Uganda

UNICD - Uganda

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Collaboration name: Uganda Initiative for Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (UINCD)

UINCD is a Uganda-based research partnership between faculty at Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Uganda) and Yale School of Medicine (US), Mulago National Referral Hospital (Uganda) leadership, and the Uganda Ministry of Health Programme for Control and Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases. UINCD has received critical organizational, leadership, and financial support from the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. UINCD was formed in 2013 following two years of multi-stakeholder engagement and was officially registered as a Ugandan non-governmental organization in 2014. The mission of UINCD is "To build capacity in the realms of prevention, care, training, and research to enable the provision of effective and integrated care along the NCD management spectrum."

Current projects include:

  • Exploring knowledge and attitudes toward NCDs among Village Health Teams in Eastern Uganda
  • Development of a novel tool for measuring, mapping, and monitoring disparities in access to essential medicines
  • Prescribing and dispensing practices for medicines used to treat NCDs in public and private health facilities in Uganda
  • Integrated NCD training for healthcare workers at Mulago National Referral Hospital
  • Understanding the NCD content in Ugandan nursing school curricula

Current Funding sources include:

  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Yale School of Public Health 
  • Yale MacMillan Center
  • Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

Mentors:

Uganda-based:

  • Dr. Isaac Ssinabulya (Makerere University College of Health Sciences)- Cardiologist, physician-scientist; UINCD Co-Director
  • Dr. Ann Akiteng (Uganda Ministry of Health)- Public health expert, NCDs; UINCD Deputy Director; provides mentorship and project support to UINCD scholars/fellows
  • Professor David Guwatudde (Makerere University School of Public Health)- Public health scientist
  • Dr. Gerald Mutungi (Uganda Ministry of Health)- Public health expert; Head of MoH NCD Programme

US-based:

  • Dr. Jeremy Schwartz (Yale School of Medicine)- Assistant Professor of Medicine; UINCD Co-Director
  • Dr. Tracy Rabin (Yale School of Medicine)- Assistant Professor of Medicine