The Balamu team received a follow-up grant from the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung. Therefore, we will be able to pursue project activities for an additional three years. The focus of the second funding phase is laid upon the expansion of care structures, the education and training of local health personnel, and the establishment of a patient cohort. We are happy to have the opportunity to advance the activities in Nakaseke district.
During the second project cycle, the team will continue to expand primary NCD research in rural Uganda. We will further pursue health education acitivities to empower the community through patient-centered health education. We will set out to collect meaningful primary data on chronic disease prevalence. In addition, the effectiveness of community health workers will be measured. Moreover, our collaboration will continue the bilateral global health education exchange between Uganda, Germany and the United States. Unfortunately, the bilateral exchange is currently paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With a diverse team of medical and public health specialists, social scientists and statisticians, we thrive to continue to contribute to a sustainable development of the primary healthcare system in Uganda. For learning more about our project aims for the coming three years, please visit What we do.
The project will continue to be managed at the Department of Nephrology and Medical Intensive Care at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and implemented by ACCESS Uganda. Local project partners include Nakaseke District Hospital, three other government and community-based health centers, and Makerere University. The Center for Global Non-Communicable Disease Research and Training at Johns Hopkins University and the Department of Global Health at Yale University in the US are further project partners.
We would like to thank the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung for their continuous support which allows us to advance healthcare in rural Uganda.