significant vulnerabilities in health financing, human resources for health, and advanced health equipment accessibility. This trend was observed globally, but sub-Saharan countries like Uganda were hit harder than their European or Asian counterparts in terms of healthcare systems.
The shortage of health workers to care for a surge of critically ill patients resulted in burnout, stress, depression, and anxiety among the already stretched-thin workforce. Matters got worse when many fell sick too and others succumbed to the illness. Additionally, access to necessary supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE), medication, and other consumables was constrained as the government struggled to provide these to frontline healthcare providers prompting the private sector and capable individuals to step in and ease the situation.
Overall, this situation served as a wake-up call for the healthcare industry.

High Cost of Healthcare

Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right that all Ugandan citizens should be able to enjoy. Unfortunately, many Ugandans are struggling with huge out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, with many being detained in health facilities due to failure to clear their medical bills. The healthcare system is under considerable financial pressure evidenced by high out-of-pocket expenses, shortage of essential medicines and medical supplies, low wages for healthcare workers (including unpaid or unofficial overtime hours), difficulties recruiting and retaining healthcare workers.

Inadequate Health sector Financing

The challenges faced by Uganda’s health sector can be traced back to the government’s insufficient investment. Despite pledging to allocate 15% of the national budget to healthcare financing as per the Abuja declaration of 2001, the Ministry of Health has been receiving meagre portions of the allocations. From 2010/2011 to 2015/2016 FYs, the ministry received an average of 7.8%, and this has further dropped to about 7% in the proposed 2023/24 budget.
Henceforth, the ministry is unable to provide predominantly free public healthcare services as per the government policy. This has resulted in chronic instances of drug and material stock-outs, rampant shortage of resources for system strengthening through supervision and monitoring, poor equipment and infrastructure maintenance, and multiple health worker industrial actions. To compound the misery, large public health facilities are struggling to pay for basic utilities like water and electricity thus being threatened with cut-offs by same government agencies.
With the above status quo, it is then paradoxical that the medical tourism out of Uganda, reportedly costing about USD 150 million annually (equivalent to shillings 377 billion), is being led by bureaucratic and state officials who are responsible for planning of the nation’s health welfare. This is a humongous financial burden to a country unable to provide for the greater health needs of its population!
Furthermore, the situation is set to become worse following the recent announcement by the World Bank and other foreign entities to re-consider aid and loans to Uganda due to the Anti-Homosexuality leanings as evidenced by the bill passed by the country’s legislature to the same effect. Many analysts predict that this will lead to economic difficulties, and without doubt the health sector will be grossly affected too.

Call to action

▪ Uganda needs to find innovative ways to sustainably finance its healthcare costs without compromising the quality and safety of care. This is crucial in achieving the SDG goals 2030, African Union Agenda 2063, and Uganda Vision 2040, which aim to create a healthcare system that promotes economic and social transformation.
▪ The 7th U.M.A GDC conference 2023 will provide a platform for policymakers, health practitioners, medical researchers, and community stakeholders to discuss sustainable strategies and evidence-based practices for improving healthcare financing and securing the health workforce’s long-term growth and welfare.

Conference Sub-themes

I. Innovations to build and strengthen capacity for human resources for health
II. Novel strategies to sustainably finance universal health coverage
III. Harnessing the potential of digital technologies and data systems to enhance health system performance and responsiveness.

Objectives of the Conference

▪ In this conference, we will focus on ways to improve the capacity of human resources for health in Uganda by recruiting, training, and retaining motivated health workers.
▪ We will also explore innovative strategies for sustainable financing of universal health coverage in Uganda.
▪ Additionally, we will examine the potential of digital technologies and data systems to enhance health system performance and responsiveness. This will include discussing developments in Telehealth, data-driven health, surveillance, response, preparedness, health security, monitoring, evaluation and control, and artificial intelligence.

▪ Finally, we will shed light on emerging and re-emerging health problems in Uganda such as COVID-19, cholera, malaria, antibiotic resistance, hypertension, adult vaccination, travel medicine, injuries due to road traffic crashes, and drowning.

Expected Outcomes

i. We will generate practical recommendations for improving the capacity of healthcare personnel to meet present and future demands.
ii. We will also onboard innovative and evidence-based approaches to financing universal health coverage in Uganda.
iii. Ultimately, we will showcase top-notch, affordable healthcare technologies and data systems that can enhance the performance, responsiveness, and connectivity of public and private healthcare sectors.

CONFERENCE DATES

Friday 10th, and Saturday 11th November 2023.
▪ On the 10th November, we will have the GDC agenda inclusive of Key Note addresses, Panel Discussions and Abstract presentations.
▪ On the 11th November, we will have more presentations in the morning period and the Awards giving ceremony after. The U.M.A AGM will start at 2:00 pm and end with elections for new leadership.
▪ On the evening of the first day,10th November 2023, the conference will be crowned off with the Grande Doctors Fellowship Dinner where the Guest of Honour will be the First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports – H.E Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni.

CONFERENCE VENUE
Silver Springs Hotel-Bugolobi, Uganda.

REGISTRATION

All participants are required to register.
Register by sending an email to [email protected] with your details and evidence of payment of the conference fees as outlined below.
Those unable to use the email address above can contact the conference secretariat or register at the venue during the first day of the conference.

FEES AND PAYMENT INFORMATION

Each participant is required to pay a registration fee. Just in case, you have not yet paid, please select your category and pay the registration fees as structured in the table below;

Conference Fee Structure:

CategoryAmount
UMA members, Ph.D. or postgraduate Students in UgandaUGX 100,000
Medical InternsUGX 50,000
All Medical studentsUGX 30,000
International delegates not studying/working in UgandaUSD 100

Why pay? Payment entitles you to full attendance, abstracts summary, and conference stationary. You will also be entitled to break tea, lunch & evening tea for 2 days. Also, your guaranteed entry into the exhibition and poster rooms.
NOTE: Accommodation and dinners are NOT covered in the registration fees. You may be required to book and pay for them by yourself separately.
NB: Kindly note that a communication about the payment details of the Grande Doctor’s dinner on the evening of 10th November will be clarified soon.

How to Pay the Conference registration Fee:

Option 1: Pay via mobile money to details below with reason as ‘GDC 2023’
Option 2: Pay by depositing cash or Cheque in the bank details below
Option 3: Pay by TT to the bank details below

Payment options

Account Number (UGX)9030005898225
Account TitleUganda Medical Association
Bank & branchStanbic Bank, Wandegeya
Mobile Money0781657163 (Uganda Medical Association)
MTN Momo Pay code143994

Once payment is done into the bank, scan the bank slip and send to the email
below: [email protected] or contact the secretariat
Once your payment is received, we will issue a receipt to you either physically or
through an email.
Option 4: Pay upon arrival at the conference Hall on your first attendance day.
Note: In case an institution pays for her delegates before they register, the institution is required to email us the payment info and a list of the delegates paid for. These delegates should be asked by the institution to register by email before the conference dates.

ABSTRACTS – 7th UMA GDC 2023
Submission Deadline: 15th October 2023 at 23 59 hours
Submit your abstracts to the email: [email protected]
Abstracts rules
General rules:
• Each abstract not to exceed 300 words.
• Margins: Select Normal i.e. one inch on top, bottom and sides.
• Font: Century Gothic.
• Spacing: single spacing.
• Alignment: Justified.
Specific section rules
Study title (maximum number of words is 20, font size 12, bold, central alignment)
Authors names (font size 10, not bold, central alignment)
Institutional affiliations of Authors (font size 9, not bold, central alignment)
Name and functioning email and phone contact of corresponding author (font size 8, not bold, central alignment).
Body of abstract should be formatted as follows:
• Font: ‘Century Gothic’
• Font size: 12 only.
• Single spacing between lines
• Body of abstract not to exceed 300 words
• Abstract Body must have: BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE, OBJECTIVES, METHODS, KEY RESULTS, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
• Section headings must be written in Upper case (capital) letters, Bolded and italicized i.e.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE, OBJECTIVES, METHODS, KEY RESULTS, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS or SIGNIFICANCE.
• Words coming after each section to be written in Century Gothic font, font size 12 not bold and not italicized except microorganism names.
• End each section with a full stop and begin the next section on the same line if there is still space.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th October 2023 at 23 59 hrs

ABSTRACTS – 7th UMA GDC 2023

Submission Deadline: 15th October 2023 at 23 59 hours
Submit your abstracts to the email: [email protected]

Abstracts rules

General rules:

  •  Each abstract not to exceed 300 words.
  •  Margins: Select Normal i.e. one inch on top, bottom and sides.
  •  Font: Century Gothic.
  •  Spacing: single spacing.
  •  Alignment: Justified.

Specific section rules
Study title (maximum number of words is 20, font size 12, bold, central alignment)
Authors names (font size 10, not bold, central alignment)
Institutional affiliations of Authors (font size 9, not bold, central alignment)
Name and functioning email and phone contact of corresponding author (font size 8, not bold,
central alignment).
Body of abstract should be formatted as follows:
• Font: ‘Century Gothic’
• Font size: 12 only.
• Single spacing between lines
• Body of abstract not to exceed 300 words
• Abstract Body must have: BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE, OBJECTIVES, METHODS, KEY
RESULTS, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
• Section headings must be written in Upper case (capital) letters, Bolded and italicized i.e.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE, OBJECTIVES, METHODS, KEY RESULTS, CONCLUSION, AND
RECOMMENDATIONS or SIGNIFICANCE.
• Words coming after each section to be written in Century Gothic font, font size 12 not bold
and not italicised except microorganism names.
• End each section with a full stop and begin the next section on the same line if there is still
space.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th October 2023 at 23 59 hrs

EXHIBITION FEES AND APPLICATION FORM

Audience: 500 Doctors, Health Scientists and policy analysts from International Medical Associations, Institutions and Hospitals all over Uganda, Makerere University College of Health Sciences and other Health/Medical Training Institutions as well as Policy makers from Ministry of Health and other civil society organisations.
Guest of Honour: H.E Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni – First Lady of the Republic
of Uganda and Minister of Education and Sports.
You can exhibit in the Exhibition area, Abstract book/Magazine or other as specified in the table below:

