Next week the Makerere University School of Public Health, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University and the Ugandan Ministry of Health, will be hosting the first International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs).

Over 400 international participants are expected to attend the event, which will take place from the 21st to 23rd February 2017 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda. Attendees will range from researchers, policy makers, funders, implementers, civil society, students and other stakeholders from national and international organisations.

The theme for the event is Contribution of CHWs in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the two days, attendees will delve into three sub-themes: CHWs programmes in the past, present and future; CHWs and health systems; and the role of CHWs in the SDGs era.

Some of the key panel discussions to be held at the symposium will focus on exploring the multiple relationships shaping CHWs’ experience and performance; the role of CHWs in promoting global health security and achievement of the SDGs; and technology use for CHWs.

During the event South African mHealth app developer, Mobenzi will also be running a workshop on the use of mHealth to support CHWs.

The Chief Guest at the symposium will be the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, and some of the speakers include Prof Francis Omaswa from the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST); the Minister of Health of Uganda, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng; Dr Polly Walker from World Vision International; and Dr Maryse Kok from Royal Tropical Institute.

Partner organisations include the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET); UNICEF; Pathfinder International; Healthcare Information for All (HIFA); CHW Central, the REACHOUT consortium; Health Systems Global; World Vision; AMREF Health Africa; Malaria Consortium; USAID; Living Goods, Child Fund; Save the Children; Advancing Partners and Communities (APC); Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn Health Research (CMNHR); PATH, Healthy Child Uganda; FHI 360; and The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO).

For more information about the event and how to register, visit the symposium website here.

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