Ugandan doctor to head new global health centre

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A Ugandan doctor has been appointed to head a new global health centre in the United States of America.

Dr Deus Bazira, an expert in health systems strengthening and a public health practitioner, will not only establish but also co-direct the new Centre for Global Health Practice and Impact (CGHPI) based at the Georgetown University Medical Centre (GUMC).

GUMC is an internationally recognised academic health and science centre with a four-part mission of research, teaching, service and patient care.

The CGHPI aims at advancing the use of evidence through a human-centred approach and support countries to improve the health of their populations, safeguard their communities against health-related threats and ultimately achieve health equity.

They will particularly focus on alleviating major causes of illness for millions of people around the world, with a particular emphasis on marginalized groups.

After growing up in a community ravaged by HIV/AIDS, Deus Bazira has spent his career focused on supporting countries around the world as they build health care systems and improve the quality of care and patient safety.

The centre will support countries in engagement from the community to international levels to optimise the use of evidence to inform public health programming and to narrow the gap between research, policy and practice.

The centre will also include institutionalising the use of data and evidence to increase access to quality health interventions, modelling health service delivery for priority infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria) and non-communicable diseases.

Describing his appointment as the best birthday gift ever, Bazira who turned 50 early this year, said he will use his new role to amplify and attain better results in global health, adding that the problems faced in global health require a multi-stakeholder approach.

“We are all in this world for a purpose and when you have been blessed, it is your responsibility to make an impact and give back to society. I thank God who has enabled me to improve the conditions of the people,” he said.

Asked about his immediate task, Bazira said his team was finalising a five-year strategic plan.

“We are building and establishing partnerships with key countries to ensure all health policies are informed by good evidence. We shall also make sure that we get this evidence in the right form and put it in the hands of people that need it, such as policymakers and politicians to help the common person get the best health care system,” he said.

Listing Uganda as one of the priority countries, Bazira said they have already started the process of identifying areas of collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and some academic institutions.

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