Rural Health Centers of Excellence

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Session title

Digital Session, Meeting ID: 924 6819 0176

Rural Health Centers of Excellence

Coordinator Anton Nora, Trishul Siddharthan
Hosts M8 Alliance



Session objectives
  1. The session explores new ideas and models contributing to universal health coverage in rural areas, especially in low and middle income settings. This includes community-based professional training to improve retention rates, village health teams helping patients to manage their non-communicable diseases, and establishing rural health centers of excellence through cooperations between community-based organizations and universities that attract talented global health clinician scientists.


Session abstract Half the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services. Access (e.g. geographic distance and associated transport cost), availability (of qualified health workers, drugs, equipment), affordability (cost and price of services and opportunity costs) and acceptability (e.g. users’ attitudes and expectations) are important barriers to access to health services. Rural areas are especially affected. Globally, approximately one half of the population lives in rural areas, but less than 38% of the nurses and less than 25% of the physicians work there. The session explores cross-sectoral approaches to address these challenges.
Session Format (select one) Panel Discussion Workshop 2 Plenary
Chairs Felix Knauf

Judith von Heusinger

Speakers Title Contact Status
Speaker 1 (Policy/Government)

Dr. Joyce Kaduco, Uganda MoH

Political strategies to achieve UHC in rural areas in Uganda (s)  


Suggested (s)
Speaker 2 (Academia)

Dr. Will Checkley, Johns Hopkins University

Research and training partnerships for the prevention and control of NCDs in rural areas in LMIC  (s) s
Speaker 3 (Civil Society)

Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, ACCESS

NCD management in rural Uganda (tbc) – the experience of a community organization with local roots and global networks (s) s
Speaker 4 (Private sector)

Dr. Harald Nusser, Novartis

Bringing affordable treatments for key chronic diseases in lower-income countries (s) s
Speaker 5

Dr. Valerie Luyckx, University of Zurich

Other potential speakers / chairs: Prof. Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean, School of Public Health, MakCHS



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