EAST AFRICA CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE UGANDA
- Reference: P-Z1-IB0-024
- Approval date: 02/10/2014
- Start date: 01/02/2016
- Appraisal Date: 01/03/2014
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: UGANDA CANCER INSTITUTE
- Location: UGANDA
Component 1: Establish Centres of Excellence in Biomedical Sciences. This is the core of the project and therefore the main project component. The aim of this component is to establish EAC of Centres of Excellence (CoE) in biomedical sciences. Once functional, the CoEs will establish a network to support benchmarking in quality enhancement as well as joint research. Each CoE will focus on a specialised area of expertise based its comparative advantage mainly, availability of basic faculty in the target speciality. The CoEs will target both national and regional students. Creation of a CoE Establish Centres of Excellence in Biomedical Sciences in Oncology Sciences in Uganda - East Africa Oncology Institute (EAOI). This sub-component aims at addressing labour market shortages for skilled professionals in oncology. The project will support establishment of a regional CoE in Uganda aiming to transform Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) from a modest specialized health facility to a higher institute in collaboration with Makerere College of Health Sciences. The UCI will be part of the EAC network of CoEs and will accept students from Uganda and the EAC member countries. The institute will provide leadership in postgraduate education, clinical training, research and clinical services to cater for oncology demands in the region. The CoE UCI is collaborating and networking with relevant institutes such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, NCI, University of British Columbia, and Case Western Reserve University. The UCI is specifically seeking collaboration with Aga Khan University and is working on a MOU to operationalize this collaboration. Makerere University College of Health Sciences will lead the process of faculty development, curricula and programmes designs, setting up best practices in oncological research and publishing.
Component II: Support EAC Regional Integration agenda in Higher Education and Labour Mobility.
The project will support the EAC Secretariat-Health Department, to implement its common market protocols including among others, free labour mobility. The project will provide an opportunity for the EAC member states to harness their collective resources and comparative advantages in biomedical skills and knowledge development. The project will support the EAC Heath Department to provide overall project coordination in the target countries and report to the Bank on the same. The EAC will also follow up with the target CoEs to hold thematic annual forums for knowledge sharing based each of the CoEs biomedical focus area. The project will also support EAC to undertake studies and analysis on EAC Labour Market needs for the health sector and also support development of a NCDs EAC registry.
Component III: Project implementation in each Target Country.
Under this component, resources will be provided to ensure effective project management at country level. The component will mainly be financed through counterpart funds. A dedicated Project Coordination Unit (PCU) in each country will oversee the day to day implementation of the project. The MOH Kenya will host the project's PCU while the host CoE Institutions in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda will host the PCUs. The PCU coordinator will work closely with the EAC secretariat on the regional integration project activities.
The development objective of the project is to contribute to development of a relevant and quality skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet EAC's immediate labour market needs. The specific objective of the project is to provide high quality, competitive and skilled workforce in the EAC for social and economic development. Project components are derived from the project's development objectives and expected outcomes.
Development of relevant biomedical skills and thematic research would greatly reduce foreign dependency and expenditures; especially for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) diagnostics and treatments in Europe, North America and South Asia. Currently, the EAC Governments and households are utilizing an estimated USD 150 million annually for NCDs related services from outside the region. Premature deaths and prolonged disability caused by NCDs have economic impact via lowered productivity and losses in income and capital formation. According to World Bank the rising trends and costs of NCDs will force countries to make choices in creating strategies to address NCDs cost effectively and sustainably.
The project's main deliverable is to enhance EAC's competitiveness through a highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences. The project will enable EAC increase its capacity and competitiveness through expanding higher education and specialised service delivery that are demanded by the rapid economic development in East Africa. The project has potential to create jobs for professionals and support services through medical tourism within the EAC as well as from other African reg ions. For example, the increase in number of EAC citizen's medical travelers to South Asia has opened an investment window for entrepreneurs in these countries in travel, logistics and medical billing and accommodation.
OGWANG Peter Lawrence - RDGE2