SIHI Uganda at Makerere University
SIHI Uganda at Makerere University
We provide multi-sectoral expertise on social innovation in health and connect actors in order to advance community-based solutions for improving health outcomes in Uganda.
SIHI Uganda was launched in 2017. We are based at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and we are partnering with the Ministry of Health and other key health organisations in Uganda. Our mission is to support accessible, equitable and affordable health care delivery for all Ugandans through social innovation.
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Every day, 300 children and 20 mothers die in Uganda. In 2017 we organised a public call to identify high impact community-based social innovations that are improving maternal and child health in Uganda. We received 25-nominations. Innovations included those working to improve access to delivery care; improve the quality of neonatal care and creating better opportunities for disadvantaged women and children. Five solutions were selected by an external independent review panel for further case study research and promotion.
In 2017, our team visited each of the 5 selected innovations across Uganda. We interviewed innovators, implementers and beneficiaries from Kyaninga Child Development Center in Kabarole district, Healthy Child Uganda operating in Bushenyi and Rubirizi districts, Action for Women and Awakening in Rural Environment from Kaabong district, Bwindi Community Hospital in Kanungu district, and Imaging the World Africa operating in Kanungu, Sheema, Mubende, and Kamuli, districts. Full length case studies have been developed capturing the lessons and learning from each project.
Learn more about the case studies below.
In 2018, we launched the first Social Innovation in Health Fellowship. The aim of the fellowship was to equip our selected social innovations with research, entrepreneurship, and project management skills, in order to improve the design and impact of their work. The fellowship was designed as a modular learning program. Each module consisting of a 2-day face-to-face workshop in Kampala. Modules included: the basics of social innovation and business planning; project management and monitoring and evaluation.
In December 2017, we hosted a call for research proposals that seek to understand or address any community, health facility, or health system related challenges and explore relevant solutions. We received 51 applications from academia, Ministry of Health staff and district level health implementers with questions that could be relevant for improving service delivery. Submitted proposals were reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of experts. Successful candidates received small grants for their research studies and will be sharing their study findings at the end of 2018.
We reviewed published literature for examples of social innovation in health by searching PubMed and Google Scholar. 743-full text articles were reviewed. 23-articles were selected and of these 8 met the inclusion criteria.
Learn more about our review and download references for identified articles.
On 12th April 2018, we hosted the first ever national stakeholder workshop on social innovation in health in Uganda at Kabira Country Club, Kampala. The objective of the one-day workshop was to increase awareness about social innovation in health amongst stakeholders, through show casing examples from Uganda. The workshop gathered over 50-stakeholders including government officials, officers from innovation centres, innovators, academicians, students, NGO representatives and media personals.
DR PHYLLIS AWOR
Phyllis (MD,PhD) is a medical doctor and a public health specialist. She has over 10 years of experience conducting health systems and operational research.
Her research has focused on: improving both the public and private health sector in low income settings; quality of care for children in rural communities; maternal and child health policy analysis; and social innovation in health care. Phyllis led an innovative introduction of the WHO/UNICEF supported integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea strategy within drug shops in Uganda from 2010 – 2017, which earned her an award for professional performance in public health and sustainable development.
Juliet graduated with a master’s degree in public health, with interest in health systems and primary health care from Makerere University School of Public Health in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health sciences from the School of Public Health in 2011. Juliet is currently involved in case study research for innovations in Uganda. Her previous work has focused on the role of the health system in uptake of the HPV vaccine among adolescent girls.
Maxencia supports the advancement of social innovation in Uganda through communications and case study research. Maxencia holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health sciences and is passionate about improving community health through research and innovative public health interventions.
PROF SSENGOOBA FREDDIE
Freddie has over 15 years of experience working in medical/health research and policy and is an associate professor of health policy and systems management at Makerere University School of Public Health.
He has extensive experience in policy related research and policy engagements in areas including: health service provision, health sector governance and financing, health system performance and health policies and innovations that straddle these aspects in Uganda and similar developing countries. Freddie has provided technical services to WHO, DFID, USAID, World Bank, Ministry of Health, Uganda AIDS Commission and multi-lateral and bilateral agencies and foundations. He serves on the Sector Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Working Group of the Ministry of Health in Uganda and on the governing board of Health Systems Global – a professional association of practitioners of health systems and policy research.
DR CHRISTINE NALWADDA KAYEMBA
Christine is a lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences. She holds a PhD, Masters of Public Health and Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Christine is a qualified public health specialist and researcher with considerable experience in use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods in implementation of research projects for the last twelve years. The areas of interest include maternal and child health, community health and health policy research. She has been involved in research projects as principal investigator at the School of Public health, including evaluating last mile medicines transportation by Ministry of Health Uganda, evaluating compliance to community newborn referrals in eastern Uganda and assessing introduction of newborn care services in the integrated community case management program in Uganda.