PROJECT TITLE: Strengthening Public Health Responses to COVID-19 through Explicit Integration of Human Rights and Ethics considerations in designing and implementing Public Health Responses in Uganda
This is to invite you to the aforementioned research dissemination seminar scheduled to take place on Thursday, 21st January 2021 starting at 9:00am in the E-Learning Room, CTF1, Level 4. The research was supported by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF).
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Barugahare, Department of Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and SUSTAIN (Bioethics) Program, College of Health Sciences Makerere University.
1. Dr. George Upenytho, Consultant Public Health (MoH),Commissioner Health Services-Community Health, Ministry of Health.
2. Dr. Kiguli Juliet, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
3. Assoc Prof. Mwaka S. Erisa, MD, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and SUSTAIN (Bioethics) Program, College of Health Sciences Makerere University
4. Assoc. Prof. Ochieng Joseph, MD. School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences and SUSTAIN (Bioethics) Program, College of Health Sciences Makerere University.
1. Hon. Dr. SpeciosaWandira-Kazibwe, MD., Senior Presidential Advisor on Health & Population, Ministry of Health; Member, African Union Panel of the Wise & Co-Chair FemWise-Africa
Vice President (Emeritus), Republic of Uganda.
2. Prof. A.B. Rukooko, Department of Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University
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In response to the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Uganda implemented restrictive public health measures to limit the importation and wide spread of COVID-19 disease. Despite the initial effectiveness of these measures, there arose mixed attitudes towards some of the measures, especially due to their impact on human rights, social justice (equity), and livelihoods; and how this impacted the public’s ability to sustainably comply with the prescribed measures. An initial review of secondary evidence on the ethics and human rights considerations for responses to pandemics found that Uganda’s response could have been better. The study aim was ‘To strengthen public health responses and salvage social and economic livelihoods through integrating human rights and social justice considerations in designing and implementing interventions/measures against COVID-19 in Uganda.’
Using both secondary and primary data, the study found that for effective pandemic preparedness and response, getting the social science of a pandemic correct is as critical as getting its biological/natural science correct, because community compliance with restrictive measures prescribed by the biological science depends on social, psychological, economic, ethics and the dynamics of the communities. Further the study found that whereas most of the measures adopted by the Government Uganda against COVID-19 got the biological/natural science of the pandemic correct, for the most part their implementation failed the social science, making it difficult for the public to sustainably comply with the prescribed measures, leading to coercive enforcement and consequently limiting their effectiveness. For improvement in current future pandemic responses, more and timely investment is needed in the social science of managing pandemics as a necessary complement of their biological/natural science of the pandemic.
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