Makerere University to host 1st International Non Communicable diseases symposium in Kampala



31ST JANUARY 2018, KAMPALA, UGANDA – From the 12th to the 14th of February 2018, Makerere University College of Health Sciences in partnership with the Ministry of Health and St. Augustine International University will host the 1st International NCD Symposium at Munyonyo Speke Resort, Kampala, Uganda. The symposium will run under the main theme; “Building Momentum to Address the Growing Epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa.”

During a media conference held at the Uganda Media Centre, the Principal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, and Chairperson of the Organising Committee Prof. Charles Ibingira said, “Makerere College of Health Sciences is proud and honoured to host this international conference in Uganda, the 1st of its kind that will shine a light and focus on the growing epidemic that is the NCD (non-communicable diseases).

Non-communicable diseases represent a growing burden of morbidity and mortality globally. NCDs did not feature in the old United Nations millennium development goals (MDG) but are now included in the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reduce by one third premature deaths due to NCDs. Despite the evidence of a high burden of NCDs in Africa, the response to these diseases in Africa is still minimal.

The health systems are weak and organized around communicable diseases. There is limited data (-epidemiological, biomedical, and clinical) to support the design of prevention and care interventions in for NCDs in Africa. In view of this, we have undertaken to organize the first ever international NCD Symposium in Kampala (MakNCD Symposium)”

The symposium objectives include creating awareness and bringing attention to the NCD epidemic among researchers, clinicians, funders, and policy makers that will result into a formidable multidisplinary response to stop the epidemic. The symposium will also aim to create a platform for the discussion of currently available data on NCDs in Africa and how it can be used to design interventions to control the NCD epidemic as well as build capacity into key skills needed for an effective NCD response.
Speaking during the media briefing, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Aceng Ruth Jane said, “It is estimated that 28 million people in LMICs (low and middle-income countries) die each year from an NCD. In addition, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which includes 48 low- and middle-income countries, is expected to have the world’s largest increase in the burden of NCD-related death over the next decade. SSA faces unique risk factors for NCDs including rapid urbanization, a large, aging population of people living with HIV/AIDS, and household air pollution.”
Over 300 delegates from across the country, Africa and the world are expected to attend the symposium. The conference participants and general public will take part in a pre-symposium health camp and walk organised to increase awareness of the symposium and also provide information on NCD’s. The Heath Camp and Walk will take place on 7th February 2018 from Mulago Hospital and end at Centenary Park. These activities are open to the public who will receive free health checks.
About the 1st International NCD Symposium
The College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University is organizing the 1st International Non-Communicable Diseases Symposium scheduled to take place on Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th February 2018 at Speke Resort and Conference Centre Munyonyo Kampala. The symposium will be held under the theme; “BUILDING MOMENTUM TO ADDRESS THE GROWING EPIDEMIC OF NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN AFRICA”. Registration is ongoing at

About Makerere University College of Health Sciences
The College of Health Sciences was established on 1st December 2007 under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (Establishment of College of Health Sciences, Makerere University) Order, 2008. The College of Health Sciences has evolved from a Medical School of a University College in the early 1900s, to a Medicine Faculty, and finally to a constituent College of a fully fledged University. Our Vision today is to “To be a leading and transformational institution for academic excellence and innovation in health sciences in Africa.” As a mission: “we are dedicated to improving the health of the people of Uganda and beyond and promoting health equity by providing quality education, research and health services. We archive this by enhancing capacity and participation of stakeholders; strengthening systems and partnerships; and harnessing the power of new sciences and technology so as to build and sustain excellence and relevance.” Throughout the times the College has undergone several important developments. For more information, please visit


About St. Augustine International University
As a private university in East Africa, St. Augustine International University (SAIU) is committed to providing quality education grounded in a culture of developing hands-on skills for job creation and job markets. With a strong ambition and desire to address the various challenges that have afflicted the higher education sector in the region and the poor quality graduates that have flocked the East African job market, SAIU is guided by its dictum, “Moral Rearmament and Wealth Creation. For more information, please visit

Prof. Charles Ibingira B.R
Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Mob: +256 772 437351

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