Exchange project with Uganda started

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For the cooperation project "Analysis Of Received Therapy And Management Of Neonates (AORTAMON)" a delegation of the University Hospital Aachen, consisting of Dr. Sebastian Jansen, Dr. Mark Schoberer, Benjamin Schürmann and Jan Heyer, traveled to Uganda for a first workshop.

The project is funded by the DFG within the framework of the Pre-Call Initiation of Cooperation in the Area of Public Health Research between Sub-Saharan African and German Researchers. The Ugandan partner within the exchange project is Busitema University, represented by the Head of the Institute of Public Health Dr. David Mukunya.

The visit to Uganda started in the eastern part of the country in the town of Mbale. In Mbale, visits were made to Busitema University, the regional public level 5 hospital, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, and two level 3 hospitals in the surrounding region. Within different presentation days the scientific methods and different topics concerning therapy and treatment of newborns in Germany and Uganda were presented and discussed. The next stop of the trip was the city of Jinja at Lake Victoria at the source of the Nile. In Jinja, our delegation got an insight into the clinical routine at a neonatal intensive care unit in the local level 5 hospital, the Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. In various discussions with the medical staff led by Dr. Harriet Nambuya, challenges of the daily clinical routine were identified and discussed. The third port of call was the town of Mbarara in the southwest of the country. At Mbarara University, under the leadership of Dr. Johnes Obungoloch, various prototypes and manufacturing capabilities of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology were visited and analyzed . The exchange was concluded in Kampala, the capital of the country, with a visit to the Faculty of Medicine of Makerere University with Dean Dr. Peter Waiswa. The main focus was on the approval processes for various medical devices.

The visit of a Ugandan delegation to Aachen is planned for the end of March. Following the mutual exchange in the form of workshops in the respective regions, various ideas for joint project applications will be developed and submitted within the next phase of the call.

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