Ministry of Health through the Health Promotion, Education and Communication Department is organizing Uganda’s first Annual National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Conference.
The event, scheduled for 2nd and 3rd August 2019 at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo and running under the theme, “Health promotion: a duty for all in preventing diseases” aims at raising awareness on the importance of health promotion in improving primary health outcomes, increasing economic productivity, and contributing to sustainable development.
It is also hoped to provide a platform for different stakeholders in the health sector to discuss ways through which primary health care can be improved through health promotions.
Government, health professionals, partners and the academia will share best practices and lessons learned, raise awareness on the importance of health promotion for disease prevention in improving primary health care outcomes but also get opportunities to network.
This gathering will also provide the opportunity for attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers to access the latest health education and promotion research, policy, and practice drawing from various health aspects/disciplines. It will explore and define the core areas of health promotion and disease prevention in the context of Uganda.
The core areas to be discussed will include health education, health protection, health public policies, and disease prevention. Others include strengthening community capacity for health promotion, advocate for participation of stakeholders in primary health care, partnerships and networking, as well as monitoring and evaluation of health promotion interventions.
“For years, the health sector has placed emphasis on treatment instead of prevention, causing significant funds to be used to treat mainly preventable diseases. The lack of emphasis and prioritization of health promotion and disease prevention in the health sector is complex. All levels of the health system need to prioritize health promotion and disease prevention in order to make sustainable change,” states ministry of health.
“Therefore, the Annual National Conference on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in addition to the National physical Day that happens every year in July will provide an opportunity for government and other partners to emphasize the need for health promotion as a way of cabbing on all the preventable diseases that are caused by unhealthy living behaviors. It will also an opportunity for the ministry and Government of Uganda in general to make and be held accountable for national declarations on health promotion priorities and goals”
The conference will include keynote Speeches, themed abstracts presentation, panel discussions, round table discussions, oral presentations, poster presentation and exhibitions.
Expected outputs of the conference include Shared experiences on implementation of health promotion interventions in the country, national declaration on periodic Health Promotion commitments that will lead to improved health and disease prevention efforts in the country and increase awareness among different stakeholders on various national health promotion priorities envisaged from documented partner commitments to support policy and programming efforts on health promotion.