Part of the team that participated in the RAN rapid prototyping session at the 2nd OHCEA International Conference pose for a group photo with Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health, RAN Chief of Party and Lab Director

RAN actively participated in the three days OHCEA 2nd International Conference http://ohconference.ohcea.org/ held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo from November 16th – 18th 2015. Up to twenty four Student Innovators under the mentorship of faculty joined in the Conference Exhibition to further share about their projects with 325 participants. Dr. Roy William Mayega, RAN Deputy Chief of Party also orally presented the Abstract titled “Developing the Next Generation Tent to Support Treatment Units for Highly Virulent Epidemics and Humanitarian Service Delivery in Hot Climatic Conditions”. Prof. William Bazeyo, the Dean at Makerere University School of Public Health, RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director lead an engaging hands-on session on Rapid Prototyping emphasizing the importance of divergence, convergence, the Human Centered Approach and imparting in the participants Design Thinking skills among others. This session also openly exhibited the power of the Network in developing solutions through innovation to address communities’ most pressing challenges. It was a great knowledge sharing and generation, networking and publicity opportunity bringing together scholars, researchers, government officials, policy makers and implementers, the communities we serve, students and the media among others.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, in his opening remarks said that “the emerging infectious diseases pose a security threat”. He called for regional surveillance to mitigate trans-boundary spread of diseases.

Leslie Reed, the US Mission Director in Uganda, stressed the urgent need to find solutions to the emerging threats before they became human disasters. “The US government is fully committed to the execution of the global health security agenda” she added.

Prof. William Bazeyo, the Dean Makerere University School of Public Health, RAN Chief of Party and Lab Director stressed a need to build global capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to the biological threats in the emerging stages.

Details can be accessed here http://ohcea.org/articles/prime-minister-dr-ruhakana-rugunda-opens-2nd-one-health-international-conference

Engaging an innovator at the 2nd OHCEA International Conference

Engaging an innovator at the 2nd OHCEA International Conference

The delegation at the opening of the OHCEA 2nd International Conference led by Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda ( Center in red neck tie)

The delegation at the opening of the OHCEA 2nd International Conference led by Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda ( Center in red neck tie)

The RAN Rapid prototyping session at the OHCEA 2nd International Conference

The RAN Rapid prototyping session at the OHCEA 2nd International Conference

A Cross Section of Participants at the 2nd OHCEA International Conference

A Cross Section of Participants at the 2nd OHCEA International Conference