Understanding and addressing the Burden of Injury in Uganda Basic Workshop

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, in partnership with Makerere University School of Public Health, were awarded an NIH training grant for the chronic consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (TRIAD). A workshop was set up at Makerere University School of Public Health Plot 30A York Terrace, Kampala, on the 13th and 14th of February 2014. A total of 74 people were in attendance. 48 were male, and 25 were female. The majority of participants were from the Health Sector. 

The goals of the workshop were to describe the incidence, causation, and lifelong impact of trauma, injuries and disability on individuals and society, to introduce and discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and care of trauma, injuries and disabilities across the lifespan, to identify basic methods for key research around chronic consequences of trauma, injury and disability, and to introduce and discuss the need for investment in specific interventions for prevention and management of trauma, injuries and disability in Uganda.

The workshop focused on the health and social burden of injuries, measuring injuries, the options for injury prevention, and what research could be done and how to do it. There were many sessions on the first day including: Burden of Injuries in Uganda and Region, Defining the Public Health Approach to Injury (and other conceptual frameworks for understanding injury), Introduction to Injury Surveillance, Injury Surveillance in different settings, followed by Group Discussions. Next were Road Traffic Crashes, Burns, and Measuring the Right Thing for the Right Purpose. 

On the second day, the workshop discussed Emergency Trauma Care, Introduction to Injury Prevention Strategies, an Introduction to Injury Research, Data Sources, Approaches to Conducting Qualitative Research, and Monitoring and Evaluation. 

At the beginning of the workshop, (day 1), participants were given a pre- test to assessing their knowledge on TRIAD. And at the conclusion of the technical sessions of Day 2, participants were given workshop evaluation forms to enable them provide feedback on the workshop. 


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