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Tuesday, 29th October 2019
Prof. Detlev Ganten, President World Health Summit, listens on as Ambassador Marcel Tibaleka makes his speech at the luncheon
Uganda's Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Marcel Tibaleka, has hosted the African Group of Ambassadors to a luncheon to honour Prof. Charles Ibingira, Principal of the College of Health Sciences of Makerere University. Prof. Ibingira will be taking over as the 2020 International President of the World Health Summit during the 11th World Health Summit that runs from 27th to 29th October 2019 in Berlin.

The luncheon, that took place on 25th October 2019 at the Maritim Proarte Hotel Berlin, was also attended by Prof. Detlev Ganten, President World Health Summit, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University and Prof. Tonny Oyana, Principal, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University. Others included Ms Nora Anton, Director, International Cooperation, World Health Summit Foundation GmbH, Ambassador Christopher Onyaga Aparr, Uganda's Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva, and Dr. Damallie Nakanjako, Associate Professor, Makerere University.

Ambassador Tibaleka congratulated Prof. Ibingira for this achievement and for the resultant choice of Uganda as the host of the first World Health Summit Regional Meeting to take place in Africa. This Regional Meeting will be hosted by Makerere University in Kampala from the 27th to 28th April 2020. He also thanked the World Health Summit Foundation GmbH and other stakeholders for choosing to host such a significant Regional Meeting in Uganda.

"Uganda being the only African member of the M8 Alliance will be setting a fantastic precedence for the rest of Africa. The M8 Alliance is committed to improving global health and working with political and economic decision-makers to develop science-based solutions to health challenges worldwide," Tibaleka said.

He called upon his fellow African Ambassadors to encourage their respective health institutions to consider joining the M8 Alliance so as to benefit from shared research experiences that promote transformation of current medical care approaches to treating the ill by creating healthcare systems aimed at the effective prevention of diseases. He added that it was much easier for one country to learn from the successes of others and lay strategies for future collaborations than doing it alone.

Ambassador Tibaleka impressed upon his guests the need for health professionals and other stakeholders from Africa to attend the 2020 Regional Meeting in Kampala. Over 2,000 health professionals and other stakeholders in government, academia, business and the private sector are expected to attend the Kampala meeting. He added that the health rewards from this will be enormous as there will be exchange of knowledge and ideas on how to invest better in health and maximize that to create wealth for our nations.

The central themes of the Regional Meeting 2020 will be in line with the African journey towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and achieving universal health coverage.

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin