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UPCOMING EVENT: Makerere University Environmental Health Student’s Association Bids lnterested Students To Be Part Of Its 18th Annual Scientific Conference Scheduled On 27th-28th April At YUSUF LULE CTF Auditorium

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The organizing committee of Makerere University Environmental Health Student’s Association (MUEHSA) hereby invites students from various universities across the country to participate in the 18th Annual MUEHSA Scientific Conference that is scheduled for 27th-28th April 2023 to be held at YUSUF LULE CTF Auditorium, Makerere University Kampala

In an exclusive invitation interview of Campasstv and Publicity Secretary Wanyama, students from different universities are invited to participate in the upcoming event that will be graced by different keynote speakers. The conference is organized under the theme ” Environmental Health and its contribution to combating emerging and re-emerging diseases “

Through the document he shared with campasstv, the purpose of this publication is to officially call for abstracts in line with the conference theme and sub-theme to be submitted to the conference organizers before the 1st March, 2023 and abstract acceptance notification will be not later than 24th March 2023 as the document attached here below

What’s Environmental Health ?

Environmental health is a discipline concerned with the relationship between humans and all factors in the environment and how they interact to impact health.

The profession is concerned with how the built and natural environment, and human population affect health(WHO 2022). Healthier environments could prevent almost one-quarter of the global burden of the disease (WHO 2022).

Know About the Background of MUEHSA

Makerere University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA) was established in 2003 by Environmental Health students at Makerere University School of Public Health with the aim of promoting the interests of Environmental Health students, EH practitioners such as HI, EHO, ADHO, and other EH professionals in Uganda and internationally.

MUEHSA carries out several activities including; supporting continuing professional development through annual conferences, and public exhibitions; carrying out environmental health advocacy at local and international levels including; involvement in national wide health activities such as outbreak investigation and prevention; and supporting local communities through outreach programs. MUEHSA has been at the frontline of promoting and advocating for environmental health in Uganda in recent years which has greatly influenced training, policy, and practice in the country (MUEHSA 2022).
It is upon this background that MUEHSA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and the Environmental Health Workers Association are organizing the 18th MUEHSA Scientific conference to be held on the 27th and 28th of April 2023 at Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility (CTF) auditorium Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

The two days conference will bring together professionals from different disciplines, academics, researchers, funders, policymakers, implementers, students, media, and other stakeholders from around the world.

The event will be interdisciplinary and inclusive to both those working in environmental health and other professionals. The diverse range of professionals working or having interests in environmental health will provide insight into the contribution of environmental and health solutions in the combating of emerging and re-emerging diseases both in Uganda and Globally said MUEHSA department

Over 1000 participants from different regions are expected to participate in this event. Several entities including; universities, professional associations, research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, and local governments around the world that have done tremendous environmental health work will showcase their achievements, outputs, and experiences at the conference, MUEHSA department remarked

The conference program will include plenary addresses from keynote speakers, panel discussions, oral and poster presentations, exhibitions, and other networking opportunities. Distinguished keynote speakers from the Ministry of Health, Environmental Health Workers Association of Uganda, and Infectious Disease Institute.

Emerging diseases are illnesses that have newly appeared in a population or have existed but are rapidly increasing in incidence such as HIV/AIDs, SARS, Lyme disease, West Nile fever, Ebola, dengue fever among others. While re-emerging diseases are illnesses that reappear after they have significantly declined attributed to a breakdown in public health measures for the disease, emergence of new strains of the diseases causing organisms and effect of human behavior. Reemerging diseases include; malaria, tuberculosis, cholera, pertussis, influenza, pneumococcal disease, and gonorrhea (MUEHSA, 2023)

Environmental health has had several contributions in the combating of emerging and re-emerging diseases for instance training, surveillance, research, governance, formulation of policies, and regulatory frameworks in the prevention and mitigation of disease occurrences (Ndejjo, Atusingwize from MUEHSA)

The objective of the conference is to identify and critically discuss how environmental health has contributed to combating emerging and Re-emerging diseases for instance training, surveillance, research, governance, formulation of policies

The conference will be publicized on different websites, Twitter, and newspapers, using posters and banners that will be pinned in areas.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Abstract preparation
• Authors should indicate the sub-theme under which their abstract falls in the composed email.
• Provide contact information for the presenting author including both email address and telephone number.
• Abstracts must have a title which should have no have more than 25 words. The title should be in bold and each word capitalized.
• Author(s)/co-author(s) name(s) and institutional affiliations should be included under the title. Degrees or professional titles should not be included. The name of the presenting author should be italicized.
• Research abstracts should be formatted into the following subsections: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion. These subheadings should NOT be in “ALL-CAPS”.
• Appropriate subsections should be used for abstracts other than that stated above with the same case properties maintained.
• The body of the abstract should not exceed 300 words.
• Abstracts should not include tables, figures, references or acknowledgements.
• Abstracts should be prepared in Times New Romans, 12-point font size and single spaced.
Abstract submission
Submit the abstract file as an email attachment to muehsa@musph.ac.ug with subject: “ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 18TH MUEHSA ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ”.

Abstract Review
Only the abstracts that follow submission guidelines as stated above shall be reviewed by the abstract Review committee. Otherwise they will be rejected and canceled out. Clearance Notices shall only be emailed to applicants whose abstracts have been confirmed to be outstanding. Presentation formats (oral or poster) of accepted abstracts will be called for at a later time upon abstract confirmation by the Abstract Review Board.

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: 1st MAR, 2023
Abstract acceptance notification: 24th MARCH, 2022
For more information, Contact us via:

Mr Senkubuge Shafik
President MUEHSA and Chairperson Organizing Committee
Contact: +256 773392626
Email: senkubugeshafik24@gmail.com

Ms. Abeny Tabisa Ayuen
Chairperson MUEHSA Abstract Review Committee.
Email: abenyayuen696@gmail.com
Contact: +256785885175

Mr. Emmanuel Wanyama
Publicity secretary MUEHSA
Contact: 0700568330
Email: wanyamamelvin72@gmail.com

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