EXHIBITION APPLIED FOR (Circle serial number on Left to tell us your choice)

AREA/SPACE APPLIED FOR:Amount (UGX)
1. One by two metres Table in exhibition Tent (One person per table, entitled to break tea, lunch & evening tea)1,000,000
2. *Full page: Inside front cover, or back cover of abstract book1,000,000
3. Full page: anywhere on First 5 pages or last 3 pages1,000,000
4. Half page: inside the abstract book500,000
5. Quarter page: inside the abstract book300,000
6. Display on the plenary Hall Screens during breaks for 2 days500,000
7. Visibility on the conference website as a sponsor/funder500,000
8. Items 1, 3, 6, and 7 above plus a presentation for 10 minutes in the plenary to popularise your Program/Project/Service/Drug/Equipment, etc plus Exhibition table (Bring maximum 2 people
who will be entitled to break tea, lunch & evening tea for two days) AND Verbal Recognition as a
Key Sponsor in the Plenaries by the UMA president, event coordinator
2,000,000
9. All in 8 above plus a dedicated symposium in Plenary Hall for 1-2 hours and, if requested, a
breakaway group meeting e.g. Research Group meeting, or departmental, or section meeting
USD 2,000

EXHIBITION APPLICATION FORM

(Note: all Exhibitors to be listed on the Conference Website as soon as payment is received, and
their company logos to be listed on the Funders recognition page in the abstract book)

Please use this link to Download the application form (PDF).

TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATION

Local and International Participants will meet their own travel and accommodation expenses. The specifically invited international guests’ accommodation and transport to and from the airport will be catered for by U.M.A Executive.
Several airlines including Uganda Airlines, KLM, Brussels airlines, Kenya airways, Turkish airways, Emirates, South African airways, Rwandair, Ethiopian Airlines, and many others operate at Entebbe International airport.
Once at the airport you can take a taxi to the conference venue or the shuttle from
your hotel may be available.
Participants who will not be staying at the conference venue will meet their own transport to and from the venue.

Again, the secretariat can help with information about suitability of hotels.

Contact the individual Hotels or Contact the Secretariat for advice.

VISA INFORMATION

If you need a visa to Uganda, you can apply for one at:
https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

TOURISM INFORMATION

There are a number of places to view around Central Uganda such as the Kasubi Tombs, Sand beaches, Sezi Falls, Lakes of Grace Resort-Mityana and other tourist attractions.
Visit the Uganda tourism board website for details: https://utb.go.ug/

THE 7th U.M.A GDC AND AGM CONFERENCE ORGNIZING
COMMITTEE
1. Chairperson – Dr. Edith Nakku -Joloba (President U.M.A NEC; MakCHS)
2. Co-Chairperson – Dr. Herbert Luswata (SG U.M.A NEC)
3. Vice chairperson – Prof. Freddie Bwanga (Chair CPD, UMA Busoga Branch, & Sen. Lecturer MakCHS)
4. Scientific Advisory Committee Chair – Dr. David Opwonya (CPD chair U.M.A NEC)
5. Finance Chairperson – Prof. Francis G. Omaswa (Chancellor Soroti University)
6. Secretary – Dr. Opee Jimmy (Secretary, U.M.A Acholi Branch)
7. Vice secretary – Dr. O. Edwin Ouma (Chair CPD, U.M.A Teso Branch)
8. Welfare secretary – Dr. Nahabwe Alone (Chair Welfare U.M.A NEC)
9. Vice Welfare – Dr. Muyanga Andrew Mark
10. Publicity secretary – Dr. Owaraganise Asiphas (Chair U.M.A Ankole Branch)
11. Vice Publicity – Dr. Mugyema David

Other Members:
1) UMA Publicity chair – Dr. Andrew Twineamatsiko
2) UMA Administrator – Ms. Sharon Nakhumitsa
3) Committee member – Prof. Richard Idro (Past President U.M.A NEC)
4) Committee member – Dr. Mirembe Joel (Chairperson Central Branch)

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT:
Address: 2nd FLOOR, CHRISAMS BUILDING
PLOT 93, Kafeero Zone Road
Mulago, Kampala
P.O BOX: 2243, Kampala-UGANDA
Tel: (+256)-781-657-163
WhatsApp: (+256)-706744927
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.uma.ug
Contact Persons:
1. Ms. Nakhumitsa Sharon – (+256)-781-657-163
2. Dr. Luswata Herbert – (+256)-782-343-789
3. Dr. Opwonya David – (+256)-772-671-148

CONFERENCE PARTNERS
1. UMA SACCO 
2. World Medical Association 
3. The Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Uganda
4. Ministry of Health-Uganda 
5. Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) 
6. MBN Clinical Laboratories 
7. Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council 
8. SEED Global 
9. Makerere University Biomedical Research Center (MakBRC)
10. Ministry of Health Rwanda 
11. Russia Medical Society 
12. Baylor College of Medicine 
13. Equity Bank 
14. NetDoc.com
15. Makerere University School of Public Health 
16. Busoga Health Forum (BHF) 

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